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April 24-25, 2024
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Brandon Gray
Business Coach | Business on Purpose
How Contractor Owners Can 20x’s Their Cash Accounts and Stop Borrowing Time and Money

Wednesday, April 24 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15p.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, Brandon Gray 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, April 25 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

In this mindset-shifting talk, Brandon Gray, Business Coach 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

CARLOTTA THOMPSONTax Strategist of America
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Carlotta Thompson

Founder | Tax Strategists of America

How to Legally Pay Zero Income Tax

Wednesday, April 24 | 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 25 | 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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Sales
Tom Woodcock
President | Seal the Deal
Networking & Association Use

Wednesday, April 24 | 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!

Selling Thru a Tough Economy
Thursday, April 25 | 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.

Speaker Bio
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Workshops & Classes

4 Blind Spots Preventing Contractors From Retaining Talent and Growing Profit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 2

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Brandon Gray

Business 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. | Room 1

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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

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 D 161

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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

Retaining Good Employees: How Homebuilders, Remodelers, and GC’s Can Implement A Predictable Process To Keep The Right Team
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

Scott BeebeBusiness On Purpose
Employee Retention
Scott Beebe
Founder & Head Coach | Business on Purpose

1 out of every 4 employees left their jobs in 2021…most voluntarily.  The talent squeeze that contractors feel is predicted to continue well into the future.  

What is true for sales, namely that repeat customers are far easier to come by than new customers, is also true for employees; retaining and growing existing employees is far easier and more effective than trying to find new ones.

This life-changing, 45 minute workshop will equip your leadership toolbelt with practical, take-home tools to provide for your team that allows each person to thrive in their role, grow to new roles, and align with the mission that you have laid out.

You will be equipped to beat chaos with predictability, and to build a business that weathers volatile changes, and makes time for what matters most.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the 3 layers of purpose that must be written and share frequently
  2. Discover the 4 tools every existing employee will need to know, see, and hear to gain enthusiastic, long term buy-in 
  3. Uncover The Secret To A Well-Oiled Culture

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Remodelers, Contractors

How Google And Chat GPT Can Boost your Online Lead Flow
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 6

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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

Estimating Direct and Indirect Costs in Construction
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Estimating
Saleh Mubarak
Author, Public Speaker & Trainer

Direct and indirect expenses in construction projects: This presentation takes a quick and comprehensive look at all expenses expected in a typical construction project. We identify direct and indirect expenses and list all types of categories under each type. The presentation makes a brief analysis of labor, materials, equipment, overhead, bonds and insurance, profit, contingency, and other expenses. Knowing and estimating these expenses can make or break the contractor’s business. This presentation is a must for contractors and anyone in the construction industry.

Target Audience: Builders and Contractors

PoE Lighting and Automation - Next Gen Control
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 7

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: Smart Lighting contractors and integrators

Intro to High Performance HVAC Design - Crossroads of Function, Design, and Aesthetic - 1.0 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 4

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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

PVC101 – The Benefits & Uses of Cellular PVC - 1.0 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 8

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Versatex
AIA

Jon Deweese

Market Development Specialist | Versatex Building Products

Upon completion of this course, architects and participants will understand:

  • Properties of cellular PVC
  • Cellular PVC micro-ingredients
  • Key differences between high and low-quality cellular PVC
  • Ease of use and adaptability
  • Common and unique end-use applications
  • Painting, staining, and laminating options
  • PVC’s contributions to Sustainability
  • Properties of Cellular PVC Trim
  • Are all cellular PVC Trims the same?
  • Working With PVC
  • Uses & Applications
    • Residential – Exterior & Interior
    • Commercial
    • Multi-Family
    • Historical Preservation
  • Dark paint technology for cellular PVC trim
  • New trim surface technology - Film Laminates
  • PVC’s contribution to Sustainability

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

How to Increase Profitability Within the Challenging Construction Marketplace
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

Randy ComerPrecon
Profitability

Randy Comer

VP of New Business Development | Precon India

The presentation will be focused on how to secure offshore/remote labor to increase profit/reduce cost.

