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Mike Abrashoff Named Keynote Speaker for NDA Convention

Thu December 06, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The keynote speaker of the National Demolition Association’s 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego in 2013 will be former U.S. Navy Commander Mike Abrashoff, who will address the vital organizational management and leadership lessons he learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the destroyer USS Benfold and its crew. The event takes place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, March 23 to 26.

Abrashoff, author of the best selling book “It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy,” has been featured in publications ranging from Fast Company to the Harvard Business Review.

“His experience is a metaphor for the problems and opportunities facing many organizations today,” said Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association. “His talk will help arm our members and guests with the strategies, tactics and tools needed to encourage innovation and improve operations.”

On March 23, members can attend the NDA Golf Tournament at the Riverwalk Golf Club. The following day, the exhibit hall opens, with an opening night celebration to be held aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers, the USS Midway in the San Diego Harbor.

The educational portion of the NDA Convention — the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world — begins with Abrashoff’s speech, which is followed by educational sessions on disaster response following the 2011 earthquake in New Zealand. That evening, a themed party called “Shore to Leave in San Diego” takes place in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

The following day, four educational sessions are scheduled on the topics of “Civil and Criminal Liability and OSHA;” “Maximizing Profits with Your Scrap Vendor;” “The City of San Diego’s Construction and Demolition Debris Ordinance: What it’s all about;” and “PCBs in Caulk.” The NDA Convention is topped off with its 40th Anniversary Banquet, saluting recipients of the NDA Scholarships and the NDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The convention is open to all professionals involved in the demolition process, including those in demolition contracting, general contracting, civil engineering, recycling, scrap, salvage and other industries.

For more information, call 800/541-2412 or visit

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