January 23, 2019    

MIAMA is currently taking 2019 renewals until January 31, 2019.  Please go to www.miama.org and get your membership renewed today. You will need to log-in and then click on Renew Now at the top. You can choose from two forms of payment; one is via Credit Card using PayPal, secondly is by choosing to pay later via check.  If you use the check method, you will receive an email with your invoice attached. PLEASE provide all your information in the fields so our records stay current and up to date.  Have your staff login into the website as well and update their information to. 
This is the only system MIAMA uses to get our information out to the membership.  Any questions please email Dean Mulso at dmulso@miama.org or Jon Balvance at jbalvance@miama.org
Sincerely, MIAMA Board of Directors    

Regional Meeting / Arena Tour
MIAMA is pleased to announce our next Regional Meeting. Join MIAMA,
the Chemours Company, along with the NHL to learn about refrigerant alternatives and tour the Tria Rink at the Treasure Island Center.  The regional meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 20th. The main topic to discuss is the upcoming R-22 refrigerant phase out and learn about alternative solutions and/or available financing options through the National Hockey League. The meeting will take place from 8:30am until 11am at:
Tria Rink 
400 Wabasha St. N 
Saint Paul, Minnesota  

The NHL will bring their official refrigerant solutions partner, Chemours, to discuss their Opteon line. Opteon™ could provide the optimal balance of performance, safety and sustainability for your rink. As part of the meeting, we will also tour the TRIA Rink to see the innovative conversion of the old Macy’s Department Store into a state of the art ice rink practice facility for the Minnesota Wild. Breakfast and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Jon Balvance – jbalvance@miama.org by Monday, February 18th.
If you have any questions on the meet-up topic or if you want to learn more about Opteon, please contact Omar Mitchell omitchell@nhl.com      

MIAMA Social
The 2019 MIAMA Wild Social will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 vs. Nashville Predators at 6:30pm. Social will begin at 4:30pm with appetizers served at 5:00pm. To date we have order forms for 73 of our allotted tickets. Deadline for tickets is Thursday, January 31st. Tickets are currently $60/each which includes the pre-game appetizers.   
2019 MIAMA Wild Social Ticket Order Form      

Job Postings:
Eagan, MN: Skating School Coordinator – City of Eagan, MN      
Open until filled

Job Postings: If your facility has a job opening and you would like it listed here, please send the job posting website link via email to MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org There is no charge, just another added feature of being a MIAMA member.   

How to post your job posting on www.miama.org     
1. Log in to www.miama.org      
2. Go to “Job Postings – Classifieds” listed along the right side of the main page in Red      
3. Click on “Place Ad” in the left middle of the page and enter all necessary information.       
4. That is all you need to do to post your job posting. 

Job Postings on MIAMA.org      

If you have any questions you would like sent to the membership for discussion, please send an email to the MIAMA Communications Director JonBalvance at: jbalvance@miama.org      

Industry News
Hibbing, MN: Memorial Building Arena Upgraded – 1967
Cloquet, MN: City considers taking over ownership of Northwoods Arena
Cloquet, MN: Cloquet prepares to take over ownership of ice arenas
United States: Indoor Air Quality
United States: Ice Rink Professionals Facebook Group
Denver, CO: WATCH: Avalanche ice hockey rink transforms into Nuggets basketball court in time-lapse video    

Industry News is compiled from national & local media reports, social media and member submissions. Please send news to: jbalvance@miama.org    

2019 Membership Renewals
2019 Membership renewals are now available. Please renew by January 31, 2019.  Thank you to all who have renewed as of today. If you have any
renewal questions, please contact Dean Mulso @ dmulso@miama.org and/or Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org   

2019 Vendor Membership
Advertising/Sponsorship Packages are shown here: 
2019 MIAMA Vendor Membership Sponsorship      

Spring Workshop
Save the Date: The 2019 MIAMA Spring Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Red Baron Arena & Expo in Marshall, MN. Registration information will be available in February 2019.     

