PDCA 2020 Annual Conference - COVID-19

update on covid-19 / coronavirus


Updated march 31, 2020

Dear PDCA Community:

We sincerely hope that this note finds you, your family, friends, colleagues, and businesses safe from the ongoing health threats related to the COVID-19 Disease. These are unprecedented times that have imposed drastic changes in how we do business and manage our personal affairs. Your adherence to advisories issued from national and state leadership, as well as your regular practice of preventative measures can be a valuable defense in this unpredictable battle.

With health and safety as our top priority, PDCA has taken significant action including the cancellation of our 2020 Annual Conference originally scheduled May 6 - 9, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, all PDCA initiative programs and Chapter activity have also been suspended through May. Please continue to monitor www.piledrivers.org/events for future announcements that will address additional programming changes.

In accordance with guidelines from government and health officials, the PDCA Staff are working remotely for the foreseeable future. However, we do not expect this will affect the ability of PDCA Membership to coordinate with our Staff about member services and information.

At this time, we are maintaining limited office hours, but we are still retrieving your mail delivered through the U.S. Postal Service and receiving your phone messages at our main phone number. Thanks to modern technology, our Staff remains 100% connected to one another and membership. We are readily available to assist you with your questions, concerns or other needs that may arise. You are encouraged to contact PDCA during normal business hours in the following methods:

  • Email any of us!

    • Frank Peters Executive Director - frank@piledrivers.org
    • Marian Phillips Executive Assistant - marian@piledrivers.org
    • Kathy Harper - Manager Education and Events - kathy@piledrivers.org
    • Matt Bisbee Director Member Services - matt@piledrivers.org
  • Online Chat. Go to the PDCA website at www.piledrivers.org and click the 'Questions?? Let's Chat!!' icon in bottom right corner.

  • Call us on our mobile number. If we don't answer, please leave a message. We will return the call.

    • Frank (708) 218-4865
    • Marian (904) 305-4887
    • Kathy (850) 212-8193
    • Matt (217) 649-1754
  • Text. Send us a text on our mobile number.

  • Call the PDCA office at (904) 215-4771 and leave a voicemail message. We will return the call as soon as possible.

  • Web conference through GoToMeeting is available on an as-needed basis

There are also many practical ways that PDCA members can stay involved and engaged in Association activities. You can participate in a Standing Committee meeting, suggest an article for PileDriver Magazine, check the PDCA website for updates and update your member profile, reach out to a fellow PDCA member to make sure they are doing well, or use the resources above to contact the PDCA Staff. We are planning to provide a regular PDCA Staff Update and will make additional suggestions for your involvement and engagement. Send us an email or complete a Contact Us form on the PDCA website and let us know the types of information you would like during this time.

A few notes that may be of additional interest as we all continue recommended Social Distancing; we are working to provide COVID-19-related resources that may be of help to you and your business. Check PileDrivers.org regularly. The timely delivery of PileDriver magazine and the A Pile of News monthly newsletter will continue. PDCA standing committee meetings will continue as scheduled via web conference. In place of a 2020 Annual Conference, we are exploring new virtual and e-learning options where we can provide educational and professional development content. Finally, new member enrollment and membership renewals can still be processed online or by phone.

We truly appreciate your continued dedication and commitment to identify with PDCA and help advance the pile driving industry. In an organization such as PDCA, the membership is the strength and support that allows the Association to represent the industry with a singular voice. Individually, we all recognize the significance of what we do, together we can show the world.

Please be safe, stay active as much as you can, and let us know how we can help.

All the Best,

Marian, Kathy, Matt, and Frank

Your PDCA Team

Updated march 20, 2020

Good Afternoon Registrants,

We understand that COVID-19 / Coronavirus is still a primary concern for many people, especially with some of the drastic measures being put in place in many cities/states. With businesses and people participating in social distancing, school district closures, limited gatherings, etc., there is a lot of uncertainty. Our top priority is focused on health and safety of all our members and individuals at the PDCA 23rd Annual Conference & Expo, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show.

