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MNLA Snow Day 2014

Join us for a day of equipment, supplies and education to gear up for the next snow season. Online Registration is now closed. Onsite registration is available.

When: 10/2/2014
Exhibits Open from 10am to 3:30pm
Where: Minnesota State Fair Grounds - Dairy Building
1964 Judson Ave.
Falcon Heights, Minnesota  55108
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

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Online Registration is closed.  You can still register onsite.  Come for an hour or stay the whole day.

$49 MNLA Members/$69 non-Members


MNLA Snow Day 2014: Equipment, Supplies and Education to Gear up for the next Snow Season 

Date:  Thursday, October 2, 2014

Location:  Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Dairy Building/Empire Commons



schedule at a glance:

10:00-3:30—Exhibits Open

10:00-11:00—Dedicated Trade Show Time

11:00-11:45—Snow & Ice Management BMP’s, Part 1
Adopting Best Practices in Advanced Snow Management
Martin Tirado, SIMA
Bob Smart, Smart Scapes, Inc.

Building a sustainable, long lasting service model in snow and ice management is extremely challenging. There aren’t many methods that snow contractors can employ to benchmark their services and gain insight into areas of improvement. The Best Practices Checklist for Snow & Ice Management is a simple resource that a snow business can use to align the company and its business functions with critical areas. 

Robert Smart, CSP will walk attendees through some of the major elements on the checklist, and provide key details and insight into how any snow company, regardless of size or market, can use Best Practices to improve and grow quality and consistency in service.

The discussion will include help related to: 

Core safety training tips and tools 
Site engineering plans as they relate to plowing, deicing, and sidewalk operations        
Documentation and communication of service 
Organizational structure and employee accountability  

11:45-12:30—Lunch (included with attendee registration)

12:30-1:00—Advanced Plowing Technology

David Forsmark, Western Products

Efficient plowing techniques are today’s competitive edge to combat margin compression in our industry.  Plows have come a long way since the horse drawn wood plows and today single hinge and double hinge plows can reduce plow time up to 50% over the straight truck plow blades of yesterday.  In this session, you will learn how you can improve your plowing capacity while reducing your capital and operating expenses


1:00-1:30—Dedicated Trade Show Time

1:30-2:15—Snow & Ice Management BMP’s, Part 2
Bob Smart, Smart Scapes, Inc.

In Part 2 of Snow & Ice Management BMP’s, Smart will continue his discussion and dive deeper into how your company can use Best Practices to improve and grow quality and consistency in service.

2:30-3:00—5 Steps to Make Sure You Get Paid for Your  Work 
Patrick McGuiness, Zlimen & McGuiness

Learn about five steps you can take that will make it easier to ensure you are paid for all of the hard work you do. From contract set up to following up with customers, this seminar will discuss good legal and business practices to help with your collection rates. We will also discuss how to proceed when you are not paid for work, and the different options for recovering from bad customers

3:00-3:30—Dedicated Trade Show Time / Social Hour


(as of 9/24/14)


A Top Notch Equipment Inc.
Aspen Equipment
Astleford International Trucks
Central Turf & Irrigation Supply
Chevrolet Business Elite Dealers

Crysteel Truck Equipment Inc.
Cushman Motor Co., Inc.
Ehlinger Lawn Services, Inc.
Frost Services Inc.

Chevrolet Business Elite Dealers
Kenwood / WS Communications
Niebur Tractor & Equipment, Inc.
Northern Salt
Reinders, Inc.
Specialty Turf and Ag Inc.
Super America
Tessman Co. 
Tri-State Bobcat Inc.
Truck Utilities
Ziegler CAT


Snow Day Speakers

Robert Smart of Rich Arlington and Associates is a certified snow professional (‘CSP’) and an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (‘OCNT’) who possesses a wealth of industry experience.  As a consultant with Rich Arlington & Associates―a firm dedicated to providing those in the landscape and snow management industries with specialized training and consultation on every facet of their business—Smart travels throughout North America speaking to contractors and facility management on a wide range of industry topics. 


In 1986, Smart’s entrepreneurial spirit launched Yard Smart, Inc, and then in 2004, he started Sun Smart, LLC, Smart Associates, LLC and Port Clinton Properties, LLC. In 2007, after 21 years of managing Yard Smart’s marketing, sales, HR, growth and systems development, Smart sold the 1.8+ million dollar company and launched three new companies; Smart Scapes Landscaping, Inc. Smart Snow and Ice Management and Mr. Yard Inc. Today, he is president and owner of Mr. Yard Inc., a full service landscape supply company serving both retail and contractor customers, and Smart Scapes Landscaping, a full service landscape management company with a commercial snow division serving the Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio area. 


Smart is a board member of the National Snow & Ice Management Association (‘SIMA’) and he sits on several SIMA committees, including the certification, conference and mentor program.  He is a team teacher/speaker of SIMA’s Build-A-Bid and Beyond-A-Bid Educational Seminars.  Smart is also an active member of numerous industry associations such as PLANET, the Ohio Landscape Association (‘OLA’), the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (‘ONLA’), Ohio Lawn Care Association (‘OLCA’), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (‘OTF’), and is also a part of Meyer’s Official Test Plow Company Program.   

Patrick McGuiness is a speaker, author, and attorney with more than 15 years working in the green industry. He is a regular contributor to The Scoop, Snow Business Magazine, Turf Magazine, and many other publications. In addition to being an attorney, McGuiness is also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, and sits on the Board of Directors for Hiway Federal Credit Union and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.  



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