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May 22-23, 2024
Palmer Events Center

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Exhibit Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Classes Start at 9:30 a.m. Each Day

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Over 170 Exhibitors

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Scott Beebe
Founder & Head Coach | Business on Purpose
How Contractor Owners Can 20x’s Their Cash Accounts and Stop Borrowing Time and Money

Wednesday, May 22 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

You will hear the true story of how one simple-minded contractor started 2020 thin on cash not realizing what the rest of the year had in store.

Three years later his business is on a sure foot while taking on zero debt. He borrow no money and has no need to ask his vendors, partners, or subs for additional time for payment.

You can run a small or large firm on cash. You can stop the constant calls from creditors wondering when they are going to get their money. You can stop living from deposit to deposit. You can stop going to bed every night hoping the next receivable will be in the mailbox tomorrow.

In this life-changing talk, Scott Beebe (CEPA) will share real numbers from a simple contractor that will motivate and inspire you to build a business without being dictated by chaos, and placing you in the driver’s seat.

Learning Objectives

  1. See how using one or two bank accounts in your business is crippling
  2. Watch real life examples unfold showing the growth of the cash over time...even when a business declines in annual revenue
  3. Walk away with a simple structure you can implement tomorrow and the roadmap to do so

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Remodelers, Contractors

4 Predictable Ways Contractors Grow Their Business Without Debt or Expensive Software
Thursday, May 23 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

In this mindset-shifting talk, Scott Beebe, CEPA, the founder of Business On Purpose will walk you through the difference between a "lifestyle business" and a "value creation" business that allows you both unlock the purpose, people, process, and profit of your business while living with real impact and purpose today and tomorrow.

This talk will catapult you from feeling like your business is a burden and chore, and reframe your business into a massive asset that allows for significant value for you, your family, and many others.

You will leave feeling hopeful about the business you already have instead of dreading what you are afraid your business has become.

Want to sell your business someday? This is the talk you need. Yes, even your business.

Discovery points...

  1. Learn how much of your net worth is locked away in your business
  2. Determine the most profitable and least profitable systems in your business
  3. Realize the number one myth in business related to workforce engagement
  4. Leave with ONE thing that you can implement tomorrow that will build value to either sell, or continue towards meaningful value growth

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Remodelers, Contractors

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Scott Specht
Founder & Principal | Specht Architects
House of the Future
Wednesday, August 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Scott Specht, founder of AIA Award-Winning firm Specht Architects, will give an interesting and humorous talk about the history of the “House of the Future.” This will cover unusual ideas from the 1920s through the 1970’s of how we’d be living in the future of 2020. Scott will cover the strange building techniques that these visionaries thought we’d be using, including spray-foam structures, bolt-together fiberglass shells, and even inflatable bubble homes.

Scott will also talk about what the true home of the future will encompass looking forward, covering the newer ideas of lighting, home automation, and architecture.
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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Laura Britt
Founder & Principal | Britt Design Group
The Everchanging Shift for Multifamily Design Post-COVID-19
Thursday, August 12 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
2020 forced us to pivot quickly and learn to be productive working from home. Many companies have found their employees enjoy this flexibility and value more time at home. Because of this, we predict we'll see the rise in the focus of the home as a workspace as well as a deeper emphasis on health and wellness. As the work from home trend is here to stay, it will be increasingly important to take all that comes with that into account in post-pandemic design. Amenities like large business centers, community gathering areas, and gyms and wellness centers will be key in creating functional and enjoyable live/work environments.
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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Sales
Tom Woodcock
President | Seal the Deal
Networking & Association Use

Wednesday, May 22 | 1:15 p.m.-2:15p.m.

In this class we will layout how to determine what associations to join, how to work them and get business from your involvement. The single greatest way to find grouped customers and network contacts is right in your backyard association! Work them to the fullest and you'll never make a cold call again!
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
Selling Thru a Tough Economy
Thursday, May 23 | 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

We’re seeing volatile pricing formats, supply chain interruption and rising interest rates. This usually ends in tough economic conditions, resulting in construction industry challenges. Knowing the best way to stay ahead of these changes and keep your business moving forward is difficult. We’ll look at the methods successful contractors use to weather shifting economic conditions.

We’ll cover:

  1. Increasing your portion of the market pie
  2. Getting a competitive advantage
  3. Managing customer expectations
  4. Structuring your sales effort
  5. How to balance sales and marketing efforts

You’ll come away from this session with a better understanding of what it will take to grow in both revenue and profitability in these times. Sales is the most important aspect of your business. Everything else simply follows that lead.

Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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Scott Specht
Founder & Principal | Specht Architects
House of the Future
Wednesday, August 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Scott Specht, founder of AIA Award-Winning firm Specht Architects, will give an interesting and humorous talk about the history of the “House of the Future.” This will cover unusual ideas from the 1920s through the 1970’s of how we’d be living in the future of 2020. Scott will cover the strange building techniques that these visionaries thought we’d be using, including spray-foam structures, bolt-together fiberglass shells, and even inflatable bubble homes.

Scott will also talk about what the true home of the future will encompass looking forward, covering the newer ideas of lighting, home automation, and architecture.
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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Laura Britt
Founder & Principal | Britt Design Group
The Everchanging Shift for Multifamily Design Post-COVID-19
Thursday, August 12 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
2020 forced us to pivot quickly and learn to be productive working from home. Many companies have found their employees enjoy this flexibility and value more time at home. Because of this, we predict we'll see the rise in the focus of the home as a workspace as well as a deeper emphasis on health and wellness. As the work from home trend is here to stay, it will be increasingly important to take all that comes with that into account in post-pandemic design. Amenities like large business centers, community gathering areas, and gyms and wellness centers will be key in creating functional and enjoyable live/work environments.
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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CARLOTTA THOMPSONTax Strategist of America
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Carlotta Thompson

Founder | Tax Strategists of America

How to Legally Pay Zero Income Tax

Wednesday, May 22 | 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 23 | 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

  • Tax strategy and how it can save you thousands of dollars
  • Hidden deductions you are missing
  • Common red flags in the construction industry
  • What the IRS is not telling you

Target Audience:  Business owners

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Scott Specht
Founder & Principal | Specht Architects
House of the Future
Wednesday, August 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Scott Specht, founder of AIA Award-Winning firm Specht Architects, will give an interesting and humorous talk about the history of the “House of the Future.” This will cover unusual ideas from the 1920s through the 1970’s of how we’d be living in the future of 2020. Scott will cover the strange building techniques that these visionaries thought we’d be using, including spray-foam structures, bolt-together fiberglass shells, and even inflatable bubble homes.

Scott will also talk about what the true home of the future will encompass looking forward, covering the newer ideas of lighting, home automation, and architecture.
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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Laura Britt
Founder & Principal | Britt Design Group
The Everchanging Shift for Multifamily Design Post-COVID-19
Thursday, August 12 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
2020 forced us to pivot quickly and learn to be productive working from home. Many companies have found their employees enjoy this flexibility and value more time at home. Because of this, we predict we'll see the rise in the focus of the home as a workspace as well as a deeper emphasis on health and wellness. As the work from home trend is here to stay, it will be increasingly important to take all that comes with that into account in post-pandemic design. Amenities like large business centers, community gathering areas, and gyms and wellness centers will be key in creating functional and enjoyable live/work environments.
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Workshops & Classes

Don't Kill your Golden Goose-Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction & Estate Planning Strategies to Protect & Perpetuate your Business
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 5

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Larry Oxenham
Speaker, Trainer | American Society for Asset Protection

Discover the tools you can use to become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes, and achieve financial peace of mind. By the end of the presentation you will know how to:

  1. Protect 100% of your assets from lawsuits. You will learn how to make yourself so unattractive to a plaintiff attorney that they will never pursue a lawsuit against you.

  2. Save thousands of dollars each year in taxes. You will learn five tax reduction strategies most people fail to utilize, which could save you more than $10,000 each year in taxes.

  3. Avoid probate and eliminate all estate taxes.

    You will be taken through a checklist of items that are important to every estate and business succession plan. You will learn what you should be doing now to prepare for successful business and estate secession.


Target Audience: Builders and Contractors

4 Blind Spots Preventing Contractors From Retaining Talent and Growing Profit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Scott Beebe

Founder & Head Coach | Business on Purpose

Most contractor owners cross their fingers and hope for the best when desiring a solid culture, meaningful profit, and a product that they are proud of. Luck is not a strategy!

This highly engaging education program will reveal four critical blind spots sabotaging the growth of your business and your team. You will leave this presentation with ONE action item to immediately implement into your business that will wishing you had heard this talk ten years ago!

After this presentation you will have clarity on why the younger generation “will not listen” and how you can respond, the leadership “RPM’s for a healthy culture, and the one system that will ensure necessary profit that will fuel culture and growth.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the 3 foundational cornerstones of EVERY contractor business
  2. Understand the 3 non-negotiables of building and leading a vision-centered team
  3. Discover how an owner's process leadership directly impacts people, profit, and productivity
  4. Create a proven plan for predicting your profit

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Remodelers, Contractors

Effective Sales Presentations
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. |

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Sales
Tom Woodcock
President | Seal the Deal

Construction professionals excel in building living and working environments, not necessarily doing a sales presentation. Most have never been formally trained in doing a presentation. Being more effective in presenting your bid, quote, product or
service can be the difference in securing the business. You’ll learn specific presenting tips that can make the difference.

