SIMA Blog

Be the first person to recommend this.
March 12, 2020 With news and concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) continuing to headline many news stories, this topic has raised concerns about upcoming SIMA events, specifically the Snow & Ice Symposium scheduled for June 16-19, 2020 in Hartford, CT. SIMA’s purpose is to support and empower our members for success, thus, the health and safety of our members is our number one priority.  At this time, the Symposium, which is more than three months away, is scheduled to proceed as planned. As news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues, we will post Symposium updates related to this health issue here . Myself and our Symposium planning team ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Just like any company, SIMA puts its yearly budget to things that we find will benefit our members each year. Of course, more money would always be better (in all facets of life) but we do our research to use what we’re given wisely. We work hard daily to get you, our association members and industry stakeholders, the best resources, tools, and information we can. Being a member, however, can’t be a one-way street. If you’re a SIMA member, you get the benefit of a number of discounted products , from marketing to consulting, big machines to plows and snow stakes. We need YOU to help us grow the awareness of the industry, and something ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
It's Spring scholarship time again! While many folks are leaving winter in the dust, we are just ramping up our efforts to help connect more snow professionals in the industry with our core training and credentialing programs. From  March 16th-April 3rd , soliciting applications for scholarship applications. SIMA will award one of each: 1 Full CSP application+modules (must meet prerequisites) 1 Full Advanced Snow Manager courses 1 Fundamentals of Anti-icing and Liquids Course TO SUBMIT ENTRIES Not only are we providing scholarships again, but starting on April 8th we'll also offer discounts on the ASM and CSP programs. If you are considering ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Through the culmination of several years of discussions and engagement with a variety of members, property and facility managers and other stakeholders, we are proud and excited to announce that ANSI has approved SIMA’s first standard titled: Standard Practice for Procuring and Planning Snow and Ice Management Services . Standards are not meant to sit in a trophy case. SIMA has long been an advocate of the concept that any practice can become a standard when such practice is widely and broadly adopted. As an example, seat belts do not make driving a car or truck safer. When seat belts are used, when you click-in, then driving or being a passenger ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
We are excited to announce the speakers and lineup for SIMA’s Leadership Forum , to be held on August 11-13, 2020 at the beautiful, historic Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. This event is a must-attend if you are a leader, owner or executive in a snow and ice company and want to learn and make connections to grow your company and personally. The focus will be to Think Big - Connect - Chill. The powerful takeaway of attending this unique event is that the four core parts of growth will be addressed by our incredible lineup of speakers.  DAY 1: Warren Rustand a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and Dean of Faculty at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
In late 2019, we sent our annual report, the State of SIMA, to members across North America. Each year, we review our progress in key areas, report transparently to our members on finances and performance, and we let members know our annual goals for the following year.  Here is a recap of what we'll try and achieve in 2020 with the help of our great staff and amazing volunteers! We are piloting a method to allow members to access the Training Video Series in bulk, where they pay one fee and can put their people through the videos quickly, along with a simple quizzing option. We hope this will make one of our core training products even more accessible ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
In the November 8, 2019 edition of the Standards Action , published by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), SIMA’s draft Standard Practice for Procuring and Planning Snow and Ice Management Services was published for public comment . A SIMA stakeholder advisory group has been diligently reviewing and editing the standard for the past 6 months in preparation for public review. To review and comment on the draft standard, and view additional information on SIMA’s snow and ice standards creation, visit www.sima.org/standards . As you review the draft you will see the standard includes the essential components that are needed to ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
As the Snow & Ice Management Association grows, our need for talented staff grows with it. We are pleased to welcome Kerri Joseph into the SIMA fold, where her wealth of knowledge and experience will help us improve our support to a key constituency: our supplier members. Kerri has a diverse background in sales and development, with over 20 years of experience in the association, hotel and tourism industries. Her core focus will be to lead sales efforts for exhibit space, sponsorship, and print and digital advertising. Get to know Kerri: What are you most excited about in your new role at SIMA? Kerri : I am so excited to meet people! I have heard ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Snow Business is seeking new contributors for 2020! If you have snow and ice industry specific knowledge (or know someone who does), peer-driven content is needed in the following areas: Liability & Risk Management / Business Law Leadership Small Business Ownership Ice Management Field Operations Sales Finance Insurance You'll have the support of the editorial team and the Editorial Advisory Committee to help guide and support you. With 6 issues, you can contribute as much as or as little as you like. SIMA thrives on building relationships and connections in the industry — this is a great way to give back and help strengthen the industry. Let ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
As the industry grows, there is more and more education focused on it. This is exciting, and we here at SIMA are looking forward to the Landscapes 2019 Show in Louisville, KY this month. NALP is really putting their best foot forward with a new Snow & Ice Specialty Summit at their show this year, and we are a proud supporter of this event. Here is a quick breakdown of the sessions attendees of this event will be able to see, you can register as well here : Note: all snow and ice specialty summit sessions are at the Omni Louisville Hotel Standards And Best Practices In Snow And Ice Martin Tirado, CEO, SIMA & Mike Mason, CSP, ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
In the fall and the spring, the Snow & Ice Management Association has rolled out a scholarship for anyone in the industry to take advantage of. Anyone looking to earn either the Advanced Snow Manager (ASM) or the Certified Snow Professional (CSP) credentials can enter for a chance to be selected. Historically this has been sponsored by a major industry supplier (like Boss Snow Plows) and administered by SIMA staff. Submissions are kept completely confidential and are selected based on key metrics, sincerity and thoughtfulness of submissions. It is staff’s responsibility to comb through submissions with the help of an unbiased advisory group to ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
One of my favorite things about the snow and ice management industry is the willingness by its members to share their successes and challenges. It’s one of the reasons the SIMA Symposium’s education is so powerful — it’s delivered by the people who’ve found success in a difficult industry and want to help others do the same.  Whether I’m asking someone to write a story for Snow Business or to give hours of their time to prepare a session for the show, rarely have I been turned down. Maybe it’s my charm and power of persuasion (ha!), but I like to think that people say yes because they want to give back to the industry, knowing that sharing their knowledge ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Our industry is maturing at a rapid pace, and we want to ensure that individuals in the marketplace are educated to best practices and have a high level of competency. Nowhere is this more needed than in anti-icing and use of liquids for snow/bond prevention. This is why SIMA is launching the Fundamentals of Anti-icing and Liquids personal certificate course this Fall. Everyone agrees this is a growing need in our industry, but training people on the science and operations is difficult. Historically, most of the knowledge has been locked away in various studies related to highways and roads. This will all end as SIMA launches the first truly comprehensive ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
If you attended the opening keynote at the Snow & Ice Symposium in Grand Rapids, MI, you saw the video we recently produced: 3 Tips for Buying Snow Management Services . The insights in the video deal directly with contract award date recommendations, better definitions of Level of Service and Scope of Work, and the importance of accepting shared liability between contractors and facilities. The video is one of several SIMA resources designed to educate facilities managers and owners to foster positive communication and relationships with snow and ice management professionals. New standard is coming Another tool in progress is to create a written ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
During the Snow & Ice Symposium in Grand Rapids in June, SIMA put on its first Field Operations Workshop. We built this event based on three things our members have told us: We don’t have time to train our teams for winter operations, especially when we’re still doing summer landscaping We can’t afford the time or expense to take our teams out of the field to bring them to the Symposium We don’t see a lot of good training for this demographic in the snow and ice industry So with an “If you build it they will come” mentality, we crafted a program to help our members overcome those obstacles. Give us 1 day we said, ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Staying engaged with SIMA is a great way to get ahead in snow. Here are 10 quick things you can use this summer to do just that, for no additional cost other than maybe, um, joining… 1. Share RFP Best Practices with clients and potential customers using resources at www.sima.org/RFP 2. Find industry-specific suppliers at our Supplier Directory 3. Watch the on-demand webinar Salt Purchasing and Inventory Management (*Members-only) 4. Get the Best Practices Checklist and start checking off stuff! 5. Find potential subcontractors with our Snow Contractor Directory   6. Get the Advanced Contract Clauses from SIMA to help protect ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
This past week in Grand Rapids, SIMA had a blast meeting old friends and finding new ones. Overall, the week was amazing and positive, but I found out some pretty shocking news as well; the snow industry lost a great warrior for our cause this past May with the passing of Rick Winnestaffer, CSP. I knew Rick and worked with him in several capacities at SIMA over the past 15 years. If you knew Rick at all, you knew he was a force to be reckoned with. He wasn’t a big guy, but his personality was 10 feet tall and if you wanted to go up against him, you put your big boy/girl pants on to do it. He was a savvy businessman who served 2 full terms as a SIMA Board ...
1 comment

