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Education remains a cornerstone of the Annual Convention and Expo. Demolition Phoenix will be no different. Look out for more information on exciting educational opportunities and a chance to engage with industry experts. 

*Topics and schedule are subject to change.*


Friday, February 24

Hacking the ROCKSTAR ATTITUDE: How To Ignite Rockstar Performance During Uncertain Times

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Keynote Speaker: Mark Schulman

About Mark Schulman: Mark Schulman is the drummer for P!NK, performing for sold-out audiences all over the world. Get ready to be empowered, inspired, and elevated to an evolved mindset and new level of peak performance. Having performed for over a billion people, Mark unlocks the Rockstar Attitude by incorporating his powerful business philosophy and innovative strategic content with engaging multimedia and drum performances.

Through Mark’s high-energy speaking style, strategic business expertise, and dynamic, interactive musical activities, you will get to express your own rhythms, fortify individual strengths, and enhance emotional connections with your colleagues and families. Mark’s presentations have the excitement of a rock show with the transformational results of a cutting-edge keynote. Think Tony Robbins meets Bono meets Ringo Starr; you’ll break the boundaries of possibility and performance while rocking out to an unforgettable mix of live drumming, interactive performances, and compelling stories from Mark’s intimate experiences with P!NK, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Cher, and other world-class artists.

About this session: Mark’s high-energy, dynamic presentation, Hacking the Rockstar Attitude, can best be described as a Rock show disguised as a keynote. Mark uses three core principles during this kinetic and sensory-driven program – ABC: Attitude * Behavior * Consequences. You can’t always control what happens to you – as evidenced by the global pandemic – but you can control your attitude, which drives your behavior, and your behaviors determine your consequences. You will walk away with a blueprint for incorporating Rock & Roll philosophy, techniques, and swagger to overcome obstacles, drive performance, and energize your work and personal lives. Are you ready to rock?

Key takeaways:

  • Increase Individual and Team Performance: Through an invigorating, entertaining, and emotional experience, participants gain an understanding of how to immediately employ fundamental and powerful concepts that will elevate their professional and personal performance beyond what they thought possible.
  • Break Through Barriers and Trepidation: Based on his interviews with world-class performers in all industries, Mark has synthesized the secrets to busting through fear, trepidation, and anxiety associated with any type of performance, presentation, pitch, or communication.
  • Shift From “Have To” to “Get To”: Participants learn how a shift in attitude and perspective can have a tremendous impact on the outcomes of their work and personal lives.

Scrap Update 

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Speaker: Blake Hurtik (Argus Media)

During this session, we will discuss market trends and recent results of scrap markets and pricing.

Electric Construction Equipment Panel 

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Ray Gallant (Volvo Construction Equipment), Constantino Lannes (Sennebogen LLC), and Mike Martin (Brokk Inc.)

Join our panel as they discuss the growing area in the marketplace which is electric construction equipment. The speakers will discuss trends, ongoing implementation, their own experiences, and where limitations and refinements can be made.

Government Affairs Recap

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

Speakers: Zac Clark (North American Dismantling Corp.) and Alex Mclntyre (NDA)

Hear directly from the NDA Government Affairs Committee on new policy positions and their work taken to advocate for the interests of NDA about policies, laws, and regulations.

NDA's Foundations of Demolition Management Courses and Other NDA Resources

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Speakers: Greg Menen (FERMA Corp.) and Brian McKinney (Gayanga Co.)

The Foundations of Demolition Management Courses are among NDA's most popular educational resources and allow attendees to learn directly from leading demolition experts and network with peers from across the field of demolition. Learn how attending these courses, as well as partaking in other NDA educational resources, can help you get to the next level.

Workers Compensation - Sponsored by Hylant Group 

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Speaker: William (BJ) Moore (Hylant Group)

In an industry where skilled tradespeople are at a premium, building a safe culture and keeping risk transfer costs to a minimum can mean the difference between a project being awarded and a silver medal-winning bid. Learn how to improve your workers' compensation program through an overview of the impact of occupational injuries and illnesses and how to set your operations up for the successful management of incidents.

Dust Control/Air Quality 

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This session will allow attendees to hear from Phoenix-area OSHA professionals, EPA professionals, and local dust handlers

Women in Demolition Panel

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Speakers: Kalaya Long (Blue Horizon) and LaJuan Counts (City of Detroit Demolition Department)

Join our panel of top-level demolition professionals as they discuss the state of the industry and their career paths as women in a typically male-dominated field.

Demolition Superintendent Boot Camp Overview

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Speakers: Steven Schwartz (Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc.) and David Sinclair (SafedemUSA LLC)

NDA's "Demolition Superintendent Bootcamp" is the only course in the industry geared directly at Jobsite supervisors! Hear from course facilitators directly on why this is the best way for you to learn best practices for the full lifecycle of Jobsite management. Hear from others about their positive experiences and learn from their mistakes. From preplanning and safety awareness to documentation and record keeping, you’ll learn how to make better use of your manpower and equipment.


Saturday, February 25

Tool Use & Maintenance Roundtable

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Speakers: Rich Elliot (Epiroc), Justin Palvere (Genesis), Christian Yanes (Steel Wrist Inc.), and Brian Hawn (Exodus Global/ShearCore)

Hear directly from attending attachment manufacturers on some "do's and don'ts" on tool use and maintenance.

Fuel Costs: Control Options

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Speaker: Gary Bevers (Bevers & Co.)

Rising fuel costs are affecting all of us. Join this session to learn ways to minimize expenses to end users.

Helmets to Hardhats

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Quincy Ludford (Helmets to Hardhats) 

Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects transitioning active-duty military service members, veterans, National Guard, and Reservists with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. Learn how you can take part in this organization's mission to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

What's Keeping You Up at Night

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: James Milburn (Milburn Demolition), Allie Lloyd (Lloyd's Construction Services, Inc), and (Mahesh Bailakanavar (Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.)

What demolition issues are keeping you up at night? Hear from our panel what is keeping them up at night, and what they're doing about it. This panel will discuss some of the biggest issues our industry is facing and how to cope. Attendees will walk away from this session with resources to manage the stress of the demolition industry.


Pre-Conference Courses

Demolition Superintendent Bootcamp

Tuesday, February 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join NDA for the only course in the industry geared directly toward job site supervisors! Through course materials and interactive discussions with other attendees, you’ll learn best practices for the full lifecycle of Jobsite management. From preplanning and safety awareness to documentation and record keeping, you’ll learn how to make better use of your manpower and equipment. Hear from others about their positive experiences and learn from their mistakes. This one-day classroom-based course is a wonderful introduction for new superintendents and a great refresher for seasoned professionals.

Hands-on Equipment Maintenance Course

Wednesday, February 22 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visit the Live DEMOlition Event™ site a day early for hands-on training! Available as an add-on to the classroom course or as a stand-alone registration, this course gives you a chance to see the equipment up close and to learn best practices for safety and maintenance directly from the equipment manufacturers.


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