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The future of fire protection is as bright as a diamond, but as complicated as one, too.

The NAFED 2018 conferences will save you countless hours by cutting away the clutter. If you want your business to thrive, NAFED 2018 brings you the most important information in:

  • Attracting the next generation of employees
  • Identifying new sales opportunities
  • Building operations that ensure critical cash flow
  • Staying ahead of possible new regulations
  • Leveraging the latest technology
Spend a few hours at NAFED 2018, and you’ll save time, avoid costly mistakes, and be ready for future challenges.

The future in fire protection is multifaceted and complicated. But it will shine as bright as a diamond for those who know where to mine for the answers. Make plans now for the NAFED conference.

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March 8–9, 2018
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(800) 311-8999

April 12–13, 2018
Caesars Atlantic City
2100 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
NAFED Hotel Rate: $149
(888) 516-2215
Cut-off Date: 3/20/2018

May 10–11, 2018
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
One South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Hotel Rate: $159
(314) 421-1776
Call-in code: AFE
Cut-off Date: 4/15/2018


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Tentative Schedule of Events

Pre-Conference Wednesday
  12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. DOT Train-the-Trainer Seminar
Per DOT regulations, HazMat employees must have knowledge of hazardous materials (HM), the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR), and be able to perform assigned HazMat functions properly. They must be trained using a systematic approach that includes testing, documentation, and certification. Training-related violations are the top violations found by the DOT during their inspections. NAFED's half-day DOT Train-the-Trainer Seminar will train an individual from your company to become the trainer for other HazMat employees.
Day 1 Thursday
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration opens + continental breakfast
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
George Seymour, NAFED President
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Keeping & Attracting Young Talent
with Garrison Wynn, Wynn Solutions
People in their 20s don’t want what their parents wanted from a job. They are also more likely to live at home and less likely to put up with a work environment that cramps their style. What a shift in mindset! Attracting the young people needed to replace your retiring workforce (and making sure they stay long enough to make a difference) is crucial for your organization's future. This entertaining yet heavily researched program shows business owners, leaders, and managers how to adapt their organization into a company young people want to work for and how to establish a culture they do not want to leave. Besides actually having a workforce ten years from now, the benefits include improved performance and heightened accountability from the millennials who represent your company's future.

Keynote speaker imageAbout the speaker:
With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post, and featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazines.  In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history.
10:00 a.m. - Noon Exhibit hall
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Vendor/attendee networking lunch
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

A. Fire Suppression & Cooking with Wood
More restaurants are cooking using solid fuel of some type. This presentation will cover this particular environment and what it means when it comes to fire suppression pipe blowout of fire suppression systems and why and how we carry out these requirements.

B. NFPA 25, 2017 Edition Review
with Clayton Norred
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Coffee break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.


A. ADA & Building Code Compliance for Fire Extinguisher Installation with Kevin Kozlowski 
Most of us already know the extinguisher installation requirements listed in NFPA 10. However, what do the local building codes, recent federal requirements, and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) require as well?

B. Inspection of Fire Doors - New Business Opportunity

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Town hall meeting
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Exhibit hall and reception
Day 2 Friday
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. FEMA/Government Relations Committee Presentation
Jeff Terrey from Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications will present an overview of the FEMA Government Relations Committee’s efforts to protect layered fire protection and access to portable fire extinguishers and extinguishing systems.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. How to Use Mobile Technology to Increase Your Service Revenue with Steve Turner
With all the new technology available, how can you and your company use technology to increase your service and sales revenues? What equipment, apps, and services can improve your employees’ effectiveness and maximize their productivity both in-office and on the road? This session will cover topics including:
  • Top tips and "secrets" for smart phones, computers, and tablets
  • How to use the cloud to make you and your team more productive
  • Apps that can help you save more time and effort in your business
  • Ten e-mail tips to manage e-mail more effectively
  • "Ask the Expert" Q&A segment
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.


A. Managing Your A/R with Janice Opsal
Managing your A/R (accounts receivables) is necessary to ensure that you get paid for the work you do. This session offers ideas and tips for establishing good practices up front, for getting paid promptly, and for staying on top of those customers who don't. Getting paid isn't always easy, but ignoring the problem won't get you paid either. Come and participate in the discussion, share what works for you, and take home some new ideas for handling this important part of your business.

B. E-Lights
with Bob Mete

11:15 a.m. - Noon NFPA Updates
with Norb Makowka
Noon - 12:15 p.m. Closing remarks and adjournment
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