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M.I.A.M.A. 2016 FALL CONFERENCE

September 6-9, 2016

The Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association 2016 Fall Conference will be at Breezy Point Resort.  For over 90 years Breezy Point Resort has built its reputation as the Minnesota 4-season vacation destination for families, golf groups, conferences and weddings. Our Minnesota resort guests from throughout the Midwest and Canada enjoy their wide choice of lodging options, great food in 4 distinctively different restaurants and superior service. Our state-of-the-art conference center hosts groups up to 450 with style. Let’s not forget golf vacations! Breezy Point Resort has 3 spectacular golf courses, including Deacon’s Lodge, the premier championship course in the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota. Adding to the beauty of this Northwood's resort is our location on the shores of crystal clear Pelican Lake. Whether you’re just looking for a relaxing hideaway or a recreation-filled vacation, Breezy Point Resort has it all and is only a half-tank away from the Twin Cities.

You must make your meal and lodging accommodations directly with Breezy Point Resort by August 1, 2016using the reservation form that is included as a separate form via included in the brochure or found at www.miama.org.  For information call Breezy Point Resort Reservations at (800) 432-3777 and mention you are with the M.I.A.M.A. Fall Conference to get the group rate.

If you are not staying at the resort but wish to have meals included with the conference, you will need to pay separately.  Meals form can be found at www.miama.org  or attached on this brochure.

Certificate Courses

This year M.IA.M.A. is offering two full courses.  The classes are Ice Making and Painting Technologies presented by STAR and Certified Arena Manager course presented by the iAIM program through the ISI .

Ice Making and Painting Technologies (STAR) Participants will learn the skills necessary to create a quality sheet of ice. This course combines in-class and on-ice instruction of proper ice making and painting techniques. The class will paint the ice white with spraying equipment, measure and paint hockey markings, paint stenciled logos and install reusable logos. This course also covers building conditions and the relationship to ice quality. Participants will complete a written exam on the final day of the course. Certified Arena Manager (iAIM) - 

Certificate of Arena Management (CAM) courses prepare ice arena managers to face the broad array of challenges you'll encounter throughout your career. Upon completion of the CAM course you will have the skills to create a loyal workforce, manage time, increase productivity and profits, enhance customer service, minimize risk, effectively market your arena and maximize business.

Guest Speaker

Mark  Rosen

Thursday 7-8pm

Mark Rosen is WCCO-TV’s sports director, anchor and reporter.

He has been named Best TV Sportscaster for City Pages a number of times and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He also won numerous regional Emmy awards.

In late March 2012, his book, “Best Seat in the House” was released, covering everything from his early years at WCCO to his favorite interviews.

Among Mark’s many community projects, he is also a member of the board of directors for Children’s Heartlink and the A.C.E.S. foundation (Athletes Committed to Educating Students).

Mark loves speaking and has topics of Teamwork, Communication, and Attitude. He also would be the perfect emcee for your next event!

