LAKE LANIER, Ga. - The Innovative Thinking Conference, sponsored by BNP Media, is scheduled for June 12-13 at the Emerald Pointe Resort near Atlanta. Sixteen industry experts will present sessions or panels geared for contractors, wholesalers, engineers, and manufacturers, focusing on how to hire, train, and retain qualified plumbing, heating, and cooling pros.

Key topics include: Hispanics in today's market; women in the plumbing, heating, and cooling market; recruiting and training emerging leaders; finding, training, and keeping the employees you've always wanted; using the Internet to locate and qualify workers; resources to train and test staff; human resources strategies to avoid turnover and protect the company; do's and don'ts of managing the workforce; and two luncheon roundtables allowing attendees to quiz speakers one-on-one.

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Publication date: 05/01/2006