2018 Minnesota Construction Summit

Joining Forces for the Future
Associated General Contractors of Minnesota (AGC), the Association of Women Contractors (AWC), and the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) have joined forces to offer a 1.5 day comprehensive construction industry conference called the Minnesota Construction Summit. The Summit will have 6 topic tracks that will target professionals in all areas of construction: craft workers, project managers and project owners. Breakout session tracks will focus on Safety, Diversity & Regulatory Compliance, Construction, Technology, and Leadership Development. The conference will also feature an industry networking reception in the evening, trade expo both days, and engaging keynote speakers during lunches and breakfast. The conference kicks off January 9th with lunch and a keynote address from Walter Bond. Please download the MN Construction Summit app via one of the links below to take advantage of the most up-to-the-minute information about the event, plan your schedule, connect with exhibitors, and share your experience!
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Schedule

  • 09 January
  • 10 January

Vendor Load In

09:00 AM 11:00 AM

Registration and Exhibits

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

Keynote Presentation: Think+Execute=Win!

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Walter Bond

Break and Exhibits

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Breakout: Design Build / Collaborative Project Delivery Methods

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Breakout: How to use Effective Storytelling to Neurologically Engage your Audience

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

CK Chelsea Klasnich, MBA

Breakout: Top Ten Construction Safety Hazards of 2017

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Lisa Hollingsworth

Breakout: Prevailing Wage: "Maintaining Quality State Projects"

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

John Aiken

Charlie Groshens

David King

Breakout: AASHTOWare Project CRL Overview

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Break and Exhibits

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Breakout: Going Lean - Last Planner System

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

Breakout: Building a Competitive Advantage Through Teamwork

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

Paul Burke

Breakout: Protecting Your Company’s Safety Record

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

Aaron Dean

Meet the Goal, or …!

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

Tracey Jackson

Sarah Rudolf

Sheila Scott

Breakout: Implementation of New Technology

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

Reception and Exhibits

04:30 PM 06:30 PM

Registration, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Keynote Presentation

08:00 AM 09:15 AM

Break and Exhibits

09:15 AM 09:30 AM

Breakout: Best Value Contracting in Government

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Breakout: The Trifecta of Political Persuasion: Grassroots, Lobbying and PACs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Abbey Bryduck

Breakout: Preserving Evidence After a Heavy Truck or Jobsite Accident

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Luis Flores

Scott Nesvold

Breakout: Leveraging State Resources and Strategies to Build MN’s Construction Workforce

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Jeremy Hanson Willis

Jessica Looman

Breakout: Cyber Threat Awareness & Commonsense Steps to Protect Your Company

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Yan Kravchenko

Break and Exhibits

10:30 AM 10:45 AM

Breakout: Construction Underground

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Construction Ethics and the Law - Part 1 (2.5 ethics CLE applied for)

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Mike Schechter

Breakout: Marijuana in the Workplace - What Employers Should Know

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Nisha Malaviya

Breakout: Workforce Goals – Best Practices in Building an Inclusive Workforce

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Kevin Lindsey

Breakout: Can your business afford not to carry Cyber Liability Insurance?

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Mary Cave

Lunch

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

Keynote Presentation - Generations@Work

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Sarah Sladek

Break and Exhibits

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Breakout: Forecast of 2018-2020 public construction projects

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

GK Gary Krocak

CR Chris Roy

Construction Ethics and the Law - Part 2

02:00 PM 03:30 PM

Mike Schechter

Breakout: Mental Illness and Suicide in the Construction Industry

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Bob Swanson

Breakout: Understanding the Maze of Contract Goals and Terminology

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Breakout: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Break and Exhibits

03:00 PM 03:30 PM

VENDOR LOAD OUT

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Breakout: Stillwater Bridge Case Study: General Lessons Learned

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

DE Dale Even

Breakout: Workplace Violence - Knowledge is Prevention

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Isaac Monson

Breakout: Construction Industry Diversity Best Practices

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Yolanda McIntosh

Ramona Wilson

Breakout: LCP Tracker

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Amy Jansen

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

Documents

Walter Bond

CEO
Walter Bond Seminars
Like you, Walter Bond knows what it's like to be discounted by everyone around you. To run up against seemingly
insurmountable challenges. To have moments where the challenges were winning.

But Walter recognized a single truth that changed everything:

Peak Performers have no excuses for failure, only reasons for success.

After several stellar high school seasons, Walter earned a scholarship on the University of Minnesota basketball team.  As an average college player who was overlooked by the NBA, Walter tapped into a peak performance mindset, changed his work ethic, and found himself a professional NBA basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks.

Now retired from the NBA, Walter Bond shares stories, lessons, and motivation that spark superstars to success, moves middle players into action, and excites attendees to come back for more. When Walter is on the platform, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to take the proven path away from the pack and into the Peak Performer's spotlight.

09 January

Sarah Sladek

CEO
XYZ University
Sarah Sladek was leading the charge for organizations and companies to adapt to younger generations long before anybody else. Concerned about declining engagement in our nation’s membership associations, non-profits, and workplaces, Sarah Sladek founded XYZ University in 2002 and her fifth book will be published this year.

In addition to being an author, Sarah is the founder of the RockStars@Work Conference, the nation’s first business conference focused on bridging talent and leadership gaps in the workforce, and co-founder and producer of Millennials to Members, the first online course designed to help associations develop a future-focused membership strategy.

Sarah’s expertise has been prominently featured in international media including Forbes, Fast Company, and National Public Radio, and she has keynoted events worldwide. Backed by years of experience and supported by solid research, she remains committed to helping organizations engage every generation to thrive and prosper in the new economy.

