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Contents • October 2017 FEATURES
Activities & Events
11 Member’s Voice
07 Hidden Object Contest 33 Coca-Cola Membership Contest Leaderboard 34 2017 Events Calendar
Cameron Murray, Chester’s Gators & Tators; Sal Serio, Sal’s T-Shirt Company; Cecelia Kenna, Dickerson & Kenna Concessions; Philip Miller, Miller-Graper Concessions
12 Thoughts from a CCE
Duane Hickmann, CCE, Quality Concessions
31 Allied Specialty Insurance 14 NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods 34 Berk Concession Supply 2018 Food Show Information 10 Fanestil Meats 19 Fare Foods 06 Firestone Financial 04 This Month’s New & Renewal Members 33 Haas & Wilkerson 05 President’s Message Insurance Dominic R. Palmieri, III, CCE 19 Heinkel’s Quality 05 Director’s Voice Cut Meats Don Delahoyde, CCE 22 Hummel Group 07 Card’s Corner 12 JKJ Workforce
News & Articles
31 Leon’s Texas Cuisine 22 Mr. G’s Meats 31 Perfect Stix 06 RJ Schinner 23 Source1 Purchasing 10 Swanel Beverage 30 The Best Around 32 WhirleyDrinkWorks! 30 WNA
13 Association Announcements 18 NICA Visits the Midwest 24 Electronic Logging Devices: Frequently Asked Questions Part 3 26 Getting to Know Your Regional Council Members Dedicated to strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival, and Special Events Industries through effective communication, education, benefits, leadership, and solutions The National Independent Concessionaires Association, Inc. is a Florida Corporation with an Editorial and General Office located at 1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511 • Off ice: (813) 438-8926 • Fax: (813) 803-8460 • Online: www.nicainc.org The information contained in this Publication is based upon sources believed to be reliable. Readers should not act without professional advice. Cover to Cover © 1993-2017 NICA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. October 2017 NICA News
This Month’s Newest Members! Glenn Schurdell Kitchen Craft Hoffman, IL
Matthew Ross Candyland Concessions Oneonta, Ny
Angelica Escolero-Aguilar Jennifer Sickmann The Gingerbread Shop Numb Skullz Airbrush San Jacinto, CA Elwood, IN
JK Williams Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Company North Palm Beach, FL
Carol Lundgren Nikis Concessions Murrieta, CA
Barry Murante In the News Tampa, FL
Heintz Sickmann Numb Skullz Airbrush Elwood, IN
John Henninger Boone County Fair Belvidere, IL
Gianni Messmer MKM LLC dba MKM Concessions Santa Rosa, CA
Jay Rounds Jake’s Foods LLC Goshen, IN
Kathy Kramer OC Fair & Event Center Costa Mesa, CA Michael Ross Candyland Concessions Oneonta, NY
Brenda Curran J and B Sales Sumterville, FL
We wish a warm welcome to all 14 of our newest members! Each new membership gets their referral one entry into the 2017 Coca-Cola Membership Contest. “Together We Can!”
This Month’s Member Renewals Lee Amos Big Onion Concession Nashport, OH (2002)
Ernst Beck Coastal Carolina Fair Ladson, SC (1997)
Michael Broad Broad Concessions Boynton Beach, FL (1994)
Deborah Amos Big Onion Concession Nashport, OH (2002)
Mark Becker Becker Concessions, LLC Waterloo, IA (1996)
Julie Broetsky Broetsky Foods, Inc. Fountain Hills , AZ (1995)
Danny Andreini Pronto Pup Company Memphis, TN (1993)
Dustin Beener Hardenbrook Concessions Urbandale, IA (2002)
Gary Brown Gary Brown Concessions Heath, OH (2002)
Brent Bair Bair’s Concessions, Inc. Lancaster, OH (1993) Nikki Bair Bair’s Concessions, Inc. Lancaster, OH (1993) Virgil Bartlett Amarillo Tri-State Expo Amarillo, TX (2011) Cliff Barton Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Baton Rouge, LA (1995) Rod Beach Beach Concessions Hillsdale, MI (1995) Kevin Bechler Bechler Family Concessions Dundee, MI (1998)
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Cindy Bellew Georgia National Fair & Agricenter Perry, GA (1997) Raymond Bianco Bianco’s Foods, LLC Anderson, SC (1995) Daniel Bianco Bianco’s Foods, LLC Anderson, SC (2005)
Steve Cable Bavarian Almond Shoppe Baltimore, OH (2000) Eric Campbell E.N. Campbell’s Concessions, Inc. Cummings, IA (2000) Leon Carachilo Carachilo, Inc. Hawley, PA (2009)
Tim Commerford R.W. Commerford & Sons Goshen, CT (2007) Robert Commerford R.W. Commerford & Sons Goshen, CT (2006) Chris Conkle Conkle’s Concessions Lakeport, CA (2016) Shiawassee County Fair Shiawassee County Fair Corunna, MI (2010) Mic Cox Red Barn Elephant Ears Kewanna, IN (2005) Charles Cox, CCE Concessions by Cox of Ohio, Inc. Columbus, OH (1993)
Patricia Blomsness JPB Collegville, TX (2011)
Robert Carter, CFE Association of Connecticut Fairs St. Petersburg, FL (2011)
Frank Boeck D & F Enterprises N. Tonawanda, NY (1999)
Monty Chittenden Chittenden Concessions Springfield, MO (2008)
Bonnie Bribiesca Bribiesca Concessions Holcomb, KS (2012)
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Don Crutchfield Don Crutchfield Concessions Brookston, TX (2007)
President’s Message Dominic R. Palmieri, III, CCE, President
I’m writing this letter at 32,000 feet on a Southwest flight while texting and emailing Michelle Card, NICA’s Executive Director (I love modern technology) in anticipation of Hurricane Irma that is about to hit Florida. We’re tying up a few loose ends for IAFE and the NICA 25th Anniversary plans. Working from my office in the sky allows me to get a lot of work accomplished, and it is where I get a lot of preparation plans in motion. It’s beautiful flying over the Arizona desert headed back to the Los Angeles County Fair. With a billion dollar view from a window seat in row 17, the desert has its beauty from being extremely dry, yet I thought about all the preparation for my first hurricane that is expected to bring more than a trillion gallons of water to Florida. This is an unprecedented scenario since we really don’t have West Coast hurricanes and don’t get more
“The Process of Preparation” than 4” of rain for our entire route all season. But it made me realize all the calls, texts, and planning that have taken place with the NICA office the past week. Preparing for a potential catastrophic storm from 3000 miles away with your Executive Director (who is in the middle of it) has its challenges. Are the computers backed up? Is the server secure? Are all the important documents like SOP’s, manuals, binders, and contracts safe? Is the office staff ok? Did everyone fill his or her cars with gas? Can we work from home as long as we have power? Are the phones forwarded to someone that can respond? It is very much the same as—are all the supplies landing in time? Are the employees trained properly? Are the new themed uniforms making it in time? Did the soda order get in before cut off? is the reefer trailer ready for this 1700 case delivery? Is the propane
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Director’s Voice Don Delahoyde, CCE, Director
