Demolition Austin Education

Hands-On Equipment Safety and Maintenance Class

Head to the Live DEMOlition site a day early for hands on training of equipment maintenance and safety. Equipment covered includes: excavators, pulverizers, grapples, shears, and more. Leave with a packet of best practices for a wide variety of types of equipment.

Pre-Convention Education Course - Demolition Superintendent Bootcamp

Friday, February 21 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

One day of classroom education targeted at the superintendent, foreman, or site-supervisor level with a second day of a hands-on experience at the Live Demo location. Learn best practices for the full lifecycle of job site management from experienced instructors, Steve Schwartz and Greg Menen. Topics include: planning, communication, people management, safety, and job wrap up. ​

Keynote Speaker

Monday, February 24 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Speaker: Seth Mattison, Workforce Strategist and Management Trendspotter
Sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment

Seth Mattison is an Internationally renowned expert, author and futurist. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers of the year by MeetingsNet. Over the past decade Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds’ best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, The Dallas Cowboys, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, E&Y, Caterpillar, and The Walt Disney Company.

Fast and Furious Sessions

Monday, February 24 | 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Fast and Furious Presentations are quick learning opportunities focused on a variety of topics that can advance your safety and environmental practices. All Fast and Furious Presentations take place at Destination NDA in the Expo and last 15 minutes. Full descriptions can be found in the Demolition Austin app.

Time Title Speaker(s)
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Foundations of Demolition Management Steve Schwartz, Haines & Kibblehouse, and Greg Menen, Mendil Enterprises
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Government Relations Update Kevin McKenny, National Demolition Association
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The NDA Safety App Kyle Maddox, Virginia Wrecking Company
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. US Army Corps of Engineers, Facilities Reduction Program Update Michelle Clark, Brian Spear, and Gregory Bayuga, US Army Corps of Engineers
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Scrap Market Update Drew Lammers, Cohen Recycling
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. SUCCESSion Planning Steven Bankler, CPA, PFS, Cr.FA, CFF, CGMA, Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd.

How to Navigate the Wicked Problems of Family Business Succession

Monday, February 24 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Speaker: Cathy Carroll, Founder and President, Legacy Onward, Inc.

Succession in a Family Business is riddled with polarities such as Tradition & Innovation, Control & Trust, Equal & Equitable. These interdependent tensions can evoke strong emotion that undermines an otherwise productive succession design. This session will introduce participants to these unconscious tensions and more importantly, provide a framework to navigate through these complex waters. Both the ownership generation and the rising generation will leave with a new understanding of polarities as well as a set of tools to grapple with the hardest aspects of succession in a family business.

OSHA Update

Tuesday, February 25 | 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Speaker: Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA

This session will review regularity updates for the demolition industry as well as the top ten violations found on demolition job sites. If you have questions for OSHA, this is your chance to hear directly from the source and get your questions answered!

Workers' Compensation Keeping your Employees Safe

Tuesday, February 25 | 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Speaker: Stacy Rose, CSP, Manager of Safety Services – Austin Region, Texas Mutual Insurance Company

At a high level, workers’ compensation insurance takes care of employees who become injured on the job. However, it also helps protect your business and keep your employees well. In this presentation, Stacy Rose, Manager of Safety Services for Austin at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, will discuss the benefits of investing in workers’ compensation insurance and what’s included in your policy. Stacy will also discuss the importance of safety and wellness and how to develop a best-inclass safety culture.