NAHAD would like to thank our speakers and host sites for providing a robust learning experience for our Regional Training participants.  Discussion is already underway for the 2020 program.  


NAHAD hosted a Hose Safety Institute in-person training program, on September 10-11, 2019 in Cleveland, OH. The program was designed to promote and encourage the adoption of Hose Safety Institute guidelines and best practices in hose design, manufacturing, and fabrication. Attendees will participate in interactive classroom learning and have hands-on experiences in a variety of hose types. Leveraging local member resources, training will be conducted in both a manufacturing and distributor environment. Activities at each site showcased and demonstrated how Hose Safety Institute guidelines are used in practice.


Tuesday, September 10

12:00 Registration & Opening Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Welcome & Introduction to the Hose Safety Institute
  Sam Petillo, NAHAD President
  Joanna Truitt, NAHAD
  Susanna Vandenberg, Flexaust
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Moderated Panel Discussion - Building a Culture of Safety
  Moderator: Susanna Vandenberg, Flexaust
  Panelists: Sam Foti Jr., Hose Master
                         Norm Fye, Summers Rubber
                         Robert A. Lyons Jr., TIPCO Technologies
                         Jeff Nitz, Dixon Valve & Coupling
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Presentation: The Concept of STAMPED
  Brent Lilly, Thermoid
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Presentation: Supporting Your End-Users: Problem Solving is an Invaluable Service
  Andrew Kalinowski, Thunder Technologies LLC
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation: It Starts with the Right Raw Material
  Lance Miller, ContiTech
5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Review Day 2 Activities
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner & Social - Corner Alley

Wednesday, September 11

7:15 am - 8:00am Buffet Breakfast at Crowne Plaza
8:00 am Board Buses (Group A: Hose Master; Group B: Summers Rubber Company)
8:30 am - 11:45 am Onsite Program
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Hosted Lunch (Hose Master & Summers Rubber)
12:15 pm Board Buses (Group A: Summers Rubber Company; Group B: Hose Master)
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm Onsite Program
4:00 pm Program Concludes

Quick Details

Target Audience: Manufacturing and Distribution Sales and Fabrication Personnel

Registration Fee: $295.00 (incl. meals, evening social, bus transportation on Wednesday)

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square $139/night (incl taxes)

Registration Closes: Wednesday, Sept 4, 2019

CE Eligibility: 10 Hours for HSI Certification members

Regional Training Dinner and Social

Corner Alley

NAHAD will host dinner Tuesday night at The Corner Alley just a few blocks from our host hotel.  This new age Sports Bar and Restaurant will provide the perfect backdrop for the group to socialize and unwind.  The Corner Alley offers a range of culinary and entertainment options, including a 16-lane bowling alley, 4k HDTV’s featuring live sports, a walk-up bar with 24 drafts and an extensive bourbon selection and a variety of games in our dedicated party room.

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FrankFrank Caprio, Corporate Trainer/Major Market Specialist, Hose Master

Frank has more than 40 years of experience in hydraulic, industrial, metal hose and expansion joints, and is the “Dean” of Hose Master’s training program, Hose Master University. He is nationally recognized as a leading authority in metal hose, and has authored various articles for industry

publications and became a sought-after source for industry facts and trends.

Sam Foti Sam Foti Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Hose Master

Sam (Sammy) was one of the founders of Hose Master, alongside of his father, Sam J. Foti, when the company began in 1982. Sammy received his engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and later achieved a Master’s degree in business from Case Western Reserve University.  He has been actively involved in NAHAD in numerous capacities including as a Founding member of NAHAD’s original Hose Assembly Standards Committee.

Norm FyeNorm Fye, General Manager, Summers Rubber

Norm started with Summers Rubber as the Operations Manager in 2013.  In 2017 he was promoted to General Manager.  He has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing including 15 years serving in a variety of positions in the Abrasives and Plastics industry.  Norm has an educational background in Automation Engineering. 

Andrew KalinowskiAndrew Kalinowski, Director of International Business Development

Andrew has been involved, in one form or another in the Industrial hose Industry since he was 13.
He represents the third generation of his family in the Industry and he brings a deeper understanding and knowledge of the hose market. Andrew is a member of the Standards Committee.