I am currently in Puyallup, WA at the Washington State Fair. This is a Fair that had This is my first year as about 1.4 million guests in 2016, with over 100 a Director, hence my first Food Vendors. The Concession Department run Director’s report. The Board by Dan Sharp, a 17-year NICA member, and his has been working very hard to staff put on an Open House for the Vendors this keep our organization headed year. They allowed NICA to help with the Open in a positive direction, by House and exposed some long time local Vendors keeping actions transparent to the benefits of NICA. The Fair provided a nice and a good financial base with buffet and drinks for the Vendors, NICA passed good leadership from the Board out magazines and benefit information, as well as well as our Executive Director. as having a drawing for gift cards and a NICA As Fair season winds down in the West, we membership. Thank you Mike Newman, Ryann’s reflect on another interesting year. As many of Pony Rides and NICA West Council Member, for all you, we did not receive our visa workers till mid your help! The winners of the gift cards were Rick summer. We started the season 20 trained H-2B Nelsen, Greg Murphy, Judy Moore, and the free workers short. It has been a real challenge. It membership was won by Ben Vrieze. appears next year could be as bad or worse, but as we know, we do what we need to do to make it ►► “Voice” continued on page 9 happen. October 2017 NICA News
President: Dominic R. Palmieri, III, CCE 1st Vice President: Dan Lusenhop 2nd Vice President: Kathy Ross Secretary: Sandy Class Treasurer: Jennifer Giordano
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“Putting NICA First in the Face of Danger”
Michelle Card, Executive Director
As a 45-year resident of Florida, I have experienced my share of hurricanes. Rarely are they a direct hit and many Floridians tend to become slack in their preparations. Often, we will discount the hurricane and voice our inner meteorologist and state, “it will turn north and fall apart in the north Atlantic waters, who’s hosting the party?” Thus, letting our guard down and waiting until the last possible minute to purchase the laundry list of necessities including gas, water, non-perishable food, radios, and batteries. Additionally, there is the process of securing all outside items that could launch as missiles in 150 miles per hour winds, boarding up our homes, and even mandatory evacuations. Hurricane Irma was different—very different. The NICA staff had not encountered such a beast. Concern and even fear was present in each team member. However, they rose to the occasion and preserved the integrity of the office. With little direction and a lot of drive, Jesse and Jack (our newest team member) backed up the computers, bagged and elevated everything of importance, and treated the office as if it were their own home. Christina preserved our financials by securing all records and maintaining their integrity. Quickly, they became seasoned hurricane warriors and earned even more respect from the Board of Directors and myself. Simply stated, they put NICA FIRST! There are nearly 25 years of NICA history in the office that could have been destroyed as the
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eye of Irma passed close to 20 miles to the east. Fortunately, the office sustained minimal water damage and NICA’s historical integrity is very much intact. I devote this month’s article to Jesse Willard, Jack Turner, and Christina Arriaga. Their selfless dedication to the office during a time of impending crises was a tribute to their character and the loyalty they dedicate to NICA. Many of you reading this article have contributed hundreds if not thousands of hours of your time, talent, blood, sweat, and tears to NICA over the last 24-plus years. Rest assured, all your efforts are in fine hands! Thank you Jesse, Jack, and Christina! “Together We Can Survive Hurricanes!” ▲
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enough to be part of the solution. Please call or email the office with any ideas you may have. In my efforts to continue making NICA a more guy coming in time? Did I pass out the NICA flyers national organization, I traveled to The Big E to for the Golf Tournament? Has all the equipment support our Northeast Council Rally. Getting been checked? Running a successful business is to know Members who just know me as a face about the planning and the fruits of those efforts in the NICA News magazine has been a true are the successful and seamless execution of delight. I especially enjoyed meeting most of the those plans. Northeast Council. Their event was successful I’ve always said that “great preparation and they have made great strides and are gaining comes from excellent anticipation.” It’s part of members through their efforts. Northeast Council the planning process that I live by and always Coordinator Jessica Gottsche is leading the refer to in one of my favorite mottos, “I’m only charge of that council and helping to keep them as good as my PLAN B.” It is very much like all on track. The Big E had Greg Chiecko and Gillian of our businesses. So hopefully, all the planning Palmer from the Operations and Concessions that has taken place with the office will insure Departments in attendance at their event as the safety of our NICA assets, IP, IT and 25 years well. It is always wonderful when Fairs support of stuff we have acquired. Note: as I finished this our efforts. Some Fairs really embrace the NICA letter a week later, I am happy to report that all the events because they realize the importance of planning went well. The office was pretty much a professional organization whose members un-scathed but for a few water drips inside. are dedicated to providing a better customer Michelle and her team did a great job experience. safeguarding the office and all our possessions. The next day I attended the meeting of The Big Back to preparation: NICA is in full swing E Communications Committee. This was a solid with plans for IAFE, WFA, NICA Business Expo, group of Concessionaires made up from local Florida Fed, NICA Rallies, and several State Fair brick-and-mortar burger operators to traveling Association Meetings. We feel the continual Concessionaires of all sizes and the Interim communication with the Industry (on as many Concessions Company of Jeff and Cathy Porkorny levels as possible) is part of the ongoing process with Eddie Shores Enterprises. This Committee of preparation and execution of our Strategic Plan. meets three times per year. Their first meeting is We will continue to work hard to keep the in Tampa during our Business Expo. Then they message of the organization and our mission meet just before Fair and during the Fair. They statement of being “Dedicated to strengthening get stuff done and there is a wide open line of relationships with the Fair, Festival, and communication with the Fair and that group. I felt Special Events Industries through