AGC Summer Convention: Building Amazing Relationships

Presented by SAIF
August 10–12, 2017
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington

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Schedule

August 10, 2017

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pre-Convention Activity: Skamania Lodge Zipline Tour

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Get ready to fly with Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour. This 2.5 hour excursion will send you soaring through an old growth forest with views of the magnificent Columbia River. AGC has negotiated a 30% discount off of the regularly $95 pp price. This discount is available only August 10–13. All ages welcome—must be a minimum of 80 lbs and less than 230 lbs.

Cost: $65 per person
To make your reservation call, 509-427-0202. Be sure to mention you are with AGC.

Sponsored by: Stewart Sokol & Larkin LLC

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pre-Convention Activity: Golf at Skamania Lodge

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Pre-registration required

Discover and enjoy the challenge of this 18 hole, par 70 course tucked into the resort’s beautiful 175 wooded acres. Not only will you find breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll discover why golfers from around the world love to play on this course again and again.

Cost: $95 per person
Register directly with AGC to secure your spot.

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-Convention Activity: Whitewater rafting on the White Salmon

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Pre-registration required

The White Salmon River has long been known as the best one-day rafting trip in the Oregon/Washington area, providing far more whitewater than most rafting rivers provide in twice that amount of rafting miles. Now with two new options of the Upper and Lower Gorge to complement the Middle Gorge, there can be no question about the White Salmon River being the number one commercial whitewater rafting river of Oregon and Washington. The section of the river taken will depend on the water and weather.

All ages welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children age 7 and above seem to do the best.

Cost: $65 per person
Register directly with AGC for rafting.

August 11, 2017

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:30 pm

Breakfast Buffet

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, LLC; 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 - 12:15 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.

12:30 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

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

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Oregon-Columbia Chapter Board of Directors Meeting

4:15 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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Enjoy a fun-filled evening with games and activities, great food, cocktails, and wonderful friends.

Attire: Business/resort casual. Please note: This event is held outside (weather permitting) and it can get rather chilly after the sun goes down.

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, LLC; Talbot Korvola & Warwick, LLP; and Vermilyea Law, PC

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Don't Be Board - Game Night Continues

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Not tired yet? Get ready to play your favorite board game. We will have several classics and a few new games, so gather and get ready to have a night of laughter.

August 12, 2017

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Yoga Basic for Any Body

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This class will focus on key poses that will restore the body in a short amount of time. Proper breathing techniques along with these key poses combine to reduce stress and back pain. A handout will be provided with a simple sequence of poses that you can do at home or while traveling.

Christina Bernunzio, Certified personal trainer and yoga teacher

Cost: Free! Open to all attendees.
Register directly with AGC to secure your spot.

Sponsored by: Knife River

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast Buffet

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- 9:15 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

How to Build Meaningful Relationships in a Digital World
9:15 – 10 am
Nowadays, everyone is glued to their smartphones, tablets, and computers. And with emails and texts a main form of communication, it is easy to lose context and meaning. We also lose the interpersonal/nonverbal
form of communication that comes with communicating
in person. Whether personal or professional, communication is key for any relationship. This keynote will discuss the balancing act necessary for each of us to maintain between our e-world and the real world.

10:15 am

Educational Breakout Sessions

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  1. Building Excellent Public/Private Partner Construction Relationships
    Alex Naito, attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP; Alex Naito, attorney, 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
  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 sessions descriptions and speaker bios click here.

11:30 am

Educational Breakout Sessions

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  1. How the Next Generation Will Get Paid
    Paige Spratt, Stephanie Holmberg, Lawyer, 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. What Is In the Way of Building An Amazing Team and Effective Relationships
    Amir Fathizadeh, President, Business Coaching Collaborative

For sessions descriptions and speaker bios click here.

12:15 pm - 2:30 am

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.; Knife River; Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt;

3:30 pm

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

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Getting ready for a glamorous, grand night at the SIR Awards Gala can be a lot of fun, but also stressful. What are you going to do with your hair? Ladies, this
is a special night, so sign up to be pampered and have your hair done before you dress to the nines.

This special activity is included with the Full Spouse/
Guest registration. Additional time slots will be available on a first come, first served basis, after registered spouses have signed up. Time slots are 30 minute appointments. A limited number of spots are available.

Cost: $35 per person or included with the Full Spouse/Guest registration (pre-registration required)

August 12, 2017

6:00 pm

SIR Awards Gala Youth Program

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Emoji Party (ages 5–14)
6–10 pm
While parents enjoy a night at the SIR Awards, kids are encouraged to come to the Emoji Party! We will have several games, food, and end with a movie.

