Education Schedule

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DateDateSession DetailsTimeCEUsEvent TypeRoom #
Thurs. Mar. 8
Hots Spots 2.0: How To Convert Emotions Into Sales…Indoors & Out
David Brown, Hoffman York
New to the show this year! A Keynote Address by David Brown, Partner at Hoffman York from Milwaukee, WI will take place prior to the show opening in the Grand Ballroom. David will reveal the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of
over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. He’ll address how homeowners’ views of room design – including a wide variety specific hearth and outdoor design concepts – have evolved. This is an unprecedented, can’t-miss opportunity for anyone involved in hearth and outdoor living who would like insights into how to increase purchase intent.
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.Grand Ballroom
Thurs. Mar. 8
NFI Gas Review Class
Tom Parks, Coastroad Hearth & Patio
This is the official review class for the 5th Edition NFI Gas Certification exam. The class is based on the official study manual for the exam, the Gas Hearth Systems Reference Manual, Fifth Edition, published Fall 2013. The class will cover core knowledge on combustion, heat transfer, construction, safety principles, and installation knowledge specific to gas appliances and venting. This includes regulations and instructions, fuel characteristics and delivery, appliance requirements, venting and ventilation, and troubleshooting. All major gas hearth appliances will be covered including fireplaces, gas log sets, inserts, and freestanding stoves. Venting methods such as conventional type B-vent, direct-vent, liner systems, and vent-free will also be covered.
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.6

nfi - Technical
202A
Thurs. Mar. 8
NFI Hearth Design Specialist Review Class
Suzanne Turner, Rommel Hearth and Outdoor
Since 2002, NFI's attention has been on installers and service technicians. Now we are giving the sales personnel a boost. So many of the major decisions about any hearth appliance installation are made during the sales process. The Hearth Design Specialist certification is designed to give the sales personnel the technical information they need to know. The goal is to make sure hearth appliances are planned properly long before the job gets to the installer. Based on the Hearth Design Specialist Reference Manual, First Edition which was published in the fall of 2017, this certification covers the technical knowledge on combustion, heat transfer, safety and venting for woodburning, gas and pellet hearth appliances. Other topics include an introduction to codes, standards and regulations, fuel characteristics and appliance requirements. All major hearth appliances are covered including fireplaces, gas log sets, fireplace inserts and free standing stoves.
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.6

nfi - Technical
201AB
Thurs. Mar. 8
NFI Pellet Review Class
Rich Sedgwick, R & D Cross of Upper Marlboro, Inc.
This is the official review class for the 5th Edition NFI Pellet Certification exam. The class is based on the official study manual for the exam, Pellet Hearth Systems Reference Manual, Fifth Edition, published July 2016. The class covers the different approaches to pellet appliance fuel delivery, heat transfer, and venting systems. Planning, installation, and troubleshooting knowledge will also be covered. More specifically, such subjects as appliance components, electrical requirements, vent configurations and assembly, and common causes and solutions for pellet system problems.
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.6

nfi - Technical
202C
Thurs. Mar. 8
NFI Woodburning Review Class
Larry Grogan, LCG Enterprises
This is the official review class for the NFI Woodburning Certification exam. The class is based on the official study manual for the exam, Woodburning Hearth Systems Reference Manual, Fifth Edition, published Fall of 2014. This class covers both solid-fuel factory-built fireplaces and all types of wood stoves, including freestanding, inserts, and manufactured high-efficiency fireplaces. Core knowledge on combustion, heat transfer, construction and safety principles, and installation knowledge specific to wood burning appliances, including installation and planning, solid-fuel appliance regulations and instructions, appliances, venting and ventilation,
and troubleshooting are also included.
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.6

nfi - Technical
202B
Thurs. Mar. 8
Empire Comfort Manufacturer Specific Training
This session is open to all dealers
Rich Dahl & Tim Cummings, Empire Comfort Systems, Inc.
Description coming soon.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.205AB
Thurs. Mar. 8
Ravelli Manufacturer Specific Training
Giovanni Demuru, Ravelli
Description coming soon.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.204
Thurs. Mar. 8
Kozy Heat Manufacturer Specific Training
This session is open only to current Kozy Heat dealers
Matt Kolander, Kozy Heat
Kozy Heat dealers will be given an overview and training for the three new gas fireplaces that are being released for our product line-up. We also review product changes from the past season and educate dealers about what changes to expect for the upcoming year. This will include information about IPI valve troubleshooting and new options available. We will conclude the training with an overview of the new Hearth Design Specialist Training and NFI App, and present the 2017 President's Awards.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.2

Elective
205AB
Thurs. Mar. 8
Ladder Safety/Fall Protection Session 1
This session require pre-registration
Will Chrystal, Ewerner Co Services Inc.
Seemingly every year, the leading cause of death, injury, and cited OSHA violations are related to falls. Werner Ladder comes prepared with a professional team of trainers emphasizing the need for proper training, and dedication to a culture of safety. Jobsite safety and Leadership training is essential for Safety Directors, Superintendents, Project Managers, Crib Managers, Purchasing agents, and anyone who wears this equipment as part of their job. What you will learn:
• Ladders Safety, Select the right ladder for your job, Properly inspect your ladder and perform inspection on ladder inventory, Handling and transporting your ladder to prevent damage to the ladder or personal injury, Know the right way to use your ladder safely
• Fall Protection, A, B, C’s of fall protection, Anchors, Body Harness, Connecting devices, Regulations relating to all fall protection topics, Fall hazard survey and fall protection procedures Tripod demonstration – “Walk it Down”, Understand the components of the harness, Understand the performance value of each component, Understand how to properly wear a harness, Understand how the harness performs dynamically in a fall, Understand how to identify incorrect harness wear across the jobsite, Understand how to begin self-rescue after a fall – “Chair in the air”, • Understand how to effectively share this knowledge with your teams, Ignorance and Laziness kills – education and leadership saves, Wallet cards and Certificates of completion.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.2

Safety
Outdoor 4164
Thurs. Mar. 8
Valor Miles Manufacturer Specific Training
Authorized Valor dealers only
Stuart Meyer, Miles Industries Ltd.
This session will showcase new Valor product to be released in 2018 along with a Valor marketing update. Get a guided tour thru the Valor Dealer website and the many tools available online to assist you. If you’re a techie, you’ll appreciate the simplified basics of Valor fireplace troubleshooting we will be presenting. Guaranteed not to disappoint. You won’t want to miss it!
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.2

Elective
205AB
Thurs. Mar. 8
NFI Exam
Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. The exam will start promptly at 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.201AB

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