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Ed Sessions Matrix for website.jpgThe Education Sessions of IECCon17 will ensure that you — the electrical business leader — are in position to succeed in today's business climate. The sessions are divided into four impactful tracks that are uniquely designed to improve your company. View the education sesson below or click here to download the Education Session Schedule.

 

Keynote Session

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Robbie Bach
The Xbox Story: Lessons in Leadership, Strategy & Team Management

Robbie joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. Beginning in 1999 as the Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the highly successful Xbox video game business. 

 

 


Tracks

Emerging Trends & Industry Topics
Business Management & Operations
Workforce Development
Chapter & Leadership Development


Education Sessions

 

Emerging Trends & Industry Topics

Learn the latest trends and innovations of the evolving electrical industry. These new trends will streamline your processes and expand your business’ capabilities. The sessions will show you new ways to modernize job sites and maximize your employees' skills.  

 

Thursday, October 26

 
A 360° Look at BIM
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Working within building information modeling (BIM) software is exciting and challenging for most construction companies. Explore how BIM impacts your workflow at all stages of the process from design to clash detection to construction. It’s time to upgrade your BIM credentials from journeyman to master.
Presenter: Josh Bone – JBKnowledge
 

Great Idea Swap for Electrical Contractors
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The price of admission for this unique session will be one great idea. The idea can be something as simple as a great mobile app that increases efficiency in the field, a software program that is saving the company money, or an idea that a foreman implemented to save time. These ideas will be shared with all the attendees of the session. The result is multiple peer-developed new ideas you can take back to your company.
Facilitator: Mike Kallmeyer – Ace Electric, Inc.

 
 

Friday, October 27

 

Work Breakdown Structure: A Project Roadmap
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
The complexities of construction require a robust process to manage the job in a proactive manner. The best way to do this is by implementing a Work Breakdown Structure. Discover the most effective method to lay a strong foundation and develop a road map to lead you through all the twists and turns of your project.
Presenters: Phil Nimmo and Sonja Daneshgari – MCA, Inc.

 
Best Practices for Electrical Contractors
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
This interactive session will feature active, highly effective IEC contractor members who will each speak about their best practice – one aspect of their business that has worked successfully. Following their presentations, they will field questions from the floor.
Panelists: Dean Kredit – K2 Electric, Jason Sharpe – Namaste Solar, Pete Farreny – Weifield Group Contracting
 
Innovative Strategy for Future-Focused Business
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
On average, construction companies achieve merely 52% of the work they plan on completing each week. Participate in a discussion on how to craft an innovative strategy driven by new technology options. It’s time to implement technology-fueled strategy to outpace the competition and plan for the future.
Presenter: Steve Coughran – The Coltivar Group
 
Untapped: Opportunities in Low Voltage
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
There are significant opportunities in the low voltage sector that are untapped due to a lack of knowledge about Power over Ethernet (PoE). Notable PoE power limitation changes have had a large impact on the industry, particularly in low voltage lighting, creating new opportunities for growth. We will discuss recent changes to PoE requirements in the NEC and what they mean for the growth of this ever-expanding industry.
Presenter: Merton Bunker, PE, CFEI - Merton Bunker & Associates 
 

Business Management & Operations

Gain knowledge of new management strategies that are critical to maximizing profits for electrical contractors. Time management, efficiency, and customer satisfaction can dramatically improve your bottom line. Industry leaders and your peers will illustrate how a fresh mindset can change the way you run your business.
 

Thursday, October 26

 
CAE Credit imageBuild, Retain & Find Talented Employees
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
We all want to attract the best employees available in the market to work for and stay with our companies. Learn how to build a great place to work by attracting and retaining long term accountable productive team members. Discover how to make your company the final employee destination in this fast-paced session.
Presenter: George Hedley – HardHat Presentations
 
Design Build – The Future Is Here
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Time is money is one of the oldest, but truest of idioms. Therefore, we multitask, attempting to accomplish as many tasks as we can at once. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had new technology that can help us multitask efficiently? Now there is! Join us as we discuss new technology on the market that will allow you to multitask effectively during a projects design build phase. It’s time to stop wasting time; your wallet will thank you.
Presenter: Paul Wheaton – McCormick Systems
 
Help Wanted:  Recruit and Retain Your Future!
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
The jobs are there, but the common concern is that the employees are not. The employees are also there, and we will teach you how to find and employ them. Engage in a strategic planning session for your company’s future success and leave with the tools you need to get your company ahead of today’s recruitment challenge.
Presenter: Jon Finch – Milwaukee Tool
 

The Price Is Right
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Come on down and participate in The Price is Right! The electrical industry is currently leaving millions in profit on the table by underpricing its services. This has to end. Learn how to properly price your services on time and material jobs.
Presenter: Michael Brown – TradePEERS


Micro Learning Sessions (3): How to Negotiate With Your GC *
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
TBD
Presenter: TBD

 
Achieve Loyal Customers and 5-Star Ratings
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
To build a profitable electrical contracting business today requires loyal customers, positive referrals, and great customer service. Learn how to build strong customer relationships, meet customer expectations, provide 5-star service, and set your company apart from the competition in order to negotiate and win more profitable work.
Presenter: George Hedley – HardHat Presentations 
 
