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Clearwater, FL – A high-energy keynote presentation by Seth Mattison, a nationally recognized expert on bridging the generations, was given at the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association’s (CSDA) 41st Annual Convention and Tech Fair, February 26 – March 2. Many attendees felt this was the best keynote address at a CSDA convention.
 
Almost 200 people attended CSDA’s flagship event to jumpstart their new years with fresh ideas and strategies. The main focus of this year’s convention was the next generation of industry leaders, who are truly the key to the future. Keynote speaker Seth Mattison focused on the importance of Bridging the Generational Gap and explained how doing so can lead to greater productivity, creativity and worker satisfaction.
 
“I found Seth’s keynote speech very enthralling. What he said about inter-generational implications was very relevant, but also would apply to cross cultural issues,” said Henk Dykhouse of Diamond Drilling & Sawing Co. in Denver, Colorado.
 
Ten business sessions were held, including Methods to Reduce Water Usage and Slurry Pickup as well as Job Costing Analysis and Estimating, Managing and Executing Successful Polishing Projects. The convention theme was driven by the CSDA Next Generation Committee, who scheduled two roundtable discussions entitled If I Knew Then What I Know Now and So You Think You Want to Buy the Company? These roundtables brought together business owners young and old to discuss key aspects of business succession and sharing important lessons learned from many years of experience.
 
First-time convention attendee Ed Lounsberry of EXCO, Inc. in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was impressed with the sessions. “It was our first time at a CSDA convention. We meet a lot of knowledgeable people with great ideas, and hope to be back next year. The programs were timely for us and the content was right on.”
 
In addition to business sessions, networking opportunities and social events, the ever-popular CSDA Tech Fair had 23 exhibitors and drew a great crowd. Attendees appreciated the chance to talk with manufacturers in an intimate setting, something that often cannot be achieved at large trade shows.
 
Even before the official start of the Convention and Tech Fair, the association showed how it is ready for the challenges of the next generation. In line with the introduction of the Imaging Contractor and Polishing Contractor membership categories in 2012, committees were formed and members met for the first time at the Florida convention.
 
While the main focus of the convention was the future of the industry, time was taken to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of those who have helped shape it. The CSDA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Past President Steve Garrison of Hilti, Inc. for his outstanding contribution to the association. Garrison has been involved in the industry for over 30 years and continues to be an active member of the association, serving on the current Board of Directors. Outgoing CSDA President, Jim Dvoratchek of Hard Rock Concrete Cutters, Inc., presented the award to Garrison, who becomes only the fifth person to receive the award.
 
For more information, visit www.csda.org, call the CSDA office at 727-577-5004 or email info@csda.org
 
 
Photo Caption: Seth Mattison gives his keynote presentation to CSDA Convention attendees.
 
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CSDA is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the concrete construction and renovation industry. The CSDA mission is to promote the selection of professional sawing and drilling contractors and their methods. Concrete cutting with diamond tools offers the industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 international member companies.

Contact: Patrick O’Brien, Executive Director
Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association
pat@csda.org

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