  1. Managing a lunch and learn
  2. Effective in home presenting
  3. Controlling a commercial presentation
  4. Proper use of presentation tools

Sales is the most important aspect of any business, especially construction. Becoming more proficient in how you present to a potential customer can raise not just your revenue numbers but also profitability. The better you are at presenting, the easier the close!

Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers

How Google And Chat GPT Can Boost your Online Lead Flow
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | 

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Web Marketing

Joshua Ramsey

Marketing & Communications Strategist | Strategic Point Marketing

Google has certain expectations of your website.  The number one thing Google wants…. Good User Experience (UX).

In this session learn:

  • Exactly how to communicate to Google
  • How to track what your user experience
  • How to use Chat GPT to communicate better

All of this plus get access to a free marketing/Chat GPT tool, complimentary in part from Build Expo and www.JRcmo.com  Joshua Ramsey, Fractional CMO.

Not sure what a fractional CMO is?  Learn more about a fractional CMO by searching ‘JRcmo fractional CMO’

Wondering if this speaker is worth your time?  Hear his podcasts, radio show and online teaching by searching 'Joshua Ramsey Marketing’

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Quickbooks for contractors- Beginner
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

Sam HallburnSAM
QuickBooks
Sam Hallburn
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor | PBS Accounting and Tax Solutions

This class is an overview of how contractors can utilize the QuickBooks functionality to facilitate job costing, payroll, receivables and the overall benefits of either the online or desktop applications.

Target Audience: Contractors, Subcontractors, and anyone curious about the features & benefits of QuickBooks.

Flooring Safety by Design | 1.0 AIA LU/HSW Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  | Room A

KELLI WEIBLEN
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AIA
Kelli Weiblen
South Central Team Leader | Altro Floors

Flooring safety by design is offered by Altro throughout North America. The seminar is led by flooring experts experienced in helping architects, interior designers, and building owners select a wide variety of floor covering. Altro encourages participation and discussion during this interactive seminar.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the legislative guidelines and legal tests relating to the specification of slip resistant flooring.
  • Define the Static Coefficient of Friction as it relates to the specification of slip resistant flooring.
  • Undertake a needs analysis to determine the slip resistant floor to suit your requirements.

Target Audience: Commercial Architects/Designers, Flooring Contractors, General Contractors, Business Owners.

Leveraging Tech to Improve Profitability
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room D

Zaid Rahman
flexbase
Technology
Zaid Rahman
Founder & CEO | Flexbase

"Leveraging tech" doesn't need to mean a complete overhaul of systems. There are actionable technologies that you can likely leverage this week that streamline payroll, communication, automation strategies to enhance your billing processes to save time & more.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Derek Stout
Terradyne
Sara McKay
Universal Injections
Engineering
Derek Stout
Regional Vice President | Terradyne

Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | 

This class introduces Geotechnical Engineering and why the Geotechnical Report is important in construction of any foundation. Below is an overview of topics that will be covered as part of the presentation: 

  • Why is Geotechnical Engineering important? 
  • When is the Geotechnical Engineering report needed? 
  • How is the scope of services determined? 
  • Project Fee 
  • Drilling operations and field services 
  • Laboratory testing methods 
  • An overview of the Geotechnical Report 
  • Types of foundations and mitigation techniques 
  • Construction methods and quality control 
  • Liability and Protection 
  • Case studies and lessons learned 
  • Open discussion and questions 

At the conclusion of the presentation, builders, developers, architects and engineers should have a better understanding of the Geotechnical Engineering process and the importance of having a Geotechnical Engineer on the team. 

Target Audience: Builders, Developers, and Engineers

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Sara McKay
Owner & Operating Partner | Universal Injections, Inc

Treatment Process for Soil Stabilization Mitigation Via Machine Injection
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | 

This class will introduce the audience to the application of ionic soil stabilization mitigation administered via machine injections. Our audience will gain an understanding of how stabilization mitigation processes compare in project budget and timelines, followed by a description in supplementing services and scope of work Universal Injections, Inc offers our clients. By the end of this discussion, our goal is to have advanced the audiences’ education in mitigation abilities of chemical injections, and how Universal Injections, Inc. works to benefit contractors and homeowners, in conjunction with their existent construction alliance.

  • Why is expansive soil problematic for Texas builders and homeowners?
  • What are the construction method comparisons of soil mitigation techniques? (i.e. financial and time duration comparisons of select fill, moisture conditioning, and soil injection)
  • Explanation of the machine injection soil stabilization mitigation procedure.
  • Exploration into the theory of environmental effect of soil injections creating rhizosphere bioavailability to plants nearby – resulting in a positive nutrient uptake relatable to fertilizer.
  • Introduction to Universal Injections, Inc. and the innovating designs our company introduced to the industry.
  • Description of our client services, how our scope of work is determined, and final steps of execution.
  • A closer look into the science and studies around the topic of how ionic changes reduce unfavorable PVR and Swell level.
  • Understanding post injection testing reports and drillings are conducted with geotechnical engineering groups.
  • What the post-injection swell letter represents for the project’s progress to foundation completion.
  • Open discussion and Q&A with audience.

