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19 Summer Open House

16th Annual Winter Conference
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852

The winter conference has been rescheduled for Tuesday February 24th at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. The agenda for this year’s event includes a wide range of topics of interest to a variety of audiences.

For engineers, we have a case study on a local bridge replacement presented by the Senior Project Manager from Delta Engineers in charge of the project as well as an educational session on the use of fibers in the manufacturing process of precast products plus several sessions focused on successful marketing techniques. Engineers attending this year’s program will received a certificate for 2.5 professional development hours.

For NEPCA Producer members programs include an overview of the changing OSHA crane operator & personnel certification requirements; fiber use in precast; management of an aging workforce and the always entertaining and educational presentation by Ty Gable, NPCA President on the future of the precast industry.

For all attendees, in addition to all the sessions discussed above, a program on how to “Succeed in a Fast Paced World” will help you better manage your typical day! And don’t forget, our exhibitors and sponsors will show you the latest and greatest available for the precast industry. Make sure to welcome Grove Products, Inc. & Airmatic, Inc. the 2 newest NEPCA members who will be exhibiting at the conference.


Schedule of Events - Tuesday, February 24th, 2015




8:00am – 3:45pm

Grand Ballroom

Coffee & Exhibitor Booths

8:00am – 8:30am

Grand Ballroom

Membership Meeting & Board Election
Jim Pryor, President, Northeast Precast Concrete Association

8:30am – 9:00am

Grand Ballroom

Simple Yet Effective Marketing: Done with your eyes closed!
Matt Ward, President/CEO, inConcert Web Solutions, Inc.

Marketing is about staying in front of your customers & prospects and being present when they are ready to buy. Many business owners struggle with where, how often and how much time to put into marketing. But did you know that you could automate your marketing to ensure a consistently delivered message to your prospect … while you are sleeping!

9:00am – 9:30am

Grand Ballroom

OSHA Crane Operator & Personnel Certification Requirements
Matthew Eckstine, Manager of Business Development, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators

Update on the current OSHA regulations & requirements for operator and personnel certification regarding cranes and lifting equipment including recognizing when an operator is required to be certified.

9:30am – 10:00am

Grand Ballroom

Fibers in Precast: Where They Fit & Where They Don’t (yet)
Tim Durning, Product Manager, W.R. Grace & Co.

10:00am – 10:30am

Grand Ballroom

Coffee Break

10:30am – 11:00am

Grand Ballroom

The Aging Workforce and Process Flow
Benjamin Lemek, Risk Control Consultant, CNA Insurance

Employers need to recognize the challenge of an aging workforce and establish a plan for improving the process of doing business while positively impacting productivity & efficiency.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Grand Ballroom

Innovative Precast Bridge System
Tamer Osman, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Delta Engineer, Architects, & Land Surveyors

A case study for a local bridge replacement, discussing different alternatives including a new precast abutment system that is a simple, economic and fast solution for bridge substructures.

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Grand Ballroom

NPCA Precast Forecast: Three Things You Need to Do to Stay in Business in 2015

Ty Gable, President, NPCA

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Grand Ballroom

Proactive Sales – Manage to Win
Greg Chase, Consultant, Chase Consulting

How to: develop your customer; conduct effective sales meetings, & SELL MORE STUFF!

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Grand Ballroom

Coffee / Desert Break

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Grand Ballroom

How to Succeed in a Fast Paced World
Greg Chase, Consultant, Chase Consulting

Stress … Emotions … Resistance to Change & a full plate – your typical day? Learn how to manage it!

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Grand Ballroom

Wrap-up & Raffle

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