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2024 CELA Spring Conference

Day One

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

8am – 4:30pm

7 CEU’s

Presented by: Ed Nicholls Jr

Legendary Leadership: From the Ground Up

The Legendary Leadership Academy class is dedicated to the principle that leadership is not a destination at which you arrive, but a life-long journey that each of us travel during our lives. Code enforcement staff members use leadership every day and this class will allow you to build on your existing leadership knowledge and skillset.

Whether you choose it or not, leadership finds us as we interact with other human beings. It is in those interactions that you influence the behaviors of the people you meet. You not only have the opportunity, but the responsibility, to inspire greatness in others. Code enforcement staff, officers, seniors, supervisors, and managers will all benefit from this outstanding training opportunity!

The Legendary Leadership Academy introduces attendees to the essential qualities of great leadership. We then connect specific leadership qualities with well-known leaders from the past, who exemplified that quality in their leadership journeys. The program will teach you how to study and practice these qualities along your journey and help you improve your leadership skills at home and work, and with family and friends, and coworkers.

Each of these fifteen essential qualities will provide a comprehensive, yet concise look at the requirements great leaders need to build a legendary leadership résumé in their lives. You will be encouraged to build a team of role models in your own life that will become your personal board of directors, guiding, and advising you through your leadership challenges.

The Legendary Leadership Academy creates a blueprint for leading a life of greatness. Ed will introduce you to great leadership ideas, share motivational videos, quotes, and activities that will allow you to become better equipped to lead in your personal and professional life.

“Leadership is not a destination, it’s a journey that you are on for your life.”


Day Two
Thursday, April 18, 2024

.3 CEU’s

Presented by Greg Smith – GMS Presentations and Training

Introduction to Legal Aspects for Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance are guided by historical laws, codes and legal procedures. Navigating the legal landscape can be tricky without proper training and knowledge.

This class introduces the student to:

· History of code creation and development

· Legal concepts and definitions

· Legal framework and powers

· Enforcement

· Court or Appeal Processes

This emerging science and related practical applications allows participants to measure, evaluate and build stronger and more meaningful relationships at work, home, with customers, with team members and throughout life.  Relational Intelligence also engages powerful networking tools and reviews relationship based influence needed by leaders.

12:45pm – 1:45pm

.1 CEU’s

Presented by Thomas Ruck, Senior Engagement Manager, Blue Campaign

Human Trafficking, the Crime Hidden in Plain Sight

This presentation will discuss the national public awareness campaign designed to educate code enforcement professional on the indicators of human trafficking, how to respond appropriately to potential cases, and how to take the lead within your jurisdiction in creating the proper reporting elements and structure. The educational awareness objectives consist of two foundational elements: prevention of human trafficking and protection of exploited persons.1:45pm – 5:00pm


.3 CEU’s

Presented by Greg Smith– GMS Presentations and Training

Officer Safety-The Guardian Mindset

Code enforcement duties can be stressful. Encountering a threatening or dangerous situation may occur during your daily duties. Having a prepared mindset, strong communication skills, and de-escalation training is imperative.

This class will go over the basics of the Guardian Mindset, Communications Skills, De-escalation Techniques, Safety Culture and Situational Awareness.


All CELA courses are approved and recognized by the International Code Council Preferred Provider Network (ICCPPN) towards maintenance of your ICC certifications. Check with your local licensing board for additional CEU requirements.


Hotel Reservation Deadline: 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

For reservations call: 

1-877-777-4212 or 520-342-3012

Online Reservation:  

CELA-2024 Spring Conference

Rooms starting at:  $139.00 plus tax

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 8:00 AM until Thursday, April 18, 2024, 5:00 PM Mountain Time (Arizona) (UTC-07:00)
Desert Diamond Conference Center
7350 S Nogales Highway
Tucson, AZ  85756
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Martha Ortiz
623-333-2728 (p)
Joshua P Perez
623-333-2731 (p)
CELA Conference
Registration is required before Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
Registration is required. Payment In Advance Only

Registration fee includes instruction, reference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments. Event photos will be used for association purposes.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Friday, April 05, 2024 at 12:00 PM
Cancellation Policy:
A $10.00 administration fee, per day, will be subtracted from all conference refunds of registration payment for written cancellation requests received on or before 12:00pm on Friday, April 5th. After this date, no refunds will be made. Substitutions will be accepted by contacting the Treasurer at by Monday, April 15, 2024.
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Code Enforcement League of AZ
P.O. Box 1173
Avondale, AZ 85323