Target Audience: Engineers, Contractors, and Architects

Intro to High Performance HVAC Design - Crossroads of Function, Design, and Aesthetic - 1.0 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | 

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MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC
AIA
Voya Milasinovic
Manager, Performance Construction | Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US

Questions Answered:
Form or Function: Which is more important in New Building Design?
How can we meet access requirements, and still make it sexy?
Can we think Outside the box, but Inside the envelope?

Purpose:
To inform today’s building professional to the challenges, and opportunities posed by new HVAC technologies in building design and performance.

Target Audience: Residential and Commercial Architects, MEP's, Builders, Developers

The Power of Corporate Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Brent Barnhart
Seasoned Business Credit Consultant | J. Galt

In J Galt's transformative speaking engagement, "The Power of Corporate Credit," audiences will be invited to explore the pivotal role that corporate credit plays in revolutionizing the business sector. This topic is a direct reflection of J Galt's mission to serve as industry-disrupting pioneers, steadfast in our commitment to the prosperity, protection, and promotion of business owners across the nation. By focusing on the strategic utilization of corporate credit, this presentation aims to enlighten participants on how to effectively leverage financial tools to ensure their businesses not only survive but thrive in competitive markets. Embodying our core values, this session is designed to inspire, educate, and empower attendees, equipping them with the insights needed to unlock new avenues of growth and stability in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Target Audience: Business Owners.

Tips and tricks in Cost Estimating
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Estimating
Saleh Mubarak
Consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer in construction project management

Cost estimating for construction projects is a complicated matter that requires knowledge and expertise. It involves so many aspects that a mistake in one of them can be devastating for the contractor. This seminar will provide a group of valuable tips that will improve the accuracy of the cost estimate. The tips include quantity take-offs, identifying individual items, adding waste allowances, pricing items, adjusting cost for productivity fluctuations, additional charges (such as shipping, delivery, taxes, customs, other fees), custom and special items, estimating overhead and profit, and contingency allowance, and putting the estimate together. Other topics include the impact of location and timing on the price and importance of reading the contract and good documentation. 

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Turn Google Reviews, Messaging and Social Media to Revenue
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room C

Amanda WalkerBirdeye
Social Media

Amanda Walker

Business Growth Expert  | Birdeye

If you're looking to improve your business' ranking on Google, you've come to the right place. John will share the Birdeye guide on using reviews, messaging and social media to grow your local reputation and SEO. You should expect to take away a page of notes on everything you need to know about attracting, converting and delighting your customers and prospects that interact with your business.

Target Audience: Owners, Management, Soloprenuers, Supporting Staff

Burning cash advertising online and struggling to find customers?
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room A

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flexbase
Web Marketing
Anthony Vasser
Digital Marketing Director| Flexbase

WARNING: I am not selling anything. Learn how to improve your digital marketing, find more customers, and generate more ROAS. Actual tips to build an inbound strategy, and the tactics to weave Facebook, PPC, SEO, and email into a comprehensive omnichannel sales machine. Heavy on Q&A.

Target Audience: Owners looking to find more customers by improving digital marketing campaigns

Quickbooks for contractors- Beginner
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. |

Sam HallburnSAM
QuickBooks
Sam Hallburn
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor | PBS Accounting and Tax Solutions

This class is an overview of how contractors can utilize the QuickBooks functionality to facilitate job costing, payroll, receivables and the overall benefits of either the online or desktop applications.

Target Audience: Contractors, Subcontractors, and anyone curious about the features & benefits of QuickBooks.

10 Min Marketing Plan to Avoid Marketing Overspending & Headaches. Plus, Where / How to Generate More Leads?
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | 

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Web Marketing
Joshua Ramsey
Marketing & Communications Specialist | Strategic Point Marketing

A Fractional CMO (Joshua Ramsey) is going to spend this time together show you how to deal with the most common frustrations of business owners.

  • Stop over-spending on marketing campaigns that don’t work
  • Use Technology to streamline your prospect funnels
  • Don’t let agencies take advantage of you

PLUS – learn how to build a ‘bullet proof marketing plan’ for yourself that big companies use to stay on top.

If you don’t attend this session, your competitors will!!

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Unlocking Leverage: How to Secure Reliable Private Capital for Spec Construction
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. |

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FINANCING
Aidan Mosher
Regional Business Development Manager | Lima One Captial

In an uncertain market, it can feel like your capital sources are constantly moving the goalposts. In this class, we will pull back the curtain on the lenders that help keep the industry moving. Learn the red flags to avoid when choosing a lender and pick up some tips on how to secure consistent funding for all of your real estate investments.

