Annual Business Meeting

January 24, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

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January 24, 2020

7:00 am

Registration Opens

7:00 am - 2:30 pm

Industry Showcase

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Come meet and mingle with these sponsor companies:

  • AGC Health Benefit Trust
  • Ball Janik LLP
  • Convergence Networks
  • Daily Journal of Commerce
  • Dick’s Auto Group
  • Moss Adams, LLP
  • Star Rentals
  • Sunstate Equipment Co., Inc.
  • Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP
  • TerraFirma Foundation Systems, Inc.
7:00 am - 5:45 pm

AGC Foundation Silent Auction

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Place your bids on these baskets!

  1. Fishing for a Good Time (Current Electrical Construction Company): Astoria fishing date (two-night stay at the Cannery Hotel in the Pier in Astoria, chartered salmon fishing trip to Buoy 10 for two, gift certificate for dinner at Bridgewater Bistro, and various accoutrements associated with Astoria and fishing)
  2. The Concrete Choice (Knife River): 20 cubic yards of concrete
  3. Alcohol You Later (Kodiak Pacific Construction): Liquor basket
  4. No Job Too Big or Small (INLINE Commercial Construction): Work tools
  5. Who’s Got Oregon Team Spirit? (Perlo Construction): Tickets to various Oregon sports events coupled with a “spirit” to enjoy
  6. TGIFF (Thank God I Fly Fish) (Brix Paving Northwest Inc.): Fly fishing rod, reel, and line
  7. For Love of the Game (Hamilton Construction Company): Four tickets to a University of Oregon football game in the club section with a parking pass, swag, and beverages for a tailgate party
  8. Cheers with Mules (Ball Janik LLP): Booze basket with Moscow Mule, Kentucky Mule, and Mexican Mule ingredients
  9. Through the Grapevine (Vermilyea Law): Wine basket
  10. The Great Outdoors of Sunriver (HP Civil, Inc.): Come and enjoy Sunriver, Oregon
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Buffet Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote:
Elevating Workforce Development Strategies – Beyond Great Pay and Benefits

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Deven Paolo, Co-Founder, Solid Form Fabrication

Great pay and robust benefits packages are essential components to workforce development and employee retention. But are these components the keys to solving the labor crisis we face in the skilled trades? Or is it time to elevate our message and our approach to workforce development beyond great pay and benefits? Our ability to attract, develop, and retain great employees starts with the culture we build inside our organizations. Workforce development strategies built around purpose-driven cultures will increase our ability to forge right-fit career paths and solve the skilled trades labor crisis.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Advocacy Breakout Session: Oregon’s New Gross Receipts Tax: What We Know and What We Don’t

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Dan Eller, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Leah Putnam, Department of Revenue
Dee Burch, President, Advanced American Construction, Inc.
Tom Gerding, CEO, Gerding Companies

Oregon’s new gross receipts tax will take effect on January 1, 2020. The panel of experts will outline what we know and don’t know at this point about the new tax. We will be joined by Dan Eller, tax attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, who has been actively involved with the Department of Revenue on this issue, and Leah Putnam, from Oregon’s Department of Revenue, who will share the Department’s process with rulemaking and what is to come. The panel will also include Dee Burch and Tom Gerding, AGC’s Legislative Forum co-chairs, who will discuss action AGC has taken and what AGC plans for future engagement on this issue. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about how to navigate this new tax that will impact your business for years to come.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Safety Breakout Session: Miracles, Moves, and Moments: Leading Safety From the Front

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Andy Erickson, Founder and CEO, Humanus Solutions 

No one has a greater influence over your safety culture than your front-line leaders. When superintendents, foremen, and lead hands demonstrate personal commitment to worker safety, the entire organization is pulled along with them.    

This interactive, energizing breakout session will provide practical techniques for engaging frontline leaders and promoting visible, felt leadership on the jobsite. Participants will identify simple, specific, actionable steps they can take to upgrade their company’s leadership for worker safety.  

