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Construction Executive Summit 2022

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Thank you for attending the 2022 Construction Executive Summit! This page contains links to the presentations and attending companies from this year's event. Please take the time to complete our short survey about the event.

2022 Summit Presentations

Keynote Presentations

Breakout Sessions

What is the Construction Executive Summit?

The Construction Executive Summit is a one day conference held in Vancouver Washington. At the Summit, over 200 local construction industry leaders come together to learn about key trends and concepts for running their business. The day includes 12 different presentations that cover broad topics including marketing, finance, human relations and technology. Keynote speakers provide additional insight and motivation to the event. The Summit also provides an opportunity to network with industry leaders, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other businesspeople that support and influence the future of the construction industry in Clark County.

In 2022 we are excited to open up this event to our community youth interested in a career in construction or the trades.  We will have a special panel for the kids as well as an opportunity for them to meet attendees at the Reception.  Please sponsor the entrance fees for these students when you purchase your tickets.

Thank you to the Sponsors of the Construction Executive Summit
Thank you to our event sponsors!

Summit 2022 Schedule of Events


7:00 am


Registration and Coffee in the Lobby
Supplier Expo Begins

7:45 - 8:45 am

Breakfast & Keynote in the Ballroom
Washington State Legislative Update: 2022
Amber Carter

Sponsored by Port of Vancouver

Amber Carter

Amber Carter is the chief lobbyist and owner of Amber Carter Government Relations, LLC, a lobbying firm she started in 2015 after a successful career at the Association of Washington Business. Her client interests range from logistics, environment, economic development, and professional sports.

Landerholm, P.S.
Breakout Room

Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc.
Breakout Room

NW Natural
Breakout Room

Breakout Session 1

9:00 - 10:00 am

Eight Steps to Take Now to Prepare for Payment Disputes
Bryce Sinner

Preventing and Deterring Fraud in the World of Contracting
Tim Porter & Conor Ferguson

Mental Health in the Workplace
Mike Nieto

Breakout Session 2

10:15 - 11:15 am

Insider Talks with a Construction Underwriter
Justin Cumnock

Workforce:  Moving from Crisis to Advantage
Shawn Busse

Is Federal and State Certification Right for your Business?
Jeannet Santiago

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote in the Ballroom
Economic Update for 2022
Scott Bailey

Sponsored by BIA of Clark County

Scott Bailey

For the past 31 years, Scott Bailey has served as the Regional Economist for the Employment Security Department’s DATA Division, covering Southwest Washington.  Scott is the local source of labor market information for the region, tracking unemployment, industry trends, the occupational outlook, and wages and income. He received his master’s degree in economics from Portland State University. He has lived in Portland his entire life, and recently finished a term on the School Board for Portland Public Schools, where he was a champion of Career and Technical Education.

Breakout Session 3

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Transitioning Ownership of your Construction Business
Matt Bisturis

Mentor-Protégé Program via Small Business Administration
Joseph Smetek

Optimizing your Fleet Investment
Michael Kelley

Breakout Session 4

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Cybersecurity in Construction: What you Need to Know
Sam Jones & Katie Fairhart

Get a Grip on your Business
Craig Wiggington

Key Accounting Information
Alex Barrett, Drew Barrett, Scott Black

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Keynote in the Ballroom

Empowering the Next Generation of Construction Professionals

Robert L. Bertini, Oregon State University


Robert L. Bertini is Professor and Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Bertini previously served as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Executive Director of the Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. He held academic positions at Portland State University and California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, worked in industry for seven years as a transportation engineer, and served as U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Administrator for Research and Innovative Technology. Bertini earned a B.S. cum laude in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (minor in French horn performance), M.S. in civil engineering from San José State University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Bertini is a licensed professional engineer in Oregon, California, and Florida, and has been recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers, by the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and as a Senior Member with IEEE.

3:15 - 4:15 pm 

Young Contractors Panel Discussion (NW Natural Breakout Room)

Insight on Navigating your Early Career?

Panel Featuring:  Matt Olson (Robertson & Olson Construction), Tonicha Farrell, Trinity Segar, Jeff Shaffer and Mark Wreath (VPS CTE Director) (moderator)

Sponsored by Parker Smith & Feek

4:30 - 6:00 pm


Please join us for an all-ages reception and meet & greet with the Young Contractors in our community.

Why Should You Come to the Summit?

Besides the opportunity to earn 6 continuing education credits, the Summit is an amazing opportunity for you and your team to learn together about new trends in construction. During breaks and meals you can share ideas and network with other locally focused businesspeople. In addition to keynotes and speakers, the Summit features a Supplier Expo where you can connect with leading suppliers to your industry.

How Can You Get Involved with Summit?

SWCA is currently planning for the Construction Executive Summit on March 24, 2022 to be held at the Vancouver Hilton.

If you would like to sponsor the event, feel free to reach out to us with an email to

Thank you for attending the Summit and Supplier Expo in 2020!

To see companies and organizations in attendance in 2020, please click here!

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.