effective very good about what they accomplish. They do communication, education, benefits, leadership, this through very good PREPARATION. and solutions.” In preparing for the continued growth of Convention season is one of our most NICA, it now looks like we have some interest in important times of the year to have the biggest a Heartland and/or Great Lakes Council and we bang for our efforts. This is why I am encouraging will continue to look for opportunities to grow the ALL NICA MEMBERS to register for as many membership organically. Preparing to grow and conventions as possible. This is the call for ALL the success of NICA will come through expanding OF YOU to have the opportunity to participate in councils where they can address regional issues, as many of these Industry events as possible. attend State Fair Conventions, and use their Whether you can host or moderate a round table, connections to help solve Industry issues. I look help create programming, or just show up to forward to the continued success of the Northeast participate and support, I encourage everyone to Council and their vision to lead other councils in contact the NICA office so they can help create the same direction, just like the West Council has information, share information, or coordinate done for the Northeast Council. Mentoring and thoughtful and respectful programming. We want duplicating the model has proven to work, “So why to be part of the conversations and respected fix it if it AIN’T BROKE?” This all came to fruition
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from proper planning and preparation. I’m pleased to say that members are recognizing the efforts of your NICA Board across the country. I see it every day with our current Board and the excitement of their accomplishments. Staying focused and on track has helped them make great strides. I will continue to support the efforts of this Board and help them strive to do great things. My support for our Directors enables them to get the job done. Your support of the Directors helps inspire them to continue to do great things and make the organization stronger. As always, I encourage you to sign up one new member. This is who we are and the basis of our
grassroots growth. Be sure to put your name on the application as a referral so you get a chance to win the Carnival Cruise, sponsored by Coca Cola, given away at our Business Expo in Tampa, FL. Nice way to start off the season! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods 2018 Food Show, February 5-7, the IAFE Convention, November 26-29, with NICA’s Industry Appreciation Night on the night of the 27th, and the WFA Convention, January 3-6. Safe travels to all our members. For those of you with homes and family in Texas and Florida, we pray for all your safety and that you come home to a place intact and ready for you to enjoy. I humbly serve as your NICA President. ▲
Are you selling your equipment, business, or need assistance running it? Contact the NICA Office today at (813) 438-8926 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to get the word out.
“Voice” continued from page 5 ►► The key word here is long time Vendors; it was interesting to listen to the Vendors talk about their longevity and the generations that had been involved with the Fair. According to one gentleman I was talking to, Nielsens Popcorn and Jankes Taffy has been at the Fair for 99 years! He had been working the stands since 1960, with previous generations of family before that. One of the famous stands here are Fair scones: a biscuit filled with butter and jam. They have been at the fair since the early 1900s. They produce and sell over one million of these items each year; this is probably the best know food item at the Fair. The corn dog or crusty pup family has been here since 1923; they have the exclusive on dog-on-a-stick. The candy apple people Marcoe and Sons’ stands started in 1930; elephant ears, while not quite as long, have been at the Fair since 1976. Impact Concessions, a NICA member, with many novelty stands as well as more food stands that I could count, is on their third generation at the Fair. I am happy to announce we have seven new members from the Pacific Northwest! I talk about these things because it is so unusual in California where we do most of our Fairs. I know of some 50-year companies, but none that are 100; there are several here! Most of them have many locations and do not travel. “The Puyallup” is their only venue. I think it is a great
Washington State Fair winners Rick Nielsen, Ben Vrieze, Greg Murphy, and Judy Moore with Don Delahoyde, CCE
thing that the Fair has loyalties to these people. It does make it difficult for new Vendors, but there have been a few of us over the last several years that were able to book space. November kicks off the Fair meeting season and you can be assured that NICA will be represented. I am attending IAFE in Las Vegas, WFA in Anaheim, and Florida Week. For members that are not aware, all Directors pay all their own expenses to attend and work at these conventions. Next time you see a Board Member, tell them, “Thanks!” If you can attend any of these meetings or local association meetings, please make an effort to do so. It is a great place to network, learn, or teach new things. Always remember that “Together We Can!” ▲ October 2017 NICA News
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Member’s Voice The greatest part of NICA is the Membership! The Member’s Voice influences where the organization is headed and what it can improve, among other aspects. The NICA Office has been continuing their survey of responses, checking to see if members are utilizing their benefits and enjoying their experience with the organization. Some of our recent responses are featured below: Cameron Murray, Chester’s Gators & Taters out of Raleigh, NC, has been a NICA member since 2012 and is actively involved serving on the Northeast Council. His comment on how his relationship with NICA was, “It’s great!” He went on to explain that it provides him a chance to meet a lot of others, which in turn helps him find out the trends and what works and what doesn’’t,He mainly uses the Source1 Purchasing benefit along with Coca-Cola and Pepsi. He was aware of the non-food related benefits such as the Fleet benefit with Ford and plans to make use of them as the need arises. He enjoys reading the NICA News both digitally and the paper copy depending on where he is. He thinks that it covers a lot of material and could not think of anything to add. He thinks one of the biggest issues we face today is the trend of “going cashless.” Another problem that affects everyone concerns the labor issues which not only affects his concession business, but his landscaping company too. Sal Serio, Sal’s T-Shirt Company from Gulf Breeze, FL, has been a life long member since 1993, joining in the very beginning of NICA. He described his relationship with NICA as “soft.” Being a straight sales person, he has not made use of many of the benefits; as a senior, he gets many discounts with his AARP membership. He claims that he’s “in love with the business,” but “there are too many rules and regulations.” He is “still pushing NICA and still paying dues.” He feels that NICA has done a lot to help get the “voice of the Concessionaire heard.” He mentioned that he “knows when to talk and when to listen, and that you can’t do both at the same time.” Sal would like to see articles in the NICA News about
