NSA Conference Recap – Ithaca, NY

The National Slate Association Conference was held in Ithaca, NY from 9/28/17-9/30/17. Over 60 people from the industry attended to see instructional presentations, a walking tour of Cornell University, and networked on wine and pub crawl tours.  This post will highlight the events.

9/28/17 – Registration / Lunch / Cornell University Walking Tour

Thursday began the conference with people arriving and registering. The main accommodations were provided by the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University Campus. This was where a beautiful lunch awaited the conference attendees before going on with a walking tour of Cornell University. The day’s events concluded with cocktail reception hosted by Alpine SnowGuards.

Cornell University Walking Tour

Alpine Snow Guard Reception

 

9/29/17 – Presentations, Downtown Ithaca Historical Slate & Architecture Walking Tour, & Pub Crawl

The day opened up with a breakfast from 7am-8am and a welcome meeting held by John Chan, NSA President. At 9am, the presentations were set to go. You can click on the right image to bring up a full description.

New Silica Standard: Ron Williams, Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Syracuse Area OSHA Office

Natural Slate or Synthetic Slate: John Chan, President, Durable Slate Company

Building Codes for Slate Roofs: Gary Traver, Assistant Director of Educational Services for New York State Division of Code Enforcement

9/30/17 Presentations, Slate Industry Round Table, Optional Wine Tour

Revere Copper Products, Inc.: James Walas, Architectural Manager

Everything You Need to Know About Slate: Victor Cardenes, Ph.D, geologist, roofing slate industry researcher, author

Slate Industry Round Table Discussion: Moderator, Brian Chalsma, President, The Roofing Company, Inc.

Brian Chalsma, Bob Williams, Russ Watsky, Dan Cornwell

Awards

Wine Tour

National Slate Association’s Mobile Field Guide

Slate Roofs Design and Installation Manual

NSA Mission

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