NSA Conference Recap – Ithaca, NY

The National Slate Association Conference was held in Ithaca, NY from 9/28/17-9/30/17. Over 60 people from the industry attended to see instructional presentations, a walking tour of Cornell University, and networked on wine and pub crawl tours.  This post will highlight the events.

9/28/17 – Registration / Lunch / Cornell University Walking Tour

Thursday began the conference with people arriving and registering. The main accommodations were provided by the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University Campus. This was where a beautiful lunch awaited the conference attendees before going on with a walking tour of Cornell University. The day’s events concluded with cocktail reception hosted by Alpine SnowGuards.

Cornell University Walking Tour

Alpine Snow Guard Reception


9/29/17 – Presentations, Downtown Ithaca Historical Slate & Architecture Walking Tour, & Pub Crawl

The day opened up with a breakfast from 7am-8am and a welcome meeting held by John Chan, NSA President. At 9am, the presentations were set to go. You can click on the right image to bring up a full description.

New Silica Standard: Ron Williams, Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Syracuse Area OSHA Office

Natural Slate or Synthetic Slate: John Chan, President, Durable Slate Company

Building Codes for Slate Roofs: Gary Traver, Assistant Director of Educational Services for New York State Division of Code Enforcement

9/30/17 Presentations, Slate Industry Round Table, Optional Wine Tour

Revere Copper Products, Inc.: James Walas, Architectural Manager

Everything You Need to Know About Slate: Victor Cardenes, Ph.D, geologist, roofing slate industry researcher, author

Slate Industry Round Table Discussion: Moderator, Brian Chalsma, President, The Roofing Company, Inc.

Brian Chalsma, Bob Williams, Russ Watsky, Dan Cornwell


Wine Tour