The CDC has issued recommendations that all events anticipating 50+ attendees within the next 8 weeks should postpone/cancel their event. The PDCA 23rd Annual Conference falls within that time frame. At it's meeting held March 18, 2020, the PDCA Executive Committee made the decision to cancel the Annual Conference scheduled for May 6-9, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ.

If you made hotel reservations at the Arizona Grand Resort for the conference, you would need to contact them to cancel your reservation. Registration fees will be refunded to all attendees via check, which will be processed promptly.

Please don't hesitate to contact the PDCA Office with any questions, concerns, or comments. You can also continue to monitor the PDCA website for updated statements and future activities. We wish you good health and clean hands!

Sincerely Your PDCA Team,

Frank, Kathy, Marian, and Matt

Updated march 4, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19 / Coronavirus is a primary concern for many people, and we want to be as transparent as possible and share information about what we are doing to prepare for the PDCA 23rd Annual Conference & Expo in Arizona. This page will be continually updated as new information is received.

There is a lot of information regarding the virus and some of it is conflicting. PDCA is monitoring the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Below are links and information you can follow:
Our top priority is focused on the health and safety of all participants at the PDCA 23rd Annual Conference & Expo, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show. We are proceeding as planned to hold a safe and successful conference in Phoenix on May 6-9. 

We are monitoring the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) regarding confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the area. In addition, we will be verifying that all airports in Arizona have screening protocols in place.

Ultimately, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home if they are sick.  Attendees and exhibitors with questions or concerns are encouraged to email the PDCA team at events@piledrivers.org

What is PDCA doing to prepare for COVID-19?

•    We are closely monitoring the news and will follow any protocols that are provided by the CDC and the WHO. We encourage exhibitors and attendees to take common-sense precautions by washing your hands,  using hand sanitizer, and following these GUIDELINES set by the CDC when they are onsite at the show.
•    We are monitoring the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) regarding confirmed and potential cases of COVID-19 in the area. 
•    We are taking steps to address concerns by providing heightened levels of cleanliness, including:
o    Working with the Arizona Grand Resort to ensure additional hand sanitizers will be provided throughout the resort.
o    Providing hand sanitizers in all registration and communal areas.
o    Coordinating with the Arizona Grand Resort regarding additional staff to clean all common areas using strong disinfectant on areas used more frequently, especially tables, door handles, etc.
o    Encouraging a "no handshake" policy onsite and we can provide buttons and stickers to attendees and exhibitors.

What happens if someone presents flu-like symptoms at the conference?

•    PDCA is looking into current protocols instituted by the Arizona Grand Resort and will update this section once received.
•    Until otherwise stated, PDCA will adhere to the CDC's recommendations as much as possible until the individual can be taken to a medical facility: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
•    At this time, any testing for COVID-19 would be managed by local hospitals and/or the CDC.

How many registrants are from international countries?

•    86% of registrants are from North America
•    14% are from international counties outside of North America
•    0% of the 14% were registered from Asia; International registrants are from Canada and Finland currently

Will you refund my registration fee if I choose to not attend the shows?

•    PDCA's current Cancellation / Refund Policy is as follows:

A refund in the amount of 50% will be issued for cancellations received through 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 3, 2020. No refunds will be issued after this date; however, you may transfer your registration to another individual. Sponsorships are non-refundable.

Refunds for Exhibit Booths will not be issued after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Should you need to cancel your registration, cancellations must be made in writing either by mail, email or fax to Pile Driving Contractors Association.

•    If the spread of the Coronavirus worsens significantly, the CDC or the WHO issues US Travel Restrictions, or the AZDHS issues travel / community restrictions, this policy will be revisited and a decision regarding refunds will be made.

What are you doing to prevent those from high-risk areas from attending the conference?

•    We are encouraging everyone to make responsible decisions to stay home if they are sick and to not travel if they are traveling from high-risk areas.
•    We will be contacting the Phoenix International Airport to verify their policies regarding flights from high-risk countries including China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, etc. and if they are following protocols set by Trump administration.