In 1970 a group of 15 rink managers formed, The Metro Arena Manager’s Association. To acknowledge its growth the association renamed itself, The Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA) in 1975.  Over these years the mission of the association has never wavered from its original mission, to provide a network where arena operators and suppliers can share in their knowledge, information, ideas, and techniques to improve the ice arena industry.   

This year marks the 40thAnnual Fall Conference that will be held at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd. Whether you’re taking one of the STAR or ISI Certified courses being offered or listening in on one of the many round table sessions this year’s conference promises to be an exciting and fulfilling time.  

Guest Speakers include, Joe Malarkey, which will make you forget about your rink problems for a while, Lou Nanne, do I need to say more, and Jerrid Sebesta, award winning TV (KARE 11) meteorologist, motivational speaker, and financial life coach.   To review all the information regarding the conference go to www.miama.org

The annual Fall Conference is a great time to reflect back and look ahead. Get your registration in and gear up for Breezy Point September 9-11th as you need to be part of our 40th year benchmark.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted in bringing this year’s conference together, without the help of many this event would be just a shell. Shaping the Fall Conference each year offers a neat challenge and I recommend that you give it a try in the future.  Joining and working on a committee is always a good way to give back to the association and a great chance to learn a different angle within the industry that you can take back to your own work place.

I would also like to say thank you to the board members. This was my second stint on the board, one when I was just getting into the business a few years back, and my current that will end this fall .  Both terms were very educational, fun, and entertaining.  I would recommend anyone, rookies and veterans alike, to take the time and become a board member.  It’s well worth the time.   

Rich Czech 

August Board Member Update