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

PVC101 – The Benefits & Uses of Cellular PVC - 1.0 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 2

Jon DeweeseVersatex
AIA
Jon Deweese
Market Development Specialist | Versatex Building Products

Upon completion of this course, architects and participants will understand:

  • Properties of cellular PVC
  • Cellular PVC micro-ingredients
  • Key differences between high and low-quality cellular PVC
  • Ease of use and adaptability
  • Common and unique end-use applications
  • Painting, staining, and laminating options
  • PVC’s contributions to Sustainability
  • Properties of Cellular PVC Trim
  • Are all cellular PVC Trims the same?
  • Working With PVC
  • Uses & Applications
    1. Residential – Exterior & Interior
    2. Commercial
    3. Multi-Family
    4. Historical Preservation
  • Dark paint technology for cellular PVC trim
  • New trim surface technology - Film Laminates
  • PVC’s contribution to Sustainability

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

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

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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

How to Legally Pay Zero Income Tax
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 8

CARLOTTA THOMPSONTax Strategist of America
Estimating
Carlotta Thompson
Founder | Tax Strategists of America
  • 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

Use of Chemical Grout to Stop Water Leaks into Commercial and Residential Structure
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 7

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Grout
John M. Ziebell
Founder | Texas Protective Coating Consultants

Basic types of chemical grout and their application to stop leaks in commercial and residential structure.  Advantages over alternative repair methods.  Installed costs and contractor selection.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Contracting Strategy
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 9

Rene CotaCMG
Business Management
Rene Cota

President | CMG Alliance

The participant will gain an understanding of strategy within Government and public works contracting as well as understand best practices within project execution.

Target Audience: General and Specialty contractors

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

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

Job Costing to Guarantee Profitability
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 4

Eric Fortenberry
JobTread Software
Project Management
Eric Fortenberry
Founder and CEO | JobTread

Have you ever wondered “what went wrong” when your actual profit margin fell short of your target? It’s time to identify the exact sources of the problem. Through accurate and timely job costing, you will be more in control of your finances for each job and find ways to stop your slipping profit.

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

QuickBooks for Contractors - Beginner
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 9

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.

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. | Room 3

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. | Room 3

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

Custom Building & Remodeling: Profitability in Today’s Market
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 16

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Bob Cain
Business Unit Leader

Custom building and remodeling projects aren’t for the faint of heart. These projects involve a lot of moving parts and today’s margins are tighter than ever. From bids and budgets to schedules, selections, and the actual construction process, there are many areas builders could be leaking profits on delays, miscommunications, or missed details. In this session, Bob will share the common areas builders can improve profitability and the tech tools that can help pinpoint inefficiencies so builders can adapt to create a stronger business for tomorrow.

Target Audience: Custom Homebuilders, Remodelers, and trade contractors

Doing Business with the State of Texas
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 10

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Mariah Thompson-Carter
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator | Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The Statewide Procurement Division of the Texas Comptroller’s Office will provide the vendor community insight on how to become a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certified vendor and the advantages of registering with the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to receive bid invitations. Also, learn how to navigate txsmartbuy.com and search the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) to locate bid opportunities for the state.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals.

Constructing the Future: Discover ChatGPT and Harness its Power for a Profitable Marketing Future
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 14

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Marketing
Jason Rhoads
CEO and Owner | Rhoads Creative

In the intersection of artificial intelligence and digital marketing, ChatGPT shines as a game-changer. We’ll unpack its profound impact on online marketing, exploring its present utility and future potential to deliver better and more profitable leads.

The presentation will be in four parts:

1.  Introduction:

  • An overview of ChatGPT: OpenAI’s language model that’s transforming digital interactions.
  • Current State of Online Marketing: How traditional practices are being overshadowed by AI capabilities.

2.  AI Integration in Online Marketing, SEO, and Sales:

  • Content Generation: ChatGPT’s role in crafting engaging and SEO-optimized content.
  • Data Analysis: Gleaning actionable insights from user behavior and feedback.
  • User Experiences: Creating personalized user pathways and sales funnels.
  • SEO Strategies: AI’s role in analyzing search trends and generating SEO-friendly content.

