Summer Convention Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Schedule

August 9, 2019

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Surviving in the Capitol: AGC's Allies Tell Their Secrets

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Shaun Jillions, Executive Director, Oregon Manufacturers and Commerce, Jim Geisinger, Executive Vice President, Associated Oregon Loggers, and Mike Eliason, Interim Executive Director, Association of Oregon Counties

A panel of three top lobbyists breakdown why and when the business community successfully unified, and when it didn’t. From defending SAIF and the workers’ compensation system, to defeating cap and trade, to negotiating diesel regulation, the ability of business interests to rally together meant the difference between defeat and success. Come join us for a lively discussion—no question or comment is off limits. This is your chance to ask any question you have about what came out of Salem in the last six months.

10:15 am - 11:15 am

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

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Carla Gay, Executive Director, Gresham-Barlow School District and Jenna Rickenbach, Steering Committee Member, ClatsopWORKS

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 ClatsopWORKS 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.

10:15 am - 11:15 am

URGENT! Know Your Critical Success Factors!

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David Andersen, CEO, Andersen Construction Company

In leadership, many things compete for our attention. It is difficult to know what to focus our limited resources on.  

How to get everyone in the team focusing on the essentials and pulling in the same direction is what makes an organization successful.  

Learn how to identify and use these factors to make your organization successful. 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Roundtable: Surviving Oregon's New Gross Receipts Tax

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Tom Gerding, CEO, Gerding Companies, Dee Burch, President, Advanced American Construction, Inc., Kirsten Adams, Public Affairs Council, AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter, and John Rakowitz, Director of Public and Strategic Affairs, AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter

Bring your questions, concerns, or issues you have about navigating Oregon’s new gross receipts tax to this breakout session. We will be discussing and collecting topics to raise at the Department of Revenue’s rulemaking this fall/winter. Following the rulemaking, AGC will be providing technical assistance to members to help you all comply with this new law.

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

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

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Angie Otto, Partner, Ball Janik LLP, Dwain Clifford, Partner, Ball Janik LLP, and 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.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Get Results! Achieving the Extraordinary Through Ordinary Means

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Karla Thommen, MS: MOL; Managing Director of Talent Development, The Partners Group

More strategic failures in organizations are due to poor execution of leadership. It’s rarely due to a lack of know-how or vision.

In this interactive session the audience will hear how one organization, on their own, used The 4 Disciplines of Execution to align every employee with strategic imperatives that transformed a culture, created unprecedented accountability, and delivered unexpected business results.

This was achieved by focusing on wildly important strategic imperatives, assigning employees to teams to execute on the imperatives, and obtaining and maintaining momentum through four basic steps.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Building Your Workforce from A to V: Apprentice to Veteran

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Mark Herrington, Chambers Construction, Isaac Levi, Regional Veterans Employer Representative, Oregon Employment Department, and Tonja Pardo, State Director, US Department of Labor

Join us to learn about ways to increase your workforce—from an in-house apprenticeship program to making your company a veteran-friendly workplace. Mark Harrington of Chambers Construction, will talk about their efforts in Lane County to align education and industry through an in-house apprenticeship program. Isaac Levi, Oregon Employment Department regional veteran representative, and Tonja Pardo, state director of US Department of Labor, will discuss attracting, hiring, and retaining veterans and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Veterans at Work certificate program.

Questions about this event?

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