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The Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association is accepting applications for the 2014 James Padgett Award. The awards will be presented at the Spring Workshop in May to a facility that has distinguished itself as a leader, innovator and contributor to the ice arena industry.
The award is named for James Padgett, a former arena manager of the Miner’s Memorial Arena in Virginia, Minnesota. Jim was a respected arena manager, active in promoting the arena industry, one of the earliest members of MIAMA and unfortunately died unexpectantly in the early 1980’s.
This is an excellent opportunity for your facility to be recognized by your peers, supervisors and community. The recipient will be presented the award during the Spring Workshop at the Chaska Community Center. A letter describing the award and its significance will be sent to your City Council, governing board or supervisors.
The MIAMA Board believes that it is important to recognize the accomplishments of our members. Many of the arenas have improved the operations of their facilities by adding programs, being creative in scheduling events, modifying equipment, providing innovate training programs or means of maintaining the facility. Please tell us!
The facility receiving the 2014 James Padgett Award will also receive two(2) 2014 Fall Conference Registrations and lodging (double Occupancy).
Please consider submitting an application. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2014.
The Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association will be providing up to 4 grants to the 2014 MIAMA Fall Conference, September 2-5 at Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN.
The grant is available to any 2014 MIAMA member arena/organization’s full or part-time employees who are not normally provided the opportunity to attend our conference. The grant includes the registration fee, double occupancy lodging and meals.
We encourage employers to distribute the application to qualified candidates. This is a great opportunity for persons with an interest in the arena industry to meet arena people, learn about the industry and expand their knowledge.
The Conference Grant applications will be due by March 21, 2014. The recipients of the grant will be announced at the Spring Workshop.
MIAMA Board of Directors
We are continuing to see a change in MIAMA once again as long time arena managers and staff are retiring and others are moving to new positions. In 2014 we have been informed of at least three retirements within our group including Gary Pietig from Apple Valley, John Hack from Superior , and Kevin Madsen from Willmar. And this past year we had a number of retirements including Paul Ostoff,-Mankato, Steve Olson-Litchfield, Mark Clausen - Fogerty in Blaine, Mike Brooks - Hudson, Mike Mattson- Ramsey Co. Sliv McGree - Hastings and John Linstad – Highland. We also had a manager, Brandon Klement – Richfield, move to Texas with his family to begin a rink supply business.
With retirements come new opportunities. Here are some of the recent changes, Chadd Benson takes over as Manager at Litchfield, Jeff Elliott takes over operations in Hastings, Brian Christensen (formerly of Lakeville) at Forest lake, Joe Bergquist (formerly of Breezy point) takes over at Highland, Kris Weiby (formerly of Burnsville) takes over at Richfield and Rob Hall takes over at Fogerty and Barb Bergquist takes over at Breezy point.
If I have missed someone who is planning to or has retired let me know as we want to acknowledge each members years of service. We also want to have arenas acknowledge and welcome new Full time employees to get their names out within the membership.
Let’s march through MARCH!
As March rolls in most are wrapping up the peak season filled with games and tournaments galore. March is also a good time to finalize spring and summer project plans and to take a break from the action. A few days off might do every one wonders especially at this time of the year. Coming back refreshed can go a long way to reviving morale. Don’t forget about rewarding staff for their extra efforts during the grind of the season.
Many rinks have great part time staff members who work hard and close the arena at midnight many nights a week. And many have staff that open at 530am on weekends getting busy days started on the right foot. These Part Time staffers are so valuable to arena operations and to those on the outside many good part time and seasonal arena personnel often get overlooked. Rewarding these staffers can be simple like going on a paid field trip to a few other rinks and having a lunch away from the arena or inviting them all to the Spring Workshop to be able to mingle and enjoy a day with pay away from the pressures of the daily operation.
A couple items of MIAMA business of note in March.
Items of interest for the membership in march include Regional informational Workshops regarding Freon R-22 phase out on March 11th in Mankato, March 12th in So. St. Paul or March 13th in Virginia. RVSP due by March 4th. Check our website tabs to find out more. The Alan K. Payne conference Grant applications and James Padgett Award applications are due March 21, 2014 also on the website.
What’s new at Bielenberg Sports Center.
Here at Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury we are undergoing a number of changes. Our $25M expansion project is going through the final four month push with the targeted opening date of July 4th.
The expansion includes a hard sided field house building with a full football/soccer turfed field and 50’ ceiling ht. There will be a large new lobby space connecting the field house to the two existing ice arenas. It will have two levels with viewing into each rink and the field house. The second floor will include a full service restaurant complete with grab and go food and beverage service and a sit down sports bar with liquor limited only to a restricted area on the second floor. Also included within the expansion is an outdoor refrigerated ice rink which will have clear dasher boards and be used by skaters and hockey groups during the winter and other activities including pickle ball during the summer. The expansion is funded by the City of Woodbury and will not have additional tax payer impact. We will be certain to have MIAMA members here for tours and possibly an event at some point.
As part of our changes at Bielenberg Sports Center we welcome in two new Full Time employees, Katie Broderick is our new Facility Operations Technician, a position created when John Harrington departed in December and Shelley Cotroneo joins our staff Full Time as Administrative Assistant after serving in a part time roll for two years. We may be adding another maintenance position and various part time positions in fall 2014 as our new operation reaches peak season.
Got anything new to share?
As always if you have news for the membership or see a story that might be of interest let me know and we can turn it into a Newsblast for our membership. If you have something unique going on at your facility or in your community that lends itself for the membership let me know and I will follow up.
Don’t forget to reward your staff and enjoy the change of season if and when it comes!
Dave Black BSC Woodbury – Newsletter editor
SAVE THE DATE!
The 2014 MIAMA Spring Workshop date and location has been set. The Workshop will take place at the Chaska Community Center, Chaska, MN on May 6, 2014. More details will be out shortly.
Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association
2014 MIAMA REGIONAL WORKSHOPS
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
All Seasons Arena – Mankato, MN Wakota Arena – South St. Paul, MN
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
Miners Memorial Building– Virginia, MN
9:30-10:00a – Welcome, Registration, Coffee, Water, Donuts
10:00a-12:00p – R22 Refrigerant – The Issue
The Legislation and the Process
The Methods and Avenues to Fund Your Projects
Questions & Answers
(a break will be inserted per location based on discussion etc…)
12:00pm – Lunch and Departure.
Presenters will be:
Scott Ward - R22 Refrigerant - The Issue: The phase-out date for R-22 is fast approaching. What does this mean for over 120 Minnesota ice arenas?
Scott Ward – How to Convert Your Refrigeration System and What it will Cost.
John Evans – The Legislation and the Process
Mark Rasmussen – The Methods and Avenues to Fund your Projects - When grants are not enough how do get your project done.
State Representatives will be present to hear from the Arena Staff members and get the details of this important issue facing as many as 120 facilities throughout the State of MN.
The panel will be available to answer Questions from attendees.
Please RSVP back to the MIAMA office with the Workshop you plan to attend no later than March 4, 2014. We need this to gauge the food to be purchased and the seating arrangements. We won’t turn anyone away but would like your help in RSVP’ing.
Number of People Attending ____________
We will be attending: Circle One Mankato S. St. Paul Virginia
These workshops are FREE to all those attending.