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General Sessions


Opening General Session: "Driving Your Winter Operations Into the Future"

Talk Show
Monday, April 24 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


What can you do to prepare your agency for the future? This year’s Talk Show focuses on what leaders can do to prepare their agencies for immediate and future success.

Questions to be discussed include:
  • How to address challenges in implementing new technologies or strategies?
  • How do you drive change and improvement?
  • What can you do to prepare for succession planning?
  • How do you get staff ready for perpetual change? 
Bring your own questions and come join us for this highly interactive General session!

Moderator/Panelists: 
Daniel Lee Schacher - Fairbanks District Superintendent, Alaska DOT and Public Facilities(Moderator)
Bryan Beitzel - Maintenance Superintendent, Village of Buffalo Grove, IL
Hesha N. Gamble, PE, PTOE - County Engineer, County of Greenville, SC
Pat Miller - Public Works Operations Manager, Council Bluffs, IA
Lee Perkins - Transportation Manager, City of Lethbridge, AB (Canada)


Closing General Session: "The World Triathlon"

Charlie Wittmack
Tuesday, April 25 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


When the going gets tough, many climbers pack up and head home. However if we anticipate challenges and prepare for adversity, we can be ideally positioned to take advantage of tough times and realize extraordinary achievements. Boone, Iowa native, Charlie Wittmack, is an internationally renowned and award-winning explorer who has been organizing major expeditions for more than twenty years. Charlie is best known for being the first person in history to complete the World Triathlon – an 8,000-mile triathlon that stretches from the English Channel to the summit of Mount Everest. He has stood atop peaks on five continents, completed marathon swims around the world, trekked across East Africa with the Maasai tribesmen, and sailed the Indian Ocean in a handmade boat. Wittmack was also the first Iowan to climb Mount Everest.

Charlie structures each of his expeditions to benefit the greater good through partnerships with organizations including the American Cancer Society and Save the Children.
 
Stories of his projects frequently appear in the popular press around the world. ESPN recently won two Eppy awards for a series of stories that featured Wittmack's World Triathlon. PBS is currently producing a documentary on his recent trip to Kilimanjaro. He has appeared in more than 100 newspapers across the United States and in major publications including Sports Illustrated, Men's Journal, and Outside. In 2010, Wittmack was elected as a Fellow National in the Explorers Club in Manhattan as recognition for his contributions to the field of exploration and adventure. He is also a member of the Royal Geographic Society in London.
 

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