10 January

John Aiken

Director of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship
MN Department of Labor and Industry
John Aiken has served as the State Director of Labor Standards & Apprenticeship at the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry since 2014. The Division enforces the requirements of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act, Women’s Economic Security Act, Child Labor Standards, State Prevailing Wage, and the Minnesota Apprenticeship Act.

09 January

Paul Burke

Business Leadership Coach
Business Acceleration
Serial Entrepreneur and Business Leadership coach. Born & raised in St. Paul, MN with an BS in Business/Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Dallas. Married to Pamela (27years), daughter Anna (22 Years), Brittany puppy RedDog (14years). 25+ years’ experience in sales & marketing leadership in the Consumer Package Industry. Became a full-time entrepreneur in 2007 with the purchase of Mike’s Clean Sweep Services, a commercial post construction cleaning business. Sold business in 2014. In late 2016 purchased Graffic Traffic, a 25-year family Screen Printing & Embroidery business in North St. Paul, Minnesota.

09 January

Abbey Bryduck

Director of Government Affairs
Associated General Contractors of MN

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Mary Cave

Account Executive
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann

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Aaron Dean

Moss & Barnett
Aaron Dean’s 20-year legal career spans all facets of the construction industry. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, handling matters dealing with defect claims, payment claims, contracts, bidding disputes and mistakes, regulatory compliance, OSHA citations, DBE enforcement, and more. Aaron has handled more than 100 OSHA investigations and cases in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Colorado.

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Dale Even

Project Manager
Lunda Construction Company
Dale Even was the Project Manager for the Lunda/Ames Joint Venture for the St Croix Crossing Bridge. Dale is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering. Working for Lunda Construction Company for the past 19 years Dale has been involved in the construction of some of Minnesota’s more unique Bridge Projects.

10 January

Luis Flores

Crash Reconstructionist
Crane Engineering
Luis Flores is a Crash Reconstructionist with over 10 years of experience in investigation, analysis, and reconstruction services. He holds a degree in civil engineering and has been involved in the investigation of hundreds of accidents. His experience in evidence preservation and documentation, surveying instrumentation, 2D/3D diagramming, and airbag module data retrieval make him ideally suitable for analyzing cases involving vehicular accidents. Luis also has experience with product liability, materials testing, vehicle and structure fire damage assessment, and other areas within the discipline of forensic engineering.

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Charlie Groshens

Labor Compliance Supervisor
MnDOT
Groshens worked in the construction industry for more than a decade as a sheet metal worker and service technician and owned his own heating and air conditioning company for two years. He has worked with MnDOT for more than 27years, over 25 years as the labor compliance supervisor. He’s been associated with the AASHTOWare Project, Civil Rights and Labor System since 2005 with several technical review teams in numerous positions and was recently appointed to the AASHTOWare Project’s Task Force.

09 January

Jeremy Hanson Willis

Deputy Commissioner
MN Department of Employment & Economic Development
Jeremy Hanson Willis was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) on June 2, 2014. As Deputy Commissioner, Jeremy is responsible for the strategic coordination of the department’s varied workforce development efforts and aligning training and work readiness resources with the needs of Minnesota business. DEED’s workforce programs include efforts to prepare youth and adults for careers with market demand, reduce employment disparities, provide economic support to those who are disabled and unemployed, and help employers build, recruit, and retain skilled workers.

Prior to joining DEED, Jeremy spent nine years in various roles with the City of Minneapolis. Most recently, Jeremy was Executive Director of the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, which manages the City's business development, workforce development, housing, land use planning, and building code inspections. Previously, Jeremy was Chief of Staff to Mayor R.T. Rybak, where he led the Mayor’s Office staff and collaborated with City leadership to implement Mayor Rybak’s agenda to improve the City of Minneapolis, with a focus on economic growth and workforce development. Prior to that role, he was Mayor Rybak’s Communications Director and Press Secretary, where he was responsible for coordinating media relations, speech writing, social media, and overall communications strategy.

Before entering city government, Jeremy was a communications consultant at Tunheim Partners where he supported public advocacy campaigns for business and nonprofit clients involving communications strategy, media relations, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Previously, Jeremy spent nearly ten years in nonprofit issue and legislative advocacy, including advancing the statewide public policy agendas of the Minnesota Smoke‐Free Coalition and the Minnesota AIDS Project.

Jeremy grew up on a farm in rural Ada, MN, is a graduate of Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN) and has lived in Minneapolis since 1998. He currently resides in Uptown Minneapolis with his husband Samuel.

10 January

Lisa Hollingsworth

Senior Safety Investigator
Minnesota OSHA
Lisa Hollingsworth has been with Minnesota OSHA for seven years working, including three years as a Senior Safety Investigator. For the last four years, she has been a Principal Safety Investigator, working with Minnesota construction contractors on Cooperative Partnerships.

09 January

Tracey Jackson

Manager of Small Business Programs
Metropolitan Council
Tracey Jackson is the Manager of Small Business Programs in the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Metropolitan Council. Having worked at Metro Transit and Metropolitan Council for 25 years in Customer Relations, Engineering and Facilities and the last 9 years in Office of Equal Opportunity. She has gained valuable experience and leadership.
Tracey has a Bachelors of Science in Communications from Northwestern University in St. Paul and a Music Minor from Mankato State. She has graduated from the Metropolitan Council Project Management Development Program and is currently enrolled in Essential Leadership courses.
Tracey is engaged with the small business community and is passionate about working with people of color, women and veterans to assist them in their success. She enjoys the outdoors, live music and working with teenagers.