Target Audience: Spec Builders who own their own company

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Workshops & Classes

Building a Predictable Business Culture that Recruits, Hires, and Retains Great Gen Z Talent
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Business On Purpose
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Scott Beebe
Founder & Head Coach | Business on Purpose

“Nobody wants to work anymore!”

That’s the outcry from our modern workplace, and yet we look around and talk with loads of people from younger generations desperate not just for work, but for meaningful work that comes with clarity and predictability.

In the AEC industries clarity is hard to come by and good luck landing in a land of predictability.

In this motivating and mindset-shifting talk Scott Beebe (CEPA) will flip our idea of what a younger generation is looking for and why the AEC industries are the perfect landing spot for young, ambitious, hungry talent to come devote their lives and their work to.

Come ready to think differently and gain insight into a simple and free method that can change the game for the culture and health of your business.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the secret language of Gen Z and what they really want
  2. Identify the elements of your business that are ripe for new team members to engage with
  3. Build one simple tool during the workshop that you can implement that afternoon.

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Remodelers, Contractors

Proper Customer Sales Management
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. |

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Sales
Tom Woodcock
President | Seal the Deal

Construction professionals often struggle with the nuts and bolts of proper sales techniques. This includes closing new targets, maintaining recurring customers and crafting a complete sales effort. Properly managing customer expectations and satisfaction can cultivate further opportunity. Not doing so can result in low revenue and profitability results.

We’ll cover:

  1. Why customers commit
  2. Why your close rate is too low
  3. Winning projects or orders with peak profitability
  4. Managing commercial and residential customers

Applying these concepts can bring immediate results in your most critical sales efforts. Effectively reading your customers will result in you being in control of the sales process. Making closing work an easier proposition.

Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers.

Quickbooks for Contractors - Advanced
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. |

Sam Hallburn
SAM
QuickBooks
Sam Hallburn
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor | PBS Accounting and Tax Solutions

This class is an overview of how contractors can utilize the QuickBooks functionality to facilitate job costing, payroll, receivables and the overall benefits of either the online or desktop applications.

Target Audience: Contractors, Subcontractors, and anyone curious about the features & benefits of QuickBooks.

Sustainability and resiliency: How it applies within the Built World  | 1 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

Fernando Pages RuizVinyl Siding Institute
AIA
Fernando Pagés Ruiz
Consultant | Vinyl Siding Institute

1 Hour and attendees will receive 1 LU credit from AIA, and the objectives are as follows:

  1. Learn about vinyl's resiliency
  2. Learn about cladding and facades’ roles in sustainability and resilience
  3. Learn about material sustainability - and the environmental impact
  4. Learn about environmental impact measures and how everything impacts the environment

Target Audience: Architects and Developers

How Google And Chat GPT Can Boost your Online Lead Flow
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | 

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Web Marketing

Joshua Ramsey

Marketing & Communications Strategist | Strategic Point Marketing

Google has certain expectations of your website.  The number one thing Google wants…. Good User Experience (UX).

In this session learn:

  • Exactly how to communicate to Google
  • How to track what your user experience
  • How to use Chat GPT to communicate better

All of this plus get access to a free marketing/Chat GPT tool, complimentary in part from Build Expo and www.JRcmo.com  Joshua Ramsey, Fractional CMO.

Not sure what a fractional CMO is?  Learn more about a fractional CMO by searching ‘JRcmo fractional CMO’

Wondering if this speaker is worth your time?  Hear his podcasts, radio show and online teaching by searching 'Joshua Ramsey Marketing’

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Construction Schedule Updating: What is my percent complete, anyway?
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Project Management
Saleh Mubarak
Consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer in construction project management

Contractors have to update the projects’ schedules periodically. This update is so important not only because it provides the contractor and the owner with an idea of where the project stands at this point, but also because progress payments from the owner to the contractor depend on information in these updates, specifically amount of work performed this period on each activity. This amount of work is usually expressed in percent complete. However, there are many types of percent complete, based on physical estimates (units), cost, time, manhours, or other. It is also important to calculate both baseline and actual percent complete for the activity, in order to determine if work is on, ahead, or behind schedule. This seminar takes a quick look at different types of percent complete, explains them, and discusses what they represent and when to use them.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

The Power of Corporate Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Brent Barnhart
Seasoned Business Credit Consultant | J. Galt

In J Galt's transformative speaking engagement, "The Power of Corporate Credit," audiences will be invited to explore the pivotal role that corporate credit plays in revolutionizing the business sector. This topic is a direct reflection of J Galt's mission to serve as industry-disrupting pioneers, steadfast in our commitment to the prosperity, protection, and promotion of business owners across the nation. By focusing on the strategic utilization of corporate credit, this presentation aims to enlighten participants on how to effectively leverage financial tools to ensure their businesses not only survive but thrive in competitive markets. Embodying our core values, this session is designed to inspire, educate, and empower attendees, equipping them with the insights needed to unlock new avenues of growth and stability in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Target Audience: Business Owners.