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Engage Breakout Session: Leadership Character and Communication

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Tom Bendt, Athletic Director, Aloha High School 

Participants will learn about the power of their personal character upon leading in today’s world. Your character is more important than you know. How do we better value those on our team and those under our guidance? We will explore better methods to communicate to employees and team members and additionally, participants will become aware of how to better lead the younger workers in their organization. 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grow Breakout Session: Understanding the Relationship Between Construction Labor Supply and Demand

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Kevin E. Cahill, Project Director and Partner, ECONorthwest 

Kevin Cahill, PhD, from ECONorthwest will share the preliminary findings of a construction training study commissioned by AGC. The study seeks to understand the relationship between contractors and training providers, including gaps, areas of friction, and successful initiatives. Ultimately, AGC will use this study to determine how the association can best support the region’s training system to prepare current and future construction workers. 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council Meeting: Meet ODOT's New Director

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Kris Strickler, Director, Oregon Department of Transportation
Joe Squire, State Construction and Materials Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation 

AGC’s Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council Chair, Ric Miller of K&E Excavating, invites you to come hear directly from Kris Strickler, ODOT’s new leader, as he lays out his vision for the department. The council will also hear from Joe Squire, ODOT’s state construction and materials engineer, on HB 2415 and Oregon’s new retainage law.

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Safety Awards Lunch & Keynote Speaker:
Taking Safety from the Executive Office to the Front Line: What to Say and Do to Demonstrate Commitment

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Tim Kelly, Industry Account Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Every member of an organization fulfills a specific function to get the job done, and yet all are expected to be “responsible for safety.” How each person interprets that expectation is largely influenced by what they perceive is most important to their boss.  Executives have a particularly wide scope of influence and accountability, so it is critical that they demonstrate commitment to safety through both words and actions, just as they do for production. It starts with leading by example, but true leadership goes beyond wearing proper PPE and ensuring others do the same. This session focuses on tactical activities for executives to create and sustain a culture of positive safety performance through leadership, communication, training, and recognition. Safety doesn’t just happen—it is built through trust, consistency, and accountability. Audience members will learn how to integrate these principles into their daily routines and performance cycles.

2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Annual Membership Meeting

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  • State of the Chapter
  • Heritage and Chapter Awards
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Annual Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Membership Celebration Reception

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Membership Celebration

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  • Dinner
  • Program
8:00 pm

The After Party

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Deven Paolo

Deven Paolo, Co-Founder, Solid Form Fabrication

In the next five years, one-third of the skilled trades workforce in the US will retire. To make matters worse, 70% of our current workforce is dissatisfied with their career. Can we change the definition of success and fill industry job demands? Speaker Deven Paolo says yes—if we’re willing to set aside traditional expectations and instead look for our right-fit career path. Deven is the co-founder of Solid Form, a custom metal fabrication business in McMinnville, Oregon. His recent TEDx talk explored the connection between the skilled trades labor crisis and right-fit careers paths. He is an active member of the AGC Oregon Construction Workforce Coalition as well as a leader in many other internship and workforce development committees.

Safety Awards Lunch Keynote: Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly, Industry Account Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Tim Kelly has ten years of experience in the environment, health and safety field working in private industry manufacturing. With Caterpillar, he has served in a variety of complex roles in safety, health, and environmental compliance and strategy as well as safety culture. Tim has served Caterpillar as a divisional safety culture facilitator for the last three years, where he led the deployment of Caterpillar’s Zero-Incident Performance Process at more than ten manufacturing facilities across the United States.  Tim joined Caterpillar Safety Services in February of 2019 as an industry account manager to construction customers across the western U.S. and Canada, helping them with safety culture solutions. Tim is passionate about impacting lives and bringing out the best in customers. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (and Safety) from Illinois State University.


2020 Sponsors

AGC Health Benefit Trust
Ball Janik LLP
Business Tribune
CNA Surety
Convergence Networks
Daily Journal of Commerce
Dick’s Auto Group
Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt, PC
J E Dunn Construction Company
K.P.D. Insurance and Risk Solutions
Liberty Mutual Surety
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP
Moss Adams, LLP
Northside Ford Truck Sales
Parker, Smith & Feek, Inc.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Smith Monroe Gray Engineers, Inc.
Star Rentals
Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC
Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP
TerraFirma Foundation Systems, Inc.

Questions about this event?

Contact Viktoria Schulz, events manager, using the link below, or call 503-685-8314.