AGC Summer Convention 2016

Thank you attendees and sponsors for making this a winning convention

If You're Not First, You're Last!

Thursday, August 11, 2016
7:30 am–12:00 pm
Pre-Con Activity – Golf Outing – Crosswater Golf Club
Pre-registration required
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Sign up to golf on the premier Robert E. Cupp 18 hole championship course at the Crosswater Golf Club. 

Tee times will begin at 7:30 am. Golfers will be grouped into foursomes for each tees time.
A limited number of tee times are available.

Cost is $125 per person.

This pre-convention activity is open to all AGC Summer Convention attendees.

11 am–12 pm
Membership Services Committee Meeting
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Open to committee members only

11 am–6 pm
Registration open
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Check in to receive your name tag, registration gift, and registration bag for the convention.

1–2:30 pm
Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council Meeting
Open to all AGC Summer Convention attendees.
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A forum for issues of unique significance to highway/heavy/utility/civil contractors.

3–5 pm
Board of Directors Meeting
Open to all AGC Summer Convention attendees.
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The Oregon-Columbia Chapter Board of Directors is comprised of elected, appointed, and designated members representing all segments of the chapter’s membership. All members and their guests are invited to attend.

5–7 pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.
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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Kick off the convention with light appetizers and drinks.

Friday, August 12, 2016
7 am–7 pm
Registration Open
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Check in to receive your name tag, registration gift, and registration bag for the convention.

7:00–8:15 am
Breakfast Buffet
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Fuel up!

8–9:30 am
Opening Keynote: Race to Win
Lyn St. James
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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!

Lynn St James, Indy Racer

Lynn St James, Indy Racer

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.

Sponsored by: Jordan Ramis PC; DJC Oregon; Stoel Rives, LLP; Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP

9:45–10:45 am
Concurrent Educational Breakout Sessions
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Safety 24/7: The Journey Toward Exceptional Safety Culture and Performance
Cal Beyer, Lakeside Industries
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Safety culture is a frequently discussed topic in the construction industry and within construction companies. Identify the elements of safety culture and learn how safety culture development is a change management process. Discuss how your company can influence the development of a “Safety 24/7” culture where employees promote safety awareness, responsibility, and accountability at home, work, and play. Understand the relationship between safety culture and strategic risk management. Learn why zero incident/injury is an outcome and not a goal for effective safety cultures. Consider how mental and suicide prevention fit in a holistic safety culture.

Cal Beyer

Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management, Lakeside Industries, Inc.

Cal Beyer is the director of Risk Management at Lakeside Industries, Inc. in Issaquah, Wash., where he leads strategic risk improvement and risk management best practices. He is leading a cultural transformation of Lakeside’s historically strong safety program on its journey to exceptional safety performance.

Cal writes for national publications and speaks regularly at national and regional conferences, and serves on the Executive Committee for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He is leading a national initiative within the construction industry on mental health and suicide prevention.


Success on the Track: Don't Overlook Your Pit Crew
Erin Bullard, CNA Surety; Tracy Allen, AKT, LLP; and Angela Otto, Ball Janik, LLP
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Your company has been asked to bid on a project whose value is larger than last year’s top line. This session is intended to assist you in identifying the risk should you elect to bid the project. Topics will include evaluation of financial stability, underwriting concerns, potential impacts to bonding capacity, and the legal risks. We will also outline a strategy as to whom to consult—both inside and outside your company—to minimize the impacts and risks should your company be awarded the project.

Erin Bullard, Underwriting Director, CNA Surety

Erin Bullard, Underwriting Director, CNA Surety

Erin Bullard is currently the underwriting director in charge of CNA Surety’s Portland, Ore. office and oversees business in the Oregon/SW Washington territory. She is responsible for profitability, business development, analysis, and monitoring of CNA’s book of surety business, as well as attracting and developing underwriting talent. She started her surety career 15 years ago in Northern California after graduating from Oregon State University. In 2004 she moved back to the Northwest where she continued her surety career and became an active member of several local construction industry associations. 


