2023 Education Session Info
January 29 - February 1, 2023
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US Construction Outlook
Jay Bowman, FMI Corporation
|Despite the current recessionary forces, the highly diversified nature of the US construction industry will continue to offer significant opportunities. These will be largely defined by emerging new economies and the importance of place. FMI will provide key insights and lessons learned to help navigate the challenges of the next several years and improve success. However, like any market, bulls and bears coexist. As new risks are introduced as a result, learn what others are preparing for to best position their organizations for the next cycle.|
Business Exit Planning and Strategies
Julie Keyes, KeyeStrategies
|Whether you are two, 10 or 20 years away from a future business exit, maximizing the value of your business is a top priority for successful entrepreneurs. But how best to do that in today's environment is another matter.|
What are acquirers looking for? If you're in acquisition mode, what should you be looking for? How do you identify lower hanging fruit when it comes to implementing a new strategy that impact value? With so many businesses hitting the market for sale over the next few years, it's vital that your company identify and capitalize on its unique capabilities that not only drive market share now, but into the future as well, whether you're planning to buy or sell.
Discover Ideas on How to Attract New Talent: Creating Diverse Partnerships in Construction
Jennifer Todd, LMS General Contractors
|For years, diversity, inclusion, and labor efforts have been separate conversations. Today, the construction industry's labor shortage continues to cripple contractors. Join this panel to discuss why minorities and women are keys to curing the industry's labor shortage. |
Jennifer Todd discusses how she successfully created an in-house demolition and environmental training program, A Greener Tomorrow. She shares actionable steps that you and your company can take to attract, retain and recruit diverse talent, improve workplace culture, and add to your bottom line.
Enhancing Your Risk Management Culture and Leadership
Stewart Van Duzer, Federated Insurance
Every contractor wants, or should want, a strong risk management culture. The foundation of this culture is leadership driving results within the organization. This discussion will focus on key lessons learned from businesses owner who have established and maintained a risk management culture that prioritizes safety while enhancing profitability.
Grid 2.0 - The Future of Power
Kyle Raabe, Generac Power Systems
|As demand for power continues to increase due to increasing adoption of EVs, the ‘electrification of everything’, and population growth, the aging grid is being stretched beyond capacity. During this session, Kyle will share a brief glimpse into the future of the US electrical grid, as well as growth opportunities that have emerged for the electrical contractor sector.|
Help Wanted: Recruit and Retain Your Future
Michael Evans, Milwaukee Tool
By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
How Effective Communication Can Enhance Business Operations
Marcus Williams, MW Consulting
|Understanding the power of communications will enable professionals to better identify and understand their target stakeholders and customers, create stronger narratives, and strengthen or retool services or products to continue to be a viable contender in their respective marketplaces.|
Life or Death Accountability: Get Your Team to Act as if Lives Depend on Them When Only Livelihoods Do!
Dave Rosenberg, Locked On Leadership
|With the lack of quality job applicants, the best organizations and leaders know they need to maximize the effectiveness of their existing teams by improving collaboration, increasing team cohesion, and driving innovation. You’ve worked hard to get where you are today. You start each day at full throttle, hitting the deck plates running; you’ve always been the first in the office and the last to leave; you say what you mean and mean what you say. The challenge is building a team that acts as you do. You know you’ll get there…eventually. Wouldn’t it be nice to speed up the process?|
In this session, you'll discover the secret to developing a radically accountable team that gets maximum results with minimum supervision, a team that you can count on and that can count on each other even when the bullets are flying.
What You Should Know About Modular Building and Construction
Kelly Williams, Impact Housing
|Key markets, key drivers and “nuts and bolts”!|
Workforce Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention
Marissa Bankert; Niel Dawson; Billy Ross Hill; Troy Corrigan; Ernest Mora
|Focus on growth and strategies to recruit and retain the future workforce – especially unrepresented communities, women and vets. Discuss best practices, while also exploring additional funding opportunities.|
Rewire Your Customer Experience with Technology
Michael Sauer, Scorpion
During this interactive session, business owners will learn:
TRIO Electric Upgrades Their Electrician Training Program with Transfr
Katie George, Transfr
|In 2017, TRIO refined the program by forming an industry-led partnership with an independent school district and a community college to offer electrical training to high school students. The Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program (EPP) allows students to learn valuable skills that are in high demand. The EPP curriculum teaches students how to be safe and productive workers as well as other employable and soft skills that are attractive to employers like TRIO. |
Partnering with Transfr allows TRIO to scale their training programs (both in-house and at local high schools and CTE centers) safely and effectively without hiring additional instructors, expanding facilities, or overspending on consumable materials. Hands-on simulations using Transfr would allow TRIO to reach more students with the same facilities and instructors they already had. The key would be bolstering their already-stellar curriculum with VR simulations.
Using simulated training for a trade as hands-on as electrical construction might seem counterintuitive, but the simulations have been a big hit with both instructors and students. Instructors at TRIO get to empower students with more repetitions of core skills without having to split their attention between multiple groups of students. Students can progress through content as quickly as they wish, reviewing skills and relying on Transfr’s AI coach to help them master essential techniques they’ll use on job sites.
The US Economy in 2023, Take a Hike!
Elliot Eisenberg, Graphs and Laughs
|Take a deep exploration into the current economic condition, GDP, wages, inflation, interest rates, the fed and so much more as it relates to the construction and electrical trade.|