09 January

Amy Jansen

Senior Project Coordinator
Knutson Construction
Amy Jansen joined Knutson Construction in November of 1999. Amy started out as an Administrative Assistant and throughout time further developed her skills. She is currently a Senior Project Coordinator, who supports multiple Project Managers, Project Engineers, and Superintendents on numerous projects, additionally mentoring the Project Coordinators throughout Knutson in 3 different office locations. During her 17+ years at Knutson, she has worked and developed skills (but not limited to): certified payroll reporting within different programs, preparing and submitting subcontracts and change orders, updating project drawings through a program called Plangrid, and preparing closeout documentation for multiple projects and Owners, along with misc. other basic administrative tasks.

Amy grew up in St. Louis Park and graduated high school in 1995. Amy’s previous work experience includes a Title Clerk for Boyer Trucks (heavy trucks - semi trucks, and fleets).

Amy has been married to Pete for 12 years. They have 2 kids - 13 year-old daughter Gabbi and 10 year-old son Tyler. They live in Forest Lake.

10 January

David King

District Director
US Department of Labor
David King began his Wage and Hour career in 1997 as an investigator in the Denver District Office/Sioux Falls field station. In 2010 David was promoted to Assistant District Director in the Tampa Florida District Office. While in the Tampa DO ADD King supervised agriculture investigation programs completing more than 500 agriculture investigations in 4 growing seasons, improving compliance and forging relationships with producers. David was promoted to District Director of the Minneapolis District Office in June 2015. This office directs wage and hour investigations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
David has earned the Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award as an investigator in the Denver District Office and as a manager in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Tampa District Office.
Prior to employment with WHD David was a musician in the US Army, taught in the public schools of South Dakota and was the principal tubist with the South Dakota Symphony. David holds degrees from South Dakota State University and Bowling Green (Ohio) State University.

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Chelsea Klasnich, MBA

09 January

Yan Kravchenko

Chief Information Security Officer
Atomic Data
Yan Kravchenko has over 19 years of IT operations and information security consulting experience, now serving as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Atomic Data. Most recently Yan served as the Compliance & Advisory Practice Lead at NetSPI, and prior to that was Director of IT for Christensen Farms. Yan’s deep regulatory, audit, compliance, and technical expertise has made him an effective and respected leader in Information Security.

Yan is an active contributor to the information security community and volunteers for OWASP’s OpenSAMM framework. He specializes in healthcare and PCI compliance, and is a leading authority on compliance with the DEA’s Electronic Prescriptions of Controlled Substances rule.

Yan holds a variety of certifications, including: CISSP, CSSLP, CISA, CISM, and PCIP.

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Gary Krocak

Real Estate and Construction
MN Department of Administrator

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Barb Lau

Executive Director
Association of Women Contractors
Barb is the Executive Director for the Association of Women Contractors (AWC), a trade association for women business owners in the construction industry. Barb’s background in organizational management and marketing led the AWC to a threefold growth over the past 9 years. Barb represents the interests of women and minority business owners in construction.

She is recognized as a leader in the construction industry focused on equity issues and solutions that work for the community as a whole. Her strong commitment to diversity and business growth is recognized throughout. She sits on multiple councils and works closely with agencies surrounding goals and best practices. Barb was recognized in 2012 as the Small Business Administration’s Women’s Champion of the year for Minnesota and Region V.

Kevin Lindsey

Commissioner
MN Department of Human Rights
Kevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. Lindsey leads the department’s efforts to make Minnesota discrimination free through enforcement of the Human Rights Act. He has over 25 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions as an attorney in the private and public sectors.

Lindsey received his JD and BA from the University of Iowa, where as a student he served as Editor–in–Chief of the Iowa Law Review. Commissioner Lindsey was recently honored by his alma mater with the 2017 Iowa Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award.

10 January

Jessica Looman

Deputy Commissioner
MN Department of Labor and Industry
Jessica Looman has served as Deputy Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry since December 2014. She has been the Assistant Commissioner for the agency’s Construction Codes and Licensing and Labor Standards and Apprenticeship Divisions since January 2011 and continues to directly oversee these programs. Prior to joining DLI, she practiced labor and employment law as General Counsel for the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota. Looman is a graduate of George Washington University (B.A. in political science) and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.).

10 January

Yolanda McIntosh

Corporate Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer
Lunda Construction Company
Ms. McIntosh has 7 years of EEO compliance experience and 14 years of employment in the heavy highway construction industry; through the State of Minnesota. Her primary role is Corporate EEO Officer.

Ms. McIntosh is responsible for identifying, investigating and resolving discrimination complaints in a prompt, thorough, fair and accurate manner. She is responsible to assist in the implementation of remedial action to meet compliance requirements and goals.

In addition to implementation and dissemination of the organization’s EEO/AA policies and plan, Ms. McIntosh ensures that managers and supervisors understand their responsibility and holds them accountable to take action to prevent the harassment of employees and applicants for employment through discussions and annual training sessions. She ensures that all employees are aware that discrimination against, retaliation against and/or harassment of other employees, or applicants for employment, will not be tolerated.

Ms. McIntosh also acts as a liaison between the organization and other relevant community and governmental enforcement agencies and organizations as necessary. She coordinates employee and company support of community based programs that may lead to full employment of women, people of color, and people with disabilities.

10 January

Nisha Malaviya

Owner
ARCpoint Labs of Apple Valley
Nisha Malaviya is the owner of ARCpoint Labs of Apple Valley, a National DOT Compliant Franchise with four locations in Minnesota. She has over a decade of experience in healthcare, including a long tenure as a director at UnitedHealth Group. She has an MBA in healthcare from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.