Tracy Allen, CPA, CCIFP, AKT LLP

Tracy Allen, CPA, CCIFP, AKT LLP

Tracy Allen brings with her over a decade of experience and focuses on the construction industry. Tracy provides financial and accounting services, cash-flow and internal control reviews, as well as tax planning and consultation to her clients at AKT LLP CPAs & Business Consultant. In 2013, she was chosen as one of 38 participants across the nation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Leadership Academy. She speaks and teaches seminars for the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and the Surety and Fidelity Association of America. 


Angela Otto, Partner, Ball Janik LLP Legal Advisors

Angela Otto, Partner, Ball Janik LLP

Angela Otto joined Ball Janik LLP as a partner in the construction and litigation practices. Her deep construction-related experience includes multi-million dollar disputes involving the design and construction of bridges using fiber-reinforced polymer decking, wastewater treatment facilities, natural gas pipelines, various hospital renovations, high-tech manufacturing facilities, and the defective construction of an active food manufacturing facility. Angela has also been involved in multiple construction defect suits, several significant delay and impact claims, and countless lien foreclosure and breach actions. Angela is currently serving as counsel to the Board of Directors for the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter.


How To Take Control of Your Time and Get More Out of Life!
Bethanne Kronick, Simplify!
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Time for a change! Time to take control and manage your time instead of it managing you! This lively, interactive presentation provides strategies and solutions to boost productivity and efficiency. You’ll walk away with tips you can use the same day as the training.

Bethanne Kronick, Productivity Strategist, Simplify!

Bethanne Kronick, Productivity Strategist, Simplify!

Bethanne Kronick is an experienced speaker, productivity strategist, author, and consultant who, for over fourteen years, has successfully helped her clients learn practical strategies to improve their systems and workflow. She is passionate about bringing productivity, balance, and wellness to people at work and in life. As a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Bethanne brings her messages to organizations looking to provide their teams with the best in productivity training. Learn more about Bethanne and her company, SIMPLIFY!, at www.simplifynw.com.

 

 


Sponsored by: Simplify!

10 am–12 pm
Spouse and Guest Program: Sip, Paint, and Create!
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Sip, Paint and Create

Paint and create with the guidance of a local Bend artist while
sipping mimosas!

Drink mimosas (or coffee), paint, and be creative! This fun-filled morning is a perfect time to let your creative juices flow. Don’t think you are a very creative or talented painter? You will be surprised at how good you really are as we break down the steps of painting a beautiful scene. And if nothing else, you will have a ton of fun and meet some wonderful people in the process.

Activity is included in the Spouse FULL registration fee or you can sign up in the a la cart section.

A la Cart Price: $125 per person (includes both morning and afternoon activities)

11 am–12 pm
Concurrent Educational Breakout Sessions
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Talent Wars: Which Side Are You On?
Dawn Rasmussen, Pathfinder Writing and Career Services
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Building and maintaining a skilled workforce is a common problem that every company and HR manager deals with nearly all the time. How is your company breaking the mold of the hire-train-replace cycle? How are you setting expectations and goals for employees so they can have a clear understanding of the objectives they need to achieve? This session will challenge current thinking and spark a lively debate about best practices in the war for skilled industry talent.

Dawn Rasmussen, President, Pathfinder Writing and Career Services

Dawn Rasmussen, President, Pathfinder Writing and Career Services

Dawn Rasmussen is the author of Forget Job Security: Build Your Marketability, a frequent national speaker, a recognized career expert on Careerealism.com (top 10 world-ranked career advice blog), and has been featured on Huffington Post Live, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, CBS MoneyWatch, Forbes.com, and Christian Science Monitor on career-related topics. Dawn was recently recognized as one of the top 100 social human resource experts on Twitter by Huffington Post. When she isn’t busy helping clients, she is off hiking in Oregon’s beautiful mountains with Brad, her husband, and their two dogs.

 


 Sponsored by: Pathfinder


How Can I Make My Fleet Contribute to My Bottom Line?
Bob Kelly, Northside Ford Truck Sales, and DeMond Sylvas, Telogis
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Attendees will learn about current trends in vehicles, what is new in the vehicle industry and what is coming down the line for next year, what size truck or van you really need in your fleet, purchase vs lease, how telematics will help you manage your fleet, and who offers telematics and how to use it.

Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly, Northside Ford Truck Sales

Bob Kelly, TSE, CVLE, Northside Ford Truck SalesBob Kelly has been in the transportation business for over 40 years. He specializes in commercial sales and leasing, and uses this knowledge to make sure his customers get the right vehicle for both their current and future needs. He obtained his CVLE (certified vehicle leasing executive) in 1998 from the National Vehicle Leasing Association, and has received industry awards and recognition.


DeMond Sylvas

DeMond Sylvas, Telogis

DeMond Sylvas, Dealer Account Manager, Ford TelematicsDeMond Sylvas has been with Ford Telematics as the dealer account manager for the Pacific Northwest for two years. With over 14 years’ experience in strategic account development. Prior to joining Ford Telematics, DeMond was the regional sales specialist for Stamps.com, a Silicon Valley-based technology firm, where he led existing and new client opportunities. From 2007 through 2012, DeMond was the business development manager for national sales for American Express. Previous to this, DeMond held various sales roles for Ryder Transportations, Schenker Logistics, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


Overcoming Obstacles: Best Practices for Subcontractors, General Contractors, and Public Agencies
Judy Betts, Independent Consultant
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The SB-GO! Council tackled some general issues with doing business in the construction industry. From nearly two years of meetings came a whitepaper, with suggestions and tricks to be more profitable and successful. This session will use the whitepaper to promote sharing of best practices and facilitate dialog among attendees. The presenter will share some ideas/suggestions in an effort to solicit brainstorming from attendees.

Judy Betts, Independent Consultant

Judy Betts, Independent Consultant

Judy Betts, human resources, diversity, and training consultant, has 33 years in human resources with increased responsibilities for soliciting and working with disadvantaged, minority, women-owned, and emerging small business (DMWESB) subcontractors. She was with Hamilton Construction for 11 years in human resources and diversity developing relationships with and assisting DBE and MWESB firms. She has led the DBE and workforce utilization effort on more than 14 major projects for Oregon Department of Transportation as well as projects in Alaska, Colorado, and Washington. As former chair of SB-GO! (Small Business Growth Opportunity Council) where the whitepaper “Overcoming Obstacles: Best Practices for Subcontractors, General Contractors, and Public Agencies” was developed, she promoted sharing of best practices and facilitated dialog among primes and subcontractors.


The Changing World of Alternative Contracting
Jeremy Vermilyea, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
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The many alternatives to design-bid-build construction continue to evolve. Just as one method comes into vogue, other methods are developed and touted as “the next big thing.” In recent years design-build, construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC), and integrated project delivery (IPD) have all had their moments in the sun. There are many other unique approaches, and this session will discuss the merits, weaknesses, similarities, and differences among these alternative approaches.

Jeremy Vermilyea

Jeremy Vermilyea, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Jeremy Vermilyea helps his clients get things built. He regularly acts as outside general counsel to construction contractors throughout the Pacific Northwest, advising on a broad array of matters from contract negotiation to project management issues to resolution of disputes arising from such things as payment, scope, and delay claims, or even arguments over workmanship.

Jeremy has been working in the construction field for 20 years, and has litigated numerous complex matters in state and federal courts in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and California. He has been actively involved with the AGC both nationally and at the chapter level in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, including over a decade’s worth of legislative and policy work on issues that most affect the industry. As the leader of Schwabe’s construction team, Jeremy helps ensure that clients can quickly and seamlessly access the firm’s full slate of business services to achieve their goals.

12:15–2:15 pm
Keynote and Lunch: Hot Technologies 2016
James Spellos, Technology Guru, Meeting U.
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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, President, Meeting U.

James Spellos, President, Meeting U.

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 has been 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.

2:30–5:30 pm
Spouse and Guest Program: Ale and Distillery Trail
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Wine and Ale Trail

Join us for a private tour and tasting at a local Bend brewery and distillery.

Learn the how tos and do a little tasting too.
A limited number of spots are available.

Activity is included in the Spouse FULL registration fee or you can sign up in the a la cart section.