how individuals became Concessionaires in this Industry: “Everybody has a story of how they got into this business!” Sal feels this business has been very good to him and he has “enjoyed the many friends he has made and really enjoyed giving people fun.” Cecelia Kenna, Dickerson & Kenna Concessions, of Lebanon, IN, has been a member of NICA for the past three years, but added “my husband was a charter member,” originally joining in 1993. She is a second generation Concessionaire, taking up after her father “started in this business after he returned from World War II.” Regarding her , “We have evolved from cookhouses into trailers and back to stick stands.” She defines her relationship with NICA as being “good,” and prefers the NICA News articles featuring members. She most frequently uses the CLC Lodging / CheckInn Direct, Coca-Cola, and Fare Foods benefits. When asked what she likes best about the organization, she replied, “the voice NICA gives Independent Concessionaires.” Philip Miller, Miller-Graper Concessions, representing Jefferson, OH, “attended the first
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Thoughts from a This month’s Statement of Communications & Management Philosophy is from Duane Hickman, CCE, Quality Concessions, who earned his CCE in 2002: “I believe that as a concessionaire it is my responsibility to attend as many state and national conventions and educational seminars as I can. This keeps me and my team informed on any upcoming changes in our industry. Attending the conventions gives me the opportunity to hear and understand the issues and concerns of the fairs. Any concerns of the fairs now will affect us as Concessionaires in the future. At the conventions I able to share some of our concerns as venders and how the Fairs” decisions will affect us. I feel that I can convey my message more effectively in this environment. My main reason for going to the conventions is not to book, but to be present and to present ideas to the fair managers. Putting a name with a face creates a better opportunity to receive a call from a manager when a space opens. I feel that this open communication is as important with my team members as with the fair. I make sure they realize how important each customer is to our business as well as to the fair. My team members are trained to greet each customer with a friendly smile and a welcoming hello. Their friendly service is followed with a quality product, a thank you and appreciation. The reason my wife and I decided on Quality Concessions was to have a constant reminder of the importance of maintaining quality service and providing a quality product.” ▲ The CCE Program was developed to recognize the professionalism of Concessionaires. The title of CCE represents a deep understanding and respect for the Fair and Festival business and indicates that the titleholder will perform with the highest level of professionalism. The applicant must have a minimum of seven years as a full-time chief operating manager of an independent concession business and be a current member of NICA, at least one State Association, and of one of the following associations: IAFE, IFEA, or the WFA. The applicant must then complete a questionnaire and a 150-200 word personal philosophy of communication and management as it relates to the fair industry. Applications are accepted until October 1st of each year, but applications submitted after the deadline are still reviewed for the following year’s program. Visit the CCE website for more details: goo.gl/ H3VKUf 12
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Announcements Do you have any news that you would you like to share? Contact us at (813) 438-8926 or email@example.com
A New Addition to the NICA Family Congratulations to Northeast Council Coordinator Jessica Gottsche and her husband Rob for the arrival of their daughter Aubrey Lynn on September 12, 2017. All our best wishes to the family and the newest addition to our Fair family! ▲
Call for Stories and Photos from the last 25 Years To prepare for our 25th year coming in 2018, we want to focus on our members’ experiences during this period of history. Were you here since the very beginning? Were you part of NICA’s leadership during these years? Did you just join but want to share your story? We want to hear from you! Send your stories, photos, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org today. ▲
Anniversaries and Awards at the OC Fair The Orange County Fair certainly knows how to recognize the effort of Concessionaires! Congratulations to Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, Director, and The Original Australian Battered Potatoes for winning Orange County Fair 2017 Concessionaire Award of Excellence. Congratulations also goes out to Don and Candy Crutchfield, Don Crutchfield Concessions, for 50 years of service. ▲
NICA Visits OABA & Showmen’s League Jamboree at The Big E OABA and Showmen’s League held a Jamboree at The Big E on September 21, 2017 to benefit OABA Circus Fund and Showmen’s League. Circus Fund donations are used to help the OABA maintain the right of circuses and USDA licensed performing animal owners to provide Americans with educational exhibits and performances of exotic animals. ▲
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NICA Visits the Midwest
In August, members of NICAâ€™s leadership visited multiple fairs in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Here are some photos from the trip, taken at a Member Benefits Rally at the Wisconsin State Fair, a Meet and Greet at the Boone County Fair, and at multiple Fairgrounds including the Lake County Fair.
Duane Hickman, CCE and daughter Mackensie Hickman, Quality Concessions, with President Dominic Palmieri, CCE and Michelle Card, Executive Director
NICA at the Boone County Fair: Darlene Henniger, Retired Concessions Manager, Michelle Card, NICA Executive Director, John Henniger, Current Concessions Manager, Dominic Palmieri, CCE, NICA President, and Al Henniger, Past President
Michelle Card, Executive Director, Dominic Palmieri, CCE, President, Ted Wentz, Big Fun Enterprises, and Jeff Blomsness, NAME
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Kathleen Oâ€™Leary, CEO, Wisconsin State Fair, speaking at the Member Benefits Rally, with Becky Brashear, IAFE, Richie George, Director, Michelle Card, Executive Director, and Sandy Class, Secretary, in front of a large audience
