The Accredited Snow Contractors Association has announced that its annual Executive Summit is returning this year as an in-person event and will feature all of the highlights and opportunities that have made it the industry’s leading executive event.

“Over the past decade, ASCA Executive Summit has developed into the snow and ice industry leadership experience,” says ASCAS Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. “This year’s event features an agenda of next-level business development speakers, actionable growth strategies and the ASCA Leadership and Top 100 awards. It’s the only industry event where snow and ice management veterans come with candor, openness and collaboration and leave with real, hands-on advice to recharge their businesses.”

Registration is now open for the early August event and can be accessed via the Executive Summit website at www.ascaexecutivesummit.com.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year's Executive Summit, which was also slated to take place at the Amelia Island resort, was instead converted to a virtual conference. Due to progress being made with distributions a vaccine, Gilbride says the world is turning a corner with COVID and there is now a light at end of this year-long tunnel.

"I'm optimistic that we, as a society, are beginning to turn a corner with our battle against COVID-19," Gilbride says. "As such, a return to in-person events by late summer is, at this point, a realistic goal and one that the ASCA is planning for with regard to 2021 Executive Summit."

Gilbride says the ASCA has nearly finalized its conference agenda and has lined up a number of dynamic educational speakers, including:

Josh Ferguson, Partner, Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLC

Josh is a Partner and Chair of the Philadelphia and New Jersey offices. He is a highly experienced attorney with an array of experience in high exposure tort, employment and professional liability cases.

At Executive Summit, Josh will address recent risk mitigation matters that impact snow professionals, as well as updates to contract and employment law that will directly impact your business.

Josh serves as general counsel for a wide variety of businesses, including those in the construction, snow and ice management, power sweeping, landscaping, and property management industries. He regularly advises clients on pending legislation at the Federal and State levels. He has drafted legislation on behalf of various industries, including the Anti-Indemnity Bill sponsored by the ASCA.

Dr. Jermaine Davis, Professor of Communication Studies, Century College

As a professional development expert, motivational teacher, and leadership coach, Dr. Jermaine’s presentation – Recharge and Stress Less Beating Burnout Before It Brutally Beats You! – will inspire you to take control of your life and career by teaching you how to recharge, refresh, renew, and replenish your personal and professional batteries so you can thrive and succeed.

Are you stretched with personal and professional responsibilities to the point of overload and exhaustion? Are you constantly being expected to do more with less? Have you come to accept that using the weekend to “catch up” on work is a constant reality?

We’ve all felt depleted and drained for days on end. Burnout sabotages personal achievements and destroys organizational success. Dr. Jermaine will show you how to develop a better game plan and how to move off Burnout Street.

Gene Marks, Owner, Marks Group PC

Join certified public accountant Gene Marks for a fast paced, entertaining, and informative discussion where you will better understand your best succession actions you should be taking that benefit yourself, your family and others connected to your business.

During Your Exit: Succession Strategies for Your Business you will learn:

How the 2017 tax reform will impact your business structuring and life insurance planning.

The latest estate planning developments from the recent year that affect business owners like yourself.

The key issues in transitioning a business to family members or key employees while providing for financial security.

The most important retirement and estate tax considerations you should be taking into account to ensure that your income will be maximized for the years to come.

Additional speakers will be announced in the near future.

Undoubtedly, safety remains at the forefront of most people’s minds and the ASCA’s conference staff is making sure all matters regarding this issue are addressed, Gilbride says.

“We understand and appreciate COVID awareness not only among attendees, but also with the resort, its staff and its vendors,” Gilbride says. “As we move further into 2021, and as additional information regarding precautions, safeguards and vaccines become available, we will continue to evaluate all requirements and recommendations and work with the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and all of our vendors to ensure proper safety protocols are being implemented before, during and after the event.”

ASCA Executive Summit is an annual conference focused on the business needs of the snow industry. Every year, the ASCA brings in dynamic speakers to discuss our industry and how professional snow and ice management contractors can improve their businesses. The conference is much more than learning how to plow snow. The three-day event addresses the business management topics that every business faces.

In addition to the conference, the event plays host to the annual Snow Magazine Leadership and Top 100 Awards.