The National Air Duct Cleaners Association is following the advice often attributed to 19th century newspaper tycoon Horace Greeley and heading west for this month’s convention.

The group will visit the Westin La Paloma resort in Tucson, Ariz., March 27-30 for its 21st annual meeting. This year, organizers are extending the hours of the popular indoor air quality-themed product show and hosting more events in the exhibit hall, which they say will ensure attendees meet with more vendors.

As in past years, NADCA will hold daylong testing March 27 for members looking to earn certification as an air systems cleaning specialist or certified ventilation inspector. A nine-hour class, “Hands-On Training: Tips and Techniques of HVAC Cleaning” is also scheduled for March 27. In addition, a forum for NADCA’s international members will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.


Here’s a look at some of the other sessions scheduled for NADCA’s 2010 convention. For more information on the event, contact the association at (202) 737-2926 or

The keynote speech will be delivered at 8 a.m. March 28 by Christine Cashen. Titled “The Fun Factor: How to Boost Productivity, Lower Stress and Understand People Better Than Ever,” Cashen will explain the importance of having fun in the workplace. She says studies show that companies which let workers have fun are more productive. Attendees will learn ways to have more fun and lower stress at work.

At 10 a.m., NADCA’s general business meeting will take place. This year’s meeting will include an update from Bill Lundquist of Monster Vac Inc. in Englewood, Colo., and Eric Wilson of the University of Colorado on a joint research project to devise a tool for estimating the energy savings of HVAC cleaning and restoration.

Also on the agenda at the same session will be a presentation by Ron Cates of Constant Contact called “The Power of E-mail Marketing.” Cates says e-mail remains the most cost effective, targeted and efficient way to create and keep relationships. He will explain how to write your business e-mails so they have the most impact.

At 8 a.m. March 29, NADCA will start the day with the first of a two-part discussion on NADCA’s updated 2010 cleaning standard. Doug Groen of Vac Systems Industries, Lundquist of Monster Vac, Patrick O’Donnell from EnviroTeam Group, and Steve Willis of Blackmon Mooring will explain the changes to the first overhaul of NADCA’s trademark standard since 2006. Part two will be at 8 a.m. March 30.

“The In’s and Out’s of Filtration” will take place at 10:30 a.m. March 29. Jim Rosenthal, president of the National Air Filtration Association, will explain how filters work, what efficiency really means, filter testing pressure drop, selecting a filter, explaining minimum efficiency reporting value and related topics. Rosenthal is chairman and CEO of Tex-Air Filters, based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Finding and keeping good HVAC and duct-cleaning workers - even in this economy - isn’t easy. Blackmon’s Willis will moderate a panel talk at 3:30 p.m. March 29 on finding good new workers and motivating those that you have on staff. Ways to improve company culture and training are also on the agenda.

On March 30, in addition to part two of the session on NADCA’s updated standard, a talk on mold and water remediation standards is planned.