We Are In This Together

1 person recommends this.
A wise former SIMA board member once said at a meeting “we are not just plowing snow for a customer, we are in a business to business partnership”. Well stated and even more relevant in today’s business climate where forming mutually beneficial partnerships is a key to success. As professional service companies and entrepreneurs, profit margins are what keeps the plows running and employees happy. However, a true win-win is when you have a relationship with the property and facility you are providing services for that allows for trust, transparency and a mutually agreed upon set of objectives and principles. This is one of the reasons SIMA created the ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
I often hear people say they don’t invest in snow and ice training like they do in landscaping or other services. I get it, nothing is worse than investing in an employee who then leaves three months later. But I believe that the cost of not educating people with proven training and testing built with best practices is higher than not investing in your best. SIMA, supported by BOSS Snowplow, wants to help lighten the load by awarding scholarships to four talented people who want to continue to build their career in snow by earning the Advanced Snow Manager (ASM) or Certified Snow Professional (CSP) designation. Our hope is this scholarship, as well as a special ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
During last year’s Snow & Ice Symposium, SIMA piloted Role-based Roundtables that brought together people in similar positions to learn and network. The four roles were CEO-CEO, Operations, Sales, and Billing/Admin. Two master facilitators per room guided participants through a discussion and a series of questions for about an hour. Overall, it went well, but we got lots of feedback on ways we could improve, including: The title was boring and not descriptive enough Attendees wanted more time to allow people to discuss deep topics Desire for more time for individuals to connect with others who do the same work Allow time for relationship building, ...
0 comments