So many reasons! ACI’s 2015 National Conference Promises to Be the Best Yet!

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Natl15_WebBanner_634x332Hurry!  Bumping up against Jazz Fest, the hotel block at ACI’s National Home Performance Conference will be gone soon. And you don’t want to miss this one!

It’s in New Orleans, with great food, great music, and great fun. But more importantly, there’s great content and great people. It would be hard not to learn some important new things, from technical approaches that work, to effective ways to generate leads and win more sales, to operating “secrets” that help your company be more successful.

I’m really looking forward to presenting a full raft of home performance sales sessions on the pre-conference warm-up day, even though it means I miss a couple of other great Monday sessions. And that’s just the start. The good stuff continues throughout the week. Here are some of highlights that I’d recommend for anyone. See the full list of sessions for more.

Must See / Must Do!

How To Be Smarter Than Air. A veritable dream team of Joe Kuonen, Bruce Manclark, Gary Nelson, Bill Spohn, I’d listen to these guys talk about just about anything.  Monday, May 4, 2015 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Dumb Things You Can Do To An Air Conditioner In Humid Climates.  Legendary John Proctor knows AC, and he knows what works and what doesn’t. Tuesday, May 5, 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Home Performance Sales KPIs. Benchmarks, baby! I’m always keen to learn about what others see as success and look at it from different angles.  Tuesday, May 5, 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

The Tradeshow. Great vendors. Great conversation. Chance encounters that change your business.

Lessons Learned From Whole House Retrofit Research Projects. John Proctor, again, sharing a healthy dose of reality. Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 am to 10:15 am

How To Put Yourself Out Of Business: Real Talk From Contractors Who Have Survived To Tell Their Tales.  Dan Thomsen has put this session together at several ACI conferences. The brutal honesty is always insightful and helpful for anyone running a home performance business. Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Home Performance Insights from Big Data at Nest.  When Michael Blasnik shares insights from crunching terabytes of data about home energy usage patterns, I want to be there to learn more about how homes really work.  Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.This is where the “geeking out” ensues.

Yoga. With this much going on, and with early morning breakfast meetings and late night problem-solving sessions at the bar, it’s smart to step back, breathe, and gather your energy to soak in even more of the conference. This year, Amy Beley is offering yoga sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Beginners are welcome, and if a battered old guy like me can do it, you can, to0.

Customer Financing: How To Use Financing To Increase Sales & Ticket Size. Trey Muffet lets us in on the “secret” that smart contractors are already using. Financing helps sell energy efficiency. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The Hallway. The formal sessions are only about 1/3 of the content. The sharing spills out into the hallways, the lobby, the bar, and the dinner table. I’ve never been to a conference where the conversations is as non-stop, engaging, and fun, as it is here.

Attic Venting. Short title. Big topic. Bill Rose is a building science giant. Forget the dogma. Hear the truth. Thursday, May 7, 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Why Duct Sealing Fails.  Dagnabit, it happens again. So many sessions I want to see, and often there are tough choices between two or three at the same time. This is one. With Rick Chitwood and Dan Perunko. Thursday, May 7, 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Fundamentals Of Psychrometrics Allison Bailes and Kristof Irwin talk about that Hitchcock movie. OK, maybe they’re covering something else. But not knowing it can be pretty scary.  Thursday, May 7, 10:30 am to 11:45 am.

And so much more!

Come early for Jazz Fest (a couple hundred of us are!). Come early for meetings. Come early for the pre-conference sessions. Or just come for the main event. But come! (Register today before the price goes up.)

Hope to see you there.

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Mike Rogers is the President of OmStout Consulting. A nationally recognized expert in residential energy-efficiency, he works with contractors and programs to scale sustainable market approaches to improving homes. More on Google+

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