Cost: $35 per child or included with the full youth registration

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

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Known as the “Oscar” ofthe industry, this year we are gathering atthe conclusion of the Summer Convention to recognize leaders in the construction industry. We will honor Dee Burch, Jeanne Staton, Dan O’Brien, Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo, with general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis, and the I-5 Willamette River Bridge, with general contractor Hamilton Construction Company.

Optional Attire:
Ladies: Cocktail dress, evening gown, or nice dress
Men: Tux (optional), suit, or nice dress shirt and slacks

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

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

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Known as the “Oscar” ofthe industry, this year we are gathering atthe conclusion of the Summer Convention to recognize leaders in the construction industry. We will honor Dee Burch, Jeanne Staton, Dan O’Brien, Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo, with general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis, and the I-5 Willamette River Bridge, with general contractor Hamilton Construction Company.

Optional Attire:
Ladies: Cocktail dress, evening gown, or nice dress
Men: Tux (optional), suit, or nice dress shirt and slacks

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

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

SIR Awards After Party Entertainment - Hit Machine!

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Hit Machine is in the house! Back by popular demand, Hit Machine will close out the evening, the SIR Awards Gala, and an amazing summer convention. The energy projected from this five piece band is highly contagious. Get ready to have some fun and dance the night away!

Keynote Speakers

man in suit and tie
Art Daniel, President of AGC of America

Art Daniel is president and COO of AR Daniel Construction Services, Inc., a family owned construction business in Cedar Hill, Texas. AR Daniel Construction 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 cCivil engineering and landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Art has been actively involved in AGC at both the chapter level and national level. Art served as AGC of Texas president in 2004 and has served and chaired numerous committees and task forces, served as the Municipal and Utility Division chair, and as a board member of AGC Charities. He is also a member of the Consulting Constructors Council.

Ken Simonson is chief economist for the AGCA. He joined AGC 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.

Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America
Stephen-Sandherr
Steve Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, AGC of America

Stephen Sandherr joined the AGC of America staff in 1984 as assistant director of Collective Bargaining Services. From 1986 to 1989 he served as AGCA’s director of Congressional Relations. After a short break, he rejoined AGCA as executive director of Congressional Relations in 1991, and was promoted to chief executive officer in 1997.

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.

 

For Breakout Session descriptions and speaker bios click here.

Activities

Skamania Lodge Activities

  • Zip Line Tours
  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Biking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking

Photos of Past Summer Conventions

woman on zip line

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.
JE Dunn Construction
Knife River
LCD Construction Professionals
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP
Moss Adams LLP
Northside Ford Truck Sales
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 LLP

 

Rates

Full Convention: Individual Registration
Your registration includes all education sessions, meals, and events, including the SIR Awards Gala. Does not include pre-convention activities.

Additional Registration(s) From Same Company
After the first registration, each additional full convention registration from the same company receives a discounted rate.

NEW! Team of Eight Registration
Registration for eight individuals from same company, or four individuals from same company and their spouses.
Includes sponsorship recognition and reserved table at opening keynote, all education sessions, meals, and events, including the SIR Awards Gala. Does not include pre-convention activities.

Spouse, Family, Guests, and Youth Registrations
This registration fee is for family members not employed by your company. Your spouse, family, guests, and children must be registered to attend any convention function. Please indicate children’s ages next to their names. College age children must register at the family rate.

Individual Activities/Meal Tickets
One full registration attendee must be included when ordering individual tickets. Tickets are for guests NOT attending the full convention but wanting to attend an individual activity and/or meal.

Registration Rates Regular Rates: June 1-July 31 Late/Onsite Rates: August 1-12
Member $695 $795
Additional (from the same company) $625 $725
Team of Eight (for eight individuals from the same company, or four individuals from the same company and their spouses) $4,000 $4,000
New AGC member as of 2016 $525 $525
Full time college student $300 $300
One-day (Friday or Saturday only) $400 $500
Spouse/Family/Guest $425 $425
Youth: ages 5-high school $125 $125

Venue

Make your Room Reservations

Please use this link or call 844-432-4748 and use code 1XR31M to receive our special room rates.

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Skamania Lodge
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way,
Stevenson, WA 98648

For directions click here.

Overflow Hotel options

Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort
372 St. Martin’s Springs Rd, Carson, Wash. 98610
509-427-8296
7 miles west of Skamania, Washington side

Sandhill Cottages
932 Hot Springs Ave, Carson, Wash 98610
509-427-3464
6.5 miles west of Skamania, Washington side

Columbia Gorge Inn
25 SW Oneonta Street, Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014
541-374-0015
3 miles across the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll both directions), in Cascade Locks, Oregon

Inn of the White Salmon
172 W Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, Wash. 98672
509-493-2335
23 miles west of Skamania, Washington side

Bridge of the Gods

$2 toll

Questions About This Event?

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