3.  Future Prospects of AI in Marketing:

  • Evolving Capabilities: The ongoing growth and refinement of AI tools like ChatGPT.
  • AI in Search Algorithms: How AI might dictate the direction of search marketing.

4. Q&A Session:  Open floor for attendees to probe deeper, challenge assertions, or seek clarification.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Filling the Gaps and Staying Profitable! 
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 12

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Nicole Grinnell 

Founder & CEO | Bosun Solutions

Fractional teams are like the superheroes of Business swooping in to save the day. They fill those tricky skill gaps without blowing up your employee budget. These teams are like the A-team of specialists—experts in their fields who come in precisely when you need them, without the costs and commitments of full-time hires. By bringing in these fractional teams on a project or fractional hours as low as 5 hours a week, businesses cut down on the usual hiring expenses while making sure processes, client experiences and goals of the organization are not missed.

Even better is the cost-effectiveness. It's like having access to top-tier talent without the hefty price tag. Businesses dodge long-term salary commitments, benefits, and the whole office setup cost, optimizing their budget while still getting the job done by these specialists. Plus, these fractional pros are focused solely on the task at hand, making sure things get done efficiently and delivering results without breaking the bank. In the end, integrating fractional teams into the mix transforms how businesses manage costs, giving them the agility to adapt, thrive, and stay profitable in a constantly changing market.

Target Audience: Business Owners / Department Heads

The Power of Corporate Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 11

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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.

Positioning Your Sales Team for Success
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 15

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Sales
A.J. Ballantine

Founder | RENDR

Learn to sell faster and more conveniently to meet the expectations of today’s, and tomorrow’s buyers.

Target Audience: Design-Build Remodelers and General Contractors

Getting to Know Federal Contracting
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 5

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Kevin Sloan

Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) | U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Federal Contracting is for those who would like to do business with the federal government and grow their business.

They will learn about the process, who can help along the way, and about the different federal certifications.  

Target Audience: Homebuilders, Remodelers, Contractors

Job Costing to Guarantee Profitability
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 1

Eric FortenberryJobTread Software
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Eric Fortenberry

Founder and CEO | JobTread

Have you ever wondered “what went wrong” when your actual profit margin fell short of your target?It’s time to identify the exact sources of the problem. Through accurate and timely job costing, you will be more in control of your finances for each job and find ways to stop your slipping profit.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

10 Min Marketing Plan to Avoid Marketing Overspending & Headaches. Plus, Where / How to Generate More Leads?
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 6

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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

A Better Way to Manage Your Jobs From Start to Finish - JobTread Demo
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 4

Rilee FisherJobTread Software
Project Management
Rilee Fisher
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

How to Become a Successful Fix and Flip Investor!
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 10

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Suzanne Johns

Real Estate Guru & Coach | SCIENCE OF FIX & FLIP

If you're thinking about Fixing and Flipping Real Estate but not sure where to start, this is the class for you! Recessions are a great time to invest. During the 2008 recession, I offered a fix and flip program that created 21 millionaires, most are still flipping houses today on a much grander scale. This class will provide everything you need to know in order to jump into the deep end of being a successful Fix and Flip Investor!

WE WILL COVER

  1. How to FIND your Flip Houses
  2. How to FUND your Flip without using your own money
  3. Tips on FIXing your Flip maximizing your profits
  4. Selling your FLIP to put CASH IN YOUR POCKET!

Target Audience: General Contractors, Subcontractors, Real Estate Investors considering House Flipping, First Time Investors considering House Flipping

Helical Piles: An Overview, Design Theory & Applications
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 3

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Engineering
Moncef Souissi
Senior Geotechnical Engineer | Cantsink

Helical piles and anchors have been used in construction applications for over a century. The first recorded use of helical piles was in 1836 by Alexander Mitchell when he used helical piles to underpin the well-recognized Maplin Sands Lighthouse in England. In the last 30 to 40 years, Helical piles have gained in popularity to the extent they are more frequently recommended by design professional engineers, compared to many other deep foundation types. In 2009, the International Building Code (IBC) was revised in reference to past International Building Codes and included the addition of helical piles. The presentation will discuss the main components of a helical pile, pile installation process, various applications, mechanical and soil pile capacities, and the methods used to determine them. It will also include the design of helical pile using theoretical methods that are based on traditional soil mechanics and the well-known capacity-torque correlation, which is probably the most significant attribute of helical pile. 

