Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association



Information for the MIAMA Membership
Dave Black


As September comes around each year the thoughts are always on the upcoming Fall Conference. Hard to believe MIAMA is 40. For 40 years this great organization has standardized the industry in Minnesota, something we are all very proud of. Looking back to 1973, my first year in the Ice Rink Business, standing in the middle of an uncooperative rink, arms stretched out to the heavens screaming “There must be a better way!” And there was, MIAMA. MIAMA answered all my questions, showed me solution options I could find nowhere else. MIAMA gave me opportunities to hook up with vendors specific to our industry who made a huge difference in the outcome of my career.

I remember the people who mentored me, willing to share all their knowledge with me and anyone who would ask. Over the years I have been able to pay back that mentoring by sharing my experiences with others. It is the circle of MIAMA.

As the early generation of MIAMA Members continue to retire, we are still able to share our experiences with those who ask. The MIAMA Alumni Retiree program will become a resource for techniques, experiences and support.

For those just entering the Ice Rink Industry, 40 years from know you will no longer be asking the questions, you will be passing along your experiences and mentoring those just coming in. The circle of MIAMA. Cherish the moments in those 40 years, the highs, the lows, it's all a learning curve you will experience throughout your years including the last year of your employment. Remember those moments that inspire you to do great things and repeat.

The MIAMA Alumni Retiree program will become more active and be ready for you when your time comes. Enjoy the ride.

By Walt Bruley – MIAMA Retiree

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Welcome New Vendor Member - Zero Zone Inc

Zero Zone, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of industrial refrigeration systems for ice arenas, cold storage, and food processing. Established in 1961 in the upper Midwest, Zero Zone for over 20 years has provided custom refrigeration chiller systems for ice rinks. The chillers are indirect refrigeration systems, utilizing propylene or ethylene glycol. Chillers remove heat from a liquid through a vapor compression or absorption refrigeration cycle when large capacity cooling is needed. Chiller systems are used in many applications including food processing, distilleries, and manufacturing. Zero Zone is also a foremost manufacturer of refrigerated glass door display cases and commercial refrigeration systems for supermarkets, drug, dollar, and convenience stores. Zero Zone has display case plants in North Prairie and Waukesha, WI and a refrigeration systems plant in Ramsey, MN.

The Zero Zone design uses an advanced control system to monitor ice temperatures, signaling the chiller to run only the amount of refrigeration required to maintain desired ice temperature. This innovative control system enables the rink manager to monitor and receive alarms from the chiller, in his office or at a remote location. This technology results in lower operational costs because it better matches the load. For ice rinks this means having more compressors when needed to make the ice surface and fewer operating to maintain the ice surface. Most Zero Zone ice arena packages include two refrigeration circuits, providing redundancy and ensuring that one is always operational. Customers are very pleased with both the reliable performance of our chiller systems and their unparalleled energy efficiency. For more information, visit us at www.zero-zone.com or call us toll-free at 800-708-3735 and ask to speak to one of our industrial refrigeration specialists.

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                                    Marketing & Advertising Manager

                                    Zero Zone, Inc.

                                    110 N. Oakridge Drive

                                    North Prairie, WI 53153

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August Board Member Update

In 1970 a group of 15 rink managers formed, The Metro Arena Manager’s Association. To acknowledge its growth the association renamed itself, The Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA) in 1975.  Over these years the mission of the association has never wavered from its original mission, to provide a network where arena operators and suppliers can share in their knowledge, information, ideas, and techniques to improve the ice arena industry.   

This year marks the 40thAnnual Fall Conference that will be held at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd. Whether you’re taking one of the STAR or ISI Certified courses being offered or listening in on one of the many round table sessions this year’s conference promises to be an exciting and fulfilling time.  

Guest Speakers include, Joe Malarkey, which will make you forget about your rink problems for a while, Lou Nanne, do I need to say more, and Jerrid Sebesta, award winning TV (KARE 11) meteorologist, motivational speaker, and financial life coach.   To review all the information regarding the conference go to www.miama.org

The annual Fall Conference is a great time to reflect back and look ahead. Get your registration in and gear up for Breezy Point September 9-11th as you need to be part of our 40th year benchmark.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted in bringing this year’s conference together, without the help of many this event would be just a shell. Shaping the Fall Conference each year offers a neat challenge and I recommend that you give it a try in the future.  Joining and working on a committee is always a good way to give back to the association and a great chance to learn a different angle within the industry that you can take back to your own work place.

I would also like to say thank you to the board members. This was my second stint on the board, one when I was just getting into the business a few years back, and my current that will end this fall .  Both terms were very educational, fun, and entertaining.  I would recommend anyone, rookies and veterans alike, to take the time and become a board member.  It’s well worth the time.   

Rich Czech 

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