Patrick Sheridan, Alamo Amusements, serves on the Board of both OABA and SLA and discussed H-2B at the Rally
NICA at the Lake County Fair: Dominic Palmieri, CCE, President, Michelle Card, Executive Director, with Sharon, Carl, and David Belcher, The Eatery Huts, and Jeff Blomsness, NAME
Lyle Lee, Boone County Fair President, speaks at the NICA Meet and Greet
NICA with McKinney Food Services: Dominic Palmieri, CCE, President, Shelley Fickling, Billy Fickling, Michelle Card, Executive Director, Shawn McKinney, Ron McKinney, and Peyton McKinney
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“Renewals” continued from page 4 ►► Terri Crutchfield Terri’s Berries Inc. Encinitas, CA (2014)
Dennis Fraleigh F & W Concessions, Inc. Rhinebeck, NY (1993)
Erin Dale-Magdaleno Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls Coarsegold, CA (2015)
Jennifer Fraser Big Jim’s Concessions Firebaugh, CA (2007)
William (Bill) Davis Davis Enterprises Bismark, ND (2011) Paul Davis Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City, FL (1993) Tara Davis Rockin’ Robin Soda Shoppe Ripley, OH (2012) Donald Delahoyde, CCE Five Star Catering Ukiah, CA (1997) Michael Demarco Houston Livestock Show Houston, TX (1993) Michael Doolan Big Fun, Inc. Jensen Beach, FL (2012) Charles Duquette Crystal Fantasies Largo, FL (1994) Bryan Enloe The Perfect Pie / The Hideaway Speakeasy Harlingen, TX (2010) Larry Fain Fain’s Concessions/ Taylor’s Doughboys Mayo, FL (2012) Tom Ferguson Concessions LTD Sharon, MA (2010) Chris Forbing Forbing Concessions Ft. Wayne, IN (1996) John Ford Ford Foods English, IN (1993)
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James Fraser Big Jim’s Concessions Firebaugh, CA (2007) Mark Frazier Frazier Fair Foods New Madison, OH (2003) Charles Glover World’s Finest Food Jackson, MS (1995) Russell Goetz Ice Kreme Mill, Ltd. Hanover, PA (1994) Alexandra Graf Schnitzels & Giggles Sunset, TX (2011) Dale Greenzweig Dale’s Concessions Kunkletown, PA (2010) Doug Hansen Hansen’s Amusement Foods Fergus Falls, MN Becky Harmon Harmons Concessions Mt. Olivet, KY (2007) Scott Henry Old Time Portraits Baileys Harbor, WI (2002) John Heron Triple J Concessions / Fresh Fries Woodbury, MN (2016) Tasha Hyder Clay County Fair Association, Inc. Green Cove Springs FL (2009) Andrew Imperati Dutchess County Fair Rhinebeck, NY (2010)
Cathy Ivory Famous Gabby’s, Inc. Brooksville, FL (2003)
Michael Layne Layne Concession Mount Olive, IL (2014)
Charles Ivory, CCE Famous Gabby’s, Inc. Brooksville, FL (1993)
Rebecca Leimon Leimon’s Pizzeria, Inc. Harlingen, TX (1996)
John Jaycox Jaycox Mobile Concessions Columbus, OH (1995)
Dan Leimon Leimon’s Pizzeria, Inc. Harlingen, TX (1996)
Belinda Jaycox Jaycox Mobile Concessions Columbus, OH (1995) Art Jencks Karen’s Concessions, LLC Owasso, OK (2007) Brian Jones BCSS Concessions Avon, IL (2003) Rick K. Pickering California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento, CA (1997) Paul Kane Katering, Inc. Easton, PA (1999)
Dottie Maile Maile & Son, Inc. Mesa, AZ (2004) Carole Marcus Vic Marcus Concessions Hemet, CA (2002) Donnie Massie Alpine Amusement Co., Inc. Naperville, IL (2010) Gary McBrien Crown & Associates, Inc. Claremore, OK (2007) Duane McCune McCune’s Super Steak & Super Tenderloin Malta, OH (2005)
Mike McGrath Kenneth Kasinak Golden West Concessions The Best Around Cape Coral, FL (1999) San Diego, CA (2007) Tricia Kerrigan Brooklyn Fair Brooklyn, CT (2006)
Kevin McGrath II The Best Around Cape Coral, FL (2004)
Tony Ketchell A. W. K. Ent. Inc. Milford, PA (1995)
Jim McGuire Du Page County Fair Association Wheaton, IL (1997)
Karen Ketchell A. W. K. Ent. Inc. Milford, PA (1995) Mike Kinnear Dawghouse Concessions Des Moines, IA (2000) Siegrid La Fratta Perfection Confections, Inc. Ruskin, FL (1996) James La Fratta Perfection Confections, Inc. Ruskin, FL (1993)
Saree Miller Allegan County Fair Allegan, MI (2004) Janey Miller Miller & Co. Sun City , WV (2010) Henry Mitchell Amy’s Sweet Treats Farmington, CT (2016) Emilie Morrison E.M. Enterprises Lake Wales, FL (1999)
Gary Morse Gary Morse Concessions Banning, CA (2008)
Jerry Price Fiske Concessions, Inc. Brooksville, FL (1993)
John Scarano Ginsberg’s Foods, Inc. Hudson, NY (2013)
Randy Stephenson Alabama National Fair Montgomery, AL (1994)
Phil Mostaccio Completely Nuts, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL (2011)
Brad Price - ROC Mgm’t Godfather’s Pizza Spirit Lake, IA (2005)
Andy Schaefer R.J. Schinner Overland, MO (2011)
Sue Stoecklein Kansas State Fair Hutchinson, KS (1995)
Rob Murphy Heart of Illinois Fair Peoria, IL (1993)
Alan Putter Amusement Management International Louisville, TX (2015)
Brad Schroder Schroder Concessions, Inc. Faribault, MN (1993)
Morgan Stremmel Top Notch Witchita, KS (2103)
Mickey Neck Ormic Concessions Inc. Brownsville, TX (1998)
Carl Ratermann Ratermann & Associates Kirkwood, MO (2015)
Alan Schwarte Red Barn Concessions Rochester, IN (2003)
Ryann Newman Glenn County Fair Orland, CA (2015)
Nancy Lou Rex The Sandwich Fair Association, Inc. Sandwich, IL (1993)
Sal Serio Sal’s T-Shirt Company Gulf Breeze, FL (1993)
Denis Opolski D & C Express Pit Stops Rockford, MI (2005) Jerry Phillips Action Food Peoria, AZ (2011) Fred Pittroff Giant Ride, Inc. Balboa, CA (1995) Debra Poeppelman Poeppelman Concessions, Inc. Wapakoneta, OH (1996) Jeff Pokorny Eddie Shore Enterprises, Inc. Agawam, MA (2005) Deborah Powers Debbie’s Concessions, LLC Wilmington, NC (1994)
Katie Richmond Rodeo Austin Austin, TX (2008) Allen Rismiller Allen Rismiller Concessions Arcanum, OH (2008) Liz Rivera Otts Food Truck Crazy, Inc. Orlando, FL (2012) Penny Ryle Ryle / McKinney Food Services Hughes Springs, TX (1996) R.D. Ryle Ryle / McKinney Food Services Hughes Springs, TX (1995)
Pat Sutton Funnel Cake Express, Inc. Orland, CA (2009) Steve Taft Taft’s Mr. Ribeye Rochester, IL (2003)
Susan Sharp-Farias Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ Paso Robles, CA (2004)
Tracy Thomas Sweet and Salty Concessions, LLC Wilmington, NC (2000)
Ralph Shoptaw Arkansas State Fair Little Rock, AR (1994)
Jeff Townsend Saratoga County Fair Ballston Spa, NY
Gary Slater Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA (1993)
Robert Walsh Bellwinart Baskin Robbins Muncie, IN (2008)
Celia Smith Family A Fair, Inc. Hemet, CA (2008) Larry Smith Gold Concessions Riverview, FL (1995) Dale Smith, CCE Family A Fair, Inc. Hemet, CA (2008) Lynde Fay Snow Shahelyn’s Concessions, Inc. Greenwood, IN (1993)
Roger Westmoreland Roger Westmoreland Concessions Hughes Springs, TX (1996) Judy Wilson J Wilson Group, LLC Arcadia, IN (2015) Highlands County Fair Highlands County Fair Association Sebring, FL (2008)
Thanks goes out to all 136 Renewing Members for your continued support of NICA. “Together We Can!”