Target Audience: Engineers, Contractors, and Architects

QuickBooks for Contractors - Beginner
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 9

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.

Hit Me Baby One More Time - Texas's Newest Mechanic's Lien Laws and How they Affect YOU!
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 3

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Liens
Kelly M. Davis
Owner/ President, Construction Litigation | Kelly M. Davis & Associates, LLC

Embark on a comprehensive journey through the evolving realm of Texas Construction Law with this seminar focused on the recent changes to Mechanic's Lien laws.   If you are like the majority in the construction industry, you know ‘a little’ about Texas’s lien laws but not enough to protect your rights.  Given the uncertainty in the economy and Texas’s recent overhaul of the mechanic’s lien statutes, this seminar is perfectly crafted to guide construction professionals and industry stakeholders who seek a deeper understanding of the revised lien laws. The goal is clear – to ensure compliance with the laws and pave the way for success in securing rights to be paid on the many construction projects across the Lone Star State.

This seminar will focus on the changes to those pesky deadlines that plague the construction industry.    Our speaker, Kelly M. Davis, Esq., is the owner of an established construction law firm in Lewisville, Texas, which has focused for over 22 years on representing those from all sides of the spectrum in the construction industry. Ms. Davis brings extensive experience to the table and her expertise in handling mechanic’s lien disputes has not only earned her recognition but also positioned her as an authority in teaching the many nuances, tricks, and traps of the mechanic’s lien laws while focusing on the top mistakes that invalidate liens.  Ms. Davis is a master at breaking down the lien laws to assist non-lawyers in developing tried and true strategies to not only ‘get by’ in your collection efforts but, instead, ensure that you EXCEL in collecting the full amount owed for the work performed.

Target Audience: General contractors and Subcontractor

Tips and tricks in Cost Estimating 
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 4

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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

Outsourcing for small businesses.
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 15

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Sadiq Isu

Founder and CEO | All Talentz LLC

How to make outsourcing work for you as a small business -
Running a small business is very hard and you need a lot of help to make it work. We understand this challenge and have created a service that helps business owners run their companies seamlessly at a fraction of the cost. Larger companies like Apple, Tesla, and Microsoft currently use outsourcing as a strategy to reduce their operational cost. At All Talentz we want to also help you use outsourcing to reduce your cost and increase your bottom line. We offer trained professionals at 50-75% of the cost you would usually spend on payroll. Join us in this session as we help you understand how to make outsourcing work for your business.

Target Audience: Small Business Owners and Restoration Companies

Managing and Delivering Projects From Inception and Design through Handover
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 7

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Project Management
Joe Eichenseer
Director | Building Lifecycle Solutions

In this session IMAGINiT will walk you through the processes and tools to start and finish project that includes initial design, construction, and then commissioning and handover to the owner. We’ll look at how you can leverage the Autodesk Construction Cloud to manage all aspects of this process – reducing risk, enhancing accountability, and improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout. From Conceptual Design through Digital Twin deliverables, you can do it all in one platform.

Key Topics:

  • The Siloes: Design, Pre-Construction, Construction Management, Handover
  • Creating a Common Data Environment with the Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Common Obstacles when Adopting Cloud-Based Solutions
  • Workflow Review - Design to Handover
  • Trends in the AEC Community when adopting new Cloud-Based Workflows

Target Audience: Construction Professionals, Management, and Engineers

How Tax Law Can Save You Money?
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 8

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Teresa Bilsky

EA, NTPI Fellow, Founder and CEO | BFG Tax Help

Understanding the basics of entity structures and how to use them to save you money.

Target Audience: New businesses or business owners wanting a better understanding of the entities work and why to use them.

