FAQs for First-Time Attendees

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SAIA ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION?

The SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition, which shifts to the fall this year, brings together the largest gathering of scaffold and access industry professionals. The Convention features industry-focused educational sessions and showcases the nation’s top scaffold and access exhibitors.

This yearly event is also one of the best opportunities for members to converge, face-to-face, in a central location to voice concerns, share opinions and expertise, discuss best practices, and make decisions about the Association, their industry, and related topics.

Training is an essential element of the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition, so it’s an excellent time to take care of any requirements you might still need to meet for educational, certification, or compliance purposes.

Networking with peers and SAIA leadership is another key component of the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition, and several programming elements have been built into the schedule to foster this important and valuable relationship building. The SAIA Café provides the optimal space for attendees to casually gather between meals and breaks, take a meeting (one-on-one or with a small group), or just relax with new and old friends!

Evening receptions give attendees a chance to kick back after a long day of work to enjoy food, drink, entertainment, and camaraderie with each other in an informal setting.

WHO ATTENDS THE SAIA ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION?

Representatives from all major sectors of the scaffold and access industry attend this event, including manufacturers, rental houses, suppliers, distributors, contractors, educators, labor groups, consulting firms, and more. These attendees are builders, CEOs, presidents, managers, safety directors, laborers, attorneys, and engineers – just to name a few – and they share the same passion for the industry as you do!

DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE SAIA TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION?

No, you do not have to be a member of the SAIA to attend the Annual Convention & Exposition. However, you may want to join after discovering all the benefits a membership offers, including discounted pricing for all events like this one!

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME ATTENDING SAIA ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION. WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

If this is your first time attending the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition, or any SAIA event, then we'd like to welcome you to the family and say 'thank you' for taking your commitment to the scaffold and access industry to the next level! We look forward to your participation and hope you'll find inspiration, new ideas, and valuable connections that will help you back home in your business or work.

HOW DO I JUSTIFY THE EXPENSE OF ATTENDING?

We do our best to ensure your experience at the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition is equal parts educational and engaging. When you leave, we want you to be equipped with practical, ready-to-implement solutions that will help your organization solve their greatest challenges. However, for any of this to happen, we know you first need to convince your boss that your attendance is worth the investment. Below are some justification tips you can use when talking with your manager or supervisor.

  • Align your session planner with your company’s needs
    Review the Convention schedule and identify those sessions which best align with your company’s needs and their expectations for you AND are most relevant to your skill development and goals.

  • Stress the value of investing in your education
    The Convention offers numerous professional development opportunities to learn about new trends, develop competent skills, and interpret complicated legislation.

  • Find your solution providers
    The Exposition is your opportunity to collect information on and evaluate products and services from industry-specific vendors and suppliers while also comparing competing technologies.

  • Use the Request Letter
    If you need additional assistance in your request to attend the Convention, the SAIA has created a sample letter you can use and customize to fit your own situation. Download the template.

  • Bring It All Home
    We guarantee you’ll leave the Convention feeling empowered, energized, and well-informed. Commit to a post-conference briefing for staff back home to share what you learned. All presentations will be available to you online following the Convention.

WHAT FACTORS AFFECT CONVENTION EXPENSES?

A number of factors affect Convention expenses, including

  • Registration Fees – SAIA members receive discounted pricing to attend the Convention, so if you’re not yet a member you may want to consider joining in order to take advantage of the savings!

  • Single-Day Pass – the SAIA offers single-day passes (members must log in first to access the registration options) for those who only want to attend one day of the Convention, an economical solution if you’re interested in just a few sessions.

  • Training Courses – the SAIA University Training Program offers several opportunities for skills training and certification at the Convention; however, all courses require an additional fee separate from the regular registration costs.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Register online and click on either the Member or Non-Member button.

WHAT DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE COVER AND HOW MUCH IS IT?

The full registration fee covers all SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition meeting materials; continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and lunches; and all evening receptions, including the President's Gala & Awards Presentation (full attendee or primary exhibitor registration only). Single-day passes or individual event tickets cover only the specific day or event purchased.

CAN I REGISTER NOW BUT PAY LATER?

Registrations will not be processed and confirmed without payment. For the best pricing, be sure to get your registration submitted prior to the early bird deadline of July 12, 2019.

CAN I REGISTER ONSITE?

We do accept on-site registrations, but the fee is slightly higher. We encourage you to register early!

WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS AFTER I REGISTER AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND?

We understand that situations come up at the last minute that may prevent you from attending. We will honor any cancellations that are received on or before August 15, 2019. There is a $70 cancellation fee ($50 for guest/spouse registrations). Unfortunately, we cannot offer any refunds on your registration after this cut-off date. Cancellations must be made in writing and sent in via mail, fax, or email to:

Scaffold & Access Industry Association
Attn: Christina Taylor
400 Admiral Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64106
Fax 816.472.7765 | Phone 816.595.4848 | Email christina@saiaonline.org

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?

The dress code for the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition is business casual. Meeting rooms can be cold at times, so don't forget to pack a light sweater or jacket just in case. Cocktail attire is required for the President’s Gala & Awards Presentation.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN NEW ORLEANS?

The good news: September temps average in the high 80s during the day and low-to-mid 70s at night, with approximately 4-5 inches of precipitation. The heat and humidity are also less stifling than in the other summer months. The bad news: it’s the height of hurricane season. Overall, expect pleasantly warm fall weather during your stay.

WHOVA – GET TO KNOW THE OFFICIAL CONVENTION APP

The 2019 SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition’s official event app lets you take your meeting participation and social connections to the next level.

The app contains everything you need quick access to – Convention schedule, exhibitor information, event updates, and more – all on your mobile device. With a few simple swipes, you can

  • Get GPS guidance, including maps

  • Find and connect with attendees (before, during, and after the event) who share common affiliations, educations, networks, and social profiles

  • Send in-app messages and exchange contact info using the e-business card feature

  • Schedule meetings and download Convention materials

  • Join in on discussion boards

  • Share photos 

Download Whova from the App Store or Google Play. You can sign up for the app with your social media account or email once you have registered for the meeting.