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Download registration list as of 4/20/2021

Join us at TECH2021 May 11 – 12, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona

NAFA’s annual Technical Seminar is back! Join us for one of the highlights of our year when over 200 professionals (in person and virtually) in the air filtration industry meet to build connections, share best practices and learn from an outstanding lineup of speakers!

Not able to attend in person? Earn your renewal credits online

We are encouraging everyone to attend the Technical Seminar in person, however, if you are unable to travel, we are offering a virtual option. Get your certification renewal CEUs (4) with the virtual conference and you will have access to great education and professional speakers. See a video on how to register as a virtual attendee.

COVID-19 Code of Conduct

Masks will be mandatory during TECH2021 regardless of the mask mandate status in Arizona. Please be sure you are comfortable with our Code of Conduct and are willing to sign the COVID-19 Waiver before registering for the 2021 Technical Seminar.

NAFA is preparing the 2021 Technical Seminar experience so that all individuals on-site, attendees, speakers, staff and venue personnel remain safe, healthy and comfortable throughout the event. The NAFA Board of Directors has considered the desire of members to meet and conduct business in a COVID-19 compliant setting at the 2021 Technical Seminar. The health and safety of our members is our top priority. Please note that this will be a mask mandatory event in all areas of the hotel, including the meeting room and outdoor space. The only exception is during meal functions where masks can be removed to eat and drink. Our meeting Code of Conduct and Liability Waiver can be found at:

COVID-19 Liability Waiver

Program Highlights

Opening Keynote
Healthy Buildings as the first line of defense against infectious disease transmission: Covid-19 and beyond






Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Assistant Professor
Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program, where he created ‘the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Deputy Director of the Harvard Center for Education and Research on Occupational Health and Safety. Dr. Allen has been a leading voice in the response to COVID-19. He is an expert member of the Lancet Commission for COVID-19, and has been advising CEOs across major sectors of the economy: healthcare, academia, finance, media, manufacturing, courts, prisons, shelters, and the arts. He has also been translating the science to the business community and the general public, publishing more than 10 op-eds in leading newspapers translating science into actionable tips for the public.

All attendees will be receiving a copy of Mr. Allen’s book (co-authored with John D. Macomber), Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity – included with your registration!

“This exposé of the widespread under-ventilation and pollution inside modern buildings arrived just as shared indoor space became truly deadly. Though there’s now light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, these insights and guidelines for improving indoor air quality should play a huge role in post-pandemic reforms. “Fortune



Download registration list as of 4/20/2021

Register as a virtual attendee and you will have access to all the excellent training sessions presented to in-person attendees. You’ll also be able to revisit the sessions, at no charge, on our YouTube channel, after the conference.

Your in-person registration includes:

      • The Embassy Suites Breakfast each morning is included in your room rate
      • Welcome Reception
      • Networking Lunch
      • Opportunity to participate in CAFS and NCT exams (additional fee required)
      • Chance to tee off during the NAFA Foundation Golf Tournament (additional fee required)

Recognizing that there are individuals uncomfortable traveling or unable to travel during this time, we are offering a virtual attendance option. We strongly encourage you to attend in person, if possible, so that you don’t miss out on one of the most important aspects of any NAFA meeting – networking with your peers. Your virtual attendance registration includes access to educational sessions via Zoom and a link to recordings post-event if you’re unable to attend during session times.

Regular registration deadline is April 19, an additional fee applies to any registration after April 19. Confirmed registrations must be canceled in writing by April 19 receive a full refund, less a $50 cancellation charge. No refunds shall be made for cancellations after April 19. Substitutions are allowed.

Should a government advisory or any other decision by the host hotel or NAFA prevent this meeting from taking place in-person, the meeting will be canceled and your registration fee will be refunded in full.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Book Hotel Reservations here, or call reservations on the toll-free number, 1-800-362-2779Please be sure to call this number when making reservations and refer to NAFA 2021 Technical Seminar to secure this special group rate.  The cut-off date for receipt of these reservations will be Friday, April 23, 2021.

Room Rates:

  • Single/double: $129.00, plus a discounted resort fee of $10.00
  • Triple: $144.00, plus a discounted resort fee of $10.00
  • Quad: $159.00, plus a discounted resort fee of $10.00

NAFA discounted room rates are available for three nights prior and three days post event. Room rates are subject to 14.02% state and local tax.

Included in your rate:

  • Basic Guestroom Internet Access
  • Two Bottles of Water Daily
  • Free Self-Parking
  • Complimentary use of Resort Bikes
  • 10% Off Any Purchase of $50.00 or More in Azul Clubhouse
  • Complimentary shuttle transportation to local attractions within a three mile radius of hotel

Reservation cut-off date: Monday, April 19, 2021 extended to Friday, April 23!
Check-in time: 4:00 pm; Check-out time: 11:00 pm

A note from Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
A Cleaner Stay from Check-in to Check-Out Hilton has partnered with RB, makers of Lysol® & Dettol®*, to help deliver an even cleaner stay for our guests with the Hilton CleanStay program. Building on our already rigorous cleaning standards, the program includes:

  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal to indicate that guest rooms haven’t been accessed since they were cleaned
  • Extra disinfection of top 10 high touch areas in guest rooms including light switches and door handles
  • Increased cleaning frequency of public areas and fitness centers
  • Guest-accessible disinfecting wipes at entrances and high traffic areas
  • Enhanced cleaning & other changes to buffets, in-room dining and meeting spaces


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport provides convenient access to a number of different rental car agencies. The Rental Car Center is located within its own building at 1805 E. Sky Harbor Circle South (between 16th Street and 24th Street, south of Buckeye Road). See map or use these printable directions to and from the Rental Car Center.

