AGC Summer Convention

Schedule

August 10, 2017

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pre-Convention Activity: Skamania Lodge Zipline Tour

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Sponsored by: Stewart Sokol & Larkin LLC

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pre-Convention Activity: Golf at Skamania Lodge

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-Convention Activity: Whitewater rafting on the White Salmon

August 11, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote - Building Amazing Relationships

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Rob Jackson, President, Magnovo Training Group

Everything we do, we accomplish (or don’t accomplish) because of the relationships we make in both our personal and professional lives. Professional success is important to everyone, but success in business and in life means different things to different people. But one fact is universal: real success, is impossible without building great relationships and working together towards a common goal. Rob Jackson will open this year’s convention with engaging challenges and fun results-driven activities that will lead to improved performance once you’re back at work.

Sponsored by: Daily Journal of Commerce; Stoel Rives LLP; Tarlow Naito & Summers, LLP

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spouses Activities

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Building a Healthy Relationship With Food
10–11 am
Do you eat as though the future doesn’t matter? Do you eat as if each meal is your last? Choices you make today create your future. A plant-rich diet can reverse health issues, increase energy, and decrease inflammation. It’s time to build a healthy relationship with your food by looking, tasting, smelling, and chewing it mindfully to achieve wellness. A plant based diet (vegan) is not just for animal rights activists, it’s for anyone determined to live their best life now. Session includes recipes, demos, and samples.

Fran Batzer, Certified holistic health coach and Gerson Therapy home set-up trainer

Spice It Up! Salsa and Guacamole Competition
11 am–12 pm
Work in teams with Fran and the Skmania Lodge chef to create a signature dip! Winners of the competition will earn bragging rights, as their dip will be featured at the Famous Friday Reception later that evening.

10:15 am - 12:10 am

HIT Discussions

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Highly interactive topic (HIT) discussions are opportunities for members to come together, have focused conversations, find out vital information and resources, and make connections with several key individuals to build amazing relationships. Through these discussions, participants will strengthen their companies and build their networks. The strength of our industry comes from the contacts we make and maintain. Participants will select three of the five HIT discussions and meet with other participants and leaders in the industry to discuss how to Build Successful Relationships with legislators, regulators, minority contractors, the next generation of contractors, and heavy-civil and/or building general contractors.

HIT Discussion Leaders:
• Rep. Mark Johnson from Hood River
• Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA
• Nate McCoy, NAMC–Oregon
• Jeff Nakashima, Fortis Construction, Inc.
• Chris Duty, Hamilton Construction Company
• Lainee Perala, Perlo Construction
• Brent Hackwell, KOGAP Enterprise, Inc.
• Tom Gerding, Gerding Builders, LLC
• Larry Gescher, HP Civil, Inc.

For HIT Discussion Leaders bios please refer to the Summer Convention app. 

12:15 am - 2:15 pm

Lunch and Keynote: AGC of America Update

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AGC of America Update

AGC of America President Art Daniel and AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr will share what is happening in the industry across the nation and what issues AGCA is supporting or fighting in Congress and with federal agencies. Attend this lunch to find out the latest on the national political scene.

Art Daniel, President and COO, AR Daniel Construction
Stephen Sandherr, CEO, AGC of America

Will Construction Jump or Slump?

Contractors in the Northwest have been riding high, adding jobs at more than double the national rate. But can contractors continue to find and retain the workers they need? How will new immigration, trade, tax, and other policies affect demand and costs for construction? How long can the region’s population and economic growth outpace the nation’s? AGC of America’s Chief Economist Ken Simonson will provide his answers and guesses.

Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America

For Power Point presentations please refer to the Summer Convention app. 

