Summer Convention Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Schedule

August 9, 2019

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Preparing Your Future Workforce: The Power of International Partnerships Between Education and the Construction Industry

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Sarah Dorn, CTE Coordinator, Gresham-Barlow School District; Carla Gay, Executive Director, Gresham-Barlow School District; Anna Stamper, Clatsop WORKS Coordinator, Clatsop Community College

Learn how education and industry can partner to inspire and prepare students for opportunities within the construction industry. Gresham-Barlow School District will introduce a program they developed in partnership with AGC and In4All that provided elementary–high school students career exposure activities, and created an industry-educator exchange to enhance the knowledge and technical skills of teachers. In addition, this session will discuss the importance and value of employer-paid internships in the construction industry, such as the Clatsop WORKS Paid Summer Internship Program. They will also address BOLI regulations, Learner Exemption Waivers, OSHA-10, and other ways to overcome industry-specific challenges.

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Hack Your Safety

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Andrew Johnson, Safety Manager, JB Steel, Inc.

This session will cover a few basic approaches to managing project safety. The course will cover practical safety practices that will inspire engagement with your safety program, including writing programs that really work, running engaging meetings, and building relationships. Focus will be placed on skill-building for communicating to stakeholders at multiple levels, including owners, employees, general and subcontractors.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Creating Meaningful Internships

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Michelle Derting, Employee Development Manager, Andersen Construction Company, Inc.

This session will highlight the “Growth” and “Engagement” topics in the AGC Through the AGES theme. Michelle Derting will teach attendees the philosophy that she has created at Andersen Construction Company, Inc. around campus recruiting, which includes: year-round engagement, selecting the right interns, and creating a meaningful internship. She will also discuss strategies to convert interns into full-time employees.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hot Topics and Best Practices for the Shifting Landscape of Employment Law

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Chris Morgan, Attorney, Barran Liebman LLP and Cody Elliott, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

This session will cover recent developments in employment law—including sexual harassment, use of social media at and away from work, and workplace drug policies—and provide practical guidance for employers to effectively manage legal risks when they arise. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to (1) recognize potential legal risks, (2) conduct prompt and effective investigations of potential workplace misconduct, (3) manage crises that may arise, and (4) appropriately document discipline.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Building Mental Health and Suicide Prevention into Construction Safety, Health, and Wellness Culture

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Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management, Lakeside Industries and Mandi Kime, Safety Director, AGC of Washington

There were over 47,000 suicides in the US in 2018. Suicide is a pressing issue for the construction industry, which has the highest number of suicides and the highest rates among all occupations with 53.3 per 100,000 workers, or four times the rate for the general population. If architects and engineers are added to make an integrated AEC industry, the rate increases to 85.5 per 100,000 workers, or six times the national average.

  • Learn how to weave suicide prevention into your company safety, health and wellness culture.
  • Receive life-saving resources to incorporate mental health and suicide prevention into your company’s safety program and practices.
  • Learn how to apply the LEARN model to help reduce suicide risk among your employees and their families.

August 10, 2019

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Positive Jobsite Culture Training

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Michael Hawes, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute

With the recent economic explosion in construction projects across the Northwest, it is no secret that we do not have enough skilled construction crafts people to meet the demand. With the exodus of Baby Boomers from our industry, employee recruitment and retention are a top priority for industry to survive. We are competing across multiple sectors and an extremely tight labor market. To recruit the best and brightest to our industry, we must ensure that the culture on our job site supports the transition to a new generation of workers. The Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI) Positive Job Site Culture Training helps participants identify the barriers that hold us back and provides tools to help promote a professional, safe, and highly productive working environment.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Integrated Design for High Performance Buildings

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Stephanie Berkland, Program Manager, Oregon Multifamily Energy Program and Dan Wildenhaus, Building Science Manager, Oregon Multifamily Energy Program

An integrated design process is a method used for the design and operations of high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. Everyone in the construction decision-making chain influences the quality, cost, and efficiency of any new construction or renovation. Conventional design and construction processes often fail to recognize buildings are part of larger, complex systems. In contrast, an integrated process is highly collaborative. This session will show how connecting everyone involved in the project–from design to construction through day-to-day operations–together from the start to collaborate, while specifically focusing on achieving energy-efficiency goals the process, is applicable to many other objectives.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Recession Resiliency: How to Drive Margin, Create Remarkability, and Out-Think Your Competition in Good Times and Bad

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Shawn Busse, CEO, Kinesis, Inc.

You know the market is about to change again. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to position your business for success in that environment: how to find profitable market space, protect your margins, and forge connections with right-fit customers.

Many companies have used positioning strategies successfully through previous down markets, and we’ve compiled the most valuable lessons learned. Those same strategies work for other changes inside and around your company, too; we’ve seen them guide leadership transitions, market shifts, acquisitions, and growth spurts.

Come join us and learn how to ride this next market wave!

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Contractor Profitability and Benchmarking for Success

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Carrie Fortier, Senior Manager, Jones & Roth CPAs and Business Advisors and Evan Dickens, Shareholder, Jones & Roth CPAs and Business Advisors

Are you bidding, estimating, and job costing your projects consistently? Do you know if your estimate is going to make the company money or not? Do you frequently experience profit fade as jobs wrap up? This could be a sign that indirect costs are not getting properly included in your estimates or charged to the jobs. We will explore methods for allocating indirect costs and identifying what costs should be included. We will also discuss overhead and how it affects your overall company profit.

Additionally, do you understand how your company is performing compared to others? We will discuss key concepts and techniques for benchmarking your performance to highlight opportunities for improvement.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

How Communication Challenges in an Increasingly Hispanic Workforce Can Affect Safety and Risk Management

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Santiago Landazuri, Risk Advisor, Worker’s Compensation, k.p.d. insurance & RISK SOLUTIONS and Matthew Stopher, Vice President, k.p.d. insurance & RISK SOLUTIONS

Growing and maintaining an engaged workforce is a significant challenge. Understanding that diversifying our workforces is necessary, how do we ensure that ALL employees are engaged and performing their safety responsibilities? This session focuses on creating a better understanding of and providing tools for companies striving to integrate a growing Hispanic workforce. Understanding educational differences, cultural norms, communication styles, and ways to improve safety and communication with your Hispanic employees is the laser focus of this presentation. When all employees are fully engaged in safety, it benefits the whole organization.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Advocacy and Engagement in Construction Insurance: Avoiding the Unexpected Traps, Managing Insurance Claims, and Effective Risk Transfer

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Kevin Mapes, Partner, Ball Janik LLP; Angie Otto, Partner, Ball Janik LLP; John Stott, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Northwest

Insurance is a key component of managing risk in construction projects. But it is increasingly difficult to tell if your insurance policies provide the right protection and fulfill your contractual obligations. Our panel will help you spot potential coverage gaps and traps, navigate potential claim issues, and effectively manage contractual indemnity issues.

Questions about this event?

Contact Christina Devlin, events manager, using the link below or call 503-685-8316.