The cost for a Taxi is approximately $42. Book a taxi (you can also catch a taxi outside of baggage claim).

Ride share services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phoenix Sky Harbor International. Terminal pick-up locations for ride share service providers are as follows:

Ride share services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Terminal pick-up locations for ride share service providers are as follows:

  • Terminal 3: South curb, west end outside door #4
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, north curb, far west end outside door #1
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, south curb, far east end, outside door #8.

Embassy Suites offers a discount code with Lyft.

New Users download the Lyft app: use code EMBASSYSUITES for $5 off 4 rides

Existing Users: use code EMBASSYSD for 20% off 4 rides to/from your location

For more information on Phoenix transportation, visit the airport information page.

2021 Golf Tournament at McCormick Ranch Golf Club

7505 E. McCormick Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Located in the heart of Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch Golf Club features two unique courses that are tour tested and amateur approved. The Palm and Pine Courses have breathtaking views of Camelback and McDowell Mountain, and combine well-manicured resort golf course layouts with pockets of desert infusion.

McCormick Golf Course safety measures:
Golf carts are sanitized after each use • High-touch areas are sanitized regularly • Noodles have been inserted in the cups on the golf courses • Rakes removed from our courses • limited number of guests in the Pro Shop at any given time • The Restaurant is now open, with the CDC’s guidelines in place

Safety steps for golfers:
Do not come to the golf course if you feel sick or have a fever • Stay 6 feet away from the nearest guest or employee • Face coverings are required in the Clubhouse and Cart Staging Area • Leave flagsticks in the hole while putting • Avoid using on-course ball washers & water fountains • Use your feet to smooth the sand as you leave the bunker • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds • Refrain from touching your face • Abstain from a celebratory handshake, high five or fist pump at the end of your round

Full Convention Schedule

 Monday, May 10

NAFA Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 Tuesday, May 11


9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Technical & Certification Committee Meeting

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Marketing & Membership Committee Meeting

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Nathan Wittman, CAFS, NCT, NAFA President
Filter Technology Company, Inc.

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker
Healthy Buildings as the first line of defense against infectious disease transmission: Covid-19 and beyond






Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Assistant Professor
Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break & Tabletop Exhibits

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Selling in the Post-Pandemic Era

Chuck Reaves, CSP, CPAE, CSO

Professional selling is changing rapidly. Before the pandemic, significant changes were happening in sales – including virtual selling. Our speaker’s clients were learning to benefit from using virtual selling years ago. Chuck has been on the cutting edge of the new processes, technologies, and demographic issues that impact sales. At TECH2021, he will update the latest changes in sales and sales leadership and some practical ideas for improving your sales results. You and the people you influence may have more impact on your customer’s buying decisions than you realize. And, you may have the ability to help improve the overall sales performance of your organization.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Commercial Offices Best Practices and Guidelines for Air Filtration

Kevin Delahunt, CAFS
BGE Indoor Air Quality Solutions Ltd.

Kevin, the Lead Author of the 2021 Commercial Office Guideline, will review the recently updated best practice for commercial office spaces and address the filtration practices associated with the complex systems and applications found in today’s commercial office buildings. He’ll also share how to use all of the NAFA Guidelines to benefit your business.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Means for Your Company and Our Industry

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021 and has a price tag of approximately $1.9 trillion. How does the passage of this Act impact our industry and customers? Join us for an overview of the Act including a deeper dive into the portion of funding that will be allocated to schools and their safe reopening for in-person instruction. The safe reopening of schools means investments in HVAC system upgrades. There’s an opportunity to help educate our customers so they can take advantage of the financial assistance being offered. Learn more about how this act impacts your company and customers in other areas too.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Networking Break & Tabletop Exhibits

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Meeting the Challenge of Air Filter Supplies – Panel Discussion

Moderated by:  Jim Rosenthal, CAFS, CEO, TEX-AIR Filters/Air Relief Technologies

Hunter Dinsmore, National Sales Manager, Tailored Chemical Products, Inc.
Greg Guy, CAFS, Vice President, Expanded Technologies, Inc.
Chad Karl, CAFS, Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

While the COVID-19 pandemic elevated the importance of clean indoor air environments and the need for enhanced filtration, it has also posed air filter supply chain challenges in a variety of areas. Coupled with other factors there have been issues procuring important components including media, frames, metal, glue and more. Join us for a panel discussion on these challenges and what the future holds.

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

NAFA Opening Reception

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 Wednesday, May 12


7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Breakfast (Hotel Restaurant)

Your room at the hotel includes access to the Embassy Suites breakfast

7:30 am – 8:30 am

CAFS Q&A Breakfast Session

Jim Rosenthal, CAFS, CEO
TEX-AIR Filters/Air Relief Technologies

Tutorial will be conducted via a Zoom call.

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Guidelines Committee Meeting

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Education & Training Committee Meeting

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Session TBA

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Networking Break & Tabletop Exhibits

10:00 am – 10:30 am

NAFA Association and Committee Updates

Join us for NAFA updates presented by NAFA leadership. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can get more engaged in your association and ask any questions.

10:30 am – 11:15 am

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Update

Matt Middlebrooks
Middlebrooks Technical Services

A representative from the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has been invited to share information on the challenges of the current pandemic and future epidemics as it relates to the effects of HVAC systems, ventilation and filtration on disease transmission in buildings.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

CAFS & NCT Testing

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Conference adjournment

12:00 pm

NAFA Foundation Golf Tournament @ McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Transportation will be arranged on-site

1:30 pm  – 5:30 pm

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