10 January

Isaac Monson

Hilmerson Safety Services

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Scott Nesvold

Structural/Fire Protection Engineer
Crane Engineering
Scott Nesvold is a Structural/Fire Protection Engineer with more than 13 years of engineering experience. He provides consultation regarding building design, structural analysis, and failure for all building types. In addition, his background in Fire Protection Engineering offers expertise to evaluate and design fire protection systems and analyze the effects of a fire and its impact on structural integrity and life safety. His ability to use Rope Access allows him to investigate areas that are difficult to access or heavily damaged. He also provides shoring design recommendations to building owners, clients, and agencies to facilitate their investigations following a catastrophic loss.

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Chris Roy

Project Management Office Director
MN Department of Transportation

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Sarah Rudolf

Office of Civil Rights
MN Department of Transportation
America is often called “the land of opportunity,” but in reality, opportunities are not the same for everyone. From neighborhood playgrounds to environmental health, community forestry to transportation systems, Sarah Rudolf’s work focuses on boosting access to opportunities by opening doors and building capacity. This means changing systems to create both short-term gains in participation and long-term gains that reduce disparities and advance equity.

Sarah currently serves as MnDOT’s Small Business Contracting Supervisor. Her team administers the DBE and TGB/VET programs for MnDOT’s trunk highway, state aid, and professional/technical contracts. She has a master’s in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota.

09 January

Mike Schechter

General Counsel & Director of Labor Relations
AGC of Minnesota
Mike graduated from NYU School of Law, clerked with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and practiced law for over twenty years in litigation, contracts and employment matters. He became a professor of business law for St. Cloud State University teaching legal, leadership and ethics courses, and, in 2017, joined AGC’s staff as General Counsel and Director of Labor Relations.

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Sheila Scott

Office of Equity in Procurement
MN Department of Administration
Sheila Scott is a member of the Office of Equity in Procurement at the Minnesota Department of Administration, which administers the Small Business Procurement Program (Targeted Group (TG), Economically Disadvantaged (ED) and Veteran-Owned (VO)). certifications. Responsibilities include certification, goal setting, and outreach. She previously worked for MnDOT’s Office of Civil Rights, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Sheila is an attorney with experience in employment and civil rights. She has worked for labor unions as organizer, educator and legal counsel.

09 January

Bob Swanson

Bob Swanson is a suicide loss survivor. His oldest son, Michael, died by suicide on March 13, 2009, at the age of 33. Bob retired in August 2015 after working in the construction industry for 45 years, with the final 25 years as president of Swanson & Youngdale, Inc. During his career, he was very active in local and national construction associations, most notably as past president of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA). Since retiring, Bob has been a frequent speaker throughout the United States on the subjects of mental illness and suicide prevention.

10 January

Ramona Wilson

Diversity Director
Knutson Construction
Ramona Wilson is a professional leader with experience in for profit and non- profit business sector. In 2013, Ramona joined Knutson Construction as the Diversity Director where she has the responsibilities for developing a diversity program and strategies. In addition to developing the diversity program Ramona developed and implemented KAP (Knutson Alliance Program); KAP is a unique business development program that supports 10-15 minority and women small business owners.

Ramona Wilson was named Executive Director of a non- profit organization serving homeless youth in Minneapolis July 2007 through March 2011. During her tenure Ramona was able to raise more than $1 million through fundraising efforts. The organization grew from a $2.0M budget to a budget over $3.0M with more than 40 employees. The creation and development of several new programs contributed to this growth including the successful expansion to St Paul. Under Ramona’s leadership Freeport was recognized for its diversity throughout the entire organization by the Board Source.

Ramona’s career includes over two decades with Xcel Energy (NSP) in a variety of leadership positions including Marketing and Sales Business Operations, Community Relations and lately the Manager of the Supplier Diversity program. As manager of supplier diversity, Ramona received national recognition and was named “Top 100 Women Impacting Supplier Diversity.” Additionally, she received awards and recognition from the Twin Cities Business Journal (Minority Advocate Award) and the Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council. As the Manager of Business Operations—Ramona managed the business unit budget that was more than $25M and supervised more than 10 employees.

Ramona was born and raised in St. Paul and is a dedicated community servant. She served as the Vice Chairperson of St. Paul’s Urban League and Chair of the Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council. She has served on various non-profit boards including the Ramsey County Workforce Innovative Board; National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) Better Business Bureau, Harvest Preparatory School, Rondo Ave Inc., National Minority Supplier Development Council, Rondo Ave Inc. and West Broadway Business Association. She is a youth mentor and volunteers her services for low-income residents with their annual tax preparations. Ramona completed the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and was a member of the Women’s Leadership Circle.

Ramona is a graduate of Concordia University; she received her marketing degree. She has pursued other higher education earning certificates in project management and community relations at St. Thomas University and Boston College receiving a Community Relations certificate.

Ramona has been married for to her high school sweetheart Steve for over 30 years. They have 2 sons, Steve and Marcus and four lovely grandchildren (Stephon, Jazzlyn and Michael and Alliyah).

