2016 Summer Convention Keynote Speakers
Opening Keynote: Race to Win
Friday, August 12
Sponsored by Jordan Ramis, PC; Stoel Rives, LLP; NAWIC; Miller Nash Graham and Dunn, LLP; DJC Oregon; CNA Surety
What’s the next significant goal in your life? Do you have a method to accomplish it? Lyn St. James shares how she creates a future with horsepower through visualization and action. What you believe yourself to be, you become. Life is full of defining moments…either you define the moment or you let the moment define you!
Lyn St. James is a professional IndyCar driver with Indy races including Cart Championship and Indy Racing League to her name. She is one of seven women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. Lyn has seven Indianapolis 500 starts in nine years to her name, including six consecutive starts (1992–97). She also has two victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one win at the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1994, she founded the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation, an organization for the education, training, and advancement of women in automotive fields.
Afternoon Keynote: Hot Technologies 2016
Friday, August 12
Sponsored by Knife River
How are you keeping up with the technological advancements that impact your job and career? Do you find that you’re barely able to keep pace with the latest developments? James reviews what’s new and cool in technology in this fun, fast-paced look at what’s here for us to use now and what’s coming in the near future, including the latest information about the impact of virtual reality on the construction industry.
James Spellos is the president of Meeting U., a company specializing in helping people become more productive and comfortable with technology. As a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Jim delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently. Jim is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award. Jim was also named one of the hospitality industry’s trendsetters in 2015 for his technology education.
AGC of America Update
Saturday, August 13
Sponsored by HP Civil Inc
AGC of America President Mark Knight 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 breakfast to find out the latest on the national political scene.
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.
Mark Knight is president of Foothills Contracting, Inc., a family owned construction business based in South Dakota. He has been actively involved in AGC at the local and national level since 1986, and is currently serving as president of the Associated General Contractors of America Board of Directors.
Closing Keynote: The Culture Gearbox Shift: How to Shift From Good to Great to Extraordinary
Saturday, August 13
Sponsored by Stoel Rives, LLP; James E John Construction Co.; Kodiak Pacific Construction; DJC Oregon
Remember good to great? Today, it has shifted from great to extraordinary. Align this platform with the right culture, and you develop something truly unique: a culture of extraordinary. As we close out the convention, Derek will help you to think and act differently as you push your people to the edges and boundaries of what might be possible. You will embrace what it means to go beyond your best. Derek uses powerful, real-life sports analogies in a unique, compelling, and hilarious manner.
Irish driving legend Derek Daly is the epitome of the complete champion. From the victory circle to the announcer’s desk, hall of fame race car driver and network television color analyst Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of the motorsport world. In 1978, he competed in the Formula One World Championship, and two short years later Derek was ranked 10th in the world. In 1985 Derek started a 10 year association with ESPN as a motor sport color analyst. He became the face of motorsports, seen on NBC, CBS, Fox, and Speed Channel.