A la Cart Price: $125 per person (includes both morning and afternoon activities)

3:30–6 pm
Free Time
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Race to the Sunriver Golf Course for a quick 9 holes, or relax at Sage Spring Spa in prep for the Pit Row Party!

6–9 pm
Famous Friday Reception: Pit Row Party Zone!
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Come on down to the AGC Pit Row and immerse yourself in the middle of the action at the reception—the Party Zone. You and your crew will enjoy the fun-filled evening with great food, cocktails, and wonderful friends old and new.

Please note: This event is held outside (weather permitting) and it can get chilly after the sun goes down.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
7 am–7 pm
Registration Open
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Check in to receive your name tag, registration gift, and registration bag for the convention.

7:30–8:15 am
Breakfast Buffet
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Fuel up!

8–9:30 am
AGC of America Update
Steven Sandherr, CEO, AGCA, and Mark Knight, AGCA President
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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.

Mark Knight, President of the AGC of America Board of Directors

Mark Knight, President of the AGC of America Board of Directors

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.


Stephen Sandherr, AGC Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Sandherr, AGC Chief Executive Officer

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.


9:45–10:45 am
Concurrent Educational Breakout Sessions
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It's App-tastic: 60 Apps in 60 mins
James Spellos, Meeting U.
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Do you still have your computer? Or is your business becoming more productive and more mobile by using tablets instead? Whether you’re using an iPad, Android, or Windows device, without knowing the best productivity apps available, you’re not using your time most efficiently. This fast-paced session will review and showcase 60 of the most useful work apps. Attendees are encouraged to bring their tablet and smart phones and share their favorite apps with their peers.

James Spellos, President, Meeting U.

James Spellos, President, Meeting U.

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 has been 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 named one of the hospitality industry’s trendsetters in 2015 for his technology education.



Construction Forecast: Business Growth & Key Employee Retention
Alisa Brake, The Partners Group
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Construction firms are seeing dramatic growth in both commercial and residential construction projects statewide. A big concern for construction companies isn’t growth, but the lack of skilled labor inhibiting the ability to bid on and accept potential projects. Adding to this issue is the business owners’ challenge in finding talent as they pursue a succession plan. Learn strategies and funding options for maximizing compensation and benefits to become an employer of choice to attract and retain key talent in the tight labor pool.

Alisa Brake, Consultant, The Partners Group

Alisa Brake, Consultant, The Partners Group

Alisa Brake has many years of experience in the employee benefits industry in Oregon. Prior to joining The Partners Group, Alisa worked for a large national carrier as a senior sales executive. In addition to benefits, she has a lengthy background in human resources as a practicing professional and an HR consultant. Alisa received her degree in business from the University of Redlands and her master’s in education from Portland State University. She has taught business ethics courses through Portland Community College since 1999 and was adjunct faculty at PCC until 2009.


Finish First When Others Around You Fail: Tips on How to Financially Protect Your Company During a Project
Jeanne Sinnott and Gary Christensen, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP; and Christine Bartholdt, Surety Claims Counsel, Liberty Mutual Surety
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When times are good, or at least better, it is easy to forget about needed precautions to help safeguard your company against the unknown. This panel will provide ways that you, from a practical business perspective, can evade disaster, protect your payments from others’ financial shortages, and avoid the pitfalls of another bankruptcy—and still end up first—with a bit of knowledge, planning, and care in managing your stream of payments.

Jeanne Sinnott, Bankruptcy Litigation Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Jeanne Sinnott, Bankruptcy Litigation Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Jeanne Sinnott is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn with a broad range of experience in debtor-creditor issues, real estate and construction litigation, and bankruptcy. Jeanne has counseled many clients who have faced tough situations when customers or business partners face financial hardships. Recognizing that the solution is not always litigation but often negotiation, Jeanne has helped many clients reach favorable resolutions without engaging in costly legal battles. She has also counseled clients on best practices to help avoid problematic situations. Jeanne is past president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors. She has been selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars from 2011–present. 