From Subcontractor to General Contractor (Spanish Class)
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Diana Oquendo
CEO | G&B Group LLC

It will be explained what it takes to go from Subcontractor to General contractor in the commercial construction industry and the importance of knowing the Building Codes to avoid violations and delays on site.
The importance of having a legally established company and what do I need to have.
What are construction documents?
How to identify if a project is viable or not?

Target Audience: Hispanic Contractors

The First Step in BIM/VDC: Overcoming Obstacles in Adopting BIM for MEP Projects
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Konstantin Solomka

Founder & CEO | Diasphere

Max Bielohurov

Founder, COO | Diasphere


Embarking on the journey of adopting BIM and VDC for the first time in MEP projects can seem daunting, but it's a transformative step towards unparalleled project efficiency and collaboration. In this speaking session, we'll begin by addressing the elephant in the room: the challenges of initial adoption. We understand the apprehensions around the upfront investments in software, training, and the cultural adaptation required within teams.

However, the focus of our narrative will quickly shift to the compelling advantages that BIM and VDC bring to the table. We'll highlight how these technologies enable a seamless, integrated approach to MEP design and construction, drastically reducing errors and rework. Through vivid examples, we'll illustrate the power of real-time collaboration and 3D modeling in solving complex engineering challenges, leading to more accurate, efficient, and sustainable project outcomes.

Our pitch will not only showcase the tangible benefits but also lay out a clear, step-by-step strategy for successful BIM and VDC adoption, tailored for those taking their first steps. We aim to demystify the process, offering guidance on training, workflow integration, and the cultivation of a forward-thinking organizational culture. By the end of our presentation, the initial hurdles will appear surmountable, overshadowed by the promise of innovation, enhanced project delivery, and a competitive edge in the rapidly evolving construction landscape.

Target Audience: MEP’s, Trade Contractors, Subcontractors

Quickbooks for Contractors - Advanced
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. |

Sam Hallburn
SAM
QuickBooks
Sam Hallburn
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor | PBS Accounting and Tax Solutions

This class is an overview of how contractors can utilize the QuickBooks functionality to facilitate job costing, payroll, receivables and the overall benefits of either the online or desktop applications.

Target Audience: Contractors, Subcontractors, and anyone curious about the features & benefits of QuickBooks.

Simple finance tips for construction company that can make a big difference
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 5

Zaid Rahman
flexbase
Technology
Zaid Rahman
Founder & CEO | Flexbase

We're talking really simple things. Like understanding how your current company credit card(s) are either helping or hurting your business. How your bank account might be providing 0% interest earnings when another account could be making your business interest on your idle cash while you sleep. A couple of simple changes could yield ongoing financial improvements.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

A Better Way to Manage Your Jobs From Start to Finish - JobTread Demo 
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 4

Rilee FisherHector PonceZac Spencer
JobTread Software
Project Management
Rilee Fisher
Director of Business Development | JobTread

Hector Ponce

Director of Business Development | JobTread

Zac Spencer

Director of Business Development | JobTread

Get organized, complete your projects on time, and increase your profits. JobTread is end- to-end construction management software that helps you manage all of your business processes, from sales and estimating through to project completion. Learn why contractors give JobTread a 5-star review and consider adding JobTread to your toolkit.

Target Audience: Builders, Contractors, Remodelers, Specialty Contractors, Business Owners

Your Pathway to ZEROs - $2,500 or $5,000 Per Residence
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room B

Travis CanslerICS Inspectors
Green Building
Travis Cansler
CEO | ICS Inspectors

Don’t leave money on the table!

From single-family, to multifamily high-rises, let us help you navigate The Federal Energy Efficiency Incentives.

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Retrofitters/Remodelers, and Residential Real Estate Investors.

Internet 101 for Contractors
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room C

Steve Weber
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Web Marketing
Steve Weber
CEO | ZDigital, LLC

Not sure what to do about your online presence? The Internet has changed consumer behavior. Your potential customers are looking for you online. (Yes, even your referrals!) Can they easily find you? If they can, are they getting a current and professional image of your business? In this informative and casual session, you will learn what matters today and how to use the Internet to build your business - bring your questions!