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Sponsor Application

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Atomic Data

Gold Level
Atomic Data® delivers sophisticated, custom tailored IT solutions to companies large and small, single site or multinational, in-house or in the cloud. Atomic Data works with your IT department or acts as your IT department to design, equip, and maintain the solutions for today's challenging IT environments. Atomic Data's areas of expertise include: Atomic Cloud® private virtualization, data center services, private connectivity, 24x7 network monitoring and Service Desk support, on-site support, server and workstation management, custom SharePoint and software development, voice solutions, web hosting, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.atomicdata.com/. SAFE. SIMPLE. SMART™

Finance & Commerce

Gold Level
Finance & Commerce is the leading resource for news, information and data on construction, commercial real estate, economic development, transit and transportation. A daily newspaper, email newsletter and real time web updates keep you up to speed on developments critical to your success. Our targeted focus provides you with very efficient marketing services through online and offline channels including targeted digital advertising, partner content and access to our email database. Top Projects is Finance & Commerce’s annual recognition of Minnesota’s top construction projects. Top Projects event is the premiere industry networking event and the 4-color magazine showcases each project.

Gopher State One Call

Gold Level
Gopher State One Call is the one-call notification system established to act as a communication link between underground facility operators, homeowners, and excavators in the State of Minnesota. GSOC collects information from anyone who is planning to excavate and transmits this information to facility operators who may have underground facilities near the excavation site. After receiving a notice from GSOC, facility operators mark the approximate location of an underground facility with paint or flags, respond to the ticket electronically, or determine the work are is clear. Facility operators may then provide a response through GSOC’s Positive Response site for anyone to view the results of the located underground facilities.

Parsons Electric

Silver Level
Parsons Electric has grown to become one of North America’s premier electrical and technology providers. Since 1927, we have established an enduring reputation of providing quality design, construction, service, and maintenance to our customers. We are proud to provide an extensive range of services through our three divisions – Electrical Construction, Service, and Technologies – to ensure our customers the latest technology, expertise, and proven dedication.

Allied Blacktop

Bronze Level
Allied Blacktop Company serves customers across Minnesota and the country by providing customized paving, maintenance and repair programs that deliver the right solutions for our customers. We stay ahead of the technology curve and bring increasing value to our customers through advanced equipment and procedures. In addition to asphalt, we provide concrete and water control services for low drainage areas and work with green technologies such as permeable pavement. For more information, please visit http://www.alliedblacktopmn.com.

Jorgenson Construction Inc.

Bronze Level
Jorgenson Construction Inc., founded in 1983, has made its mark in the commercial construction industry. The company specializes in a multitude of construction projects making the company versatile and capable of completing a wide array of project types for public and private entities, including interior remodels, additions, and new construction. Jorgenson Construction prides itself on its skilled craftsmanship, attention to details, value engineering, and completing projects from start to finish.

Kraus-Anderson Construction

Bronze Level
Founded in 1897 and family owned and managed for more than 70 years, Kraus-Anderson Construction is consistently ranked by Engineering News-Record among the top 50 Construction Management-at-Risk Firms in the United States. Our Minnesota base of operations is supplemented with regional offices, extending our capabilities coast to coast. We take a highly collaborative approach with every commercial building project and clients are equipped with the right information to help them make informed decisions. Our construction management approach results in on time, on budget projects of the highest quality and the best value.

Molin Concrete

Bronze Level
Molin Concrete Products is a proud designer, manufacturer, and installer of precast/prestressed concrete components. Recognized for excellence in the construction industry, Molin serves as a single source for the complete precast/prestressed building system. As an innovative manufacturer of structural and architectural precast/prestressed concrete products, we work with your project team from the early stages of design development to completion. By offering product design, production, and installation of high-quality certified products, Molin can overcome the challenges of any project to achieve the best result. Headquartered in Lino Lakes, MN, Molin also operates a state-of-the-art automated wall panel production facility in Ramsey, MN.

PlanGrid

Bronze Level
PlanGrid is the leader in construction software for the field. It helps contractors, owners, designers, and architects collaborate from their mobile devices and desktops, managing blueprints, specs, photos, RFIs, and punch lists. PlanGrid’s cloud-based platform stores over 50 million blueprints, making it the largest digital blueprint repository in the world.

Allied Blacktop

Allied Blacktop Company serves customers across Minnesota and the country by providing customized paving, maintenance and repair programs that deliver the right solutions for our customers. We stay ahead of the technology curve and bring increasing value to our customers through advanced equipment and procedures. In addition to asphalt, we provide concrete and water control services for low drainage areas and work with green technologies such as permeable pavement. For more information, please visit http://www.alliedblacktopmn.com.

American Engineering Testing

Atomic Data

Atomic Data® delivers sophisticated, custom tailored IT solutions to companies large and small, single site or multinational, in-house or in the cloud. Atomic Data works with your IT department or acts as your IT department to design, equip, and maintain the solutions for today's challenging IT environments. Atomic Data's areas of expertise include: Atomic Cloud® private virtualization, data center services, private connectivity, 24x7 network monitoring and Service Desk support, on-site support, server and workstation management, custom SharePoint and software development, voice solutions, web hosting, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.atomicdata.com/. SAFE. SIMPLE. SMART™

Bald Eagle Erectors

Bald Eagle Erectors, Inc. was established in 1994 specializing in concrete reinforcing, post tension, welding, structural steel, railings, stairs and miscellaneous metal installation. Bald Eagle Erectors is certified as 100% veteran and Native American owned. Bald Eagle Erectors provides quality, value, and added service to its customers. Our focus is on quality workmanship, which is displayed in the projects we work on, the companies we work with, and the quality of work when the project is complete.  For more information, visit www.baldeagleerectors.com 

Brock White Company

Brock White Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, was incorporated in 1954 to provide specialty products to the concrete and masonry construction markets in the upper Midwest United States. These products include hand tools, specialty chemicals, waterproofing materials, caulking, insulation, highway sealants, concrete, and masonry accessories, concrete repair and restoration materials and coatings. Brock White has become a leading supplier and resource for Geosynthetics, Geotextiles, Erosion Control, Stormwater Management and water quality products. To learn more about Brock White and the wide variety of products that it has available, call the local office or visit their website: www.brockwhite.com

CBIZ MHM, LLC

Looking for more? When the demands of your business exceed the capacity or expertise of your team, you need a service provider that not only possesses the skills required, but also adapts to the individual needs of your company. CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. deliver top-level financial solutions to organizations of all sizes while providing highly personalized service, all with a single focus, your success. As a Top 10 business advisory, tax and financial consulting services provider, we know that talking and strategically planning with you is the best way to advise and serve you.  For more information, please visit www.cbiz.com. 