Constructing the Future: Discover ChatGPT and Harness its Power for a Profitable Marketing Future
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 14

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Marketing
Jason Rhoads
CEO and Owner | Rhoads Creative

In the intersection of artificial intelligence and digital marketing, ChatGPT shines as a game-changer. We’ll unpack its profound impact on online marketing, exploring its present utility and future potential to deliver better and more profitable leads.

The presentation will be in four parts:

1.  Introduction:

  • An overview of ChatGPT: OpenAI’s language model that’s transforming digital interactions.
  • Current State of Online Marketing: How traditional practices are being overshadowed by AI capabilities.

2.  AI Integration in Online Marketing, SEO, and Sales:

  • Content Generation: ChatGPT’s role in crafting engaging and SEO-optimized content.
  • Data Analysis: Gleaning actionable insights from user behavior and feedback.
  • User Experiences: Creating personalized user pathways and sales funnels.
  • SEO Strategies: AI’s role in analyzing search trends and generating SEO-friendly content.

3.  Future Prospects of AI in Marketing:

  • Evolving Capabilities: The ongoing growth and refinement of AI tools like ChatGPT.
  • AI in Search Algorithms: How AI might dictate the direction of search marketing.

4. Q&A Session:  Open floor for attendees to probe deeper, challenge assertions, or seek clarification.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Scale or Fail: How to Scale Your Construction Business, and Build a Team-Managed Company that Can Flourish without You
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 11

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Allison Maslan

CEO | Pinnacle Global Network

Business Owners that are serious about scaling often get stuck at 7 and 8-figures and cannot get beyond that, even when they're working non-stop, sacrificing time, health, and sanity... for years.

The Business Model that got takes your company to 1 million can’t get you to 10 million, 50 million or beyond 100 million. Scaling doesn't come from the hustle. It comes from implementing creative strategy and expanding into a more scalable model.

It’s about working smarter, not harder.

In this presentation, Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, Founder of 10 of her own companies, and the Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of, Scale or Fail, will show you:

  • How to get off the hamster wheel, get your life back and empower your team to scale.
  • How to build a Dream Team that can take your vision and run with it
  • 15 Super-Powered Scalable Models for the construction industry that will take less time, use less overhead, decrease stress, and generate WAY more impact.
  • Leave with Tools and Strategies you can implement right away to scale your company.

Target Audience: Business owners

What Can The SBA Do For Me
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 5

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FINANCING

Bridget Moon

Economic Development Specialist/Veterans Business Development Officer | U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

My presentation is for those who want to know how SBA can help them start, grow, expand, and recover, for small businesses.  They will learn about our national resource partners, a brief overview of our lending programs, and a brief overview of federal contracting.

Target Audience: Business owners

Creative Solutions for Internet Problems in Construction Trailers and Sales Offices
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 9

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

Lightning Protection System Design | 1 AIA Credit
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 8

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AIA
Chuck Cooley
Business Development | Hicks Lighting Protection

The purpose of this presentation is to provide electrical engineers, architects, and contractors with the training necessary to understand the fundamentals of facility electrical protection related to Commercial & Industrial applications.

Target Audience: Architects and Engineers

Procuring for Success: How FF&E Procurement Can Drive Project Cost Reduction and Sustainability
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 7

April MossJustus PalmerDigiBuild
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April Moss
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder | DigiBuild Software
Justus Palmer
Business Development Manager | DigiBuild Software

The open, town-hall style panel will discuss:

  1. Sustainable procurement of construction materials and a framework for sustainable materials management in construction projects
  2. Digital transformation of supply chains in construction: the impact and use of e-procurement on the purchasing function (bid, order, track) in the construction industry

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

Turn Google Reviews, Messaging and Social Media to Revenue
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 10

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John Bermudez
Trusted Advisor | 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

Unlocking Leverage: How to Secure Reliable Private Capital for Spec Construction
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 16

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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

How to Increase Profitability Within the Challenging Construction Marketplace
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 12

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Brian Pilsl
Vice President Sales | US Precon India

The presentation will be focused on how to secure offshore/remote labor to increase profit/reduce cost.