comes to the Fair Industry. He stated he attends “the show in February” and finds it “helpful and enjoyable.” organizational meeting at the Florida State The NICA Office plans to continue these Fairgrounds” and joined NICA several years later. surveys of our Renewing Members. If you hear Philip started as a Concessionaire in 1982 “selling from us via phone or email, let us know what’s on corn dogs and fried cheese.” He mostly uses the your mind! Otherwise, if you have a story you’d like CLC Lodging / CheckInn Direct benefit and likes to share, call us at (813) 438-8926 or send it over to know “what issues NICA is working on” when it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org ▲
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Electronic Logging Devices:
Frequently Asked Questions, Part 3 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration & Department of Transportation Picking up where we left off last month, we are continuing the overview of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) compliance-related frequently asked questions. We previously covered the topics “Supporting Documents” and “Editing and Annotations.” This month we are covering “Harassment,” “ELD Functions,” and “ELD Data Transfer.”
factor that drivers identified as contributing to harassment. 1. What is the definition of harassment in the ELD Harassment will be considered in cases of rule? alleged HOS violations; therefore, the penalty for harassment is in addition to the underlying FMCSA defines harassment as an action by violation under 49 CFR 392.3 or part 395. An a motor carrier toward one of its drivers that the underlying HOS violation must be found for a motor carrier knew, or should have known, would result in the driver violating hours of service (HOS) harassment penalty to be assessed. rules in 49 CFR 395 or 49 CFR 392.3. These rules 3. Does the ELD rule require real-time tracking prohibit carriers from requiring drivers to drive of commercial motor vehicle (CMVs) with when their ability or alertness is impaired due to ELDs? fatigue, illness or other causes that compromise safety. To be considered harassment, the action No. Real-time tracking of CMVs is not required must involve information available to the motor in the ELD rule. However, a motor carrier may carrier through an ELD or other technology used use technology to track its CMVs in real time in combination with an ELD. FMCSA explicitly for business purposes. A motor carrier is free to prohibits a motor carrier from harassing a driver. use this data as long as it does not engage in harassment or violate the Federal Motor Carrier 2. How does the ELD rule address harassment Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). of drivers using ELDs? 4. What are the differences between harassment The ELD rule has provisions to prevent the and coercion? use of ELDs to harass drivers. FMCSA explicitly prohibits a motor carrier from harassing a driver, A motor carrier can only be found to have and provides that a driver may file a written committed harassment if the driver commits complaint under 49 CFR 386.12(b) if the driver a specified underlying HOS violation based on was subject to harassment. Technical provisions the carrier’s actions and there is a connection that address harassment include a mute function to the ELD. Adverse action against the driver is to ensure that a driver is not interrupted in the not required, because the driver complied with sleeper berth. Furthermore, the design of the ELD the carrier’s instructions. In contrast, coercion is allows only limited edits of an ELD record by both much broader in terms of entities covered, and the driver and the motor carrier’s agents, and in addresses the threat to withhold work from or either case, the original ELD record cannot be take adverse employment action against a driver changed. As a result, motor carriers will be limited in order to induce the driver to violate a broader in forcing drivers to violate the hours of service range of regulatory provisions or to take adverse (HOS) rules without leaving an electronic trail that action to punish a driver for the driver’s refusal would point to the original and revised records. to operate a CMV in violation of the specified The driver certification is also intended, in part, regulations. Unlike harassment, coercion does not to protect drivers from unilateral changes—a have to result in the driver being in violation of the regulations and does not have to involve the use 24
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An ELD automatically records the following data elements at certain intervals: date; time; 5. How much time is allowed for a driver to file a location information; engine hours; vehicle harassment complaint? miles; and identification information for the driver, authenticated user, vehicle, and motor A driver must file a written harassment carrier. complaint no later than 90 days after the event. of an ELD.
6. What should a driver consider before filing a harassment complaint?
2. When is location data recorded by an ELD? Location data must be recorded by an ELD at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, and when the driver powers up and shuts down the engine, changes duty status, and indicates personal use or yard moves.
FMCSA encourages any driver who feels that he or she was the subject of harassment to also consider FMCSA’s coercion rule and the Department of Labor’s whistleblower law (enacted as part of the Surface Transportation Assistance 3. Will the vehicle location information identify Act (49 U.S.C. 31105)), which provides retaliation street addresses? protection. No. Vehicle location information is not 7. What information must be submitted in a sufficiently precise to identify street addresses. harassment complaint? For each change in duty status, the ELD must convert automatically captured vehicle The following information must be submitted position in latitude/longitude coordinates in writing: into geo-location information that indicates • Driver’s name, address, and telephone number; the approximate distance and direction to an identifiable location corresponding to the name • Name and address of the motor carrier of a nearby city, town, or village, with a State allegedly harassing the driver; and • Statement of the facts to prove each allegation abbreviation. of harassment, including: • How the ELD or other technology used with the 4. Is an ELD required to collect data about vehicle performance? ELD contributed to harassment. • The date of the alleged action. No, ELDs are not required to collect data on • How the motor carrier’s action violated either vehicle speed, braking action, steering function, 49 CFR 392.3 or 49 CFR 395. or other vehicle performance parameters. ELDs • Driver’s signature. are only required to collect data to determine Any supporting evidence that will assist FMCSA in the investigation of the complaint should also be included along with the complaint.
8. Where should a driver file a harassment complaint? The driver’s must file a written complaint with the National Consumer Complaint Database at http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov or with the FMCSA Division Administrator for the State where the driver is employed (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ mission/field-offices).
ELD Functions 1. What information is automatically recorded by an ELD?
compliance with HOS regulations.
5. Do the specifications in the ELD rule for ELDs include requirements to automatically control the vehicle, such as other safety systems that may automatically reduce acceleration or apply braking? No. The specifications for ELDs do not include requirements to control the vehicle. An ELD is a recording device that records vehicle parameters through its synchronization to the vehicle’s engine, and allows for entries related to a driver’s record of duty status (RODS).
