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2018 SMA Annual Conference - April 25-28

Network, Learn, Celebrate, and Exhibit at the Premier Conference of the Stair Industry

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Tuesday, April 24
 Registration 3:00-6:00 p Mezzanine
 Wednesday, April 25  
Early Riser Breakfast - (open to all attendees) 8:00-9:00 a                         
Santa Fe Rm
SMA Golf (register online separate from conference)
9:00-3:00 p

Towa Golf Club
Offsite Activities 10:00-3:00 p 
Registration 12:00-6:00 p Mezzanine
Pre-Conference Dinner (self-pay) - Signup Sheet Onsite 6:30 - 8:30 p   
Santa Fe Ghost Tour (additional fee) 8:30-10:00 p
Meet in Lobby
Thursday, April 26    
Registration 7:00-5:00 p Mezzanine
Breakfast7:00 - 8:00 a
Exhibitor Set-Up  7:00-12:00 p 
Lumpkins North
Stairbuilding Technology and Product Development in the United Kingdom -
presented by Andy Hamilton of Staircraft LTD
8:00-9:00 a
Lumpkins South
Offsite Guest Excursions (additional fee) 10:00-3:00 p  
Level II SMA Code Certification - Dave Cooper, SMA Code Rep. 9:15-10:15 p
Lumpkins South
Exhibits Open
12:00-3:00 p
New Member Orientation  2:00-3:00 p Santa Fe Rm
SMA Architectural Educator Certification - Shawn Christman
 3:30-4:30 p


Staircase Design & Engineering Symposium

The Symposium is open to Design Professionals and Full registrants. 
Design Professionals earn AIA HSW learning units.
Loretto Chapel Reception and Dinner follow the Symposium

 April 26
8:00 - 4:00 p

   Designing Safe, Code-Compliant Residential Stairways   1-HSWLU
   SMA Presenter - David Cooper
8:00 - 9:00  a
 Santa Fe
   Residential Balustrade Design Using Common Stair Parts 1.25-HSWLU
   SMA Presenter - Andy Chatman, Crown Heritage
9:15 -10:30  a
   Case Study: Loretto Staircase - "How Would it be Built Today?" 1.25-HSWLU
   Panelist - Gayla Bechtol, AIA - Gayla Bechtol Architect, Santa Fe
   Panelist - Erik Farrington P.E. - Simpson, Gumpertz, and Heger
   Panelist - Steve Guenzel, President SMA - Advanced Stair Systems
10:45-12:00 p Lumpkins So.
   Lunch with Exhibitors  12:00 - 1:00 p
 Lumpkins No.
   Balloting of "Architects Choice StairCraft Award" 12:00 - 2:00 p
   Exhibits Open 12:00 - 3:00 p  "
   Innovations in Wood Product Research -  Michael Ritter, Asst Director
   USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison 1- LU
 2:00-3:00   p
Lumpkins So.
   ANSI AWI-SMA 063400 Wood Stair and Rail Standard Update and
International Code Council Stair Codes Update - 1-HSWLU
3:00-4:00    p  "
   Welcome Reception at Loretto Chapel  (Open to all Design Professional and Conference Registrants)
5:15 - 7:00 p
Loretto Chapel
    Dinner at La Fonda with Americas best Stairbuilders and Designers. 7:15-10:00 p
LaFonda Lumpkin No
Welcome Reception at Loretto Chapel  (Open to all registered attendees)
5:15 - 7:00 p Loretto Chapel
Dinner followed by entertainment and the SMA Auction 
7:15-10:00 p Lumpkin Ballroom No
Friday, April 27    
SMA Registration - Help Desk 7:00-5:00 p Mezzanine
Breakfast - Native American Blessing 8:00-9:00 a
New Mexico
Opening General Session - 9:00-9:20 a
Lumpkin So.
Keynote Address -

'Creating Long Term Success by Differentiating Your Firm'

Presented by: Chris Ramey, Affluent Insights

9:20-10:30 a

Lumpkin So.
 --- Morning Break ---
'Design Values for Domestic Wood Species Used in Stairway Construction' - Presented by: Dr. Rubin Shmulsky, Department Head,
Dept of Sustainable Bioproducts, MSU
10:45-12:00 p
Lumpkin So.
Lunch with Exhibitors 12:00-1:00 p   

Lumpkins No.
Exhibits Open
12:00-3:00 p

Lumpkins No.
SMA Board of Directors Meeting 1:00-2:30 p
Exchange Room
Free Time to Explore Santa Fe 3:00-6:00 p  
Docent-Led Tour of La Fonda on the Plaza (offered twice) 3:15-5:15 p

Meet in Lobby
SMA Awards Reception
6:00-7:00 p The Terrace
SMA Awards Banquet
7:00-8:30 p
La Terraza
SMA "Sky's the Limit" Dessert Reception with Astronomers 8:30-10:00 p The Terrace
Saturday, April 28    
SMA Help Desk 8:00-12:00 p Mezzanine
Breakfast 8:00-9:00 a
Lumpkin No.
SMA Annual Business Meeting 9:00-10:00 a Lumpkin So.
Offsite Guest Program 10:00-3:00 p
Meet in Lobby
 --- Morning Break ---
10:00-10:30 a Mezzanine
Breakout Sessions - Round 1
- Fall Safety - Jeff Davis, Industrial Products
- Sales Growth -  Wayne Herring, The Herring Group
- Hiring Your Dream Team - Shawn Christman, Founder- Seattle Stair
10:30-12:00 p New Mexico
Lumpkin So
Santa Fe
Lunch 12:00-1:00 p
Lumpkin No
Committee Meetings
1:00-2:15 p
 --- Afternoon Break  ---
2:15-2:30 p
Breakout Sessions - Round 2
- Fall Safety - Jeff Davis, Industrial Products
- Sales Growth -  - Wayne Herring, The Herring Group
- Hiring Your Dream Team -
Shawn Christman,
Founder- Seattle Stair
2:30-3:30 p see Round 1

Closing Session Keynote -

‘Commandments to Build a Customer Centric Business’

Presented by: Chris Ramey, Affluent Insights
3:30-5:00 p Lumpkin So.
Friends Out On the Town - Selected Best Restaurants of Santa Fe 6:00-9:30 p

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