The Ice House Owners Association (IHOA) is a National non-profit asssociation made up of owners of Ice House America Ice Vending Machines.
The Ice House Owners Association (IHOA) is a voluntary, non-profit Association of independent Ice House America ice house owners. The IHOA is not affiliated with Ice House America or its’ distributor network. IHOA has been organized by and is managed by individual ice house owners. The IHOA purpose is to serve as a communication source for ice house owners in helping to increase profits for our small business members. http://ihva.net
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Iin December 2011 a handful of 5 or 6 independent Ice House America ice house owners came together to form the Ice House Owners Association (IHOA). With plans to bring 20-25 owners together to discuss best practices and how to make our businesses more profitable, we reserved 25 rooms at Callaway Gardens (GA).
Within days these reserved rooms were taken, the entire hotel was sold out by our ice house owners, and area hotels began to fill. With less than 7 weeks, these handful of organizers had their hands full with a full scale convention to organize for owners of more than half of the 2400 Ice House America Ice Houses in operation.
To many owners, by outward appearance the meeting went off flawlessly, but beneath the water line our penguin flippers were paddling like crazy to stay afloat, keep it together, and deliver a useful product so that ice house owners could take away useful information to help their businesses.
The IHOA is now organizing our second Ice House Owners meeting which has been scheduled to take place January 23-26, 2014. Visit our Annual Meeting Meeting section for more details.
The IHOA was originally formed by independent ice house owners as a communication tool to help owners to combat a serial burglar who was in the process of breaking in to more than 80 ice houses from Chattanooga TN to Tallahassee, FL. Active communication between Ice houses owners was essential in catching the thief and owners realized the importance of communication between Ice House America owners throughout the United States.
As communication among owners began to spread, we learned that many of us shared the same problems, and many of these problems already had been solved by other owners. THe next logical step was to come together as a group to share what we know and help each other to become more profitable.
Reason # 327: Why you should attend the Jan 23-26, 2014 IHOA owners meeting:
Recently, an owner was having a fuse blow and (after 3 hours) traced it to the air system that operates the ice house. The problem was isolating the problem to an air pump, MAC Valve, air cylinder, or other component of the air system. All technical calls for assistance received instructions to check all the wires for good connections, and then start replacing components one-by-one until the problem could be isolated.
Another ice house owner suggested the owner rig a small light bulb in place of the fuse. The light would surge rather than “blow”. The ice house owner then manually operated each function (Bag, bulk, diverter, etc). When the bag floor dropped, the light from the bulb surged, and the owner was able to correct the problem without replacing unnecessary parts.
Collectively, ice house owners can offer valuable skills to one another. As owners, we each make contribution to help make our business profitable. Callaway Gardens can help you develop a network of owners to help you become more profitable.
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