The C3 Competition gives contractors the opportunity for hands-on training with a competitive edge. You can showcase your skills and pick up some new ones by taking a stab at the HVAC, Hydronics and Plumbing challenges our competition partners have cooked up.
Executive Leadership Symposium
(Wednesday, Sep. 21) This year Comfortech’s approach to the panel will be new. We want attendees to do some strategic thinking about what their businesses will need to look like five years from now. We’re in a period of rapid change for which contractors will need to comprehend and plan. The Executive panel will point out new markets and technologies that they must incorporate into their business plans.
Some of the topics include home performance contracting; smart and connected homes and buildings; climate change and energy efficiency; smart tools; Building Information Modeling (and how smart devices fit into BIM); future refrigerants; augmented reality and its affect on service work; responding to a declining workforce.
Photo: Robert P. Mader speaks at the 2015 Executive Leadership Symposium.
Comfortech 2016 will bring together the latest products, trends and business solutions with an added “training” approach. Attendees will have the chance to learn from the biggest names in the industry by trying out new products first-hand in the exhibit hall.
(Wednesday, Sep. 21) Sponsored by Danfoss and held at Field House Philly, there will be food, drinks and fun, along with social and networking opportunities galore.
NEW! Sales and Marketing Track
Learn the many aspects of marketing that can be implemented in your business to increase bottom line, grow company image, and build a great customer base. In 2016 the new Sales and Marketing Track includes such great sessions as "Breaking Through the Sea of Sameness," "A Good Website=50 Leads per Month," and "Creating Customers for Life."
Photo: A marketing roundtable from Comfortech 2015.
HVACR Woman of the Year
Contracting Business instituted its HVACR Woman of the Year Award in 2004, to recognize the tremendous achievements and contributions by women who have established themselves as successful contracting business owners, or who are serving in a key management capacity within an HVACR contracting firm. The Woman of the Year is featured in an article in Contracting Business magazine, and the winner is expected to give a presentation about their career during the Women in HVACR Annual Meeting.
Photo: The Women in HVACR Annual Meeting 2015.
OSHA-Approved Confined Spaces Training
(Tuesday, Sep. 20th) This workshop being run by Rick Hall covers OSHA construction regulation 29 CFR 1926.21 that requires employers to provide training so that all employees who work near or within confined spaces have skills necessary for the safe performance of their duties.
This program is a solid foundation for employers to follow up with site-specific orientation and entry exercises.