CONFERENCE TRACKS

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Assets focuses on the resources that companies use in order to generate a competitive advantage. From your people to your physical assets, this track will cover all of the building blocks that put you in a position to win.

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Actions focuses on the way business is performed to achieve a desired result. Actions include the methods, processes, systems and innovations that combine to create the blueprint for how you conduct business.

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Analytics focuses on generating knowledge and insights from information and data. This track emphasizes the growing importance of using benchmarks and intel to make informed business decisions.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting | 7:00-11:00AM
Honeywell Liaison | 7:00-9:30 AM
Johnson Controls Liaison | 9:45-11:45
Women in HVACR Networking Event2:00-5:30PM
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Conference Orientation | 4:30-5:15PM
Councils & Committees Chair Prep | 5:00-5:30PM
Distributor Town Hall | 5:30-6:30PM
Supplier & Rep Town Hall | 5:30-6:30PM
Opening Reception/Silent Auction | 7:00-9:00PM
Canadian Interests Reception | 9:15-10:15PM
Emerging Leaders Reception (by invitation) | 9:15-10:15PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4

7:30-9:30AM

Executive Breakfast & Featured Speaker: Jon Melchi “Political Year in Review”

Plenary & Membership Awards (Program begins at 8:00AM)

Solutions Center | 7:30-4:30PM
Emerging Leaders Program | 8:15-11:15AM
HALO Board Meeting | 9:00AM-12:00PM
Sponsored Break | 9:30-9:45AM

9:45-11:00AM

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Marty Clarke

 “Leadership Land Mines”

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8 Management Catastrophes and How to Avoid Them

Just because you have a team reporting to you does not make you a leader.

Get ready for a very fun, fast, and often hilarious experience as Marty Clarke identifies the 8 specific behaviors that cripple your ability to emerge as a true leader, and the real-world strategies you can use to avoid them forever.

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Collaborative Commerce

Improve Your Profits with Better Customer Service

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Brought to you by: Supply Chain Tech

Hear how industry leaders are providing world class customer service, while increasing their profitability.

Speakers:
Kathy Wells, Mueller Industries
Canaan Lawrence, Director Wholesale Sales for NIBCO
Colin Dees, Johnstone Ware Group

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Sofie Miller

“True Cost of Energy Efficiency”

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This session explores the analytical assumptions that underpin the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency standards for appliances, and whether DOE’s forecasted regulatory benefits materialize for consumers.

Controls Council Meeting (Distributors Only) | 9:45-11:00AM

11:15AM-1:15PM

Elements-10Luncheon Keynote: Aron Ralston “127 Hours: Between a Rock & a Hard Place”

(Program begins at 11:45AM)

1:30-2:45PM

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HVAC Council Ductless Product Discussion  

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Brought to you by: The HVAC Council

 The Hydronic council of the HVAC Systems and Equipment Council is prepared to discuss the 2015 NAECA water heater changes, updates in water heater technologies, and venting water heaters and boilers.

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The Bluff Brothers

Top Marketing Strategies
to Successfully 
Grow
Your Business in 2017

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Brought to you by the Marketing Committee

The Bluff Brothers will crack the nut on the difficult subject of marketing throughout the HVAC supply chain in 2017 and beyond. Drawing from their own industry research as well as other industry experts, they’ll develop a mock marketing plan for distributors, discuss the skills and budget needed to implement it and provide templates for use throughout the campaign.

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Karl Manrodt & WERC

Metrics, Benchmarking and Best Practices: Increasing DC Productivity & Efficiency for Better Logistics

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Brought to you by: Distribution & Logistics

Each year WERC members and DC Velocity readers identify the most critical metrics used in their DCs. Hear the latest stats and analysis from this year’s DC Measure report and how to use the quantitative data along with documented qualitative processes to benchmark your DC.

Hydronic Products Discussion | 1:30-2:45PM
Manufacturer Rep Committee: Daniel E. Beederman | 1:30-2:45PM
Membership Committee | 1:30-2:45PM
Social Welcome Reception | 2:30-4:30PM
Sponsored Break | 2:45-3:00PM

3:00-4:15PM

Featured Speaker: Marc Dunkelman “The True Roots of Gridlock in Washington”

3:00-4:15PM

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Emerging Technologies Products Discussion

Presented by: The HVAC Council

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The Emerging Technologies sub council of the HVAC Systems and Equipment Council is prepared to discuss rebate effectiveness, AHRI rating standards, commercial VRF trends and ductless mini splits with ducted air handlers.