Corporate Connection

Corporate Connection is Minnesota’s leading safety and work apparel specialist, providing one on one customer support for 100% safety coverage and requirements. Proud to be a Veteran-owned company.

Danny's Construction Company

Finance & Commerce

Finance & Commerce is the leading resource for news, information and data on construction, commercial real estate, economic development, transit and transportation. A daily newspaper, email newsletter and real time web updates keep you up to speed on developments critical to your success. Our targeted focus provides you with very efficient marketing services through online and offline channels including targeted digital advertising, partner content and access to our email database. Top Projects is Finance & Commerce’s annual recognition of Minnesota’s top construction projects. Top Projects event is the premiere industry networking event and the 4-color magazine showcases each project.

Gopher State One Call

Gopher State One Call is the one-call notification system established to act as a communication link between underground facility operators, homeowners, and excavators in the State of Minnesota. GSOC collects information from anyone who is planning to excavate and transmits this information to facility operators who may have underground facilities near the excavation site. After receiving a notice from GSOC, facility operators mark the approximate location of an underground facility with paint or flags, respond to the ticket electronically, or determine the work are is clear. Facility operators may then provide a response through GSOC’s Positive Response site for anyone to view the results of the located underground facilities.

Midwest Radio Rentals/ANCOM Communications, Inc.

ANCOM Communications is a Radio Solutions Channel Partner and Premier Service Partner of Motorola two-way radio equipment and systems located in Burnsville and Rochester, MN. Since 1991 ANCOM has provided communication solutions and support to a broad customer base. Midwest Radio Rentals (MRR) provides two-way radio and accessory equipment to customers requiring communications without the long-term ownership utilizing current, high quality Motorola products with local and wide-area digital coverage options. ANCOM and MRR have extensive experience and a reputation for delivering results, whatever your communications needs or application may be.   For more information, visit http://www.ancom.org/.  

Minnesota Builders Exchange

The Minnesota Builders Exchange (MBEX) is a progressive, non-profit trade association. As a member-based organization, our builders exchange exists only because of, and for the purpose of, serving our member companies and their employees.

Our staff of reporters research and provide bidding information on over 5,000 projects in the five-state area annually, sharing data and documents with members via our state-of-the-art online and physical plan rooms.

MBEX also provides systems of advertising, social networking opportunities, group programs and industry-related news/publications—all of which have assisted thousands of companies for 130 years.

Molin Concrete Products

Molin Concrete Products is a proud designer, manufacturer, and installer of precast/prestressed concrete components. Recognized for excellence in the construction industry, Molin serves as a single source for the complete precast/prestressed building system. As an innovative manufacturer of structural and architectural precast/prestressed concrete products, we work with your project team from the early stages of design development to completion. By offering product design, production, and installation of high-quality certified products, Molin can overcome the challenges of any project to achieve the best result. Headquartered in Lino Lakes, MN, Molin also operates a state-of-the-art automated wall panel production facility in Ramsey, MN.  For more information, visit https://www.molin.com/. 

Parsons Electric

Parsons Electric has grown to become one of North America’s premier electrical and technology providers. Since 1927, we have established an enduring reputation of providing quality design, construction, service, and maintenance to our customers. We are proud to provide an extensive range of services through our three divisions – Electrical Construction, Service, and Technologies – to ensure our customers the latest technology, expertise, and proven dedication.

PlanGrid

PlanGrid is the leader in construction software for the field. It helps contractors, owners, designers, and architects collaborate from their mobile devices and desktops, managing blueprints, specs, photos, RFIs, and punch lists. PlanGrid’s cloud-based platform stores over 50 million blueprints, making it the largest digital blueprint repository in the world.

Purple Wave Auction

Purple Wave, the largest no-reserve Internet auction firm in the country, is transforming the way sellers reach buyers to turn assets into cash. Established in 2000 and headquartered in Manhattan, Kan., Purple Wave specializes in liquidating equipment and vehicles through no-reserve public Internet auctions — providing the easiest and most straightforward way to sell used equipment quickly and efficiently. For more information, visit www.purplewave.com or email auction@purplewave.com.

Satellite Shelters Inc.

Satellite Shelters, Inc. provides modular buildings, office trailers, construction trailers, mobile offices, modular classrooms, blast resistant modules and storage containers to handle your temporary or permanent space needs. Offices are located nationwide.

Veit

Founded in 1928, VEIT is a specialty contracting and waste management firm. Specialty contracting services include earthwork, demolition, industrial cleaning, environmental remediation, earth retention and foundation systems, hydraulic dredging, commercial diving, and underground utilities installation/cleaning/rehabilitation. Waste management services include roll-off containers, construction/demolition debris and industrial solid waste disposal facilities, and waste recycling.  For more information, visit http://www.veitusa.com/. 

Vendor Load In

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Ballroom A/B

Registration and Exhibits

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Ballroom B

Lunch

12:00 PM 12:45 PM Ballroom A/B

Main Session

Keynote Presentation: Think+Execute=Win!

