Summer Convention Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Schedule

August 9, 2020

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Five Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Construction Companies

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John Stephens, Managing Partner, Luminant Digital Security

Don’t fool yourself; most companies aren’t doing even basic cybersecurity well. Construction companies don’t need to go bonkers with it, but the fundamentals are very important. We see it every day: if you have money in the bank, then there’s a reason to target you and your staff. We will cover the five key cybersecurity fundamentals every construction company needs to dramatically reduce your risk of a security incident like a ransomware outbreak and email system breach.

  • Cybersecurity training content 
  • Employee user credentials
  • Anatomy of a phishing email and how “spear phishing works 
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) 
  • Security Incident Response Plan (SIRP) 
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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Santiago Landazuri, Risk Management Consultant, SanLan Consulting LLC

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, and communication styles, in order to improve safety, communication, and human resources operations with your Hispanic employees is the laser focus of this presentation. When all employees are fully engaged, it benefits the whole organization.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Millennials Making Their Mark – A Conversation About Millennials in the Construction Industry

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Brock Argyropoulos, Executive Business Director, Pavilion Construction
Chris Graff, Project Engineer, R&H Construction
Michael Parshall, Principal, Woodblock Architecture
Lainee Perala, Project Manager, Perlo Construction
Dave Anderson, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

With over 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, millennials are rising in the ranks to become leaders within their respective organizations. This will be a fun, yet informative panel discussion amongst five millennial leaders within the construction industry. First, what are new generational mindsets and how do they differ from previous generations? Second, how can organizations best recruit, retain, motivate, and promote young generations ranging from entry level positions to leadership roles? Third, we will open up the discussion to the audience for 20 minutes of Q&A with the panel.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Cybersecurity for Contractors: Evolving Threats, Trends, and Solutions

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Anne Hasenstab, Executive Risk & Cyber Security Practice Leader, Ward Insurance

This session will demystify and debunk all assumptions business owners have made about their exposure to “Cyber Risk.” The session will begin with an overview of the current threat environment and how these exposures specifically impact businesses within the construction industry. We will provide an overview of current cybersecurity trends, using specific examples, followed by an outline of evolving regulatory issues. The last half of the session will provide an in-depth focus on best practices regarding how to prepare, respond to, and mitigate a cyber event, followed by ample time for Q&A.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Tips and Techniques for Detecting and Preventing Fraud in Your Construction Company

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Carrie Fortier, Partner, Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors
Evan Dickens, Partner, Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors

Fraud can happen to every organization no matter the size, location, or industry. Three elements must be present in order for someone to commit fraud. First, there must be the motive or pressure to commit fraud. Second, rationalization or the ability of perpetrators to find a morally acceptable excuse that justifies their actions. The third element is the opportunity to be able to commit fraud and get away with it. Weak or missing internal controls can provide a tempting opportunity. This last element is the one you can control.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Maintaining a GOLD Standard in the Workplace While Living in a “COLUMBIAN GOLD” Society

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Tracie Butterfield, CEO, Butterfield Onsite Drug Testing

What are today’s drug trends and how do they impact you, your business, and the construction industry? Should we be worried about the quality of new hires or the costs that come from increased accidents, lost productivity, healthcare premiums, and legal fees? Things are changing quickly…what’s an employer to do? This informative discussion will include recognizing impairment, fun activities with “drunk goggles,” and how to legally handle a reasonable suspicion situation. Bring your most challenging experiences involving reasonable suspicion or a personal story of how drugs and alcohol have impacted your life, and plan for an insightful discussion.

Questions about this event?

Contact Viktoria Schulz, events manager, at 503-685-8314 or Heidi Peterson, events specialist, at 503-685-8327.