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Ducted Products Discussion

Presented by: The HVAC Council

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The ductless sub council of the HVAC Systems and Equipment Council is prepared to discuss what happens in 2016 is 25D goes away, home automation, connected solutions and Wi-Fi thermostats, the future of solar and wind, Tesla’s home battery and whole home generators.

Impact Committee | 3:00-4:15PM
Supplier Committee | 3:00-4:15PM
Press Conference | 4:15-5:15PM
HARDIPAC Reception | 5:30-7:00PM
Hospitalities | Evening

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

8:00-10:15 AM

HARDI Breakfast Program, Supplier Awards & Panel Discussion: “Home Automation – Who Owns the Wall?” Presented by: The HVAC & Controls Council

(Program begins at 8:30AM)

Solutions Center | 8:00AM-12:00PM
Social Networking Breakfast/HALO Business Meeting | 9:00-10:30AM
Sponsored Break | 10:15-10:30AM
Former Presidents Meeting | 10:30-11:45AM

10:30-11:30 AM

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Nick Reuhs

Cyber & Product Liability

Brought to you by: Insurance & Risk

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This session will consist of two parts. In the first part of the presentation, we will explore potential exposure faced by distributors for product liability as well as techniques for minimizing that risk. In the second part of the presentation, we will explore current cyber-crime and cyber liability threats as well as techniques for minimizing those risks.

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Nancye Combs

Managing the Impact of the Top Ten HR Challenges for 2016

Brought to you by: Government Relations

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HARDI advisor, Nancye Combs, will provide advice on the Top Ten HR challenges and how we are addressing them to assure we are in compliance, and can continue to maintain the managerial control our stakeholders expect.

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Brad Johnson

HARDI Foundation Research Findings: A Road Map for HVACR Digital Content and Commerce

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Join us for this session as Brad discusses a new research study on the evolution of sharing product data between suppliers and distributors, and where HARDI members are on that evolutionary path based on the survey results.

12:00-1:45

Elements-12Luncheon Keynote: Karl Rove “America’s Challenges: Analysis & Predictions About America’s Future”

(Program begins at 12:30PM)

12:00-4:30PM

Optional Social Activity: United States Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods Tour

$95. Lunch not included. 

2:00-5:30PM

Booth Program

President’s & Former Presidents’ Reception (by invitation) | 6:00-7:00PM
Hospitalities | Evening

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

HALO/HARDI Charity Walk | 7:00AM

8:00-10:00AM

HARDI Executive Breakfast Program, General Membership Meeting & Featured Speaker: Jeff Ma “21 and Other Numbers That Changed My Life: Harnessing the Power of Analytics” Presented by: Management Methods

(Program begins at 8:30AM)

Social Friendship Breakfast | 8:00-9:00AM

10:00AM-3:00PM

Optional Social Activity: Shopping Shuttle to Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs

$75. Lunch not included.

10:15-11:30 AM

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Rajan Rajendran

Refrigerant & Energy Regulations Update

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Brought to you by: Refrigeration Council

Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, will provide the latest update on the ever-changing regulatory landscape related to the EPA’s final rule on refrigerant delisting and the DOE’s energy reduction mandates. You’ll learn about a new class of alternative synthetic refrigerants that promise lower global warming potential, as well as the re-emergence of natural options such as propane and CO2.

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Nick Benton

HARDI Member Case Studies in Professional Development

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Brought to you by: Professional Development

Join us in this interactive session as we showcase HARDI members demonstrating best practices in: incentivizing training (Troy Meachum, ACR Supply), driving course completions (Ken Schreiber, Century A/C Supply) and getting the most of high potential employees (Kevin Dier, Johnstone Supply)

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Connor Lokar & Dan Vida

Commercial Forecast & Unitary Report

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HARDI’s Senior Economist Connor Lokar provides ITR Economics’ 2017 -2018 commercial market outlook, then HARDI’s Unitary Market Analyst Dan Vida reviews the unitary market trends of 2015 through 2016, and the type of equipment likely to fulfill market demand in 2017 – 18

“NATE Training and Testing: Value to HVACR Distributors and the Industry” | 10:15-11:30AM
Sheet Metal Committee | 10:15-11:130M

11:45AM-1:45PM

Elements-11Luncheon Keynote: Alan Beaulieu “The Economic Outlook”

(Program begins at 12:15PM)

2:00-3:00PM & 3:15-4:15PM

Speakers: Sid & Aaron Strickland “Hunting Down High-Potential Talent and Future Leaders”

2:00-3:00PM & 3:15-4:15PM

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ITR

Trends – Regional Economic Forecasts NE/Mid-Atl & Central/Great Lakes

Sponsored Break | 3:00-3:15PM

6:00PM

Reception

7:00PM

Closing Festivities/Passing of the Gavel