Gary Christensen, Construction Law Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Gary Christensen, Construction Law Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Gary Christensen is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and chair of the firm’s construction law team. Gary focuses his practice on design and construction law and commercial litigation. He regularly negotiates design, construction, and construction management contracts, in addition to handling major construction-defect, payment, and delay disputes. Much of his career is focused on construction of schools, medical facilities, affordable housing projects and renovations, distribution centers, resorts, and large commercial facilities. Gary has been selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyer magazine every year since 2007 and also in Best Lawyers in America for construction litigation.


Christine Bartholdt is surety claims counsel with Liberty Mutual Surety. She is a 1994 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. After relocating from Minneapolis, she practiced law in Seattle prior to joining Safeco Surety in 1999.

11 am–12 pm
Concurrent Educational Breakout Sessions
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Pit Stop: 38-point Maintenance Check for Your Construction Business
Roger Lenneberg, Peter Hicks, David Bowser, and Jacob Zahniser, Jordan Ramis, PC
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Using the same fun and interactive format successfully applied last year, this session will discuss some of the significant legal issues that arise in the construction industry. With a spin of the wheel, audience members will identify a legal topic, and attorneys will work with the audience to identify real world examples and then discuss solutions and issues.

Roger Lenneberg, Attorney, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

Roger Lenneberg, Attorney, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

Roger Lenneberg has 30 years of experience as a construction attorney, both in private practice and as in-house counsel for a national subcontractor and a developer. He is recognized for his skills and experience in construction law, including productivity loss claims on all types of projects, and nationally speaking on risk management and claim avoidance. He has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of construction disputes and uses his knowledge of the industry to keep the process focused on results. Known for his blunt but thoughtful approach, his insights are valued by clients and lawyers alike. 


Peter Hicks, Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC

Peter Hicks, Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC

Peter Hicks’ practice focuses on litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on employment and commercial matters, including real estate and business disputes. He makes every effort to ensure clients fully understand the law and its practical impacts, counseling them on regulatory interpretation, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, trade secret protection, and labor relations and negotiations. Peter has represented local, regional, and national clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 


David Bowser, Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC

David Bowser, Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC

David Bowser’s practice covers all aspects of the construction process, from the early steps of procurement, bidding, and contract drafting and negotiation, through the middle steps of claim identification, avoidance, and documentation, and finally through the later steps of claim prosecution and defense. While David strives to use his experience to counsel and advise his clients to keep them out of litigation, when necessary, he brings his substantial litigation experience to achieve his client’s goals. 


Jacob Zahniser, Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC

Jacob Zahniser, Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC

As a construction lawyer, Jacob Zahniser has represented a wide variety of construction industry clients ranging from contractors, suppliers, and insurance policy holders and assignees, to commercial property owners, landlords, and homeowners associations. Jacob is experienced in all forms of construction litigation, including payment disputes and lien claims, insurance coverage, leases, purchase and sale agreements, development rights, adverse possession, property lines and easements, and development disputes.


If You're Not Mentoring, You're Not Leading
Susan Bender Phelps
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Based on powerful training programs, this engaging, entertaining yet practical presentation shows you how being a mentor will help you and your company grow. Mentoring doesn’t always come naturally, but you can learn and master the basics: how to share your experience and expertise, communicate effectively, give actionable feedback, improve your work environment, and more.

Susan Bender Phelps, Speaker, Trainer, Author, Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership

Susan Bender Phelps, Speaker, Trainer, Author, Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership

Susan Bender Phelps works with companies who want to maximize employee engagement, build leaders, increase productivity and profits; this means employees who want to come to work. Susan has over 30 years of experience working with leaders at all levels of organizations to create a culture of learning and support that allows people to deliver breakthrough results in construction, healthcare, parks and recreation, and accounting, and with scientists, physicists, architects, engineers, colleges, and government agencies. Her book, Aspire Higher, is a collection of true success stories of career and business mentoring. Susan has a master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership, is a certified SCUBA diver, and loves to travel.