Sponsored by: Moss Adams, LLP and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Oregon-Columbia Chapter Board of Directors Meeting

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council Meeting

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Famous Friday Reception - Game Night

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Sponsored by: Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.; Brown & Brown Northwest; Convergence Networks; Daily Journal of Commerce; HR Answers, Inc.; JE Dunn Construction; Northside Ford Truck Sales; PlanGrid; Stewart Sokol & Larkin, Talbot Korvola & Warwick, LLP; and Vermilyea Law, PC

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Don't Be Board - Game Night Continues

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

President's Party

August 12, 2017

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Yoga Basics for Any Body

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Christina Bernunzio, Certified personal trainer and yoga teacher

Sponsored by: Knife River

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Morning Keynotes

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Nailed It: How to Help Your Employees Be Healthy and Thrive
8:30–9:30 am
Healthy employees are good for business. That’s one reason to support Total Worker Health®, the combination of health and safety that leads to employee well-being. TWH experts will explore the value on investment of this approach, discuss ways an employer can influence health, and dig in to examples of how to create an environment to help your employees thrive. You collaborate with your peers to try your hand at identifying your own worksite “hazards and controls” for health, along with how to address them.

Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health Consultant, SAIF
Jennifer Webster, PhD, Vice President of Human Resources, SAIF

Family Fued 
9:30–10 am
A fun filled team game that tests your industry knowledge.

 

10:15 am

Educational Breakout Sessions

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  1. Building Excellent Multi-Party Construction Relationships on Complex Projects
    James Walker, Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP; Jeff Condit, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP; and Darin Stegemoller, General Manager, J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
  2. Moving Safety From A Function in Your Company To A Pulse In Your Company
    Matthew C. Stopher, CRM, CIC, Vice President, k.p.d. insurance and Risk Solutions
  3. Retaining and Motivating Employees: It’s All About Engagement
    Mark Steranka, Partner, Moss Adams; Joe McDonnell, CPA, Moss Adams; Chris Waetzig, CFP®, CPA/PFS, Financial Advisor, Moss Adams
  4. Recent Developments In Employment Law: Maintaining Amazing Employer/Employee Relationships In A Changing Legal Landscape
    Allyson S. Krueger, Partner, Dunn Carney, and William R. Joseph, Partner, Dunn Carney Allen Higgens & Tongue LLP
  5. Preserving your Claim Rights without Sacrificing your Relationships
    Angela Otto, Partner, Ball Janik LLP Legal Advisers and Daniel E Schaller, CPCU Senior Vice President, Willis Towers Watson

For speaker bios and breakout session Power Point presentations please refer to the Summer Convention app. 

Sponsored by: Ball Janik LLP

 

11:30 am

Educational Breakout Sessions

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  1. How the Next Generation Will Get Paid
    Paige Spratt, Stephanie Holmberg, and Dave Anderson, Attorneys with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  2. Identifying Cracks in the Foundation of Your Business: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?
    Chad Emmert, CPA, CCIFP Senior Manager, Construction, Aldrich CPAs + Advisors (formaly known as AKT LLP CPAs)
  3. Tips & Techniques for Detecting and Preventing Fraud in Your Construction Company
    Jim Christian and Evan Dickens, CPAs, Jones & Roth
  4. Creating Respectful Workplaces: Emerging Best Practices and Pilot Projects
    Tiffany Thompson, Advocacy and Consulting Program Manager, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
  5. Building an Amazing Team and Effective Relationships
    Amir Fathizadeh, President, Business Coaching Collaborative

For speaker bios and breakout session Power Point presentations please refer to the Summer Convention app. 

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunch and Closing Hands-On Workshop: Building Memories

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Presented by: AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter Foundation

Remember your very first bicycle, maybe as a birthday or Christmas present? For many children a bicycle is a luxury, and they will never get to experience this cherished pastime. We are going to help change that! During the closing workshop we are going to build bicycles. Participants will be put into teams to solve puzzles, decipher codes, and unlock secrets in order to acquire the resources needed, part by part, to build a bicycle. Teams will discover challenges along the way that must be overcome in order to accomplish your goal. When we work together, we accomplish more — faster! Expect a lot of laughter, getting to know one another, fun, and friendly competition with other teams, plus a great feeling of giving back to the communities in which we all work and live.

Recipients of the bikes will be children connected to the following charities: Next Door Inc. in Skamania County, Washington and Kids Unlimited in Medford.

Sponsored by: AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter Foundation; Daily Journal of Commerce; Durham & Bates Agencies, Inc.; JB Steel Inc.; Knife River; Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Stoel Rives LLP

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Spouses Program: Up-Do's - Get Your Glam On!

