NDA Podcast Series: Demolition NOW
Demolition NOW from the National Demolition Association (NDA) provides concise analysis of the government affairs issues impacting the industry, along with engaging interviews of industry leaders, experts and analysts that will provide unique perspectives on the demolition industry today. The podcast digs into the policy issues affecting the demolition industry including OSHA regulations, business and economics, labor policy, political developments and several others.
The podcast examines the big issues driving the demolition industry in an environment of constantly changing business conditions, political developments and consumer preferences. Join host Jeff Lambert as he dissects the issues that matter most to your company and the future of the industry.
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Episode 31 (September 22, 2023): Demo DEMOgraphics with Brian Priestly (PDI). Awards Season is Here! Awards, Scholarships, and What to Expect on the Regulatory Agenda
In this episode, we interview Brian Priestly, Executive Vice President of North American Operations at PDI, a demolition company with over 25 years of experience. We discuss PDI's history, management team structure, and succession plan. Next, we talk to Jim Graham, Principal at Winter Environmental and NDA Board member and Awards Chair, about this year's NDA awards and scholarships applications. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Alex McIntyre, who provides an update on government affairs, including heat illness and the regulatory agenda.
Episode 30 (August 10, 2023): Demo Demographics and Government Affairs/Legislative Priorities
In this episode, we introduce a new segment called "Demo Demographics." This segment features interviews with owners and C-suite executives from member companies across North America, discussing their company history, challenges, and opportunities. We interviewed current NDA Vice President Ben Hayden, Vice President/Owner of Hayden Wrecking out of St. Louis, Missouri. We also sat down with NDA Director of Government Affairs Alex McIntyre, who discussed upcoming legislation and regulation.
Episode 29 (April 28, 2023): NDA President James Milburn, Labor and Workforce Update and NDA Legislative Priorities
In this episode, we talk with NDA President James Milburn, Milburn Demolition as he discusses his career path in the industry, what make him tick and the new 2023 Strategic Plan. NDA has in store many exciting new projects including chapter formation, the Certified Demolition Supervisor (CDS) and member growth. We sit down for a conversation with Claudia St. John with Affinity HR, NDA's workfroce solutions partner, to discuss workforce development including skilled labor shortages and what NDA member can do in the near and long-term to ensure their business are ready for the next 10 to 15 years. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Alex McIntyre as he discusses the upcoming legislation and regulation.
Episode 28 (February 3, 2023): NDA Demolition Pre-Engineering Survey, Certified Demolition Supervisor and NDA legislative priorities
Safety begins at the planning stage. In this episode, we talk with NDA Board member and Safety Committee Chair John Satterwhite, Vice President at Lloyd D. Nabors Demolition, Inc., on the recent update to the NDA Demolition Pre-Engineering Survey and the importance of the pre-start Engineering Survey to demolition. Next, we hear from Yenny Caceres, Certification Manager for the Certification Board of the NDA (CBN) on the Certified Demolition Supervisor test, criteria and timeframe for launch of the certification. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Alex McIntyre as he discusses the upcoming legislation, regulation and NDA’s 2023 legislative and regulatory priorities.
Episode 27 (November 17, 2022): NDA 2023 Annual Convention & Expo, Live Demolition Event™, why are you in the Demo industry and what to expect from the recent election.
In this episode, we talk with NDA Board member and Convention & Expo Committee Chair Karsten Pawlik, Vice President of Operations at Alpine Demolition and Natalie DeHart, Membership and Operation Director on what to expect at next year’s Convention & Expo, Demolition Phoenix. Next, we hear from Alex Berg, Founder and CEO of Cratos Equipment and Ed Vernier, Project Executive - Capital Projects at Alloy Group on how they came to choose demolition as a profession and what membership means to them. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Alex McIntyre as he provides a recap the election, explains the balance of power in 2023 and discusses the possible effects on NDA’s 2023 legislative and regulatory priorities.
Episode 26 (August 25, 2022): Awards Season is Here! Demolition Awards, Scholarships and what to expect from the Hill ...
In this episode, we talk with NDA Board member and Awards Chair Jim Graham, Principal at Winter Environmental, about this year’s NDA awards and scholarships applications. Next, we hear from Steve Ducker, Editor of Demolition & Recycling International (D&Ri) for an update on this year’s World Demolition Summit November 16-17 in Vienna Austria. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Alex McIntyre as he provides an update on government affairs, Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), budget reconciliation, Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act and the appropriations process.
