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GLIA | Chairman’s Report – December 2016

January 2017 Mike Ringstaff

[avatar user=”mikeringstaff” size=”160″ align=”left”]Mike Ringstaff Chairman of the Great Lakes Ice Association[/avatar] GET A JUMP START ON YOUR NEXT BUSY SEASON “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau The winter holidays are done, the big ball has dropped at Times Square, and now you’re back at work. In many parts of the [read more]

The Coolest News in the Ice Carving Industry – December 2016

January 2017 Bill Bentley

Fellow Carvers, Jim Duggan has been involved in quite a few ice sculptures for the movies. You can see his latest work in “Office Christmas Party” in theaters now. The producers asked him to make it look like a regular elf from the front, and from the side. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”15″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”1″ thumbnail_width=”200″ thumbnail_height=”135″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”2″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”1″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ [read more]

MVIMA | Secretary’s Notes – December 2016

January 2017 Tom Howat

[avatar user=”tomhowat” size=”160″ align=”left”]Tom Howat Secretary of the Missouri Valley Ice Manufacturer’s Association[/avatar] Well, the Fall 2016 convention at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI is now in the books. We had a paid attendance of sixty-nine members and visitors. We were educated by speakers on upcoming freon changes (Karl Katuin of Leer) and got all the latest information [read more]

New Overtime Rules Suspended for Now – December 2016

January 2017 Bill Bentley

Many employers have been wrestling with plans to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules since last May. That’s when the rules were finalized, with a December 1 compliance deadline. Those new rules included raising the minimum salary overtime exemption to $913 per week from $455. A little more than a week before the deadline for the [read more]

NIA | Executive Director’s Corner – December 2016

January 2017 Jacquie Wells

[avatar user=”jacquiewells” size=”160″ align=”left”]Jacquie Wells Director of the Northeastern Ice Association[/avatar] NIA 2016 FALL CONVENTION IN ANNAPOLIS, MD IN REVIEW It’s hard to believe but fall has gone, Christmas 2016 and New Year’s Celebrations are now a memory. One of my special memories for this past fall has to be the NIA 2016 Fall Convention held in Annapolis, Maryland October [read more]

CAII | Chairman’s Report – December 2016

January 2017 John Smibert

[avatar user=”johnsmibert” size=”160″ align=”left”]John Smibert Chairman Canadian Association of Ice Industries[/avatar] I am writing you today as I look outside on our first snowfall of the season, with a windchill of -4C after a balmy fall season which enabled us to catch up on outside tasks. Winter weather has arrived! Our CAII website (www.canadianpackagedice.org) is available now as a tool [read more]

SIE | Executive Director’s Message – December 2016

January 2017 Dawn Ladd

[avatar user=”dawnladd” size=”160″ align=”left”]Dawn Ladd Executive Director of the Southern Ice Exchange[/avatar] Happy New Year to you all, I hope all of you had a great Christmas or holiday season and that you had time to spend with your family, loved ones and friends. Spending time with our families is always precious and sometimes we think we don’t have enough [read more]

SIE | Chairman’s Message – December 2016

January 2017 Sean Odom

[avatar user=”seanodom” size=”160″ align=”left”]Sean Odom Chairman of the Southern Ice Exchange[/avatar] Steps for Retaining Employees Even in A Seasonal Business It is 28 degrees as I write this in Meridian, MS! We don’t have too many days below 30 here so it’s kind of a big deal for the duck and deer hunters! It also slows the ice business down [read more]

IPIA | Executive Director’s Corner – December 2016

January 2017 Jane McEwen

[avatar user=”janemcewen” size=”160″ align=”left”]Jane McEwen Executive Director of the International Packaged Ice Association[/avatar] 2016 seemed to fly as the years do the older one gets. Or so they say. And the year came to a close with yet another very successful annual convention, our 99th! The summer season was prosperous and hectic for so many of you. Thus, our host [read more]

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