Tuesday, March 28

“Drones for the Construction Industry”
Tuesday, March 28: 9 – 9:45am

This session will focus on interior building issues with UAV/Drone operations
Neil Opfer has extensive experience in the construction industry in various construction positions and as a construction faculty member and construction consultant. He has been employed in the construction divisions of such firms as Inland Steel (Arcelor-Mittal), Morrison-Knudsen (URS), CE Lummus, and Standard Oil of California (Chevron). He has been on the faculty of the Construction Management Program – College of Engineering at UNLV since 1989. He has been a licensed general contractor in the State of Nevada since 1999. He has had extensive experience in construction consulting for a number of ENR Top 400 Contractors and Fortune Top 500 Firms. He received a P.D. Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison, an M.S. Management (MBA) from Purdue University along with a B.S. Building Theory, B.A. Economics, and B.A. Business, all from Washington State University.

Drones are becoming more commonplace on a variety of construction sites. Construction projects are seeing drone applications for aerial photography, project documentation, inspections, and other tasks. These drone applications can produce significant benefits over traditional methods of accomplishing these tasks. Very capable and easy-to-operate drones with high-resolution cameras and other technology have become very affordable for even smaller contractors. This presentation will specifically focus on how drones can be useful to wall and ceiling contractors on projects. For a contractor utilizing drones on an interior construction project, there are special precautions to take since GPS control will not be available inside a building. On exterior projects such as curtain wall construction, drone users must comply with FAA regulations issued in 2016.

“PlanGrid: The Future of Field Technology”
Tuesday, March 28: 9:50 – 10:30am

“Using Technology to Simplify Increasing Administrative Tasks While Eliminating Excessive Calls, Emails & Meetings”
Tuesday, March 28: 10:40 – 11:30am

Today’s subcontractors face escalating administration requirements due to factors such as regulatory changes, varying billing requirements or extra forms, reports and documentation required on jobs which rob valuable time from each day. In addition to the tasks increasing, excessive calls, emails or meetings are needed to complete the tasks when there is already no more time left in the day.
The effective use of technology has enabled many subcontractors to turn the challenge of rising demands into an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
This presentation highlights how top performers are using technology to overcome the growing demands of the trade.
Chad Pearson has been the Director of Business Development for Plexxis Software Since 2007. His education spans a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, Police Training Systems and Crisis Resolution. After a career in law enforcement, Chad joined Plexxis Software in their mission to unite the trade.

“Developing Your Personal Brand”
Tuesday, March 28: 1 – 2:15pm

We know that companies and products can be branded, but people can also be branded. In this session we will investigate what personal branding is, how to determine your own personal brand and how to manage your brand to optimize your personal success.
Joann Davis Brayman is Vice President, Global Marketing, for Armstrong World Industries, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and she joined the company in 1976.
Joann began her Armstrong career in sales, progressing to leadership positions in market research, advertising and business development. As Vice President, Global Marketing, Joann focuses on new products, branding, digital marketing, and growth strategies. She holds a BA in Marketing from Bowling Green University and an MBA from Shippensburg University. Joann lives in Lancaster, Pa., with her husband. She is active in marketing, industry, and non-profit organizations, both locally and nationally.

“Form Vs. Function”
Tuesday, March 28: 2:30 – 4pm

This will be a panel discussion with an interior designer, architect, developer, independent rep, and a contractor that will have an open dialogue about the design elements that are being discussed and installed in the creation of new buildings and spaces.

“2017 Economic Forecast”
Wednesday, March 29: 9 – 10am

Bob Treadway possesses a unique ability to integrate forecasts for effective strategy development. Most of his practice is executive sessions with directors and top management in think tank, brainstorming, future visioning, decision-making, and strategic planning projects.
He's called on to make forecasting presentations for a wide range of organizations and industries but participants often comment on the take-away, hands-on instruction that allows them to become better forecasters on their own. As one executive put it recently, "Your workshop, in just one short hour, helped the audience with HOW to think about their own businesses in the future."
He has been a guest lecturer and faculty for executive education sessions at the University of California Berkeley, Loyola, Illinois State, Oregon State and Kansas State Universities. His 16-year tenure on the faculty of the Institute for Management Studies educated thousands of Fortune 500 managers. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, a charter member of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting, and was awarded the National Speakers Association's highest earned designation as a Certified Speaking Professional.

Wednesday, March 29.
- 2017 Economic Forecast – Presented by Bob Treadway

Always a highlight of the convention, Bob will once again provide his insight on what he sees happening in 2017.

One on One Meetings – Make an appointment to meet one on one with one of the representatives of the following companies:

  • Armstrong
  • Ceilings Plus
  • CertainTeed
  • Formglas
  • Gordon Incorporated
  • H.H North American
  • Hunter Douglas
  • On Center Software
  • Rockfon
  • Rulon International
  • Tectum
  • USG

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