Brent LillyBrent Lilly, Director of Sales & Marketing, Thermoid

Brent has been in the industry for 37 years with a variety of Application Engineering, Sales, and Marketing positions. During that time, he has worked for The Gates Rubber Co, Titan Industries, and Parker Hannifin. He joined Thermoid October 2019 where he has responsibility for the Sales and Marketing Teams who provide quality Industrial Hose solutions to the marketplace.

Rob LyonsRob Lyons, President, TIPCO Technologies

Rob was named President of TIPCO Technologies in 2001 after serving as its Territory Manager for 16 years. With his skill in business development and expertise in the wholesale industry, Rob has grown TIPCO exponentially in his 35 years with the company. Under his guidance, TIPCO Technologies joined the Eaton Platinum and Continental STAR Distributor Network.  Rob served as President of NAHAD from 2009-2010.

Lance MillerLance Miller, Ph.D., Chief Chemist, Industrial Hose, ContiTech

Lance has been with ContiTech since 2014.  Earlier in his career, Lance worked for Gates Corporation holding Senior Polymer and R&D positions in the Fluid Power, AirSprings Venture and Power Transmission divisions.  His formal education is from the University of Akron with a Ph.D., is in Polymer Science and undergraduate degree is in Physics with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. 

Jeff NitzJeff Nitz, Regional Sales Manager, Dixon Valve & Coupling

Jeff started his career in distribution with Ritter Technology Detroit in 1997. He moved onto Parker Hannifin in Fluid Power in 2004 before becoming an Industrial Hose Product Manager in 2007.  In 2015, Jeff joined Dixon Valve & Coupling as their Ohio Valley Regional Manager.

Dennis OwensDennis Owens, Director of Procurement, Summers Rubber

Dennis has been with Summers Rubber, in numerous capacities, since 1974.  In that time, he has had a front-row seat to many the changes and innovations that have occurred not only at Summers but also in the industry.  Dennis is on the management team for Summers ISO program.  He attended Whiting Business College.   

JoannaJoanna Truitt, Director of Training and Hose Safety Institute, NAHAD

Joanna joined the NAHAD team in 2018.  Since then she’s immersed herself in learning more about the industry and challenges faced by distributors.  Joanna has years of experience with non-profit organizations and adult education.  She has a penchant for process redesign and problem-solving.  When not dreaming about hoses, she likes to spend her weekends at the ocean.  

Susanna VandenbergSusanna Vandenberg, Marketing Manager, Flexaust

Susanna has been in Hose and Ducting Industry for over 20 years. She started in 1998 as an integral part of building the Hi Tech Hose, Inc. brand before moving on to join the Flexaust sales and marketing team as Marketing Manager in 2007. She’s a driven marketing leader with a proven record of generating growth, market share, branding, communications and profitability. Susanna joined the NAHAD Board of Directors in 2018 as chair of the Standards Committee and liaison to the NAHAD Executive Committee.

Crown Plaza

*The NAHAD Room Block at the Crowne Plaza is SOLD OUT. The hotel has a few rooms available for Tuesday night 9/10, but is completely SOLD OUT on Wednesday night 9/11. Please see more information below to book a room with the Crowne Plaza outside of our NAHAD block. Updated: 7/23/19


Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

1260 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland | OH | 44115 | (216) 615-7500

Registration, lunch and all classroom sessions on Tuesday, September 10 will take place at the Crowne Plaza. Attendees will eat breakfast and load the buses at the Crowne Plaza on Wednesday, September 11. 


The NAHAD room block at the Crowne Plaza is completely sold out. Additionally, the hotel is SOLD OUT on Wednesday night, September 11. Please call the hotel or use the general booking link below to reserve rooms, if available, at the Crowne Plaza.


There are several other hotel options within walking distance of the Crowne Plaza. Please see below for more information.

Holiday Inn Express Cleveland -- 629 Euclid AvenueCleveland,OH 44115 | (216) 443-1000

Located 0.3 mi (6-minute walk) from the Crowne Plaza. Room rates range from
$120 - $170 plus tax.

Book Here

Comfort Inn Downtown Cleveland -- 1800 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 (216) 861-0001

Located 0.3 mi (6-minute walk) from the Crowne Plaza. Room rates range from 
$192 - $250 plus tax. 

Book Here

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