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

How to Navigate the Barndominium Surge
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Room 2

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Stacee Lynn

The Barndominium Lady™ | The Barndominium Company™

The Barndominium concept has existed for some time.  But in the last 5-7 years, it has begun to help redefine luxury living nationally with Texas leading the charge.  Now there is no ignoring the ever-rising Barndo demand nationally. Home buyers, in towns big and small, are considering a Barndominium for their next or first home.

The Barndo can be a boon for Texas builders, representing a golden opportunity to grow their businesses. But it can also present a new set of challenges.  Understanding these challenges will help builders avoid shortcomings, the need for workarounds, and misunderstandings that can frustrate clients and operators alike.

Get the information you need to help navigate through these potentially choppy waters, understand market activity, and create new opportunities in today’s Barndo market.  Stacee Lynn can help you:

  • Potentially add a new line of revenue to your operation
  • Understand Barndominium design trends and opportunities to maximize efficiency
  • Find the right material suppliers and product suppliers to build your client’s dream home
  • Identify networking and brand partnership opportunities
  • Communicate better with clients leading to an enhanced interaction and experience

This is an ideal opportunity for Texas builders to recognize new revenue, engage customers, and “Build Better Barndos!”

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

Thursday, April 25, 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. | Room 2

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Brandon Gray

Business 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 Brandon Gray 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. | Room 1

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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.

Estimating, Pricing, and Increasing Sales with Upgrades & Selections
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | Room 14

Eric FortenberryJobTread Software
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Eric Fortenberry
Founder and CEO | JobTread

We don’t always need to cut our profit to win the job! Learn how to leverage JobTread to estimate effectively, price jobs to reach target profits, and increase your sales through upgrades and selections.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals.

How Google And Chat GPT Can Boost your Online Lead Flow
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 6

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

Another Brick in the Wall: Plugging the Post-Covid Contractual Holes
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 3

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Liens
Kelly M. Davis
Owner/ President, Construction Litigation | Kelly M. Davis & Associates, LLC

Join us for an in-depth exploration into the ever-changing post-COVID landscape of Construction Law. Our seminar delves into the latest legal considerations, emerging challenges, and strategic solutions for the construction industry in the wake of the pandemic.

Our speaker, Kelly M. Davis, Esq., is the owner of an established construction law firm in Lewisville, Texas, focusing on the representation of those in the construction industry for over 22 years. The seminar will discuss specific and valuable insights, practical advice, and actionable solutions to navigate the evolving legal framework which remains in effect post-COVID such as the various contract types and payment structures and the pros and cons of each, completion deadlines, supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and particular challenges that those in the industry are facing with the lender.  This seminar will also discuss the Force Majeure clause, what it really means, and how you can use such clauses to protect you in the post-COVID climate.  You can expect that this seminar will be interactive and that you will be able to walk away with tried-and-true strategies to protect yourself and your company by understanding the importance of addressing these issues within your contract.

Target Audience: General contractors and Subcontractor

Productivity Adjustments and its Impact on Cost and Duration
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Estimating
Saleh Mubarak
Author, Public Speaker & Trainer

Productivity adjustments and its impact on cost and duration. Estimating crew (labor and equipment) productivity is crucial to both the cost and duration of the project. This is why the contractor must make proper adjustments to estimated productivity for each work activity, taking into account all impacting factors such as weather conditions. But adjustments must also be considered with schedule updates because things rarely, if ever, go as planned. This presentation takes a quick look at this process with valuable tips for more accurate cost estimates and schedules. 

Target Audience: Builders and Contractors

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

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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

How to Legally Pay Zero Income Tax
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

CARLOTTA THOMPSONTax Strategist of America
Estimating
Carlotta Thompson
Founder | Tax Strategists of America
  • 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

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

Fernando Pages Ruiz
Vinyl 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

QuickBooks for Contractors - Advanced
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 9

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.

Trends in Playspace Design (100 Level)   | 1 AIA LU/HSW Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 6

David RushingWhirlix Design
AIA
David Rushing
| Whirlix Design

In this session, we will examine playground trends that create kid magnets; that facilitate multi-generational interaction, support physical activity or creative place-making environments that tell a community story and return economic impact to their communities. This session provides participants an understanding of the key components influencing the needs and desires of designers, planners and users in creating innovative play environments. Participants will be able to utilize this knowledge to vision, plan and budget for implementing successful playground environments that best serve their communities well into the future. 

