Educational Opportunities


Educational Opportunities

Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14

Join your colleagues and participate in various educational sessions that will help you Chart Your Course. This year's educational sessions genuinely have something for everyone. Lectures are designed to help you hone technical skills, grow your business, stay ahead of market trends, ensure best practices are met on job sites, and more.

 

These sessions will include a mix of traditional speakers lecturing on a topic as well as panel discussions facilitated by an industry expert.

 

The Chart Your Course Expo education sessions taking place on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14 are included in your registration fee.

 

Each participant will receive one CCU per session (up to four).

 

View Complete Show Schedule Here

Pre-Expo Symposium

Tuesday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Pre-Expo Symposium, offered exclusively to NWFA Certified Professionals, provides 6 CCU credits and will include some elite presenters who will be leading a master-series, covering science, craftsmanship, and business topics as related to the wood flooring industry. Both sessions will run concurrently, and will be recorded. Sessions include lunch.

 

● Inspector Track: Walking the Plank - Come learn about the science of the spaces below and surrounding flooring systems to understand how they impact wood flooring performance. Dr. Lstiburek, a Ph.D., ASHRAE Fellow, and Principal with Building Science Corporation, will teach how concrete slabs, crawlspaces, and wood floor framing works. He will discuss the challenges of installing wood floors over these types of structural elements, and why the flooring industry often is held responsible when they don’t work as intended. Speaker: Dr. Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D.

● Master Craftsman Track: Define Your Niche and Tap Into a Million Dollar Market - Historic wood floors, highly customized wood floors, and uniquely finished wood floors offer unique niche potential within the wood flooring market. Each of these specializations requires highly honed skills that are learned through trial and error, and years of experience.Come learn from industry experts who have differentiated themselves within their markets as highly experienced and skilled professionals who can demand top-dollar, and work on multiple million-dollar projects each year. Speakers: Sprigg Lynn, John Yarema, and Steve Belrose.

Additional registration required. For more information on registering for the Pre-Expo Symposium, please visit our Rates and Registration page.



Succession Planning & Combatting New Tax Proposals: Assuring Your Company Remains Successful

Tuesday, April 12 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In understandable language, business owners will learn strategies for succession planning and wealth preservation for the eventual transition of their business assets. Typically, the more successful business owners become, the more vulnerable they are. Accordingly, techniques will be discussed showing how to combat those vulnerabilities to assure your business remains successful. Among the areas of focus will be why successful businesses ultimately fail, the importance of coordinating estate plans with succession plans, addressing active vs. inactive children within a family business, liquidity issues, valuation methodologies that will satisfy the IRS while lowering your tax bill, the proper type of buy-sell agreements that allow for maximum tax savings, and avoiding insurance funding mistakes that often result in millions of dollars of unnecessary taxes being paid. The impending proposed federal estate tax and capital gains tax changes will be discussed as well, along with solutions to combat this challenge. Many of these topics will be applied to a real-life family business case study that is sure to strike a chord with everyone attending.

 

Leon B. Resnick and Terrance K. Resnick are partners in Resnick Associates/Resnick Succession Group, a nationally recognized business succession, estate planning, and life insurance advisory firm. The Resnick brothers have worked extensively with more than 250 trade associations, and have appeared in many articles in business magazines, newspapers, and trade journals on the topics of business succession, estate planning, and due diligence. The firm is also a co-founder of the Elizabethtown College Family Business Center in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, one of the largest college-based family business centers in the United States.

 

Additional registration required. For more information on registering for Succession Planning, please visit our Rates and Registration page.



ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing (CSMT) Program

Wednesday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stand out from the crowd and gain fundamental education or full certification as a concrete slab moisture testing technician through ICRI’s Concrete Slab Moisture Testing (CSMT) Program. In addition to improving your understanding of what slab moisture tests actually measure and what the test results mean, certified individuals provide a higher level of confidence in the test results that are critical in the flooring pre-installation decision-making process or post-failure forensic investigation.

 

The CSMT program consists of two (2) course options:

 
  • Education Course - offering you fundamental education in concrete slab moisture testing.
  • Certification Course - offering you full certification as a concrete slab moisture testing technician.
 

Click here to view session descriptions and for more information about the CSMT Program, please contact Dale Regnier, ICRI Program Director at 651-290-6278 or email at daler@icri.org.

 

Additional registration required. For more information on registering for ICRI's Concrete Slab Moisture Testing (CSMT) Program, please visit our Rates and Registration page.