NSA Fall Conference September 28-30
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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!

Member, $249 | Member Guest, $149

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


10:30 a.m. – Noon Registration & Check In, Statler Hotel

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (included w/registration)

2 – 4 p.m. Cornell University Campus Walking Tour

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Alpine SnowGuards Cocktail Reception (included w/registration)

7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast (included w/registration)

8 – 9 a.m. Welcome & Member Meeting: John Chan, NSA President

9 – 10 a.m. New Silica Standard: Ron Williams, Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Syracuse Area OSHA Office

10 – 11 a.m. Natural Slate or Synthetic Slate: John Chan, President, Durable Slate Company

11 a.m. – Noon Building Codes for Slate Roofs: Gary Traver, Assistant Director of Educational Services for New York State Division of Code Enforcement

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (included w/registration) & Historical Preservation Society Pre-tour Presentation

1:45 – 4:30 p.m. Downtown Ithaca Historical Slate & Architecture Walking Tour

6 p.m. Ithaca Commons Pub Crawl

7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast (included w/registration)

8 – 9 a.m. Revere Copper Products, Inc.: James Walas, Architectural Services

9 – 10 a.m. Everything You Need to Know About Slate: Victor Cardenes, Ph.D., geologist, roofing slate industry researcher and author

10 – 11 a.m. Slate Industry Round Table Discussion: Moderator, Tim Underhill, President, Delta Slate Co.

11 a.m. Closing Remarks: Brian Chalsma, NSA Incoming President

Noon – 5 p.m. Optional Wine Tour*

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.”

Experience! The Finger Lakes winery tour, $95
(*use this link to book wine tour directly)


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
Brad Walters: info@slateassociation.org