American Concrete Pumping Association educational conference in Dallas includes topics relevant to Canadian members

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The 2017 American Concrete Pumping Association (APCA) Education Conference will take place Oct. 2 and 3 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Centre in Dallas, TX. Filled with a variety of educational and networking opportunities, the event will be co-located with NRMCA (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)’s ConcreteWorks.

APCA has members representing Canada and Mexico and issues and educational topics will be of interest to members, wherever they work.

ACPA specific components of the conference are tailored directly to concrete pumpers and their businesses. Topics will include: Pumpable Mixes: Designing a Mix that Works; Building (upon) Your Company’s Culture of Safety; The Risks and Rewards of a Growing Concrete Pumping Company; and Never Back – Always Forward: Sales Techniques for Expanding Your Market.

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One of the event’s key feature sessions is called Building Your Financial Foundation: A Hands-On Workshop for Business Decision-Makers that will focus on a variety of items that are essential parts of financial management including tracking pump usage and pump expenses, identifying profit and cash flow leaks; financial goals and targets; and review and accountability.

Another feature component: Call for Leaders: Practical Skills for Inspiring and Communicating to Your Team, will focus on the differences between managers and leaders; and practical skills including building credibility, accountability and strategic thinking.
While the concrete pumping specific programs will clearly be of interest, organizers say that holding the event in conjunction with NRMCA will provide distinct networking advantages and opportunities. There will also be some crossover in sessions on common topics of interest.

Beyond the education conference, ACPA offers training programs, including its Operator Training Program, safety bulletins on a variety of topics, and Dos and Don’ts sheets covering everything from delivering to pumps to hose handlers. Press releases announce changes to legislation that impact the industry while events such as the July Safety Summit bring members together to learn about changes that could impact safety certification and training models.

For more information on the education conference, visit http://www.concretepumpers.com/content/2017-acpa-education-conference. To learn more about ACPA and other safety and training information, visit http://www.concretepumpers.com.

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