See You Next Year!


June 4-7, 2019

Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oakbrook (Chicago area)


2018 ISI Conference and Trade Show

June 5-8

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Conference Information

2018 ISI Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance

Tuesday June 5

ISI University classes (all day)

  • Lunch included for all ISI University students
  • ISI University Evening Mixer

Wednesday, June 6

  • ISI University Classes (morning)
  • Conference Welcome & Lunch
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • ISI University Study Session & Exam 2 – 3:15 pm
  • General Sessions
  • Section Meetings
  • District Meetings
  • Open Evening (Opportunity for attendees to explore the Washington, D.C. metro area)

Thursday, June 7

  • CAE Course 8:15-9:45 a.m.
  • General Sessions (morning & afternoon)
  • ISI National Instructor Training Core/Intermediate combined certification, 1:45–4:45pm
    *The ISI National Instructor Training Program is designed to educate and train instructors in consistent techniques, standards and professional requirements of teaching the ISI Skating Program. The Core/Intermediate combined certification will include Tots-Freestyle 5.
  • Annual ISI Awards Luncheon
  • Trade Show & Reception (2-8 p.m.)

Friday, June 8

Rink Day, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Held at Cabin John Ice Arena – Rockville, MD
On and off-ice sessions for coaches, managers, and operators

  • Bus transportation available from the conference hotel to the rink
  • Continental breakfast and box lunch provided for all attendees

Ice Installation and Maintenance Certification includes ice painting, best practices for building ice, ice maintenance techniques (edging and grooming) and basic dasher and resurfacer maintenance. Exam: 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the rink.

PSA Continuing Education Credits Available
Tuesday – 7 available credits
Wednesday – 6 available credits
Thursday – 4 available credits
Friday – 5 available credits

The PSA Affidavit form must be completed on-line within 2 weeks after attending the accredited program or credit will not be given. A combined maximum of 16 credits are allowed in a three-year period for ISI and/or U.S. Figure Skating events

Featured Speakers

 (Check back regularly for updates)

The 2018 ISI conference & trade show promises a lineup of outstanding leadership, management, and skating presenters:

Ryan Bradley

2011 U.S. Champion and three-time Collegiate Champion Ryan Bradley will lead on-ice sessions on Friday, June 8. He is also a two-time Grand Prix medalist.

Since his retirement from competitive skating in 2012, Bradley has been performing in skating shows aboard the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas cruise ship and touring with Stars on Ice. He has also been featured in Ice Theatre of New York shows, ABC Disson Skating specials and various ice shows in addition to teaching seminars.

For the past several years, he has been providing off-ice commentary for NBC and behind-the-scenes interviews and radio coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.



Kelly Corcoran Smith

Kelly Corcoran Smith will lead an on- and off-ice session for coaches and skating directors. He is a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist in Moves in the Field, Freestyle and Dance, as well as a silver medalist in Pairs and International Ice Dances.

Corcoran Smith has an extensive background in dance, having trained in ballet, modern and jazz. He has been a professional ice skater for the past 14 years, performing worldwide for: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, “Broadway on Ice,” Knott’s Berry Farm, Dynamic Shows, Shipstad Entertainment, Advanced Entertainment Group, Beaver Creek Resorts, Ucha Atayde Entertainment and Showtime on Ice. He is the artistic director for Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis, Minn. When not on tour, he works as a choreographer and stylist.

David Santee

Two-time Olympian and World silver medalist David Santee, the skating director at Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge, Ill., will present an off-ice session, “School of Dave,” and an on-ice jump and spin technique session.

He currently serves as the instructor’s representative on the ISI board of directors. His career highlights are as follows: ISI Hall of Famer; U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Famer; 1981 World silver medalist; Seven-time U.S. World team member; Two-time Olympian (4th place in men’s singles in 1980); Youngest male to win U.S. Junior Championship; 13-time U.S. medalist, ranking 3rd all time.

Bill Dobbs

Bill Dobbs, general manager of South Suburban Family Sports Center in Centennial, Colo., will present on “The Importance of Building a TEAM in Your Facility,” “How to Motivate Part-Time Staff,” and “How to Perform an Evaluation of Your Operations.”