 


Sponsored by: Odyssey


How Your Company Can Fight a Massive Tax Increase and Support Investments in Career Technical Education: Demystifying November Ballot Measures Critical to Your Company’s Future
Mike Salsgiver, Executive Director, AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter; Randy Steinman, Outreach Coordinator, Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales; Russ Batzer, President, Batzer Construction, Inc.
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There are actions you and your company can take to fight Oregon’s largest proposed tax increase and to increase state investments in High School career technical education. Both of these issues will be at the center of this fall’s November Election. You will learn what impact the proposed tax increase would have on the sales of products and services Oregonians buy every day. You will also learn the benefits a large investment in career technical education would have on Oregon’s High School graduation rates and the state’s future construction workforce. Join this panel to understand how you can speak out, educate your employees, and influence the outcome of these two issues when Oregon votes on November 8th, 2016.

Mike Salsgiver

Mike Salsgiver, Executive Director, AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter

Mike Salsgiver became Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Oregon-Columbia Chapter in February 2008.  Prior to his work at AGC, Mike served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Oregon Department of Economic and Community Development (OECDD) from January 2005 to January 2008.  He has 35 years’ experience in government affairs, public affairs, and economic development work.  Prior to his state service, Mike was Public Affairs Manager for Intel in Oregon from 1994-2002, and served as a professional staff to U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield from 1984-1994, and for U.S. Senator Bob Packwood from 1981-1984.  A veteran of the U.S. Air Force (1973-1977), Mike is a 1981 graduate of Portland State University (BS Political Science, 1981).


Randy Steinman

Randy Steinman, Outreach Coordinator, Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales

Randy Steinman currently serves as Outreach Coordinator for the coalition opposing the $6 billion tax increase that will appear on the November ballot. His role involves connecting with each of the industries, small- and medium-sized businesses and associations across the state to explain the consequences of the huge new tax, and enlisting individuals, organizations and businesses to join the coalition called Defeat The Tax On Oregon Sales. Randy has spent the better part of three decades doing similar work building coalitions and developing consensus on public policies and community decisions.


Russ Batzer

Russ Batzer, President, Batzer Construction Inc.

Russ Batzer was born and raised in Medford, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1982, Russ worked for Senators Bob Dole and Barry Goldwater as an intern for the Senate Commerce Committee. The next five years Russ spent as the Regional Sales Manager for Disston Inc., a steel manufacturer in Philadelphia, PA. In 1987, he re-joined the family business back in Southern Oregon. Russ’ construction knowledge encompasses a wide range of “hands on” learning experiences. Russ spent nearly twelve years as Project Manager, Estimator, and General Manager prior to accepting his current position as Batzer Inc.’s President in 1998.

 

 

12:15–2:30 pm
Closing Keynote and Lunch: The Culture Gearbox Shift: How to Shift From Good to Great to Extraordinary
Derek Daly
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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 often hilarious manner, which leaves audiences in awe.

Derek Daly, NBC, CBS, Fox, Speed Channel

Derek Daly, NBC, CBS, Fox, Speed Channel

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.

Sponsored by Stoel Rives, LLP; James E John Construction Co.; Kodiak Pacific Construction; DJC Oregon

2:30–6:30 pm
Free Time
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Race to the Sunriver Golf Course for a quick 18 holes or relax at Sage Spring Spa in prep for Talladega Nights!

3–5 pm
Convention 5K Fun Run/Walk
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AGC 5K Fun Run/Walk

It is time to get out, stretch your legs, and enjoy some fresh air! Gather up your AGC friends and family for the third annual AGC 5K Fun Run/Walk.

This fun activity is free and open to all AGC Summer Convention attendees, but registration is required.

6:30–11:30 pm
Closing Night Events: Talladega Nights
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Rev your engines, buckle up, and get ready to race down the speedway to Talladega Nights, our final night for the convention. The green flag has dropped; who will be the first to arrive across the finish line and shine in the victory circle? It’s far more than just a race; it’s a chance for year-round bragging rights. Get ready to shake-n-bake!

6:30–7:30 pm                      Reception

7:30–8:30 pm                      Banquet

8:30–11 pm                         Entertainment – Hit Machine!

Hit Machine

Hit Machine is in the house! Back by popular demand, Hit Machine will close out the evening 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!


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