Compliance, Fringe, and Employee Benefiits
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Leveraging fringe benefit obligations provides a lesser known avenue to win more jobs, create higher profits and generate pre-tax savings for both business owners and their workforce. It will also reduce your employee turnover. How exactly does it do all of that? You’ll just have to attend to find out.
Presenter: Nat Peniston – Fringe Benefit Group
 
 

Friday, October 27

 
Winning the War for Talent
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Companies of tomorrow must focus on the workforce of today to reduce labor constraints and boost productivity. The talent exists in in our workforce, learn how to harness it and bring it to the forefront through employee engagement, training, and support.
Presenter: Stephen Coughran – The Coltivar Group
 
CAE Credit imageGetting to the Heart of Customer Relationships
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Our customers love to be a part of the solution. To create the best customer experience, we need to take their ideas and bring in our experience and expertise, while involving them in the process, to show that we are indeed listening. Join us as we map out how to create the ideal customer experience through listening and collaboration. A happy customer is a returning customer.
Presenter: Jeff Korhan – True Nature, Inc.
 

The Red Flags of Problem Projects
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
How great would it be if we could identify early on in the planning stage that we might be in the midst of a problem project. Now we can! Learn how to identify the “red flags” of a project before it turns south and address them directly. Join us and never have a problem project ever again.
Presenter: David Cook – Autry, Hall & Cook, LLP

 

Seize New Opportunities With Existing Customers by Recognizing the “Next Big Things!”
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
We have entered an age where people demand access and control of Power, Light, and Data everywhere, at all times. It’s imperative that you become expert at recognizing opportunities to improve how your customers interact with the spaces where they live, work, and play. Steve will explore the trends creating new upsell opportunities for electrical contractors and how to delight your customers by meeting their needs.
Presenter: Steve Killius – Legrand North America

 

Why Should I Join an IEC Forum
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
If you want to know why you should join an IEC forum, trust us, you’re not alone. Hear from a panel of current IEC forum members as they discuss the numerous advantages they have gained from participating in an IEC forum. This is one FREE IEC member perk that you and your business can’t afford to miss out on.
Forum Members: Candy Branham, Branham Electric, Michael Brown, All Type Electric, Kevin Tegmeyer, RT Electric
Facilitator: Tim Welsh, IEC National

 

Workforce Development 

Discover areas where there may be some holes in your training programs and learn knowledge that you MUST pass on to your staff.
 
Thursday, October 26

Have You Been Grounded Lately?
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
There are many significant changes happening to the 2017 NEC and it is hard to keep track. IEC is here for you, with a special focus on the grounding and bonding sections (Chapter 1 – 4). This session will also provide Mind Tap demos to show how digital solutions can accelerate student learning, confidence, and engagement. Anyone not in attendance will be grounded!
Presenter: Phil Simmons – Cengage

Navigating Changes in the 2017 NEC for Residential Facilities
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Navigating your way through all of the significant changes to residential facilities in the 2017 NEC in an unenviable task. Some of the changes include new requirements for GFCI protection near sinks and changes to installing outlets and branch circuits. We’re here to take the helm and guide you through the potentially murky waters. Join us on this quest to help keep electricians and our customers safe.
Presenter: Phil Simmons - Cengage
 

Friday, October 27


Falling for Safety All Over Again
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Are you tired of the same old OSHA regulatory presentations and incidence rate discussions? Then you’ve come to the right place, because this informative session will buck the trend. Real-life examples will provide the stage for engaging discussion on the common hazards that exist on the jobsite and five easy tools you can implement tomorrow to help protect your employees. Reignite your passion and fall for safety all over again.
Presenter: John Crawmer – Pinnacol Assurance
 
 

Chapter & Leadership Development 

These diverse sessions will place a focus on developing new leadership and communication skills for industry leaders and chapters that will positively impact all generations, resulting in improved management and a stronger industry. 
 

Thursday, October 26

 
CAE Credit image10 Tactics to Mastering Your Web Presence
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Do you find yourself asking your child or a Millennial for help with utilizing the Internet to promote your business? You’re taking the right steps by asking for help, but it’s critical that YOU master the necessary skills. Join us as we discuss 10 tactics that WILL bolster your online presence. The Internet isn’t going away anytime soon; it’s time to become the master, not the disciple.
Presenter: Dresden Farrand, MPA, MPP, CAE – IEC National
 

 

Friday, October 27

 

CAE Credit imageCommunication, Marketing, and Collaboration – Connection With Gen Y and Z
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Are you striving to connect with early career professionals and students? The solution is not more email. In a world where we decide where to invest our time and resources based on virtual reviews from strangers, it is more important than ever to create an outreach strategy that empowers and recognizes the authentic member voice. After hearing stories from association evangelists, we will explore effective approaches that identify and connect virtual communication channels with our future customers and employees.
Presenter: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE – Next Connextion

 
CAE Credit imageMembership Myth Busters
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Do you believe that member retention starts at the first renewal invoice? That members will remain loyal to IEC solely based on what they receive? That member value is a long list of benefits that are intended to be a choose your own adventure? We will tackle association membership assumptions that may have worked in the past but won’t be the drivers to a thriving tomorrow.  We will debunk the beliefs and processes that have our organizations running the same way because that is the way they have always run. Together, we will then create the questions and first steps to create the membership-experiences that our members expect and deserve.
Presenter: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE – Next Connextion
 
* = Micro Learning Session. These are 20-minute learning sessions.