NSA Fall Conference September 28-October 1
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Join us for the NSA 2017 fall conference to connect with our member network and learn from our experts all while surrounded by the beauty of Ithaca. Located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the city features historic slate roof buildings surrounded by steep hills, vineyards, apple orchards, and waterfalls.

This is your chance to learn from experts, ask questions and enjoy the company of others who share your interest in all things slate!


  • Informative presentations by:

    Victor Cardenes, Geology researcher focused on roofing slate —All you need to know about slate

    John Chan, NSA President and President, Durable Slate Company — Natural slate vs. synthetics

    Jeffrey Chusid, Interim Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University — Importance of historic preservation

    Gary Traver, Assistant Director of Educational Services for NYS Division of Code Enforcement — Code as it relates to steep slope roofing

    Tim Underhill, Delta Slate Company — Industry Roundtable

    James Walas, Revere Copper Architectural Services — Copper details and updates

    Ron Williams, OSHA Area Director — New Silica Standard 

  • Connect with businesses and industry specialists

  • Cornell University campus tour

  • Tompkins County Historical Preservation Society tour
  • Optional: Experience! The Finger Lakes winery tour, $95
    (*use this link to book wine tour directly)

    Wine Tour Itinerary
    First stop: Long Point Winery

    • Barrel sampling of multiple vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon.
    • Tasting of five more wines of the guest’s choice (including one paired with chocolate).
    • Buffet lunch with gourmet sandwiches, side salad and dessert.

    Second stop: Treleaven Winery

    • Private tour of the winery and wine making process.
    • Private tasting consisting of six selected wines.
    • Cheese pairing featuring local hand crafted cheese.

    Last stop at a local waterfall to appreciate why “Ithaca is Gorges.”

Member, $249 | Member Guest, $149

Non-Member, $279 | Non-Member Guest, $279


Conference Headquarters

The Statler Hotel | Cornell University

Tucked into Cornell University’s vibrant campus, and overlooking Cayuga Lake (the largest of the Finger Lakes), The Statler Hotel puts you near beautiful parks, plunging waterfalls and compelling attractions. Designed to inspire effortless relaxation, the rooms feature modern designs and warm décor surrounded by a beautiful landscape.

$250 | Traditional Guestroom (book online: code NSLATE92717)

Other area hotels:

Best Western University Inn
$129 ($159 Fri. & Sat.) | Two Beds (for discounted rate book rooms by 8/27)

Country Inn & Suites Ithaca (book online: rate code SLATE)
$139 | Queen Suite or King Suite (for discounted rate book rooms by 9/6)

Fairfield Inn & Suites Ithaca
$139 | Queen or King Room (for discounted rate book rooms by 9/1)

*Booking by phone: mention National Slate Association for discounted rooms


Show your support for the NSA! Sponsor logos will appear in the conference programs and on a large banner in the meeting room.

Gold: $2500*

Silver: $1000*

Bronze: $500

*Grab the attention of the conference attendees with a table of your company’s literature, samples, and signage. Display tables are complementary at Silver and Gold levels only and are limited to the first 10 sponsorships. Don’t delay, secure a table now.

Distances/Mileage from Area Airports

*all distances/travel times are from the airport to The Statler Hotel at Cornell (approximations based on Google Maps).

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)
Distance: 70 miles
Travel Time: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)
Distance: 5 miles
Travel Time: 16 minutes

Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM)
Distance: 42 miles
Travel Time: 1 hour

Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (ELM)
Distance: 34 miles
Travel Time: 51 minutes

For more information about the convention, please contact
Dustin Lanterman: dlanterman@evansroofingcompany.com
Stephanie Coustenis: scoustenis@slateassociation.org