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2020 NAXSA Convention

February 5 - 7

Chandler, AZ


Join us as we kick off the 6th Annual NAXSA Convention in Chandler, Arizona February 5-7, 2020! NAXSA’s Convention offers one-of-a-kind networking opportunities, and educational sessions tailored exclusively for those in excavation shoring practices!

Convention Registration Types and Rates

  Early Bird
By Jan 3, 2020
After Jan 3, 2020
Individual - NAXSA Member  $375 $395
Individual - Non-Member $475 $495
Spouse/Guest Registration $175 $175
Cancellation Policy: All requests for cancellations must be in writing and post-marked prior to December 30, 2019 to receive a full refund minus a $50.00 processing fee. Cancellations received after December 30, 2019 are non-refundable. Credit card refunds will be processed within 10 days after receipt of the cancellation request. All other refunds will be issued by March 1, 2020.

Spouse/Guest Program

Register your spouse or guest to attend NAXSA convention activities as well as joining other guests for a fun-filled day in Old Town Scottsdale. Guests will board a bus at the convention hotel and head to Scottsdale where they will be escorted on an Open-Air Golf Cart Tour of Old Town Scottsdale.

Visits include the Historic Old Adobe Mission, which was completed in 1933 and is one of only two missions in Arizona. Next, they will tour The Little Red School House – Scottsdale’s First School that is now the Scottsdale Historical Society Museum. Guests will also have the opportunity to walk around

Scottsdale and see some of the beautiful art on public display as well as learn about many of the pieces as they drive along the tour.

9:30 a.m. – Transportation Pick Up at The Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel

Lunch will be provided for all guests including non-alcoholic beverages. At 2:00 p.m., transportation will be provided to take all guests back to the hotel to relax before the always exciting opening event, the President’s Reception!

Keynote Speaker - Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Joe Turner, P.E. serves as National Trench Safety’s Director of Engineering, Research and Product Development

Mr. Turner is one of the most recognized figures in the trench safety industry, having provided trench safety plans for the last 25 years. In total, Turner has over 35 years of experience in the engineering construction field. Among his many accomplishments is authoring the book Excavation Systems, Design, Planning and Safety (McGraw-Hill, 2008), which is still utilized as an essential reference for proper shoring-specific engineering techniques.

Engineering Practice and The Excavation Safety Industry

Engineering is an essential part of NAXSA’s core mission of serving the trench safety industry, and Turner has dedicated his career to this key part of the industry. As the NAXSA Convention’s Key-Note Speaker, he will address:

  • How engineering in excavation safety has evolved and been perceived throughout the years by project design side engineers, contractors, and OSHA.
  • How engineering has interacted with OSHA Subpart P Excavations
  • Experiences and lessons he has learned about the excavation safety industry
  • How NAXSA can set the standards of our industry and the roll engineering has to play in it

Keynote Speaker - Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Mark Nutsch – Green Beret Commander Portrayed in the Movie 12 Strong & New York Times Best-Seller, Horse Soldiers

As portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the major motion picture, 12 Strong, Mark Nutsch (aka Mitch Nelson in the film) shares lessons learned in the now-declassified saga of a U.S. Special Forces team that overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to help achieve a historic military victory.

Mark Nutsch shares the true-life story of helping lead what is considered the most successful unconventional warfare campaign in modern history, a victory that changed the course of our country and the world.

In October 2001 following the attacks on 9/11, Nutsch led a heroic 12-man team of U.S. Special Forces on a covert mission to Afghanistan, where they would ride to war on horses to fight the enemy—side by side with their Muslim counterparts—capture the strategic city of Mazar-i-Sharif within a matter of weeks, and successfully overthrow the Taliban. Now a consultant to Special Operations Command, he earned a Bronze Star with valor for his bravery. Nutsch, as "Captain Mitch Nelson," is portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the 2018 major motion picture 12 Strong, based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton.

On stage, Nutsch enthralls audiences with an edge-of-your-seat, behind-the-scenes account of how this almost unbelievable event played out, impacted the world, and earned them the gratitude of a nation. He also shares perspectives on preparing his team of “guerrilla diplomats” for ever-evolving on-the-ground circumstances, and how resourcefulness, inventiveness, and commitment, along with adaptability, a diverse team, and a capacity to persevere enabled them to successfully accomplish their mission.

2020 Convention/Programming Committee

We wish to thank our volunteer committee members for their many contributions to the planning and success of the 2020 NAXSA Convention.
Convention Program Committee
  • Wes Jones, National Trench Safety
  • Tim Christian, Xterra Trench Shields
  • Dennis Parker, GME
  • Karl Trott, Plug Tech. Inc.
Convention Planning Committee
  • Wes Jones, National Trench Safety
  • Ron Chilton, National Trench Safety
  • Dave Nicoli, D.P. Nicoli
  • Dana Woudenberg, TSR
  • Patrick Lowry, Trench Plate Rental Co.
  • Jasper Calcara, DH Charles Engineering
  • Ray Bilby, National Trench Safety
  • Brian Crandall, ICON Equipment