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IDA EduCon Education and Training

New Orleans, LA

IDA is second to none in educational offerings for garage door dealers, suppliers, and technicians.  IDA EduCon provides attendees with educational resources, training systems and professional development programs, applicable for companies engaged in the sale, installation and service of garage door and access systems products.

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Gate Operator Training
Friday, October 28, 9:00 am- 11:00 am
IDA Panel of Experts -Tom DeSilvia, LiftMaster; Jason Webb, LiftMaster

Learn all about the NEW Gate Systems Technician Level 1 certification.  This new program has several benefits that will help educate gate systems technicians to diagnose and repair gate systems by understanding licensing requirements, troubleshooting electrical circuits, and overall system troubleshooting.  This session will also discuss basic electronic concepts used to service and troubleshoot operators and accessories. Attendees will also understand the common functions of a multimeter, as well as how and when to use it as a diagnostic tool.  Today’s consumers are demanding professional qualifications for services affecting the accessibility and value of their property. The public perception of the gate operator industry will advance knowing this training and certification is available. 

General Session - Culture: The Ultimate Horsepower
Friday, October 28, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
Matt Clark, Conquer Coach

Adapting to the Market POST COVID from a Dealers Perspective
Friday, October 28, 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
IDA Panel of Experts - Byron Burland 

The past 2 years was a trying period for everyone. We experienced triple digit price increases, extended product lead times and continual supply chain issues, not to mention the severe labor situation. Despite this, we found ways to overcome the past challenges and in doing so, have been able to grow substantially not only in revenue, but have increased our EBITDA to a respectable level that competes with other service industries. Our employees are some of the highest paid in the Industry, we have developed creative cost effective ways to go to market,  and my goal is to share our experience as a Dealer with the hope that together, we become better than we were, and be recognized as  “Professionals” which we truly are.  

Understanding Your Door Company As a Business
Friday, October 28, 2:45 pm- 3:45 pm
IDA Panel of Experts - Adam Cronenberg

Understanding your Door Company As a Business by learning 12 keys to supercharge your business. 

Garage Door Safety Panel: What Door Dealers Can Do To Make a Difference
Friday, October 28, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
IDA Panel of Experts - Joy Abshire, Andy Stergiou
Moderator: Mike Fischer

Whether dealing with hurricane codes, fire safety testing, gate and door operator safety standards, and other issues, garage door dealers play an important role in building and home safety. Don’t miss this lively panel discussion to learn more about what’s new on the door safety front. The session will also include information about Garage Door Safety Month as well as safety initiatives from insurance industry advocates, standards organizations, and regulators. 

2 Day School Commercial Rolling/Rolling Steel Fire Door
Friday, October 28 - Saturday, October 29

Although attendees are not required to be enrolled in IDEA certification programs, these schools are ideal as pre-examination classes, and testing for related IDEA certification designations will be offered at the conclusion of the second day. IDEA Certifications must be applied for and paid through the IDEA.  You can find the IDEA website here.

IDEA Testing

Saturday, October 29
IDEA Testing will be offered on Saturday, October 29.  Contact IDEA if you would like to test.

Fire Marshall Training
Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
IDA Panel of Experts - Dave Dawdy, Ed Hermanns

Your attendance to this “train-the-trainer” course will grant your access to the materials ‎necessary for you to provide training classes in your own market area. This presentation will ‎provide you with the fundamentals and format to educate local fire ‎inspectors, state fire ‎marshals, building inspectors, AHJ’s and other building ‎officials with the critical knowledge ‎necessary to fairly evaluate a ‎rolling steel fire door assembly and it’s record of inspections. It ‎will dive into the world of ‎rolling steel door fire protectives, integrated and stand-alone ‎options, building owner ‎responsibilities, retrofit targets, standards interpretation, code ‎updates and ‎records requirements. It will include the important 2022 updates to NFPA 80, and ‎the soon to be published 2024 International Fire Code. Part two of the session will include a ‎critical case study of the Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire of 2007 from a prevention and ‎inspection standpoint. You won’t want to miss this presentation.‎

This is a 3-hour CEU interactive class.‎

10 Tips for Hiring Top Techs in 2022 
Saturday, October 29, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
IDA Panel of Experts - Jody Underhill, Rapid Hire

Tired of spending hours looking through piles of resumes from job boards? ‎
Working your fingers to the bone calling, texting, chasing candidates that never answer?‎
Frustrated with booking interviews and then having candidates “no-show” the interview? ‎
Recruiting in Home Services has changed and its more challenging than ever! But the good news is that ‎there are simple tips you can use to find, recruit, and hire A players. ‎
What you will discover:‎

  • Why your current hiring strategy probably isn’t working

  • How to adjust your job postings to attract top talent

  • An untapped “honey hole” filled with A Players ‎

  • ‚ÄčStrategies to reduce interview “ghosting”‎

‚ÄčThe S.E.T. 7 Step Hiring Process
Saturday, October 29, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
IDA Panel of Experts - Paul Packevicius, Servextra