RINKFINDER.COM UPDATE: The uploading of ice to www.rinkfinder.com is now back working correctly.      
Arena Managers – If you notice any issues uploading ice, please contact  Dean Mulso @ dmulso@miama.org and Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org   

MIAMA rolled out the newrinkfinder.com platform on Monday, March 19th.  Below is the latest set of instructions. 
Rinkfinder.com Instructions – June 2018 There is a very important 1st step of changing your sites admin email from mike@icetimefinder.com to your email address.    

Members on the Move
If there is any movement within the industry, please send an email to
MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org      

2019 Fall Conference
The 2019 MIAMA Fall Conference will be held from September 3-6, 2019 at Sugar Lake Lodge in Cohasset, MN. Registration will open in June 2019.        
MIAMA Member Spotlights
If you or someone at your facility would like to be spotlighted on the MIAMA.org website, please contact the MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at: jbalvance@miama.org
October 17, 2018 – MIAMA Member Spotlight: Pete Carlson
October 2, 2018 – MIAMA President Member Spotlight: Katie Broderick
September 26, 2018 – MIAMA Member Spotlight: Cale Politoski  

The Member Spotlight letter is located here:
2018 MIAMA Member Spotlight Letter

This is a great opportunity for members of MIAMA to get to know a littlebit more about each other. To date we have spotlighted 39 Arena Members, 2 Vendor Members and 1 Alumni Vendors. MIAMA has now added a section on the website where all Member Spotlights can be accessed on one page. 
MIAMA Member Spotlights

Your MIAMA Board of Directors thanks you for your consideration!     

Vendor Member Spotlight
MIAMA Welcomes The Chemours Company as a 2019 MIAMA Full Membership Vendor Member. The National Hockey League and The Chemours Company, producer of Opteon™ refrigerants, have partnered together to provide sustainable refrigerant solutions for rinks across North America. Bringing more than 85 years of experience in innovation for the refrigeration industry, Chemours will work with the NHL and community rink owners and operators to identify cost-effective, sustainable alternatives, such as Opteon™ refrigerants which are non-ozone depleting and have a low global warming potential (GWP).

As part of the Montreal Protocol, production and use of broadly-used HCFC refrigerants will be phased out by 2020 and HFC refrigerants will be phased down by 2025 due to their high GWP. As many of the rinks in North America, particularly in the USA, currently use these refrigerants, the NHL and Chemours are committed to working with ice rinks owners and operators across North America to help them navigate the refrigerant landscape and identify cost-effective, safe, environmentally-preferable alternatives that make sense for them.

Through the NHL Greener Rinks Initiative, the NHL aspires to help rink owners and operators make sustainable business decisions for their aging community rinks. Doing so may help more rinks stay operational in the long term; ultimately leaving hockey a more enjoyable family experience for generations to come. Several factors need to be considered when selecting refrigerants and refrigeration systems to create the perfect sheet of ice in indoor ice arenas, including equipment age, installation and ongoing maintenance cost, safety, performance, and energy efficiency of the new fluid. The NHL’s partnership with Chemours and its Opteon™ family of low global warming refrigerants will help provide for more sustainable, cost-effective business solutions to ensure hockey thrives at all levels. Opteon™ Refrigerants Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerant Solutions from The Chemours Company  

The Chemours Company
Derek Ramsay
1007 Market Street
P.O. Box 2047
Wilmington, DE 19899

MIAMA Board Meetings
The 2019 MIAMA Board Meetings are as follows:
Wednesday, February 6th: Chaska Community Center – 9:30am
Tuesday, May 7th: Marshall, MN – TBD
Wednesday, July 10th: Delano Sports Center – 9:30am
Tuesday, September 3rd: Sugar Lake Lodge – TBD
Wednesday, October 2nd: Apple Valley Community Center – 9:30am  
All MIAMA Board Meetings are open to the membership. For more information, please contact MIAMA Administrative Assistant Dean Mulso at: dmulso@miama.org or MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at: jbalvance@miama.org     \

2019 MIAMA Full Membership Vendors
ARID Ice by Climate by Design
Arena Warehouse
B32 Engineering
Becker Arena Products
Carlson Stewert
CTM Services
Harris Companies
Opteon NHL
R & R Specialties
T.E.S.T. – Master Electric
January 23, 2019: MIAMA around the Rink – Bi-weekly e-newsletter