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Session and Speaker Information

Keynote Speakers

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Kelly Riggs - How to Build the Workplace Culture You Need

Thursday, March 7, 8:40 am - 10:00 am

Business leaders have long understood the value of workplace culture. However, only a fraction of those leaders intentionally create the culture they truly desire for the company. Why? Because, quite simply, it’s a lot of work!! That said, a powerful culture is one of the few remaining competitive advantages available to companies.

The company that creates that cultural advantage is one that brings accountability, unlocks the potential of the workforce, and produces disproportionate results in the marketplace. By any standard, that’s a very tall order, but the truth is, a "culture of excellence" is the result of a very specific methodology. In this keynote presentation, Kelly Riggs reveals the critical aspects of building the culture YOU need.

Chris Kuehl

Chris Kuehl - Economic Outlook

Friday, March 8, 8:10 am - 9:10 am

Economist and thought leader Dr. Chris Kuehl, managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, will share his insights - with wit and anecdotes - on key factors that will be shaping the face of the global landscape for 2024.



Leadership and Education Sessions


Maximize Membership Engagement! Three Areas of Focus
Wednesday, March 6, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Engaging the membership of an association is never simple. Members have varying levels of motivation and different objectives in membership. In addition, the culture of the association can vary dramatically with changes in leadership. What can a leader do to encourage and maximize participation?

At its core, engagement is always a function of leadership’s ability to identify needs and communicate effectively with members. In this presentation, Kelly describes three specific areas to consider when searching for solutions.

Speaker: Kelly Riggs

Project Management

Leveraging AI in Project Management

Thursday, March 7, 10:10 am - 11:10 am

In 1954 a Georgetown-IBM team predicted that language translation programs would be perfected in three to five years. 60 years later, we still haven’t perfected translation. That claim is nowhere close to Herbert Simon, Nobel prize winner in 1965 where he said that “machines will be capable, within twenty years of doing any work a man can do.” These exorbitant claims didn’t seem outlandish at the time of their inception because technology, especially artificial intelligence, has an enormous promise, and now we are finally able to start reaping the benefits of this new technology.

Delve into the dynamic landscape of Artificial Intelligence as we navigate through the buzz, and uncover how AI can be leveraged in the world of project management. Jeff Butler will guide you through the intricate realm of AI generative text to image recognition, and show how project managers can leverage the true potential of this disruptive technology.

Jeff Butler


Guidance on Preparation for an OSHA Inspection

Thursday, March 7, 11:20 pm - 12:20 pm

Terri Irvin will guide attendees through the steps of preparation for an OSHA inspection and answer questions pertaining to the inspection process.

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Job Costing

Friday, March 8, 9:20 am - 10:20 am

In this session you will learn:

  1. The importance of job costing and getting it right.
  2. How to manage job costing effectively for many small projects as well as large ones.
  3. How to recognize early any project production/cost issues, and how to effectively get data from the field back to the office and vice versa.
  4. Top 5 things to take into account when job costing.

Speaker: Stephane McShane

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Did the Work? Get Paid!

Friday, March 8, 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Construction professionals excel in building living and working environments, but are not necessarily strong at getting paid for that work in a timely fashion. Most don’t realize this is part of the sales process. Until payment is collected the work done is merely a charitable contribution. The challenge is collecting and maintaining client relationship.
We’ll cover:
1. Managing customer expectations
2. Proper collecting persona
3. Presenting payment concerns
4. Consistency v Strong Arming
5. Understanding the entire sales process
Attendees will come away with a greater knowledge of securing payment and actually increasing the level of respect the client extends. An end result most construction professionals desire.

Speaker: Tom Woodcock



Not "if" or "when" - Pay Me What I am Owed NOW!

Friday, March 8, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A discussion of payment terms in subcontracts and the different ways states are addressing pay-if-paid and pay-when-paid provisions. The panel will discuss current trends in payment terms and the enforcement of those terms in each state and how to attempt to negotiate around them.

Lee B. BrumittChip Bachara



Organizational Development Panel

Friday, March 8, 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

What does it take to create organizational excellence and to develop an executive leadership team dedicated to the highest levels of safety, productivity, sales and overall exceptional performance? Please join this interactive session with our esteemed panel of experts and find out how they did it! - With Tom Freund, Ben Lowery, Patty Peterson, and Dick Roberts.


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Trade Group Networking Sessions - ASA members

Friday, March 8, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

During this extremely interactive peer-to-peer forum, we will break into various specialty trade groups and discuss key issues impacting specific trades. We will also take an economic snapshot from around the US and see how our respective markets are fairing and if there are any differences based on the trades we represent.

Facilitator: To Be Announced