Dobbs is president and a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Rink Association. He has 23-plus years’ experience in arena operations. He started working in the ice business in 1990. Serving in roles from an operations manager to a general manager and even was a vice president of operations for an Ice Entertainment company in the early 2000’s. Dobbs experience includes managing and/or overseeing 19 different facilities across the US.


Angela Adams


Asset protection specialist Angela Adams is the director of legal services for American Society for Asset Protection (ASAP). She serves as the liaison between ASAP clients and their asset protection attorneys.  
Adams has extensive knowledge and experience helping clients implement the protection and planning strategies recommended by attorneys and has saved clients millions of dollars. She not only helps customers get protected, but she helps them stay protected by assisting them with updating and maintaining total asset protection.
ISI University Courses

As the ISI University (ISIU) continues to evolve to better prepare YOU, our industry professionals and next generation of leadership, there will be some notable changes and additions to the program. A third module of nine classes will be added to the Certified Skating Director (CSD) curriculum, which along with the current CSD Parts 1 and 2, will make this a full 27-class track, carrying the full CSD distinction, comparable to the Certified Arena Manager (CAM), Certified Arena Operator (CAO) and Certified Arena Programmer (CAP).

CSD Part 3 debuts at the 2018 ISI conference. Individual coaches are strongly encouraged to participate in the CSD offerings, as much of the material has been designed for their benefit. As always, the three modules can be completed in any order and all ISI University courses can be used as PSA continuing education credits (CEUs).

Certified Skating Director, Part 3 (CSD3)

  • Effective Communications
  • Personal Branding
  • The Business of Coaching
  • Coaching Policies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Arena Operations Overview: Working with theBack of the House
  • Technical Teaching & Skater Training Best Practices
  • Program Creation Lab
  • Demystifying Hockey

Certified Arena Manager, Part 1 (CAM1)

  • Role of the Arena Manager
  • Leadership & Personal Image
  • Financial Management – Budgeting
  • Financial Management – Accounting
  • Arena Scheduling
  • Contract Administration
  • Public/Private Management
  • Policy Administration
  • Risk Management

Certified Arena Operator, Part 2 (CAO2)

  • Human Resources for Operations
  • Financial Management – Budgeting
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Computers in Facility Maintenance
  • Custodial & Housekeeping
  • The Role of the Arena Operator
  • Risk Management
  • Customer Service & Retention
  • Energy Management

Certified Arena Programmer, Part 2 (CAP2)

  • The Role of the Arena Programmer
  • Electronic Marketing
  • Managing Public Sessions
  • Working with Volunteers
  • Programs for Schools and Community Groups
  • Employees vs. Independent Contractors
  • Elite Programs
  • Summer Skating Activities
  • Dry Floor Events
Explore The DC Metro Area!


Founded in 1749 and home to America’s founding father and first president George Washington, Old Town Alexandria is a charming, portside destination paved with cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks. Brimming with more than 200-plus locally owned shops and award-winning restaurants, this bustling Colonial center also features a vibrant arts scene bursting with galleries, theater, jazz clubs and more.

Good to Know:

  • The King Street Metro Station links Old Town with Washington D.C. via a 15-minute train ride. Visit
  • The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxi service from the Alexandria City Marina to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.—a 30-minute ride. Visit

A-List Attractions

King Street 
Stroll Old Town’s main street, a walkable mile offering almost 200 independent shops, and recently named “one of the best Indie boutique scenes on the East Coast.” You can hop on a free trolley that runs from one end to the other. See

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Home
Explore the first president’s picturesque, riverfront estate, with working farm and visitor facilities—just 8 miles south of Old Town. Visit

Torpedo Factory Art Center
Browse the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios situated in a former World War 11 munitions plant along the banks of the Potomac River. (Features 82 studios, seven galleries, two workshops and more.) Visit

Museums on Market Square
View the historic collections at three museums situated on the quaint square in front of Alexandria City Hall: Gadsbys Tavern
Museum, Carlyle House and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. See

Helpful Websites

Washington DC

If our nation’s capital is a locale you’ve only read about in history books, you’re in for a spectacular treat when you experience it in person. Get ready to soak in the splendor of the iconic monuments and memorials, discover our country’s past spring to life in numerous museums, explore fascinating cultural attractions and experience all the magnificent sights and enjoyable activities that make D.C. a leading tourist destination. There’s so much to see and do in D.C., we could literally fill up this
entire magazine issue with tips on visiting this area. We’ve highlighted key attractions below to get you started thinking about your June hiatus for professional education, networking, and fun …

National Monuments and Memorials
Walking the two-mile National Mall is the best way to visit most of the monuments: Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and D.C. War Memorial. Across the Potomac, you’ll find Arlington Cemetery, also a popular site to see, as well as a number of other memorials, including the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial.