  • How much do websites cost?
  • The basics of an effective website
  • Why you need a website even if you’re busy
  • How Google works and what's new in search
  • SEO - Search Engine Optimization made simple
  • Q&A: Ask what you want. Learn from an industry veteran

Target Audience: Contractors, Home Builders, Architects, and Small Business Owners

Flooring Safety by Design | 1.0 AIA LU/HSW Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  | Room A

KELLI WEIBLEN
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AIA
Kelli Weiblen
South Central Team Leader | Altro Floors

Flooring safety by design is offered by Altro throughout North America. The seminar is led by flooring experts experienced in helping architects, interior designers, and building owners select a wide variety of floor covering. Altro encourages participation and discussion during this interactive seminar.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the legislative guidelines and legal tests relating to the specification of slip resistant flooring.
  • Define the Static Coefficient of Friction as it relates to the specification of slip resistant flooring.
  • Undertake a needs analysis to determine the slip resistant floor to suit your requirements.

Target Audience: Commercial Architects/Designers, Flooring Contractors, General Contractors, Business Owners.

Tree to Table | 1.0 AIA LU/HSW Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room C

Brandon BerdollBerdoll Sawmill
AIA
Brandon Berdoll
Owner | Berdoll Sawmill

This course serves as a guide to selecting quality, sustainable hardwoods for bespoke furniture and design products by explaining the process of sourcing, harvesting, milling, drying, surfacing, and finishing hardwood materials. 

At the end of this course attendees will be able to: 

  • Understand the origins, importance, and reward of utilizing sustainable resources. Committing to environmentally conscious hardwoods increases the welfare of future generations. 
  • Identify properly milled and dried hardwoods. Safety risks are minimized when properly dried wood is selected for projects. 
  • Recognize best practices, treatments, and finishes to maximize longevity of hardwood furnishings. Durable and harmless treatments are important to the health of the clients. 
  • Ask knowledgeable questions and recognize hardwoods that incorporate sustainability into design. 

Target Audience: Builders, Contractors and Architects in Commercial and Residential applications

PoE Lighting and Automation - Next Gen Control
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room E

Tyler AndrewsPoE Texas
Lightning

Tyler Andrews

CEO | PoE Texas

Top subject matter experts with experience in designing and constructing Power Over Ethernet intelligent buildings share their best practices and lessons learned.  The session will help Builders and Integrators interested in Smart Home and Smart Building Technology gain crucial skills and knowledge essential to delivering intelligent buildings and lighting for developers and owners.

Target Audience: Builders and Integrators interested in Smart Home and Smart Building Technology

How to be #1 and stay #1 on Every GC’s Bid List
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room A

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Top Builder Logo
Business Management

Dave Knowles

Founder & President | TopBuilder

1. Understand what GC’s look for in a specialty contractor

2. Learn techniques to ensure you are on their bid list

3. Build and maintain a lasting relationship

4. Always impress them with

Target Audience: Subcontractors

Get Visible, Get Credible : Get More Customers
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room A

Javier CepedaBirdeye
Web Marketing
Javier Cepeda
Account Manager | Birdeye

Word of mouth has always been the foundation for the acquisition of new customers for businesses but in our internet age, word of mouth is transformed because of reviews sites like Google, Yelp, and  Facebook. Online reviews are now one of the biggest ranking factors in a local search. 

Being credible is only one piece of the puzzle though.  Your business also needs to be found online when people are searching for a specific business near them. Are you at the top of the Google Map Pack? If not you are invisible and all of those great reviews are not doing you much good.  

In this seminar,  we share numerous tips and best practices to not only become credible but visible online. We will also discuss the system that has been tried and tested in many businesses to help take their company to the next level. 

 Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of taking control of your online presence 
  • Learn software programs that help manage your reputation 
  • See why your business may not be ranking as high as it could be 
  • Discuss ways in which reviews can manifest online 
  • Develop strategies for garnering positive reviews 

Target Audience: All Building and Construction Professionals

Manage Your Jobs More Profitably - From Estimating to Job Costing and Invoicing
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 3

Eric Fortenberry
JobTread Software
Eric Fortenberry
Founder and CEO | JobTread

In today’s highly competitive market, it’s more important than ever to be on top of your numbers. If you can’t price your jobs accurately and don’t have a great process for managing your costs throughout the job, you’re setting yourself up for failure. During this presentation, we’ll discuss common pitfalls, cover lessons learned from real-world experiences, and provide actionable takeaways to improve your processes for everything from estimating to bidding, job costing, purchase orders, vendor bills, customer invoicing, and more.