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Getting to Know Your
Regional Council Members Jessica Gottsche, Northeast Council Coordinator & Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils This month, we are running a double installment of this feature, focusing on the Northeast Council’s newest member Henry Mitchell, based out of Farmington, CT, and the West Council’s Kim Barr, of Yacolt, WA.
Northeast Council Henry Mitchell What is the name of your business and what do you sell? Amy’s Sweet Treats named after my wife. I sell soft serve ice cream, cones, cups, sundaes, floats, and at some locations we sell Belgian waffles. What is your route? Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. How long have you been a NICA member? I have been a NICA member for two years. Tell us about your family. Are they active in the business? The ice cream business has been in the family for generations. My wife’s grandfather was the first in the Concession business. Her parents and brother are also currently still active. We have two sons which will be fourth generation in the family ice cream business; our oldest son is currently in the Concession business and our youngest will be soon to follow in the next season. Do you remember who recruited you to be a member? Yes, it was Jessica Gottsche, Northeast Council Coordinator. What is your most valuable NICA benefit? The benefit I use the most is speaking with other 26
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Amy and Henry Mitchell
members, and bouncing ideas off each other to open the doors of communication across the country. What inspired you to join the Northeast Council? I was speaking with a current member who was telling me more about the benefits that NICA had to offer, that they were looking for a Northeast Council member, and encouraged me to join. What do you hope the Northeast Council accomplishes during your tenure? I would like to see more communications between members and Fair committees. We appreciate your responses Henry! What is the best way for a NICA member to reach you? I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 212-0961. ▲
West Council Kim Barr What is the name of your business and what do you sell? The name of our business is Pacific Crest Concessions, LLC. We sell Hawaiian teriyaki; that
Do you remember who recruited you to be a member? Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils, recruited me. What is your most valuable NICA benefit? My favorite benefits are the Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Policy through Allied, NICA Sysco Marketplace, and Sherwin Williams. Having these benefits has repaid my membership fee many times over.
Kim and Alan Barr
includes stir fried noodles, Hawaiian bento, rice bowls, and passion orange guava (POG) juice all prepared with fresh ingredients and recipes made from scratch. We also sell funnel cakes and nut dipped ice cream bars.
What inspired you to join the West Council? I was inspired to join NICA by Rey who saw that my heart and soul is in this business and that the true meaning of “Together We Can!” means a lot to me as a Concessionaire. It is my goal to see Fairs and Concessions, as well as Commercial Vendors, work together.
What do you hope the West Council accomplishes during your tenure? The first thing I ask when I meet a new Concessionaire is “Are you a NICA member?” It What is your route? Our route is in the Northwest: Oregon, Washington, always starts a conversation where we discuss mutual interests and often I have found a new Idaho, and Utah. friend. NICA encourages us to communicate and How long have you been a NICA member? work with our Fairs. I believe communication Alan and I have been NICA members for 5 years. between Fairs, Concessions, and Commercial Vendors is improving and that we are working Tell us about your family. Are they active in the together more. And more importantly, we have business? become professional operators who are focused We have three great sons and three wonderful on quality and guest service because of the daughter-in-laws along with five beautiful learning opportunities that NICA provides. grandkids! Adan is our oldest, then Kylin, Hailee, Blake, and Laci. Our boys were raised in the Thank you for your responses Kim! What is the business and have helped us so much over the best way for a NICA member to reach you? years. Mat and Lynn have also joined us in the The best way to reach me is (360) 600-3270. ▲ business. Mat started working in the booth when he was eight (Ryan and Nate as well)! Ryan pulls trailers where and when needed and all of the kids, including grandkids, work the booths!
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11. When will an ELD automatically change the duty status from driving to the default duty status of on-duty not driving?
6. What is the level of precision for CMV location When the duty status is set to driving, and the information recorded by an ELD? CMV has not been in motion for five consecutive minutes, the ELD must prompt the driver to During on-duty driving periods, the location accuracy is approximately within a 1-mile radius. confirm a continued driving status or enter the proper duty status. If the driver does not respond When a driver operates a CMV for personal to the ELD prompt within one minute, the ELD use, the position reporting accuracy would be must automatically switch the duty status to onapproximately within a 10-mile radius. duty not driving. 7. What does engine synchronization mean for 12. How must a driver be able to access RODS the purposes of ELD compliance? from an ELD? An ELD must be integrally synchronized with Since all ELD data file output will be a standard the engine of the CMV. Engine synchronization comma-delimited file, a driver may import the means monitoring engine operation to data output file into Microsoft Excel, Word, automatically capture the engine power status, notepad, or other common tools. A driver will vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine also be able to access ELD records through a hours. screen display or a printout, depending on the ELD 8. Will GPS-derived data for mileage be allowed design. as a substitute for data that cannot be readily 13. How does the electronic logging device reflect obtained from a vehicle electronic control personal conveyance when the personal module (ECM)? conveyance status is selected and the CMV is No, the ELD must be able to monitor engine driven? operation to automatically capture required When the personal conveyance status is data. A GPS is not integrally synchronized with a selected (as allowed and configured by the motor vehicle’s engine, and cannot be a substitute for carrier), the CMV’s location is recorded with a required ECM data to comply with the ELD rule. lower level of precision (i.e., an approximate 9. Can an ELD have a feature to warn drivers 10-mile radius). Personal conveyance will be reflected on the ELD using a different style line about approaching HOS limits? (such as dashed or dotted line). Yes. FMCSA allows, but does not require, warning or notification to drivers when they are 14. What are the display requirements for team nearing their HOS limits. Yes, the ELD rule allows, drivers using the same ELD on their CMV? but does not require, warning or notification to In the event of team drivers, the ELD must drivers when they are nearing their HOS limits. display the data for both co-drivers who are 10. When will an ELD automatically start to logged into the system. record a driving mode or status? 15. Can a logged-in co-driver make entries over An ELD must automatically switch to driving his or her records using the ELD when he or mode once the CMV is moving up to a set speed she is not driving? threshold of five miles per hour. As a result, the inYes. The driver who is not operating the motion state must not be configured greater than vehicle may make entries over his or her own five miles per hour. The vehicle will be considered records when the vehicle is in motion. However, stopped once its speed falls to zero miles per co-drivers cannot switch driving roles on the ELD hour and stays at zero miles per hour for three when the vehicle is in motion. consecutive seconds. 28
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16. Can an EL record be set to record minimum duty status durations, such as 15 minutes?
authorized safety official requests a physical display of the information.