Episode 25 (April 29, 2022): Guidance for Demolition of Power Plants, 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner David P. Sinclair and what to expect from the Hill
In this episode, we talk with NDA Industry Committee members, Chair, Blake Svendsen, ERM and Ahmed Khalil, Applied Sciences International about the Committees work on new NDA guidance document, Guidance for Demolition of Power Plants. Now available for download, this document presents guidelines developed by the National Demolition Association to provide awareness and informational guidance to all stakeholders involved in demolition of power generation plants. Next, we talk with David P. Sinclair, SafeDEM USA, and 2022 NDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner on his thoughts regarding the industry and his recent award. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney as provides an update on government affairs, infrastructure and the upcoming regulatory agenda.
Episode 24 (February 9, 2022): The future is now! Technology, certification and what to expect from the Hill
In this episode, we talk with Jadon Kool, Sales Support Consultant at Caterpillar Inc. about innovations in heavy equipment and demolition and recent technology utilized in the field. Next, we hear from Peter Banks, Executive Vice President at ADEP Group, Inc., Past President of the NDA and current Chair of the Certification Board of the NDA (CBN) as he discusses NDA’s creation of a certification for demolition professionals. We discuss the target audience for the certification, eligibility requirements the next steps in the process. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney as provides an update on government affairs, infrastructure and the COVID-19 ETS. This episode sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.
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Episode 23 (December 16, 2021): An Interview with Dustin Bass of BaseRock Partners and Loren Smith of Skyline Policy and Dustin Bass of BaseRock Partners covering supply chain, COVID aftershocks and infrastructure
In this episode, we hear from Dustin Bass – Co-founder and Partner, BaseRock Partners on COVID relief, the Federal Reserve, the stock market and infrastructure in addition to a discussion on their quarterly market outlook on engineering and construction. Next, we talk with Loren Smith, Skyline Policy, on the supply chain, COVID aftershocks and how regulation and permitting play into infrastructure rollout. A copy of which can be found on the website. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney as provides an update on government affairs, infrastructure and the COVID-19 ETS.
Episode 22 (October 29, 2021): Interview with Acting Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Administration Jim Frederick, Demolition San Diego and Government Affairs Update
In this episode, we talk with Acting Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Administration Jim Frederick. We discuss OSHA’s recent Alliance with the NDA, recent activities and priorities including Safety and Health Management Systems a brief overview of rulemakings (including heat illness) and the upcoming Table 1 Update timeline for Silica. Next we hear from NDA’s Convention Chair Scott Laird with Independence Demolition as he discusses what to expect at Demolition San Diego and why next year’s Annual Convention and Expo will be the must attend event for the industry. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney as provides an update on government affairs, infrastructure and the COVID-19 ETS.
Episode 21 (September 2, 2021): 2021 Labor Market Summary, Association Update and Government Affairs Update.
In this episode we talk with author, speaker, and consultant Claudia St. John with NDA Partner, Affinity HR Group as she discusses the recently published 2021 Labor Market Summary. The report details labor market trends and informs companies on how they stay ahead of the curve on hiring. Next we hear from Executive Director Jeff Lambert as he provides an update on association benefits and services. Finally we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs as provides an update on government affairs and infrastructure.
Episode 20 (July 23, 2021): A Conversation with Demo Diva Simone Bruni on Workforce Development and Member Benefits, Past NDA Scholarship Recipient Joseph Hampel and Infrastructure Government Affairs Update.
In this episode we are joined by Simone Bruni, Principal, Demo Diva as we discuss how she started in the industry, workforce development and how she has leveraged her relationships in her community and her membership in NDA to the benefit of her company and the industry. As a woman owned company she imparts words of wisdom not just for aspiring young women considering a career in demolition but is applicable to all up and coming professionals. Next we hear from past NDA scholarship recipient Joseph Hampel as he discusses what his NDA scholarship has meant to him and his career. Finally we hear from NDA’s Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney as he discusses progress on the proposed infrastructure legislation.
Episode 19 (June 16, 2021):A Conversation with NDA Lifetime Achievement Awards Winner Herbert T. Duane, and 2021 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook
In this episode we are joined by 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards winner Herbert T. Duane as he discusses his contributions to the industry and work with the National Demolition Association. Additionally, NDA’s Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney provides an update on the legislative and regulatory landscape for the remainder of 2021 and a recap NDA’s lobbying activities under the new Congress and Administration.
