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CSDA News January 2012 / No. 12-001
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CSDA News January 2012 / No. 12-001
The Association of Cutting Professionals 
Happy New Year!

The staff of CSDA wishes all members a very Happy 2012! We wish you all the best and hope this year brings you happiness, health and prosperity. Thanks for making 2011 a great year, and as we welcome CSDA's 40th Anniversary this year we invite you to join us in making 2012 our best year yet.

Winter Board Meeting Minutes Now Available

The minutes from the Winter Board Meeting in Park City, Utah on December 2, 2011 are now available on the CSDA Website. The next Board meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:30 AM in room N201 in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the World of Concrete.

Free World of Concrete Registration

There is still time to register for the World of Concrete 2012, January 23-27 in Las Vegas. CSDA is once again offering FREE registration, a $75 value, as well as discounted prices on seminar classes. You can get your free registration through the CSDA Website, so register now using the registration banner on our homepage. This free registration is available up until the day of the show—just make sure to register online. All members are encouraged to also use this link on their websites, emails or Facebook pages. Contact CSDA for the link or for a PDF flier that can be emailed. Once you arrive at the show, make sure to check in at the registration desk or swipe your card at the CSDA booth, or any booth. If you have any questions, email or call the CSDA office at 727-577-5004. See you in Las Vegas!

Register Now for the 40th Annual Convention
Reserve your spot at the biggest celebration in CSDA history by registering yourself, your companion and your business associates for the 40th Annual CSDA Convention and Tech Fair in Hawaii. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, located on beautiful Ka’anapali Beach on the island of Maui. Register through the CSDA Website, by phone, fax or email, or mail back the registration page from the convention brochure received in the mail. Don’t delay–Early-bird registration with the discounted fee closes on Friday, January 27, 2012.
Attendance at this year’s convention is expected to reach near-record numbers. The room block for CSDA at the Sheraton Maui has been increased four times due to demand from attendees. The current block is nearly double the original allocation of rooms. There will also be a strong presence from international members, as the International Association of Drillers and Sawers (IACDS) will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 6th, just prior to the convention. With so much potential networking opportunities this large number of attendees will provide, you can’t afford not to be there! If you are thinking about attending and have not yet made your hotel reservations, don’t wait any longer, as the block is nearly sold out. To make reservations, call the Sheraton Maui directly at 808-921-4645 and mention CSDA, or visit the CSDA Convention page to make online reservations.
This year, CSDA is offering discounts on group transportation to and from the Kahului Airport (OGG) for those choosing not to rent a car. Visit the CSDA Convention page and click on the “Ground Transportation” link for more information and to make reservations.
Optional activities offered at this year’s convention will include zipline tours, a Haleakala bike ride, snorkeling off of a catamaran, lunch and a tour of a lavender farm and an ATV ride. If you wish to plan other activities on your own, DeSilva Meeting Consultants offers several other options. Visit the CSDA Convention page and click on “Additional Activity Registration” to see the options and sign up for the tours. The code is CSDA 2012. Call the CSDA office at 727-577-5004 with any questions.
CSDA Spring Training Classes January 24-26, 2012

CSDA will once again offer classroom and hands-on training at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. This year, two classes will be offered—Hand Sawing & Drilling 101 and Estimating. Registration for both of these classes is now available through the World of Concrete website. Hand Sawing & Drilling 101 will run January 24-26 and offer classroom and hands-on time at manufacturer's outdoor booths. Estimating will run January 24-25 and will teach students how to become an estimator or will increase their knowledge of pricing sawing and drilling jobs. The cost for Hand Sawing & Drilling 101 is $950 and Estimating is $695, which is a 15% discount off of the normal price, so take advantage of these great savings now! For more information, visit the CSDA Training page or call the CSDA office at 727-577-5004.

Celebrate 40 Years of CSDA at the World of Concrete
In recognition of CSDA’s 40th Anniversary, the association will host a celebration on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 10:00AM at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas. Visit CSDA at booth #C4457 for this special event and meet up with industry professionals from around the world. Since no party is complete without great food and drinks, look forward to sipping champagne and enjoying a special birthday cake, as well as a few more surprises! Presentations will be made by CSDA President Jim Dvoratchek and Executive Director Pat O’Brien.
Thank You to our Manufacturer Members
CSDA would like to thank each of the manufacturer members who donated equipment, personnel or both to the Fall 2011 Operator Certification Classes. We could not hold these classes without your help and appreciate your contributions! Thank you to: Diamond Products, Diamond Tech, Hilti, Husqvarna, ICS, Blount, K2 Diamond, Multiquip/Sanders Saws, Norton and Stihl for your equipment contributions. Also, thank you to the following individuals who donated their time to the class: Rick Glidewell from Hilti, Mike Hogan from Diamond Products, Dave Sather from K2 Diamond, Richard Tremain from Husqvarna and Kevin Warnecke from ICS, Blount. 
CSDA Board of Directors Approves New Committee
During the last meeting of the Next Generation group on December 1, 2011, members of the group made the decision to ask the CSDA Board for the approval to become an official committee. Approval was granted by the Board during the Board meeting on December 2, 2011. The Next Generation Committee will meet for the first time at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas on January 26, 2012 at 9:00AM in room N207 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. CSDA member and non-members are invited to attend and help shape the future of this committee and the association. For more information, please contact Erin at
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For more information on this program, contact Linda Rose at


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