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday September 6, 2016
11:30 - 12:45 Registration (Lobby)    
1:00 - 1:15 PM Introductions/Orientation    
1:15 - 3:15 Ice Making and Painting Technologies (STAR) - Pelican    
1:15 - 3:15 Certified Arena Manager (iAIM)Governors Room    
3:15 - 3:30 Break    
3:30 - 5:30 STAR  IMPT- Pelican    
3:30 - 5:30 iAIM CAM-  Governors    
5:30 - 6:30 Dinner - Marina II Dining Room    
6:30 - 8:30 STAR IMPT- Pelican    
6:30 - 8:30 iAIM CAM-  Governors    
7:00 - 9:00 Board of Directors Meeting - MN Room    
Wednesday September 7, 2016
Education Courses General Conference
7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast - Marina II Dining Room    
8:00 - 10:00 STAR IMPT - Pelican    
8:00 - 10:00 iAIM CAM-  Governors    
10:00 - 10:15 Break    
10:15 - 12:15 STAR IMPT - Pelican    
10:15 - 12:15 iAIM CAM-  Governors    
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch - Marina II Dining Room 12:00 Vendor Set Up
1:15 - 3:15 STAR IMPT - Pelican    
1:15 - 3:15 iAIM CAM-  Governors    
3:15 - 3:30 Break 3:00 - 5:00 Registration - Lobby
3:30 - 5:30 STAR IMPT - Pelican    
3:30 - 5:30 iAIM CAM-  Governors    
5:30 - 6:00 WELCOME SOCIAL - Dockside Deck 5:00 - 6:00 WELCOME SOCIAL - Dockside deck
6:00 - 7:00  Dinner - Lakeside A & B
7:00 - 7:30 Annual Business Meeting - Lakeside A & B
7:30 - 9:30  Trade Show - MN Room
9:30 - 11:00  Bean Bag Tournament and Social -  Lakeside Ballroom
Thursday September 8 2016
6:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast - Marina II Dining Room
8:30 - 12:15 STAR IMPT- Pelican 9:30 - 10::30 Taking on Concessions-Now What?  - Whitebirch I
8:30 - 12:15 iAIM CAM-  Governors 9:30 - 10::30  Energy Management  Lakeside A
    10:45-11:45 Advertising 101—Whitebirch I
    10:45-11:45  Don’t Make Skate Sharpening A Burden - Lakeside B
11:45- 1:00  Lunch - Marina II Dining Room
1:00 - 6:00 Personal Development - Networking Tournament, Networking Skills Competition
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner - Lakeside Ballroom - 3rd Floor
7:00 - 8:00 Guest Speaker - Mark Rosen
8:15 - 8:45 Golf and Shooting Recognition Event
8:45-? Bonfire/Networking
Friday September 9, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast - Marina II Dining Room
8:00 - 12:15 STAR IMPT - Pelican 8:30 - 9:30  
8:00 - 12:15 iAIM CAM-  Governors 9:30 - 10:30 Active Shooter— Whitebirch I
    9:30-10:30 Energy Management— Lakeside A
    10:30-10:45 Break
    10:45-11:45 Starting Adult Hockey Leagues—Whitebirch I
    110:45-11:45 Advertising 101—Lakeside B
12:15 - 12:30 Multiple Grand Prize Drawings -  Lakeside A
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch—Marina II
1:00 - 2:00 Education Course Testing (both) See you at the MIAMA/ISI                                         Spring Conference and Trade Show!

Thursday Sessions


Breakout Sessions: 9:30AM-10:30Am

Taking On Concessions: Now What?
Presenter:  Wendy Spanier
Location:  Whitebirch I

The questions can be overwhelming when taking on a new responsibility. What do I need to know to prepare and sell food safely? What foods can I sell from my concession stand? What are the regulations I need to follow? What type of a license do I need? Take the stress out of operating your food service by knowing who to contact for a license and what rules apply to your business.   

Energy  Management
Presenter:  IB Storey

Location: Whitebirch II

Breakout Sessions: 10:45-11:45

Advertising 101

Presenter: Rinkside Advertising

Location:  Whitebirch I

Skate Sharpening

Presenter: Brad Anderson
Location:  Whitebirch II

The Importance of good skate sharpening and how to make money at.


 

Friday Sessions


Breakout Sessions: 9:30-10:30

Active Shooter
Presenter: Troy Walsh and  Tracy Stille
Location:  Whitebirch

Energy Management
Presenter: IB Storey
Location:  Whitebirch II

Breakout Sessions 10:45AM-11:45AM

Starting Adult Hockey Leagues
Presenter:  Eric Edhlund
Location:  Whitebirch I

Advertising 101

Presenter:  Rinkside  Advertising

Location:  Whitebirch I


Registration and Conference Fees

The conference registration form that is part of this brochure is to be returned to the M.I.A.M.A. office by August 1st, 2016 even if using a P.O. and paying later.  We are encouraging all attendees to register using the www.miama.org website.  It is easy and you can still pay by P.O.  If you are using a Credit Card, you must pay online at www.miama.org.   To register click HERE or go the link below. We use Pay Pal as our 3rd party provider to Credit Card payments.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK:  http://members.miama.org/admin2/index.php?q=civicrm/event/register&reset=1&id=3

Registrations received after August 1st, 2016 will need to pay or be billed the late registration fee.

Vendor Information

The TRADE SHOW will be held on WEDNESDAY, September 7th, 2016 from 7:30pm-9:30pm.  We also ask if you have door prizes you are providing to give them to Jeff Horstman during set up, or see him at the Arena Warehouse booth to give to him.  Don’t forget to attach your business card to each prize.

Vendors are welcome to register for the entire conference it’s a great opportunity to network and meet arena personnel.  

Sponsorship Opportunity:

Conference Sponsorship: $200.00—(Sponsorship signs will be prominently displayed for the duration of the entire conference)  Unlimited sponsors available.

Bean Bag Tournament Board Sponsorship: $200.00— (Logo will be placed on the set of boards and yours to keep or let them be raffled off—vendors choice).  Only 6 sponsors available.  First come, first served.  Our biggest and best event last year!

