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2016 MIAMA Spring Workshop Survey

2016 MIAMA Spring Workshop Survey

To the entire membership:

 

Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the 2016 Spring Workshop Survey. We would also like those of you who weren’t able to attend to fill it out as there are a couple questions in regards to why you didn’t attend.  

 

The board of directors thanks you in advance for your feedback and to the 160+ attendees and 38 vendors that attended the Spring Workshop.

 

We hope you enjoyed your day and were able to take away something through education, trade show or networking.

 

Here is the link for the survey.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016MIAMASpringWorkshopSurvey

 

Thanks!

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

 

            

                      @MIAMARINKS

 

             

Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association

 

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May 2016 Monthly Board Member Article

May 2016 Monthly Board Member Article – Walt Bruley

I retired in 2010 after 37 years in ice maintenance at the DECC in Duluth.  In the last year of work I thought about what I would do after my last day on the job.  There were of course certain things I would not miss, there were however many things I would miss and they were about the people, the friends, the relationships and being a part of MIAMA.  

Being a MIAMA Board Member in the closing years of my work, I was inspired to suggest MIAMA create a new category; The MIAMA Retirement Alumni Group.  The inspiration came from the wanting not only to remain a part of MIAMA but to give back whatever I could.  Also, I was inspired by one of my MIAMA Mentors Ed Noltner who was a long time manager of Wessman Arena in Superior.  Ed and I spent many hours talking while traveling to MIAMA Board meetings.  When Ed retired, he expressed interest in remaining a part of MIAMA, however there was no way for Ed to attend Conferences no longer paid for by his facility.  

The MIAMA Board has, as of 2014, made this a reality, as our members retire they are offered the opportunity to join the Alumni group. Currently we have 12 Alumni members.  These Alumni Members have been active at the Spring Workshops and Fall Conferences, being able to continue relationships with fellow members.  As you all know, the most interesting part of these conferences is the networking in casual conversation.  The Alumni members offer a wonderful opportunity for current members to gain information from decades of experience.  

If you are gaining on the end of your career and enjoy being a part of the MIAMA experience we have a program for you.  Please contact Walt at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will make it easy for you to stay active in MIAMA.  

If you are just starting your career, please be sure to take the time to seek out Alumni Members to take advantage of decades of experience.

See you at the Spring Workshop and Fall Conference.

Walt Bruley – MIAMA Alumni Board Member

 

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

 

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Saint Louis Park Rec Center Renovation Project

Saint Louis Park Rec Center Renovation Project

Thank you to Jason Eisold of the Saint Louis Park Rec Center for providing some photos of the Rec Center renovation project.

 

The pictures are showing the west rink before demolition, the west rink prepped to have the cement slab poured and outside the west rink where the outdoor refrigerated ice sheet will be located.

 

They will be pouring the cement slab for the west rink on Thursday, May 12th.  Jason has invited our MIAMA membership to stop over and see this very unique process occur beginning at 8am.

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

 

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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Eric Edhlund - Saint Paul Academy and Summit School/Drake Arena

MIAMA Member Spotlight: Eric Edhlund - Saint Paul Academy and Summit School/Drake Arena

Name: Eric Edhlund

Organization Name: St. Paul Academy and Summit School – Drake Arena

Address: 1712 Randolph Ave

City: St. Paul   State: MN  Zip: 55105

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Phone #: 651-696-1398

Website: www.spa.edu

 

Tell us how you got into the industry?

I was hired as the Ice Arena Coordinator right after my final internship with the City of Eden Prairie.

 

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

15

 

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

For me working with people that take joy in the profession that I have chosen. When people come to our building, (employees or patrons) they want to be there, we have an immediate connection.

 

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?

It is a tossup between the Zamboni hitting the boards during a HS game causing them to bend or the power going out while groups are on the ice.

 

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

Check in with my Assistant Manager, make a lap around the rink, check email.

 

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

It’s made me who I am today, I am a better leader because of professional development.

 

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

There is a very sharp blade under the big black thing on the back of the Zamboni, all the snow then meets with an auger that brings the snow to the middle of the Zamboni, it then goes up another auger and shoots it into the big hopper. Finally you see the hot water being applied behind the Zamboni to make the ice surface smooth again.

 

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

When I landed my first job, I didn’t have a lot of experience so participating at MIAMA events and visiting different ice arenas and talking with various staff helped me learn a little more of the stuff they don’t teach you on your first tour of the building. Dean Mulso, Craig Flor, Walt Bruley, Jeff Horstman, Mike Bauer, Jon Balvance, and of course John Cole.

 

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

In all the classes I have taken the common theme has been to get involved, ask questions and take a chance.

 

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

 

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Meet the man making ice for the Minnesota Wild - Travis Larson

Meet the Wild’s Ice Guy – MIAMA’s own Travis Larson

 

http://www.fox9.com/sports/wild/127629286-story

 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

 

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