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Thanks for joining us in Pittsburgh!

It was a fantastic week of FORGING Relationships, GALVANIZING knowledge, and FORTIFYING Operations in Pittsburgh.  A special thank you to all of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors for making it such a success.

We hope to see you in June 2025!
SAVE THE DATE - June 17-20 in Grand Rapids, MI

Get the Symposium Replay

July 17, 2024 | 11 - 3 PM EST

What is it?

Hear from select speakers and suppliers virtually who presented at the 27th Symposium in Pittsburgh.

What is the cost?

**Anyone with a full show attendee pass gets free access**
Day pass, trade show pass, and non-show attendees = $59 per person

Here's a recap

Did you miss the show?

You might have missed the Best Show in Snow but here are some Hot Takes from Pittsburgh.
Interested in what the speakers presented? Download the app for their downloads.


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Speaker PDFs & Downloads

If provided, speaker presentations and downloads from the 26th Annual Symposium are available in the show app. Visit the Speakers icon, select the speaker to find any available resources. 

Sponsored by BOSS Snowplow

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Trade Show

Need more from our show exhibitors? Learn about the products and services displayed on the trade show floor in Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh, PA

Plan your trip

June 25-28, 2024
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Host hotels: Westin and Drury Plaza 

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Thanks to our 2024 Symposium Sponsors

Schedule-at-a-glance

Check back as we finalize show planning for updates.

Tuesday, June 25

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-In

Location: Exhibit Hall BC

Tuesday, June 25

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pre-Con: Hiring + Retention Workshop

Location: DLCC | Room 315

Tuesday, June 25

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pre-Con: Sales & Estimating Workshop

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Tuesday, June 25

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Registration/Badge Pick-Up

Location: DLCC | Exhibit Hall Concourse

Tuesday, June 25

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

SIMA Show Sidekick Meet-up

Location: DLCC | South Terrace

Tuesday, June 25

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

First Timer + Volunteer Reception

Sponsored by: Caterpillar

Location: DLCC | South Terrace

Tuesday, June 25

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

SIMA After Hours

Sponsored by: MetalPless

Location: Grandview Saloon

Wednesday, June 26

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration/Badge Pick-up

Location: DLCC | Exhibit Hall Concourse

Wednesday, June 26

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SIMA+ Lounge

Location: DLCC | Room 330

Wednesday, June 26

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast w/ State of SIMA + Industry Awards

Location: DLCC | Spirit Ballroom

Wednesday, June 26

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-In

Location: Exhibit Hall BC

Wednesday, June 26

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote

Sponsored by: Caterpillar

Location: DLCC | Spirit Ballroom

Wednesday, June 26

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

SIMA Connections

Region-based networking

Location: DLCC | Ballroom Gallery

Wednesday, June 26

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Break the Blue Collar Stigma to Attract the Next Generation of Talent | Mikayel Ter-Grigoryan, Just for Snow

Location: DLCC | Room 317

Wednesday, June 26

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

CapX, Labor & ROI of Liquids | Jordan Smith, Storm Equipment

Location: DLCC | Room 319

Wednesday, June 26

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Death & Destruction - Are You Ready for It? | Amanda Pruss, SIMA; Doug Freer, Blue Moose Snow; William Akehurst, Akehurst Landscape Service

Location: DLCC | Room 315

Wednesday, June 26

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Negotiate Your Way to Success | Michael Sloopka, Selling Solutions

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Wednesday, June 26

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Team Productivity & Performance Management | Rick Kier, Forge Ahead Consulting

Location: DLCC | Room 303

Wednesday, June 26

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Snack & Chat Lunch

Sponsored by: WeatherWorks

Location: DLCC | Spirit Ballroom

Wednesday, June 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Service Partner Relationships - A Two-Way Street | Jeff Heller, Innovative Maintenance Solutions & Christopher Kolt, American Service Professionals

Location: DLCC | Room 319

Wednesday, June 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Accounting for Inflation in Your Snow & Ice Business | Sydney Smyers Conway, Know Your Worth Pittsburgh

Location: DLCC | Room 317

Wednesday, June 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Mergers & Acquisition in Snow & Ice | Don Mahoney, Mahoney & Associates

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Wednesday, June 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Staff Accountability Secrets for Rapid Growth | Danny Kerr, Breakthrough Academy

Location: DLCC | Room 315

Wednesday, June 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Operations Managers Talk Trends & Challenges | TBD

Location: DLCC | Room 303

Wednesday, June 26

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Reduce Salt without Reducing Service | Michael Wagner, CSP, ASM, Designscapes Colorado

Location: DLCC | Room 319

Wednesday, June 26

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Leadership Lab: Get Unstuck! | Christy Uffelman, EDGE Leadership

Location: DLCC | Room 317

Wednesday, June 26

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

How Much are Your Clients Worth? | Doug Freer, Blue Moose Snow

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Wednesday, June 26

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Tame the Chaos: SOPs for Overwhelmed Owners | Danny Kerr, Breakthrough Academy

Location: DLCC | Room 315

Wednesday, June 26

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Documentation: It's in the Details | Jenny Girard, ASM, RM Landscape

Location: DLCC | Room 303

Wednesday, June 26

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SIMA Connections

Role-based networking

Location: DLCC | Ballroom Gallery

Wednesday, June 26

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Canadian Meet-up

Location: DLCC | South Terrace

Wednesday, June 26

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Women in Snow Meet-up

Location: DLCC | South Terrace

Wednesday, June 26

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by: Pro-Tech, TrucBrush, TrueWeather, WeatherWorks, Winter Equipment Company