Government Houses

White House
Self-guided tours of the White House are free but require advance planning. Requests must be submitted through your congressional representative at least 21 days in advance—the earlier the better. If planning ahead is not your strong suit, you can always check out The White House Visitor Center, which features exhibits and a 30-minute video. Visit

U.S. Capitol
The Capitol Visitor Center, featuring an exhibition gallery, theaters, cafeteria and gift shops, is open to the public. To explore the historical areas of the Capitol, you must participate in a guided tour. For information on reserving free tickets, go to

U.S. Supreme Court
Visitors may tour public areas of the building on their own and enjoy a variety of educational exhibitions, lectures, and programs. Court sessions are also available to the public on a first-come, first served basis. Visit


Where to Get the Best View

  • The Old Post Office Clock Tower Located in Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., Pennsylvania Ave.
  • The Kennedy Center Outdoor terrace offering fabulous views of Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the Watergate Hotel.
  • Washington National Cathedral Situated on the highest point in D.C., the cathedral’s central tower serves up breathtaking views of the city.
  • W Hotel From the rooftop bar and lounge set your sights on the White House and Washington Monument.
  • Newseum Treats visitors to a panoramic view of Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Reagan National Airport Nab a window seat when flying in and out of Reagan National Airport (DCA) for
    a spectacular view of the D.C. landscape

Other Attractions

D.C.’s historic waterfront neighborhood lined with cobblestone streets, flanked by restaurants, bars and upscale shops. Stroll to Washington Harbour to enjoy the beautiful Potomac River scenery. Visit

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
A living memorial to the late President John F. Kennedy, the center offers both a free tour and 6 p.m. performance daily. Be sure to check the venue’s scheduled June performances in advance and once there, visit the rooftop terrace for a spectacular view of the city. Visit

Washington National Cathedral
Sixth largest cathedral in the world, its gothic architecture, stain-glass windows and medieval-style garden induces jaw-dropping “oohs and ahhs.” Visit

Arlington National Cemetery
Final resting place for many of our country’s greatest heroes, the cemetery offers tours and welcomes visitors to walk the grounds. Witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and observe the gravesites of former presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. The easiest way to get there is by Metro to the Arlington National Cemetery station or by bus from the National Mall. Visit

Smithsonian Museums
Nineteen museums, including the Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum, plus the National Zoo. Lucky for visitors, they’re all free and near Metro stops. Visit

Library of Congress
The world’s largest library, comprised of three buildings on Capitol Hill, welcomes visitors to a mesmerizing world of history and breathtaking architecture and art. Free guided public tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building are offered. Guided tours are available to larger groups only with advanced reservations. Visit

National Archives
A history buff’s playground, the awe-inspiring National Archives houses America’s most important documents, including the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights and the original 1297 Magna Carta. Visit

Dining in DC
Named “Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appétit and “hottest food city” by Zagat, D.C. is home to more than 2,000 restaurants, many of them owned by celebrity chefs. Get ready to “get your food on!” Visit

Helpful Websites

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Good to Know
  • Alexandria, VA hotel conveniently located near Washington, DC and Reagan International Airport (DCA)
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service to Reagan International Airport and surrounding metro stations (Pentagon City and King Street Metro)
  • Serene lakeside setting adjacent to 43 acres of botanical preserve
  • Elegant guest rooms and suites equipped with WiFi and Direct TV
  • Fine dining experience at the award-winning restaurant, Finn & Porter
  • Adjacent to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) at Mark Center and the Mark Center Transit Station
Sponsorship Opportunities

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you have any additional questions, please contact Liz Mangelsdorf - ISI Managing Director