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Ballroom A/B

Speakers

Break

Break and Exhibits

01:45 PM 02:00 PM Ballroom A/B

Construction Breakouts

Breakout: Design Build / Collaborative Project Delivery Methods

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 C

Leadership Breakouts

Breakout: How to use Effective Storytelling to Neurologically Engage your Audience

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 D

Did you know that the brain releases dopamine when it experiences an emotionally-charged event? Or that storytelling affects the motor cortex, sensory cortex, and the frontal cortex of your brain? This hand-on presentation provides insight on how storytelling affects the human brain and how to use this strategy to become a more effective leader. Not only will you learn from the science behind this communication strategy but ill gain a foundation to support the use of this strategy. 

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Safety Breakouts

Breakout: Top Ten Construction Safety Hazards of 2017

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 E

Minnesota OSHA will share the top ten types of safety violations that occurred on construction projects last year and how they could have been avoided. 

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Regulatory Breakouts

Breakout: Prevailing Wage: "Maintaining Quality State Projects"

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 F

This workshop, hosted by MnDOT, DLI and US DOL experts, will provide the construction industry with specific knowledge of prevailing wage compliance and enforcement and share best practices for avoiding wage law violations when performing on state and federally funded projects.

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Technology Breakouts

Breakout: AASHTOWare Project CRL Overview

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 G

AASHTOWare is a unique and powerful enterprise software suite designed by transportation professionals for transportation professionals. This session is intented to help you learn directly from a user how to navigate the program with some tips and tricks to being successful. 
Break

Break and Exhibits

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Construction Breakouts

Breakout: Going Lean - Last Planner System

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 101 C

Leadership Breakouts

Breakout: Building a Competitive Advantage Through Teamwork

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 101 D

Based on the research and the book by Patrick Lencioni, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” we will discuss the competitive advantages to building healthy leadership teams. We will review the five dysfunctions of teams and steps you can take to turn the dysfunction into a functional advantage within your organization.

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Safety Breakouts

Breakout: Protecting Your Company’s Safety Record

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 101 E

This session will focus on: Handling OSHA investigations from the moment Compliance and Safety and Health Officer (i.e., CSHO or inspector) steps foot on your company’s job site, through the walk around the site and interviews with your company’s employees; How to informally resolve a citation after issued by an enforcement agency, but before a lawsuit is commenced; The most common defenses to a citation; The information you need to assemble to resolve/defend a citation; How to be proactive to minimize the potential for a future citation; How to resolve a citation and protect your company’s safety record.

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Regulatory Breakouts

Meet the Goal, or …!

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 101 F

Don't miss your chance - attend this session to get tips and techniques about how to successfully navigate small business programs. Prime contractors will walk away knowing what works, what we're looking for, and have a better understanding of goals and GFEs.

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Technology Breakouts

Breakout: Implementation of New Technology

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 101 G

Reception and Exhibits

04:30 PM 06:30 PM Ballroom A/B

Exhibits

Registration, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM Ballroom A/B

Main Session

Keynote Presentation

08:00 AM 09:15 AM Ballroom A/B

Exhibits

Break and Exhibits

09:15 AM 09:30 AM Ballroom A/B

Construction Breakouts

Breakout: Best Value Contracting in Government

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Room 101 C

Government is moving toward contracting not only as lowest price but best value. Why is the best value approach gaining momentum in government procurement? In this workshop representatives of Hennepin County will share their experience using best value contracting for vertical construction projects. The county has used this method to select general contractors for close to 100 projects since 2012. These representatives will share their perspective on what an owner is seeking in a best value contractor, how a GC can best convey to an owner that its plan for delivering the work represents the best value to the owner, and how contractors can make the most effective presentation to an evaluation panel. Examples will be offered of successful partnering between the owner and a selected best value GC during both the pre-award phase and during construction.
Leadership Breakouts

Breakout: The Trifecta of Political Persuasion: Grassroots, Lobbying and PACs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Room 101 D

Join a group of experts as they define and discuss the three necessary elements for an effective political affairs program.

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Safety Breakouts

Breakout: Preserving Evidence After a Heavy Truck or Jobsite Accident

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Room 101 E

This presentation will look at the types of information stored through technology within heavy truck systems, which could aid in the reconstruction of an accident. The presenters will also provide guidance on preserving an accident scene and potential evidence following a jobsite accident.

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Diversity Breakouts

Breakout: Leveraging State Resources and Strategies to Build MN’s Construction Workforce

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Room 101 F

This interactive session will provide an overview of the current state of the construction workforce and registered apprenticeship in Minnesota and provide information about resources that are available to help employers expand and invest in their future workforce. Attendees will provide feedback about what more the state can and should do to support the industry in developing the construction workforce. 

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Technology Breakouts

Breakout: Cyber Threat Awareness & Commonsense Steps to Protect Your Company

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Room 101 G

With new, increasingly damaging cyber threats emerging on a weekly basis, small and medium sized business owners are in need of continual guidance. Guidance around the types of threats they face, how to identify these threats, and what steps they can take to prevent and react to attacks. Unless you employ a security expert or outsource with a trusted Service Provider, keeping up can prove nearly impossible. In this session you’ll gain a better understanding of the threats you face on a daily basis, hear some real-life examples of the destruction these threats can cause, and learn practical steps you can take immediately to clean up your IT environment and safeguard your business.

