August Speaker Series

August, 2020
Every Tuesday–Thursday
8–9:30 am

Presented by SAIF

Due to physical distancing guidelines, the previously scheduled, in-person Summer Convention: We Want You! Presented by SAIF will be transitioning to a virtual speaker series for the month of August.
There will still be valuable education sessions, networking with attendees, and even some fun boxes of swag delivered right to your door!

Registration is open NOW!

Cost is FREE for members, and $199 for non-members.

Register before July 14 to receive your swag box the first week of August.

Schedule

August 4, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

AGC of America: Empowering the Construction Workforce

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Robert “Bob” Lanham, Jr., President, AGC of America, and President, Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, AGC of America
Kenneth Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America

AGC of America President Bob Lanham, AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr, and AGC of America Chief Economist Kenneth Simonson will share how AGCA is working to improve the national construction industry workforce shortage by engaging members to recruit and retain their labor force. Attend this session to find out how the national construction industry is empowering tomorrow’s leaders and building the future of our industry.

August 5, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Maintaining a Gold Standard in the Workplace While Living in a Legalized State

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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 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.

August 6, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 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 a Q&A with the panel.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Happy Hour Reception

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Join other members in a virtual happy hour! There will be games, a virtual tasting, and fun networking opportunities. Alcohol will be delivered directly to your door the week of the tasting (if you registered before July 14).

August 11, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

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.

August 12, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Advocacy Update: What's Next for Oregon?

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Moderated by AGC Legislative Forum co-chairs Tom Gerding and Dee Burch

Join Legislative Forum co-chairs Dee Burch and Tom Gerding as they moderate a conversation with a member of the Oregon Senate and House. Topics will include: the latest actions by Oregon’s governor, legislature, and state agencies in response to COVID-19, what these actions mean for Oregon’s future, a preview of the 2021 Legislative Session, and much more. 

August 13, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 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) 

August 18, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

The Business Case for Diversity

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Kenechi Onyeagusi, Executive Director, Professional Business Development Group
Thomas Bookman, k.p.d. insurance and RISK SOLUTIONS

Description coming soon.

August 19, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Terminations, Suspensions, and De-Scoping: What Are the Important Practical and Legal Implications?

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Thomas Larkin, Attorney, Stewart Sokol & Larkin, LLC
Tyler Storti, Attorney, Stewart Sokol & Larkin, LLC

Termination for Default has been referred to as the “nuclear” option. What does that mean, how does a Termination for Default get converted to a Termination for Convenience? What about other mechanisms to suspend or limit contract work? 

August 20, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Cyber Risk Solutions for Contractors: How to Proactively Protect Your Business From Cyber Risk

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Anne Hasenstab, Executive Risk & Cyber Security Practice Leader, Ward Insurance
Bryan Thompson, Partner, Lewis Brisbois

This session will demystify all assumptions business owners have made about their exposure to “Cyber Risk” and provide an update specific to Cyber insurance solutions available today.

August 25, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Battling the College-for-All Mentality: AGC’s Plan to Communicate Construction Careers to Students, Parents, and Other Influences

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Kristin MacRostie, Account Director, Quinn Thomas
Aaron Bouchane, Workforce and Professional Development Manager – Industry Outreach, AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter 

The construction industry has struggled to recruit young people into its labor workforce for a number of years. Many people view the skilled trades as a last resort; the fallback option when college doesn’t quite work out. Join representatives from Quinn Thomas and AGC as they discuss the development of a comprehensive communication plan that will highlight construction trade careers to the next generation of workers, their parents, and other influencers in their life.

August 26, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

The MOD Squad: The Secret Weapon of Effective Claims Management

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Lyn Zielinski-Mills, Marketing Manager, SAIF
Rick McMurry, Chief Safety Officer, P&C Construction

Are you managing your workers’ comp claims effectively? Hear how P&C Construction found themselves in a deep experience rating hole and the lessons they learned while digging out. You will learn helpful tips for making the case for investing in safety, proactive care when an injury occurs, partnering with your carrier for claims management, and effective return-to-work processes that help both you and the worker.

August 27, 2020

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Preparing for Tomorrow: The Post COVID-19 Recovery Plan

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Autodesk Construction Cloud

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Happy Hour Reception

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Join other members in a virtual happy hour! There will be games, a virtual tasting, and fun networking opportunities. Alcohol will be delivered directly to your door the week of the tasting (if you registered before July 14).

Sponsors

2020 Sponsors

Ball Janik LLP
Black Rock Coffee
Brown & Brown Northwest
Business Tribune
Columbia Bank
Convergence Networks
Cosco Fire Protection, Inc.
Daily Journal of Commerce
J E Dunn Construction Company
Jones & Roth CPAs and Business Advisors
k.p.d. insurance and RISK SOLUTIONS
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP
Moss Adams, LLP
Northside Ford Truck Sales
Parker, Smith & Feek, Inc.
PlanGrid Inc.
Propel Insurance
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
SAIF
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Stewart Sokol & Larkin, LLC
Stoel Rives LLP
Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC
Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP
TerraFirma Foundation Systems, Inc.

 

Want your company’s name added to this list? Fill out this form and return to Viktoria Schulz by July 17.

Rates

Register before July 14 to receive your swag box the first week of August.

*Washington residents: due to state law, alcohol cannot be delivered. We will reach out to you to coordinate delivery.

Registration Rates Cost
Member (includes all speaker sessions, swag box, and happy hour event*) FREE
Non-Member (includes all speaker sessions, swag box, and happy hour event*) $199

Questions about this event?

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