Day 1

April 19, 2024

7:45-8:45 am

Registration (open all day) and Breakfast (Confluence C room)
All general sessions will take place in the Confluence A-B room.

9:00-10:00 am

Building Trust Through Better Communication

Are you an effective relationship builder? Building trust, through effective communication, is the foundation for effective relationships both inside and outside the workplace. But, it isn’t always easy. In this session, we will identify some of the most common barrier to communication, and see how both verbal and non-verbal behavior can speak volumes. We will also spend time analyzing the different generations in the workplace, learn some of the reasons they behave a certain way, and ultimately determine how to best work with each group. The session is a must for anyone in a leadership or sales position.

Jason Bader, Principal, The Distribution Team

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10:00-10:15 am

Morning Break

10:15-11:15 am

State of PEARL - Member Meeting

Hear from PEARL leadership on our achievements, current initiatives, and what’s next for the organization.

Speakers: Don West, Southland Electrical; Dave Kreger, Premier Power Maintenance; Paul Grein, Circuit Breaker Sales; and Mac Spiller, Maddox

11:15 am-12:15 pm

From Cradle to Grave: How to Plan For the Full Life Cycle of Your Electrical Equipment

Most often when designing a new electrical system, it is based on the needs and desires of the system right at that moment and does not consider the full potential life cycle of the equipment, which can be upwards of 50 years.  This presentation will include some lessons learned when updating an industrial facility that was built over 50 years ago.  Initial procurement decisions will be reviewed such as product lifespan for the equipment being considered for purchase, accessibility, and availability of replacement parts, how easy will it be to remove at the end of its life cycle, and how future loads might be factored.  Maintenance decisions will be discussed that assist in identifying equipment with a higher probability of failure.  Other maintenance discussions include proper maintenance cycles, key trending data that can be observed and what type of failures can be avoided.

Paul Jesson, Project Engineer, Potomac Testing

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Kevin Maynard, Engineering Manager, Potomac Testing

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12:15-12:45 pm

Primary Training Contact (PTC)*

*This meeting is for the PTCs only regarding the Technician Certification Program. A meeting invitation has been set out. If you did not receive one or are unable to attend the conference, please email [email protected].

Tom Baselice, Owner, Training To Go

12:30-1:45 pm

Exhibitor lunch (Confluence C room)

1:45-2:45 pm

Safety and Details with Testing Techniques

The session will explore a practical, hands-on methodology for conducting electrical testing as performed by many testing technicians. It will examine the impact of these practices on results and offer strategies for improvement.

Johian Francois, Manager of Instructors, AVO Training Institute

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2:45-3:00 pm

Afternoon Break

3:00-4:00 pm

Impact and Challenges of National Electrical Code Changes

As more and more jurisdictions adopt the newer National Electrical Code (NEC), more emphasis will be placed on meeting the challenges of mandated arc flash energy reduction means from both the hardware and in-field performance testing perspectives.  The 2018 National Electrical Code introduced the requirements to have all circuits operating at or above 1200 Amps to have arc energy reduction means.  Protective device (circuit breaker and fuses) manufacturers have developed and deployed such devices on new equipment installations, thereby meeting NEC standards, however, with the inability to obtain new switchgear or exceptionally long lead times, our customers are turning to the reconditioned equipment markets to meet immediate needs. This means our PEARL distributors will see an increase in demand for power circuit breakers or electronically controlled fuse assemblies that meet current NEC requirements.  The impact of the NEC 2023 edition extends to our PEARL service divisions as well, as the newest change to Article 240.87 now adds an in-field performance testing component.  This seminar will examine in detail the arc energy reduction codes, means of compliance, correlation to NFPA70E and NFPA70B, and the implications of the performance testing requirements.

Dave Kreger, Senior Director of Operations, Premier Power Maintenance

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4:00-4:30 pm

Technician Certification Program

Hear what’s near and exciting about the PEARL Technician Certification Program.

Speakers: Terry Wanamaker, Quality Switchgear and Andy Conklin, Southland Electrical

4:30-5:00 pm

Exhibitor Raffle and Showcase.

Exhibitors will take the stage to talk about their products and any new innovations they have to offer. Attendees will be able to participate in a raffle. Prizes include a Level 1 Technician Certification enrollment and a copy of the ANSI/PEARL Electrical Equipment Reconditioning Standard (EERS).

5:00-6:00 pm

Exhibitor Reception (Confluence C room)

6:00-9:00 pm

President's Award Dinner (Confluence C room)