Location: DLCC | Rooftop Terrace

Wednesday, June 26

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

SIMA After Hours

Sponsored by: Pro-Tech

Location: Sienna Mercato

Thursday, June 27

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration/Badge Pick-up

Location: DLCC | Exhibit Hall Concourse

Thursday, June 27

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SIMA+ Lounge

Location: DLCC | Room 330

Thursday, June 27

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast Jamboree

Sponsored by Fisher, SnowEx, Western

Location: DLCC | Spirit Ballroom

Thursday, June 27

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Exhibitor Move-In

Location: Exhibit Hall BC

Thursday, June 27

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

SIMA Connections

Facility-based networking

Location: DLCC | Ballroom Gallery

Thursday, June 27

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Improve Hiring with Tech & Flexibility | Laura Means, Brian-Kyles Landscapes

Location: DLCC | Room 319

Thursday, June 27

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Is Your Company Ready for a Business Management System? | Stephanie Leveling, The Integra Group

Location: DLCC | Room 317

Thursday, June 27

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

From Team Member to Team Leader | Angel Campos-Chavez, Imageworks Landscaping; Jake Howard, Outdoor Pride Snow & Ice Management (Bill Butts, moderator)

Location: DLCC | Room 315

Thursday, June 27

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Marketing Your Business to the Next Level | Darci Knowles, Darci Creative

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Thursday, June 27

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Building a Win-Win Relationship between Property Managers & Snow Pros | TBD

Location: DLCC | Room 303

Thursday, June 27

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

"How Do I …" Education Sessions

Location: TBD

Thursday, June 27

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Conduct an effective meeting? | Jason Ostrander, East End Group

Location: DLCC | East Atrium

Thursday, June 27

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Melt more in less time? | Heather Stadler, OxyChem

Location: DLCC | West Atrium

Thursday, June 27

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Develop an onboarding program? | Scott Lesak, CSP, Kasel Rocks Landscaping

Location: DLCC | Room 310

Thursday, June 27

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

SIMA+ Trade Show Experience

Mini-educational sessions available at the Sideshow + Garage stages

Location: Exhibit Hall

Thursday, June 27

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Use social media effectively? | Darci Knowles, Darci Creative

Location: DLCC | Room 307

Thursday, June 27

11:45 AM - 5:15 PM

Snow & Ice Trade Show + Sideshows

Use your lunch vouchers to grab lunch on the show floor.

Location: DLCC | Exhibit Hall B / C Concessions

Thursday, June 27

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Conduct a client lunch and learn? | Bill Butts, Outdoor Pride Landscaping

Location: DLCC | East Atrium

Thursday, June 27

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Sell liquids to your property manager? | Daniel Gilliland, Camion Systems

Location: DLCC | West Atrium

Thursday, June 27

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Conduct a site hazard analysis? | Speaker TBA

Location: DLCC | Room 310

Thursday, June 27

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Reduce the risk of an insurance claim? | Jay Long, Gerardi Insurance

Location: DLCC | Room 307

Thursday, June 27

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Buyers Dog Den

Location: Exhibit Hall | Booth #503

Thursday, June 27

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SIMA+ Education Session

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Thursday, June 27

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Ale Trail

Location: DLCC | Exhibit Hall

Thursday, June 27

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

ASM/CSP Reception

- Invite Only -

Location: Exhibit Hall | Booth #1206

Thursday, June 27

7:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Thursday Night Party

All attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors are welcome!

Location: Shorty's Pins x Pints

Friday, June 28

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Exhibitor Move-In

Location: Exhibit Hall BC

Friday, June 28

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration/Badge Pick-up

Location: DLCC | Exhibit Hall Concourse

Friday, June 28

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SIMA+ Lounge

Location: DLCC | Room 330

Friday, June 28

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee & Conversation

Location: DLCC | Ballroom Gallery

Friday, June 28

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The Power of Women in Snow | Amanda Ochoa, Tricon Group; Jillian Burns, Burns Landscaping; Katelin Pufnock, ASM, emi landscape; Chelsea Ingram, WeatherWorks (moderator)

Location: DLCC | Room 317

Friday, June 28

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Emerging Climate Trends that are Impacting the Industry | Frank Lombardo and Rob Reale, WeatherWorks Inc.

Location: DLCC | Room 319

Friday, June 28

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

SIMA Foundation Research: Workplace Survey | Steve Wolf, WolfWorks Consulting

Location: DLCC | Room 315

Friday, June 28

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Build a Seasonal Staffing Plan | John Mocharko, Acacia Facility Services and Evan Tachoir, Consultant

Location: DLCC | Room 305

Friday, June 28

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Practical Approach to Using AI & Tech for Growth, Efficiency & Execution | Patrick Baglien, Vue Robotics; Isaac Howell, Acacia Facility Solutions; Todd Reinhart, Reinhart Landscape & Snow

Location: DLCC | Room 303

Friday, June 28

9:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Snow & Ice Trade Show + Sideshows

Mini-educational sessions available at the Sideshow + Garage stages

Location:

Friday, June 28

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Buyers Dog Den

Location: Exhibit Hall | Booth #503

Friday, June 28

12:45 PM - 11:59 PM

Exhibitor Move-out

Location: Exhibit Hall BC

Friday, June 28

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Lunch + Closing Keynote

Sponsored by: Skyline Salt Solutions

Location: DLCC | Spirit Ballroom

Friday, June 28

5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Closing Event Dinner Cruise

Sponsored by: Caterpillar

Location: Gateway Clipper