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August 12, 2017

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SIR Awards Gala Youth Program

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SIR Awards Reception Presented by Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.

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Sponsored by: Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.; Ball Janik LLP; CNA Surety; Daily Journal of Commerce; Duram & Bates Insurance; Jordan Ramis, PC; Knife River; Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP; Northside Ford Truck Sales; Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; Stewart Sokol & Larkin, LLC; and Tarlow Naito & Summers LLP

Please visit the SIR Awards webpage for details. 

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

SIR Awards Banquet and Program Presented by Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.

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Sponsored by: Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.; Ball Janik LLP; CNA Surety; Daily Journal of Commerce; Duram & Bates Insurance; Jordan Ramis, PC; Knife River; Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP; Northside Ford Truck Sales; Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; Stewart Sokol & Larkin, LLC; and Tarlow Naito & Summers LLP

Please visit the SIR Awards webpage for details. 

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

SIR Awards After Party Entertainment - Hit Machine!

Keynote Speakers

Rob Jackson, President, Magnova Training Group

Opening Keynote and Closing Hands-on Workshop

Rob Jackson, President, Magnova Training Group

Rob is a professional development trainer with over 20 years’ experience specializing in public speaking, team building, and sales training. He is the author of the popular book, Camp Fire Leadership: Effective Leadership From a Personality Perspective. A former corporate executive, Rob brings a solid blend of theory and practice to every training program, captivating audiences and inspiring them to action.

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Art Daniel, President, Associated General Contractors of America

Friday Lunch Keynotes:

Art Daniel, President, Associated General Contractors of America

Art is the president and COO of AR Daniel Construction Services, Inc. a family owned construction business in Cedar Hill, Texas that performs highway and utility construction in Texas and surrounding states. Art is a 1973 graduate of Houston Baptist University with post graduate and graduate studies in civil engineering and landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, Associated General Contractors of America

Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, Associated General Contractors of America

Steve’s role is to maintain relations with AGCA’s 94 chapters nationwide, coordinate government relations activities, and enhance AGCA’s involvement with business coalitions. CEO Update, which tracks people in association and non-profit executive careers, listed Steve as a top CEO in 2009, and a Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, listed Steve as a top lobbyist, representing the only commercial construction industry association on the Top Lobbyists of 2009 and 2014 lists.

Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Ken joined AGCA on September 10, 2001, and has since provided insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries. Ken has 35 years of experience analyzing, advocating, and communicating about economic and tax issues. Before joining AGC he was senior economic advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. He also worked with the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and an economic consulting firm.

Sabrina Freewyn, Total Worker Health Consultant, SAIF

Saturday Morning Keynotes:

Sabrina Freewyn, Total Worker Health Consultant, SAIF

Sabrina Freewynn is an expert in chronic disease prevention at a population level. She leads SAIF’s strategic efforts to engage Oregon employers in increasing productivity, preventing injuries, and improving recovery outcomes for injured workers by applying National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health® principles that link health improvement to injury prevention on and off the job.

Jennifer M. Webster, Vice President, SAIF

Jennifer M. Webster, Vice President, SAIF

Jennifer M. Webster has worked for SAIF as vice president of Human Resources since March 2016. She has also worked for Columbia Sportswear, Sprint Corporation, and a variety of defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. In addition to working internally for organizations, she has also provided consulting services since 1995 to both public and private sector companies across the United States. She has been engaged in the field of human resources for the past 25 years. Jennifer holds a PhD from Oregon State University, MBA from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University.

Sponsors

AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter Foundation
Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.
Ball Janik LLP
Black Rock Coffee
Brown & Brown Northwest
Convergence Networks
Daily Journal of Commerce
Durham & Bates Angencies, Inc
HR Answers, Inc.
JB Steel Inc.
JE Dunn Construction
Knife River
LCD Construction Professionals
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Moss Adams LLP
Northside Ford Truck Sales
Pacific Continental Bank
PlanGrid
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
SAIF
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Star Rentals
Stewart Sokol & Larkin LLC
Stoel Rives LLP
Talbot Korvola & Warwick
Tarlow Naito & Summers LLP
Vermilyea Law PC

 

Questions About This Event?

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