Episode 18 (April 22, 2021): Human Resources and Labor Law, the Industry in Europe and a Government Affairs Update
In this episode we are joined by NDA partner Affinity HR Group’s Claudia St. John as she discusses potential HR impacts from the Biden administration including expanded FFCRA provisions, regulatory workplace protections and a federal minimum wage increase. Next we hear from Jose Blanco, the Secretary-General for the European Demolition Association (EDA) as he discusses how the association and his members have been navigating the pandemic and what the industry in Europe has learned as a result. Finally, we hear from NDA’s Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney as he discusses the Biden infrastructure plan. We would like to thank Volvo CE for their sponsorship of this episode.
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Episode 17 (March 22, 2021): NDA Celebrates the Industry
On this episode, DEMOLITION Magazine Editor, Alexa Schlosser interviews Past President Chris Godek, President Scott Homrich and former Awards Committee Chair, Rich Adamo. Former President Godek discusses accomplishments from his term, President Scott Homrich talks about upcoming NDA initiatives for his term and Rich Adamo reviews NDA 2021 awards. All three offer their take on the on the 2021 NDA Virtual Industry Update and Awards Celebration. Next we interview the British National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) President, Holly Price as she offers listeners an industry update from across the pond and well wishes for 2021. Finally, we hear from NDA Director of Government Affairs on recent government affairs activity.
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Episode 16 (October 20, 2020): Safety and Loss Prevention Performance with Dr. Devin Bennett & NDA Awards Applications
On this episode, NDA Executive Director, Jeff Lambert, is joined by Dr. Devin Bennett, of LPS, Inc. Dr. Bennett discusses ways in which companies can improve their safety results, as well as their loss prevention performance. Then, NDA Awards Committee Chairmen, Richard Adamo, provides an update on the now open NDA Scholarship and Award applications. Finally, Kevin McKenney, NDA Director of Government Affairs, will provide an update on current NDA priorities, and discuss how the upcoming election may change NDA’s policy agenda.
Episode 15 (August 21, 2020): Demolition Safety Best Practices for COVID-19 featuring Chris Godek & Kyle Maddox
NDA Membership & Operations Associate, Eric DeVos, interviews NDA President, Chris Godek, and NDA Safety Committee Chair, Kyle Maddox, regarding demolition industry best-practices and work safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also share some insight into how their own companies are operating in order to meet local safety guidelines, and what they are doing to keeping their employees healthy. Later NDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, gives a regulatory and legislative update.
Episode 14 (June 6, 2020): PHMSA Administrator “Skip” Elliott & NDA President Chris Godek Industry Outlook
NDA Executive Director, Jeff Lambert, interviews Administrator “Skip” Elliott of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding hazardous material transportation in the demolition industry. Then, you'll hear an interview featuring NDA President Chris Godek exploring the demolition and recycling industry’s impacts and outlook emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. Finally, Kevin McKenney, NDA Director of Government Affairs, gives an update on NDA’s legislative and regulatory progress.
Episode 13 (April 28, 2020): COVID-19 Demolition Industry Survey & Minimizing Business Risk During Uncertain Times
NDA Executive Director, Jeff Lambert, speaks to Adam Redling, Editor of Construction & Demolition Recycling, about the results of recent surveys conducted by NDA and Construction & Demolition Recycling. The purpose of these surveys were to help quantify the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demolition industry. Next, Jeff speaks with Stefan Moss, who leads the National Demolition and Heavy Construction Practice at Gallagher. They discuss steps that NDA members can take to minimize business risk and changes in the insurance industry as a result of COVID-19. Finally, Kevin McKenney, NDA Director of Government Affairs, has a conversation with NDA Treasurer, Ben Hayden of Hayden Wrecking.
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Episode 12 (March 30, 2020): COVID-19 Update and Resources & Savings4Members
On this episode, NDA Executive Director, Jeff Lambert, speaks with NDA president Chris Godek about the ongoing pandemic and Thomas Trapnell of McAlpine PC about legal resources members should consider if operations are effected by COVID-19. NDA Director Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, talks with Veronica Pratt, Savings4Members how members who use their services save thousands of dollars a year. Finally, Kevin gives a Government Affairs update on agency resources available to assist members.
