About SIMA

The Snow & Ice Management Association is a North American trade association for snow & ice industry professionals.  SIMA is the resource that raises awareness through networking and education.

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A Brief History of SIMA

In 1996, eight contractors shared a common vision. They saw the need for those involved in snow & ice management to come together under one professional trade organization. They knew that in order for this organization to be a voice for the industry, it would have to be nonprofit.

They realized too that an association made up only of contractors would be just half of the equation. They wanted this new organization to encompass everyone involved in the industry, whatever their role. They reached out to subcontractors, property managers, education and medical facilities, retail establishments, government agencies, suppliers and manufacturers.

Before long, they had done it. Through exhaustive research, the help of an accountant and attorney, and days spent in a basement pounding out bylaws, the organization was born: The Snow & Ice Management Association, Inc. SIMA.


After shifting headquarters from Erie, Pennsylvania to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007, SIMA is now poised to build on the first decade of its existence as the nonprofit professional trade association for snow and ice. With new leadership at the executive level, including a new Executive Director and fresh Board of Directors, SIMA is continuously building the go-to resource for our industry.

The Board of Directors has revised its existing governance structure to adapt to changing industry needs. These new policies will help SIMA focus energy, coordinate volunteers, and develop programs and benefits related to:

  • Members gaining strong improvements in managing and marketing their business
  • All members having equal access to quality training related to operations and safety 
  • Providing members with the tools and information to maintain ethical business practices

SIMA will accomplish these goals and more by utilizing snow professionals from across North America in volunteer committees. These committees include Certification, Membership, Education, and Conference. Other task forces, such as an Ethics Task Force, Insurance Task Force, and Special Ops Task Force, will focus on specific projects using highly dedicated members

Notable SIMA Offerings

Snow Business Magazine
Annual Snow & Ice Symposium