 Three Key Takeaways:

  • Learn the common pitfalls for why businesses don’t hit their target profits
  • Get better insights on pricing your jobs and the difference between markup and margin
  • Identify new business processes you can incorporate into your business

Target Audience: Builders, Contractors, Remodelers, Specialty Contractors, Business Owners

Materials Mgmt./ Procurement and Meets Your Pathway to Zeros
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m | Room D

April MossDigiBuildTravis CanslerICS Inspectors
Project Management
April Moss

Chief Customer Officer/COO and Co-founder | DigiBuild Software

Green Building
Travis Cansler
CEO | ICS Inspectors

This session format is a round table discussion that specifically tackles Supply Chain Management and addresses a wide range of topics:

  • What are the main material issues affecting projects right now?
  • How has Covid impacted Supply Chains?
  • What are companies currently doing to manage this process?
  • What can they do to manage this process more effectively?
  • What stakeholders are being affected and how are they reacting?
  • What challenges come with introducing new technology? How to manage?
  • What are some of the ROI of Material Management & Procurement software? What about software in general?
  • What is an ideal material management & procurement process?
  • What is the future Supply Chain outlook?


Don’t leave money on the table!

From single-family, to multifamily high-rises, let us help you navigate The Federal Energy Efficiency Incentives.

Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, Homebuilders, Retrofitters/Remodelers, and Residential Real Estate Investors.

10 Minute Marketing Strategy Plan
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 3

Joshua RamseyImage
Web Marketing
Joshua Ramsey
Marketing & Communications Specialist | Strategic Point Marketing

A fractional CMO that ranks on page one in your city for the term, "Fractional CMO __(add your city name here)___" is coming to teach and tell you exactly how to rank on page one and also give you a 10 min action plan that will propel your business forward exponentially.Get your own 10 minute action plan that will drastically improve your marketing.  Then stay for the round table of other businesses similar to your industry on what they are doing and how they can improve through new techniques taught by Joshua Ramsey.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Creative Solutions for Internet Problems in Construction Trailers and Sales Offices
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 4

Jon SlettonMomentum
Internet
Jon Sletton
Vice President of National Accounts | Momentum Telecom

Jon and his teammate, Bryan Gifford will take attendees through challenges with internet connectivity that almost every single home builder face at sales office and construction trailers.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Safety Training Techniques
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 1

Bradford K HolmanOccupational Safety Solutions
Safety
Bradford Holman
Chief Executive Officer | Occupational Safety Solutions

Focuses on the knowledge and skills required to assess your training needs, as well as plan, organize, create, and deliver performance-based safety and health training programs. While emphasis is on developing and delivering instructor-lead/classroom training, you’ll become acquainted with other instructional methods and media used to effectively train employees on safety and health issues. This presentation will primarily focus on an instructional design method called (ADDIE) Analysis, Design, Develpment , implementation, and evaluation with emphasis on adult learning principles.

Target Audience: Safety Trainers

QuickBooks for Contractors - Advanced
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 2

Sam Hallburn
SAM
QuickBooks
Sam Hallburn
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor | PBS Accounting and Tax Solutions

This class is an overview of how contractors can utilize the QuickBooks functionality to facilitate job costing, payroll, receivables and the overall benefits of either the online or desktop applications.

Target Audience: Contractors, Subcontractors, and anyone curious about the features & benefits of QuickBooks.

Transparent Pricing and Why You Need it
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. | Room 5

Ross Clark
Maldon Cabinetry
Ross Clark
Founder & CEO | Maldon Cabinetry

We have nothing to hide, so we pulled back the curtain to show it all. Surprisingly, this has allowed us to close more sales, with higher margins, and happier clients to boot!

Eliminating the mystery of what might be in the black box behind a "package price" has been refreshing and life altering. Now our clients know what they are getting for their money at each step along the way, any sense of discomfort about whether they’re being charged fairly has been eliminated. It allows us to work amicably together with them to make value based decisions that optimize their investments and keep them smiling every step of the way.

Leave this session with actionable information that will transform your business, increase your clients’ trust and allow you to close more sales!

Target Audience: Business Owners, Operations, Financial Managers, Design-Build Companies, General contractors 

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ASA AustinMJ Products
Sales
Tom Woodcock
President | Seal the Deal
Selling Thru a Tough Economy
Wednesday, August 16 | 1:15 p.m.-2:15p.m.

We’re seeing volatile pricing formats, supply chain interruption and rising interest rates. This usually ends in tough economic conditions, resulting in construction industry challenges. Knowing the best way to stay ahead of these changes and keep your business moving forward is difficult. We’ll look at the methods successful contractors use to weather shifting economic conditions. We’ll cover:

  1. Increasing your portion of the market pie
  2. Getting a competitive advantage
  3. Managing customer expectations
  4. Structuring your sales effort
  5. How to balance sales and marketing efforts

You’ll come away from this session with a better understanding of what it will take to grow in both revenue and profitability in these times. Sales is the most important aspect of your business. Everything else simply follows that lead.

Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
Networking & Association Use
Thursday, August 17 | 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
In this class we will layout how to determine what associations to join, how to work them and get business from your involvement. The single greatest way to find grouped customers and network contacts is right in your backyard association! Work them to the fullest and you'll never make a cold call again!
Target Audience: Architects, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Builders, and Remodelers
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