Episode 11 (February 6, 2020): DOL’s Joint Employer Rule & NDA’s 2019 Advocacy Year-in-Review
NDA’s Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, explains the final rule set in place by the Department of Labor, set to go into effect on March 16, 2020. Later, Kevin reviews NDA advocacy wins from 2019.
Episode 10 (November 18, 2019): Ohio EPA Programs & Demolition Austin
On this episode of Demolition NOW, NDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, speaks to Ohio EPA’s Dan Sowry about the Ohio Materials Market Place and the Ohio Grant Program. Then, NDA Executive Director, Jeff Lambert, discusses the exciting opportunities that will be available at Demolition Austin in February with NDA Convention Committee Chair, Tim Ramon.
Episode 09 (October 7, 2019): Demolition in Community Development & Gayanga Co.’s Brian McKinney
On this episode, NDA’s Executive Director Jeff Lambert speaks with Christina Kelly, Director of Planning and Neighborhood Revitalization at the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, about the role of demolition in federally funded community development. Later NDA’s Kevin McKenney will speak with Brian McKinney of Gayanga Co. about his Detroit based company and their role in the community, NDA education courses, and the future of workforce development in the industry.
Episode 08 (August 22, 2019): FMCSA’s New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse & World Demolition Summit
On this episode, NDA’s Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, speaks with Ray Martinez, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and his staff about the new drug and alcohol clearinghouse and what employers need to know. Later, Kevin will speak with Jim Graham of Winter Environmental about the upcoming World Demolition Summit and update you on the latest legislative and regulatory developments.
Episode 07 (July 24, 2019): OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign & Women in Demolition
On this episode of Demolition Now, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney speaks with Andy Levinson, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Standards and Guidance at OSHA on the Safe + Sound Campaign, which NDA is part of. Later, Kevin speaks with Robin Thorne, CEO of CTI Environmental and the Founder of Demochicks.com. They discuss her efforts to increase engagement and participation for women in construction and demolition so you won’t want to miss this episode.
Episode 06 (June 28, 2019): NDA Talks with President Chris Godek and White House Staff
On this episode, NDA’s Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney speaks with NDA President Chris Godek about his term as president and what he’s working to accomplish. Kevin will also speak with Scott Turner, the Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, and officials from HUD and SBA on Opportunity Zones and what the Administration is doing for these areas, along with the role of demolition in these efforts. Later, Kevin provides an update on the federal regulations NDA has weighed in on and what is coming in the next few months.
Episode 05 (May 24, 2019): Land Revitalization with EPA and Washington Fly-In Successes
In this episode, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney speaks with Jon Grosshans with EPA Region 5 to discuss land revitalization efforts, including how EPA works at the local level and how demolition plays a role. Later, Kevin speaks with Dennis McGarel of Brandenburg and Jeff Lambert of NDA about the recent Washington Fly-In. They discuss their meetings with OSHA and EPA, along with the action items and opportunities of the industry in 2019. Finally, Kevin will provide an update on the important legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry.
Episode 04 (Febraury 22, 2019): Demolition Rockies & Industry Update
The latest episode of Demolition Now is available to listen on the NDA website, along with all major podcast platforms. In this episode, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney talks with Greg Menen about Demolition Rockies, March 22-25 in Denver, CO. Tune in to learn about all the exciting educational and networking opportunities coming up in Denver, along with all the ways to have fun. Later, Kevin provides an overview of the latest issues affecting the industry. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Episode 03 (January 22, 2019): OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule & Government Shutdown
In the latest episode, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney speaks with David O’Connor, MPH from the Directorate of Standards and Guidance at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the crystalline silica rule. They discuss the rule’s background, key details, and ways to keep contractors compliant. In addition, Kevin dives into the ongoing federal government shutdown, including how it materialized, the important players, and how a solution can move forward for all parties.
Episode 02 (December 11, 2018): Midterm Elections & World Demolition Summit
In this Episode, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney will speak with Spencer Chretien of Citizens Against Government Waste about the recent midterm elections and explore Congress’s plans for 2019. In addition, this episode will provide updates on important OSHA regulations, along with an interview with Jeff Lambert about the World Demolition Summit in Dublin.
Episode 01 (October 24, 2018): Welcome to Demolition NOW…
In this episode, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney will discuss the implications of recent tax reform with Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council and preview the World Demolition Summit with Walt Reeves of Volvo Construction Equipment. In addition, this episode will update you on the status of the crystalline silica rule, OSHA record-keeping requirements, and the political climate in Washington.
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