• Construction Executive Summit 2020

    2 Keynotes. 12 breakout sessions. 6 Continuing Education credits


     

  • The SWCA Construction Executive Summit is designed to meet the needs of all businesses working within the construction industry throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Summit will offer individuals and organizations the opportunity to network with other leaders in the industry, learn/sharpen business skills, and influence the future of the construction industry in the Pacific Northwest.

    Mission: The Construction Executive Summit will provide Pacific Northwest business leaders the tools to realize their potential, gain skills to implement best practices, and grow their businesses.

    REGISTER: CLICK HERE.

    Thursday, February 6, 2020
    Vancouver Hilton 
    7:00 am - 4:30 pm with reception immediately following, lasting until 6:00 pm


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Beyond the Limits: Lessons from Everest Beyond the Limits: Lessons from Everest

    Stacy Allison (President, Stacy Allison General Contracting) combines her business acumen and her spirit for adventure to show her audiences how to thrive in their organizations through courage, leadership, vision, teamwork, risk taking, and personal accountability. Stacy's high content, personalized, dynamic presentation will encourage and inspire you to take a visionary look at opportunities and move beyond your limits. The future will never look the same! 

  • Construction's Economic Forecast Construction's Economic Forecast

    Chris Cline (President and Chief Executive Officer, Riverview Trust Company) will provide an update as to the current state of economics, with an emphasis on the construction industry. This keynote is designed to arm attendees with facts and information to take into consideration as they plan the rest of 2020. 


  • BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

    Each attendee will get to choose one presentation for each of the four breakout sessions.

     

  • 1A: Reviewing Construction Contracts 1A: Reviewing Construction Contracts

    Bryce Sinner, Associate Attorney at Landerholm, P.S., will highlight particular contract provisions that are problematic and tend to be the most likely to be drafted in a one-sided manner and present potential "deal breakers." He will also highlight certain provisions that tend to be negotiable and areas where contractors can generally improve the contract in their favor. Bryce will then discuss leveraging and how to go about negotiating contract terms. 

  • 2A: How Owners and Contractors can Shift Risk with Contract Provisions 2A: How Owners and Contractors can Shift Risk with Contract Provisions

    Albert Schlotfeldt of the Schlotfeldt Law Firm, PLLC will provide an overview of key contract provisions that can help minimize risk for contractors and owners. He will provide tips for ways to protect your company against risks in construction projects. 

  • 3A: Understanding Price Volatility in Construction Materials: Wood, Steel, Aggregate 3A: Understanding Price Volatility in Construction Materials: Wood, Steel, Aggregate

    Predictability of construction building material prices is critical to submitting bids that don't leave you financially liable. This moderated panel will discuss the trends in wood, steel, and aggregate prices and the causes of the price inflation. The panel will also provide insight and a forecast as to what to expect over the next year so you can structure your bids accordingly. Panelists include Dallin Brooks of the Western Wood Preservers Institute, and TBA.

  • 4A: Recession Resilience 4A: Recession Resilience

    You know the market is about to change again. Learn how to ride the next market wave! In this breakout, Shawn Busse of Kinesis will help you explore how to position your business for success in a downturn. Learn how to find profitable market space, protect your margins, and forge connections with the "right-fit" customers. Many companies have used positioning strategies successfully through previous downturns and Shawn has compiled the most valuable lessons learned. These strategies can also be applied to leadership transitions, market shifts, acquisitions, and growth spurts. 

  • 1B: Strategies to Build a Supply of Trained Workers 1B: Strategies to Build a Supply of Trained Workers

    Darcy Hoffman of Workforce Southwest Washington and Kelly Haines of Portland Worksystems will detail key findings from the most recent Construction Labor Market Report, which can be used to develop and implement thoughtful talent recruitment strategies. The group will present information on three goal areas of the region's Construction Workforce Plan, including ways your company can plug into resources to improve your own pipeline of qualified workers. Attendees will hear from other general contractors to learn about how these specific strategies have been implemented and what positive outcomes were generated.  

  • 2B: Diversity Your Project Portfolio with Government Contracting 2B: Diversity Your Project Portfolio with Government Contracting

    Are you doing all private work? Diversification is important to consider when ramping up for a downturn in the economy. This moderated panel will give an overview on how to diversity your project portfolio to ensure with government contracting opportunities. Learn about the requirements needed to work with government agencies, the possible certifications to make your bids more competitive, how to market your company to the government and the large general contractors that orchestrate public works projects. Panelists include Jeannet Santiago of WA Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Yuri Dyson and Joseph Smetak from the US Small Business Administration, and Jim Bright of the NW Business Development Association

  • 3B: Recruiting Great Talent 3B: Recruiting Great Talent

    As most are aware, there is a workforce shortage in the construction industry. While the workforce pipeline continues to evolve to meet the needs of industry, it's important to implement your own recruitment practices so you attract quality people. This panel will focus on best practices and innovative strategies for recruiting great talent. 

  • 4B: How to be a Great Boss through Leadership, Management & Accountability 4B: How to be a Great Boss through Leadership, Management & Accountability

    Matthew Todd of Pac Crest Business Engineering will help you differentiate between leadership and management. Learn the best practices for demonstrating great leadership, as well as the best practices for executing great management. Explore how management and leadership work together to foster a culture of true accountability. 

  • 1C: Protecting Your Construction Company in an Event of an 'Action Over' Litigation 1C: Protecting Your Construction Company in an Event of an 'Action Over' Litigation

    Drew Roddan of Anchor Insurance & Surety will help attendees understand the 'action over' injury to worker claims and how it relates to a contractor's general liability and worker's compensation insurance coverage. Drew has seen various injury to employee exclusions in commercial general liability policies. Contractors need to understand the risk they are assuming by not having a responsive general liability policy in the event of a claim, as workers' compensation is not the sole remedy in these cases. 

  • 2C: Job Costing (Managerial Analysis & Tax Implications) 2C: Job Costing (Managerial Analysis & Tax Implications)

    Randy Gilcrease, CPA at NW Accounting Professionals, will present information regarding the importance of job costing from the managerial perspective, potential tax implications, and best bookkeeping practices to consider. Attendees will walk away with the aptitude to analyze standard job cost reports, as well as garner an understanding of tax requirements that are dependent on accurate job costing practices. 

  • 3C: The Secret to Growing Your Company & Building Relationships 3C: The Secret to Growing Your Company & Building Relationships

    The quote, "people do business with those they like and trust" describes the construction industry. Juan Coronel of Materials Testing and Inspection will teach attendees about the importance of having a Business-to-Business sales process. In addition, he will cover the importance of building relationships to foster new business opportunities which can help to grow your business. 

  • 4C: Millennial Mindset: How to Attract & Retain Emerging Leaders 4C: Millennial Mindset: How to Attract & Retain Emerging Leaders

    With approximately 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, it's important to attract the best employees and retain them. Lisa Ryan of Grategy of will help you exploring inter-generational communication methods. The discussion will focus on the differences between generations, the commonalities, while uncovering the functional and emotional attributes of each generation. You will learn what strategies you should implement to build employee engagement across multi-generational teams.