No. The ELD will capture all entered duty statuses, and there is no minimum amount of time that these statuses must or should be engaged. While longstanding industry and enforcement practices may have relied upon minimum intervals of 15 minutes in handwritten RODS, an ELD provides a more accurate accounting of drivers’ time. This should not be construed to indicate that the activities electronically recorded as less than 15 minutes are suspect, only that the time actually required to complete the task may be less that what had been traditionally noted in the paper RODS.
2. How will safety officials receive data electronically from the two different types of ELDs with options for different methods of electronic data transfer (“telematics” and “local”)?
17. As a motor carrier, how can I be sure an ELD is compliant? You should only purchase an ELD that is selfcertified by the manufacturer to be compliant and that is registered and listed on the FMCSA website. The list of registered ELDs can be found 3pdp.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/ELDList.aspx. Motor carriers should also familiarize themselves with the ELD checklist and the ELD rule, located www. fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/drivers-andcarriers
Authorized safety officials who conduct roadside enforcement activities (i.e., traffic enforcement and inspections) or compliance safety investigations will have the option of choosing a minimum of one electronic data transfer method (wireless Web services or email) and one “local” electronic data transfer method (USB2.0 or Bluetooth) for the electronic transfer of ELD data, depending on the type of ELD. 3. What is the process for transferring data via USB2.0, email, Bluetooth, and Web services?
If a driver is using a “local” ELD with USB 2.0 capabilities, an authorized safety official will provide a secure USB device to allow the driver to electronically transfer data from the ELD to the official. The driver will return the USB device to the safety official, who will transfer the data to a computing device. If the driver is using a “telematics” ELD with email capabilities, the authorized safety official ELD Data Transfer will request that the electronic data transfer 1. What are the options for ELDs to electronically file be sent as an attachment to an e-mail. This transfer data? e-mail address is preprogramed in the ELD by the vendor. The safety official will provide the According to the ELD rule technical driver with a routing code to reference in the specifications, an ELD must support one of two email. options for electronic data transfer: If the driver is using a “local” ELD with • The first option is a “telematics” Bluetooth capabilities, the authorized safety transfer type ELD. At a minimum, it must official will activate Bluetooth on his or her electronically transfer data to an authorized computing device and the driver will initiate safety official on demand via wireless Web the Bluetooth electronic transfer of the data services and email. from the driver’s ELD to the safety official’s • The second option is a “local” transfer type computing device. The official will provide a ELD. At a minimum, it must electronically Bluetooth pairing code for the driver to enter into transfer data to an authorized safety the ELD for the data file transfer. official on demand via USB2.0 and If the driver is using a “telematics” ELD Bluetooth®. with wireless Web services capabilities, the authorized safety official will give the driver a To ensure that law enforcement is always able routing code to assist the official in locating to receive the hours of service (HOS) data during a roadside inspection, a driver must be able to ►► “ELD” continued on page 30 provide either the display or a printout when an October 2017 NICA News
“ELD” continued from page 29 ►► the data once transmitted, and the driver will initiate a web transfer to an FMCSA server to be retrieved by the safety official’s software. 4. Would an ELD be non-compliant with the ELD rule if the data cannot be sent electronically to an authorized safety official at roadside? No. If the electronic means for transferring data is unavailable or fails, the driver can still be compliant by showing either a printout or the actual ELD display of their RODS. ▲ Check out November’s issue for another installment of frequently asked questions on Electronic Logging Devices. There are many more topics to cover. For more information, contact Tracey McQuilken, Ion DOT Compliance, at email@example.com or view the entire guide at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/ electronic-logging-devices
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2017 Membership Contest Leaderboard* General Membership Etta Pence, CCE.....................................................................3 Jennifer Allison......................................................................2 Robert Hutchins....................................................................2 Randy Reichert, CCE..............................................................2 Robert Santorelli...................................................................2 Lee Amos...............................................................................1 Vince Agnifili..........................................................................1 Arnold Blewer........................................................................1 Jane Harris............................................................................1 Mike Knott.............................................................................1 Mike McGrath........................................................................1 Andi Price..............................................................................1 Jeff Ross................................................................................1 Kelly Sanders.........................................................................1 Dale Smith, CCE.....................................................................1 Ron Smith..............................................................................1 Jeaneen Stephens.................................................................1 Phil Teague............................................................................1
Councils Jay Wells................................................................................5 Tonio Viscusi.........................................................................2 Russ Harrison, CCE...............................................................1
Board of Directors Sandy Class...........................................................................3 Don Delahoyde, CCE..............................................................3 Kathy Ross............................................................................2 Daryl Whicheloe, CCE............................................................2 Carmel Dyer-Pittroff..............................................................1 Richie George........................................................................1 Paulette Keene, CCE..............................................................1 Dominic Palmieri, III, CCE......................................................1
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2017 Events Calendar
Representing NICA & Its Industry Partners October 1: CCE Applications due in the office 10: Directory Updates due in the office 11-13: Wyoming Assoc. of Fairs Annual Convention • Gillette, WY 14: Kentucky Association of Fairs Fall Meeting • Louisville, KY 19–21: British Columbia Assoc. of Agricultural Fairs & Exhibitions Annual Convention • Victoria, BC 19–21: Washington State Fairs Assoc. Annual Convention • Vancouver, WA
26–28: Oregon Fairs Association Annual Convention • Albany, OR
15–17: CAFE Annual Convention • Montreal, QC 16–18: Dakota Fairs Annual Convention • Aberdeen, SD
23: Thanksgiving (Office Closed)
8–11: Rocky Mountain Assoc. of Fairs Annual Convention & Colorado Assoc. of Fairs and Shows Annual Convention • Colorado Springs, CO
26–29: 127th IAFE Convention & Trade Show • Las Vegas, NV 27: NICA Industry Appreciation Night at the IAFE Convention • Las Vegas, NV
10–11: Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs & Shows Annual Convention • Ocean City, MD
Although these dates are based on sources believed to be reliable and true, they are subject to changes throughout the year. Additional or revised dates may be announced in future issues of NICA News or at www.nicainc.org on our calendar.
10–11: Tri-State (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island) Annual Convention • Sturbridge, MA 13–17: IAAPA Attractions Expo • Orlando, FL
21–23: MAAS Annual Convention • Brandon, MB
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