The primary focus of Business Summit 2020 is to provide education on topics centered on the theme of “Employee Engagement”, how can today’s contractors engage their employees to be more efficient and productive.  


Monday, February 3

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session Title: Fleet & Consumption Management Tools to Drive Productivity and Cost Reduction

Speaker: Dennis Cummins, Customer Digital Sales Manager, United Rentals Managed Services 

Session Description: Managing equipment rentals across projects, jobsites and departments is inherently complex. Using an online platform to manage your fully owned equipment and rental needs in a single location tames that complexity by acting as the central portal everyone in your team can use to find out what they need to know about equipment on rent, in the context they need it. You can drive efficiencies that in turn simplify the fleet management and procure-to-pay processes and helps your organization derive more value and capture more cost savings from your rentals. Contractor routinely pay for unused tools, come hear how to recognize real cost savings.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session Title: Building a Better Benefits Experience for your Electricians (CANCELED)

Speaker: Nathaniel F. Peniston, Vice President, Fringe Benefit Group

Session Description: Enrolling skilled labor in employee benefits is cumbersome with even the nicest employees howling at rising healthcare costs. In this discussion we will review the key steps to ratchet up recruitment and retention and establish a benefits experience that “wows” employees. We will also review the programs and tactics that enhance engagement, understanding and appreciation. Conversely, we will also review what hasn’t worked and why some common employee benefits strategies are ineffective. 

Tuesday, February 4


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Welcome Keynote)

Session Title: Thrive by Design: Create Lasting Engagement (Welcome Keynote)

Speaker: Don Rheem, E3 Solutions

Session Description: Engaged employees are energized by their work and what they can contribute to the team; they love being challenged and making a difference. They are productive, positive, and great ambassadors of your brand - which makes your organization more profitable and successful.
To tap into this kind of employee behavior and foster deep, lasting engagement, you need to align the workplace with the brain's hardwired expectations that allow individuals to perform at their fullest capacity. In this energizing keynote, CEO and author Don Rheem breaks down the science that triggers exemplary workplace behavior at a neurological level, so you can understand how to foster a thriving culture and apply what you're learning immediately.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session Title: Smart Infrastructure Design for Integrated Building Applications

Speaker: Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS, Owner, CEO Communications

Session Description: IP convergence is here and it’s changing the way the cabling infrastructure is being selected, designed and installed. Previously many disparate building applications (i.e. security, access control, HVAC and lighting) resided on segmented and dedicated systems installed by electrical contractors. Today’s buildings are now migrating to low-voltage cabling over a common telecommunications’ network to provide data and power (PoE) to these devices, making these systems more efficient for the building owners. Smart contractors who can provision both electrical and low-voltage cabling services will be sought after by design consultants, building owners and GCs. This presentation will provide an overview of the market trends, cabling standards, PoE planning, proper cabling practices, and will include an intelligent building case study.


Session Title: "OSHA Focus Four & EMR” - It Is Your Business

Speaker: Jody White, Owner, A Squared

Session Description: We work in a dangerous place; the safety of your electricians is vital to your company’s success. OSHA’s Focus Four concept (Falls, Caught-In or Between, Struck-By, Electrocution) is a means of outreach education on the dangers these hazards pose.
EMR or Experience Modification Rate is used to calculate your workman’s compensation rates. When you are successful in making safety a culture you will see your EMR improve. A lower EMR means more opportunities and better profits. Adapt and Advance.


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Speaker: Bob Sullivan, CFPS, Southwest Regional Director, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Session Title: NFPA 3000TM (PS) – Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program

Session Description: As more hostile events continue to occur, it is critical for Emergency Responders and others to have the information they need to be prepared when attacks happen. To address that need, NFPA® developed a new standard – NFPA 3000™ (PS) – to identify the minimum elements needed for an active shooter and/or hostile event response program, and to reduce or eliminate the risks on an organization or community affected by these events. The document addresses the areas of Planning, Responding, and Recovering, and also focuses on the concepts of Whole Community, Unified Command, Integrated Response, and Planned Recovery.


Session Title: Armageddon Out of Here: Protecting Lien Rights at World’s End 

Speaker: Eric A. Berg, Of Council, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C

Session Description: A mechanic’s lien is a potent right, but one that’s subject to a bewildering array of rules and restrictions.  This session aims to make sense of the various regulations and explain the legal principles underlying mechanics liens, notices, waivers and releases, to enable attendees to protect themselves before, during and after payments stop flowing and the project comes to a crashing halt.   


12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session Title: Igniting Interest in the Industry: Reaching the Next Generation

Speaker: Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum

Session Description: A shortage of electricians is coming. What can national leaders do? The Trump Administration is committed to expanding job opportunities for the nation’s workforce by making apprenticeships cool again and prioritizing workforce development initiatives. We will examine federal efforts on apprenticeships, how the economy may impact recruitment, and workforce issues surfacing in the 2020 election cycle. We will also share tips and strategies for appealing to future workers with a focus on attracting women and people of color.  


Session Title: Crucial Conversations on Culture, Technology, and Diversity

Speaker: Tauhira Ali, Sr. Manager of Construction Technology, Milwaukee Tool

Session Description: As the construction industry faces an unprecedented labor shortage, technology is evolving faster than ever. For the first time in history, five generations coexist in the workplace. These diverse perspectives offer an unprecedented opportunity to drive innovation from multiple viewpoints. By fostering a culture of creativity, productivity, and efficiency, your company can mobilize to create a resilient innovation culture that is able to weather economic uncertainties and elevate your business to its highest potential.  


2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session Title: Quiet, Accurate, and Engaged: How to Foster Collaboration and Communication

Speaker: Christine Springer, CEO and Founder, Rising Culture Group

Session Description: This workshop will help leaders to connect with and motivate members of their team members who seem more cautious or introverted, and learn strengths-based strategies to boost productivity and reduce conflict or turnover on teams where members have contrasting styles.


Session Title: Power over Ethernet – more than IP phones and WAPs

Speaker: Chad Jones, Technical Leader at Cisco Systems, Inc. 

Session Description: This presentation covers Power over Ethernet (PoE), from the important basics of a PoE system, through cable selection, system installation, and inspection. An attendee can expect to come away from this with a new understanding of PoE systems, preparing them to take on these installations.