Trade Show fees:

Trade Show Table: $150.00 – (includes one table and two chairs)

Additional Table (s): $75 each

 

 

  Member Rate Non-Member Rate

Full Conference– 3 day, starting Wed.

DOES NOT INCLUDE COURSES

$175 PER PERSON

$225 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

$275 PER PERSON

$350 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

Full Conference—4 day starting Tues

Attending STAR or ISI courses

$350 PER PERSON

$500 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

$450 PER PERSON

$600 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

Thursday Only (all day)

$80 PER PERSON

$125 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

$135 PER PERSON

$175 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

Wednesday or Friday Only (Half day)

$40 PER PERSON

$80 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

$100 PER PERSON

$125 PER PERSON AFTER AUGUST 1

VENDOR—Trade Show Booth

Additional Table (s)

$150.00 (Includes (1) table and (2) chairs.

$75.00 each

Must be a member vendor.

VENDOR—Conference Sponsorship (Sponsorship signs will be prominently displayed for the duration of the entire conference)

Bean Bag—(Logo will be placed on the set of boards and yours to keep or let them be raffled off—vendors choice).  Only 6 sponsors available.  First come, first served.  Our biggest and best event last year!

$200.00

$200.00

Must be a member vendor.

Must be a member vendor

 

 ALL FORMS CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING HERE - CONFERENCE FORMS

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Andy Baltgalvis Retirement Celebration - Friday, July 29th

Please join us to celebrate Andy Baltgalvis’s retirement from 45 years at the Bloomington Ice Garden on Friday, July 29th.

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

@MIAMARINKS

Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association

 

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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Dave Umlauf - Fergus Falls Community Arena

MIAMA Member Spotlight: Dave Umlauf - Fergus Falls Community Arena

Name: David Umlauf

Organization Name: Fergus Falls Community Arena

Address: 340 Friburg Ave North

City: Fergus Falls        State: MN        Zip:56537

Email: david.umlauf@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us

Phone #: 218-332-5803

Website: http://fergusfallshockey.pucksystems.com/

 

Tell us how you got into the industry?

The city took over the arena and needed an assistant manager so I transferred from maintenance at the incinerator to the arena. I always liked sports, but had only played broomball on ice.

 

How many years have you been in the ice arena industry?

16

 

What is the best part about working in an ice arena?

The people and the kids.

 

Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink?

Atmosphere

 

Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far?

It was a game night and I was in a hurry to do the ice. I didn’t drop the box on the Zamboni and caught the main water line. With the help of a local plumber we were ready to go for the game.

 

What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day?

Make sure the entrance is neat and clean, check for schedule changes, check email.

 

How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career?

The industry is changing and this keeps me up to date with the current trends.

 

How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice?

We scrape up the ice shavings, wash the ice and then lay down hot water to fill in the skate marks.

 

Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way?

Dale Hanson – R & R Specialties and a MIAMA vendor member.

 

What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA?

Logs for everything and especially my HVAC units.

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

Twitter: @MIAMARINKS

Facebook: Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association

 

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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Chadd Benson - Litchfield Civic Arena

MIAMA Member Spotlight: Chadd Benson - Litchfield Civic Arena

Name: Chadd Benson           

Organization Name :Litchfield Civic Arena

Address:900 North Gilman Ave.

City: Litchfield State: MN  Zip:55355

Email: chadd.benson@ci.litchfield.mn.us
Phone #: 320-693-2679

Website :www.ci.litchfield.mn.us

 

Tell us how you got into the industry?

Began working as a 16 year old at the Litchfield Civic Arena. I grew up playing hockey and enjoyed being around the rink.  I guess I was a rink rat as a kid.

 

How many years have you been in the ice arena industry?

26 years

 

What is the best part about working in an ice arena?

I enjoy having our building as a central meeting space for those that enjoy public skating, hockey, etc.  All 3 of my kids play hockey now, so my wife and I pretty much live at the arena.

 

Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink?

Fun

 

Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far?

Probably when the ice resurfacer caught on fire while making ice.  We got the fire out quickly and everyone was okay,  just a scary moment for all involved.

 

What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day?

Check compressors, Ice resurfacer, employee work report from the night before.

 

How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career?  

I think it is always good to further your education as things are always changing.  You’re never too old to continue learning.

 

How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice?

I always tell them that it doesn’t work at all until all the gates are shut and the kids are off the ice.  J

 

Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way?