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Exhibits

Break and Exhibits

10:30 AM 10:45 AM Ballroom A/B

Construction Breakouts

Breakout: Construction Underground

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Room 101 C

Leadership Breakouts

Construction Ethics and the Law - Part 1 (2.5 ethics CLE applied for)

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Room 101 D

Ethics promotes long-term business relationships and professional satisfaction. These benefits can lead to better profits, easier conflict resolution, retaining key employees, supporting safety, and a corporate culture that is more likely to prevent wrongdoings. This session is divided in two. First we will explore the purpose of a business entity—what duties does it owe to itself to make money, duties it owes to its stakeholders, whether those stakeholders include vendors and business partners, and duties it owes generally to society. We also will look at the differences between descriptive and evaluative ethics in the construction field. Coupled with this discussion will be how the law has promoted business laissez faire and regulated business excesses. The next ninety minutes will cover specific ethics conflicts in the construction industry such as labor relations, retainage, environmental, safety and bidding. We’re hoping to form a panel to discuss some of these issues to probe how perspectives and interests frame ethical questions.

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Safety Breakouts

Breakout: Marijuana in the Workplace - What Employers Should Know

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Room 101 E

With more and more states legalizing marijuana, how should employers be adapting in the workplace? What are the impacts of drug use on workers’ comp claims, health insurance claims, and low productivity/high absenteeism? Just because marijuana is legal, doesn’t make it acceptable to be used in the workplace. This session will focus on how employers can protect themselves by updating their employment policies and knowing the value/cost benefit of having a random testing policy in place. 

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Regulatory Breakouts

Breakout: Workforce Goals – Best Practices in Building an Inclusive Workforce

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Room 101 F

MDHR Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will discuss recent changes to workforce participation goals, successful workforce participation projects, how the Department assesses good faith efforts, best practices to develop and maintain an inclusive workforce, and why ensuring equal employment opportunities for all in construction is not only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do for the future of your business and the State of Minnesota.

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Technology Breakouts

Breakout: Can your business afford not to carry Cyber Liability Insurance?

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Room 101 G

Cyber and privacy policies cover a business' liability for a data breach and or exposures from cyber attacks to your network. The policies cover a variety of expenses including: notification costs, credit monitoring, costs to defend claims by state regulators, fines and penalties, and loss resulting from identity theft. Soon Cyber Liability will be as common and important as General Liability. Don't assume you have protection. Understand what it is and why you shouldn't be without it. 

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Break

Lunch

12:00 PM 12:45 PM Ballroom A/B

Main Session

Keynote Presentation - Generations@Work

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Ballroom A/B

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Exhibits

Break and Exhibits

01:45 PM 02:00 PM Ballroom A/B

Construction Breakouts

Breakout: Forecast of 2018-2020 public construction projects

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 C

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Leadership Breakouts

Construction Ethics and the Law - Part 2

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Room 101 D

Ethics promotes long-term business relationships and professional satisfaction. These benefits can lead to better profits, easier conflict resolution, retaining key employees, supporting safety, and a corporate culture that is more likely to prevent wrongdoings. This session is divided in two. First we will explore the purpose of a business entity—what duties does it owe to itself to make money, duties it owes to its stakeholders, whether those stakeholders include vendors and business partners, and duties it owes generally to society. We also will look at the differences between descriptive and evaluative ethics in the construction field. Coupled with this discussion will be how the law has promoted business laissez faire and regulated business excesses. The next ninety minutes will cover specific ethics conflicts in the construction industry such as labor relations, retainage, environmental, safety and bidding. We’re hoping to form a panel to discuss some of these issues to probe how perspectives and interests frame ethical questions.

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Safety Breakouts

Breakout: Mental Illness and Suicide in the Construction Industry

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 E

This session will look at general facts regarding mental illness and suicide, common traits of people living with mental illness, myths regarding suicide, clues that someone is having suicidal thoughts, and resources for help. Specifically, Bob will discuss why this topic is of such importance in the construction industry and he’ll share with you his family’s experience and their personal story of his oldest son’s struggles with mental illness and suicide.

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Diversity Breakouts

Breakout: Understanding the Maze of Contract Goals and Terminology

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 F

Why do we have subcontracting goals? What are the parameters of each program? What are some ways to be successful in meeting the goals. 
Technology Breakouts

Breakout: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 101 G

Exhibits

Break and Exhibits

03:00 PM 03:30 PM Ballroom A/B

Break

VENDOR LOAD OUT

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Construction Breakouts

Breakout: Stillwater Bridge Case Study: General Lessons Learned

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Room 101 C

The Stillwater River Bridge project was planned for decades and the completion was marked by an opening ceremony on August 2nd , 2017.

Lunda/Ames Joint Venture will candidly share the "project complexities,” including the unique design of the structure and the challenges that come with it, environmental constraints and commitments, weather considerations, workforce and equipment challenges the project faced to bring the project to a safe and successful completion.

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Safety Breakouts

Breakout: Workplace Violence - Knowledge is Prevention

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Room 101 E

Workplace violence is a commonly misunderstood topic. Although high-profile mass shootings receive significant media coverage, they are statistically rare events. Understanding low-profile workplace violence events and the associated risk, true cost, and prevention strategies, are the first steps in preventing them from happening within your organization. From there, empowering your staff with accurate knowledge and common sense training is an organization's best approach to preventing and preparing for workplace violence.

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Diversity Breakouts

Breakout: Construction Industry Diversity Best Practices

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Room 101 F

This panel will share with you diversity best practice workforce, contracting and architects.

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Technology Breakouts

Breakout: LCP Tracker

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Room 101 G

LCP Tracker is a cloud-based SaaS solutions for construction site compliance, certified payroll and workforce reporting. This session will help you learn directly from a user perspective how to navigate the system with tips and tricks to being successful. 

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