Mark Vaughan at the Eagan Civic Arena.  I worked with him over there for 5+ years as the assistant manager.  He was the one that taught me the most and wanted to make sure I went out on my own to manage my own facility.

 

What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA?  

I don’t know about a tip, but what I enjoy best about MIAMA is that it reminds us that we are not alone.  It is a great organization with great people.  I know when I was a young guy just starting in the industry, I really made it a point to meet a lot of guys in the industry and to learn as much as I could.  A lot of these guys had a ton of experience are now retiring or have retired.  I think it’s a really good thing that we have included a lot of our retired members to future events and conferences.  They paved the way for the rest of us and it’s good to have them around for some of the young members to learn from.

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

@MIAMARINKS

Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association

 

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2016 James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program

News release

 

For immediate release, June 28, 2016

 

For more information:
Mark Erickson, Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission
763-785-5662,
merickson@mnsports.org

 

Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission announces 2016 James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program

 

Blaine, Minn. (June 28, 2016) -- The State of Minnesota, acting through its agency, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC), is seeking proposals from interested communities to improve and update ice arenas.

 

This year, the grant program was renamed the James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program in honor of retiring State Senator James Metzen. Sen. Metzen was instrumental in creating the original Mighty Ducks program in 1995. Sen. Metzen, who represented South St. Paul for over 40 years in the legislature, was a tireless supporter of youth hockey and ice sports all around the state.

 

The 2016 grant program has $10 million to help Minnesota communities eliminate R-22 refrigerant or improve air quality in ice arenas. Grant recipients must have at least one local partner who is a political subdivision of the state, and all grant applications require a minimum 1-to-1 dollar match from non-state sources.

 

Purpose and grant amounts

 

The purpose of this grant program is to assist Minnesota communities in:

 

1.     Direct R-22 Refrigerant Elimination. Communities may apply for up to $400,000 to convert an existing direct R-22 refrigeration system.

 

2.     Indirect R-22 Refrigerant Elimination. Communities may apply for up to $50,000 to convert an existing indirect R-22 refrigeration system

 

3.     Indoor Air Quality Improvement. Communities may apply for up to $200,000 for new electric ice resurfacing equipment or for the replacement or renovation of HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality.

 

 

The result of a successful grant shall be to improve ice arenas capable of hosting all ice sports competitions and training as well as maximize the community’s ability to generate economic benefits by promoting ice sports programming for females and males.

 

Officials from the MASC will conduct a series of meetings throughout the state later this summer and fall to facilitate applications.

 

How to apply

 

A grant application is located at http://www.mnsports.org/mighty_ducks.stm

 

All proposals must be received no later than Monday, October 3, 2016.

 

Agency Contacts

 

Communities interested in submitting grant proposals, or responders who have questions regarding this application may contact:

 

Mark Erickson, 763.785.5662, merickson@mnsports.org

 

Mighty Ducks Grant Program history

 

Between 1995 and 2000, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission administered the original Mighty Ducks Grant Program. At the time, the program was initiated because of a serious shortage of ice time around the state. All young athletes were affected by this shortage, but the shortage was felt more severely by female hockey players. Girls’ and women’s hockey was growing, and the female side of the sport often lacked seniority in buying ice time. Instead of battling head-to-head with male hockey teams, the MASC pioneered an innovative solution: help construct additional ice facilities so all users could be accommodated.

 

When the original grant program was suspended in 2000, a total of $18 million was distributed, with 79 grants for new facilities producing 61 new sheets of ice, and 74 arenas receiving renovation grants. A total of $122 million of local and public non-state funding was generated to match the state grants.

 

In 2014, the Mighty Ducks Grant Program was revived. The grant program now focuses on funding the elimination of R-22 refrigeration systems and improving indoor air quality in ice arenas. In the past two years, two rounds of the new Mighty Ducks grant program totaled $3.5 million in grants.

 

Ten grants were awarded in 2014. Grants were awarded to the cities of Austin, Champlin, East Grand Forks, International Falls, New Hope, Sartell, West St. Paul, Winona and the Dassel-Cokato and Kittson Central School Districts.

 

Fifteen grants were awarded in 2015. Grants were awarded to the cities of Farmington, Grand Rapids, Kasson, La Crescent, Litchfield, New Prague, St. Louis Park, Shakopee, Silver Bay, and Stillwater; the counties of Hennepin, Lake of the Woods, and Steele; and the Pine City School District and St. Michael-Albertville Ice Arena Board.

 

 

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

@MIAMARINKS

Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association

 

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