 HSW Justification:  

This session examines societal trends such as engagement for all abilities, the obesity epidemic, connecting youth with nature, multigenerational spaces, language and literacy and more. With intentionally designed park spaces, we're able to provide solutions for these societal challenges through recreation with safe and exciting spaces that keep all users connected and engaged. 

Learning Objective 1: Identify leading trends in play space design and the external influences driving these trends. 

Learning Objective 2: Articulate the benefits to communities including social equity, economic impact, and multi-generational engagement. 

Learning Objective 3: Connect societal trends with research-based solutions and see how those translate to design decisions. 

Learning Objective 4: Understand a collaborative design process, public-private partnerships that engage the public, plan, and budget appropriately, and write specifications that ultimately result in successful, signature play environments. 

Target Audience: Landscape Architects, Architects, Builder Developers, General Contractors

PoE Lighting and Automation - Next Gen Control
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 7

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: Smart Lighting contractors and integrators

Custom Building & Remodeling: Profitability in Today’s Market
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 16

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Bob Cain
Business Unit Leader

Custom building and remodeling projects aren’t for the faint of heart. These projects involve a lot of moving parts and today’s margins are tighter than ever. From bids and budgets to schedules, selections, and the actual construction process, there are many areas builders could be leaking profits on delays, miscommunications, or missed details. In this session, Bob will share the common areas builders can improve profitability and the tech tools that can help pinpoint inefficiencies so builders can adapt to create a stronger business for tomorrow.

Target Audience: Custom Homebuilders, Remodelers, and trade contractors.

Construction Schedule Updating: What is my percent complete, anyway?
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 4

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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

How to Become a Successful Fix and Flip Investor!
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

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Suzanne Johns

Real Estate Guru & Coach | SCIENCE OF FLIX & FLIP

If you're thinking about Fixing and Flipping Real Estate but not sure where to start, this is the class for you! Recessions are a great time to invest. During the 2008 recession, I offered a fix and flip program that created 21 millionaires, most are still flipping houses today on a much grander scale. This class will provide everything you need to know in order to jump into the deep end of being a successful Fix and Flip Investor!

WE WILL COVER

  1. How to FIND your Flip Houses
  2. How to FUND your Flip without using your own money
  3. Tips on FIXing your Flip maximizing your profits
  4. Selling your FLIP to put CASH IN YOUR POCKET!

Target Audience: General Contractors, Subcontractors, Real Estate Investors considering House Flipping, First Time Investors considering House Flipping

Filling the Gaps and Staying Profitable! 
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 12

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Nicole Grinnell 

Founder & CEO | Bosun Solutions

Fractional teams are like the superheroes of Business swooping in to save the day. They fill those tricky skill gaps without blowing up your employee budget. These teams are like the A-team of specialists—experts in their fields who come in precisely when you need them, without the costs and commitments of full-time hires. By bringing in these fractional teams on a project or fractional hours as low as 5 hours a week, businesses cut down on the usual hiring expenses while making sure processes, client experiences and goals of the organization are not missed.

Even better is the cost-effectiveness. It's like having access to top-tier talent without the hefty price tag. Businesses dodge long-term salary commitments, benefits, and the whole office setup cost, optimizing their budget while still getting the job done by these specialists. Plus, these fractional pros are focused solely on the task at hand, making sure things get done efficiently and delivering results without breaking the bank. In the end, integrating fractional teams into the mix transforms how businesses manage costs, giving them the agility to adapt, thrive, and stay profitable in a constantly changing market.

Target Audience: Business Owners / Department Heads

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.

How to Become a Successful Fix and Flip Investor!
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 10

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Suzanne Johns

Real Estate Guru & Coach | SCIENCE OF FIX & FLIP

If you're thinking about Fixing and Flipping Real Estate but not sure where to start, this is the class for you! Recessions are a great time to invest. During the 2008 recession, I offered a fix and flip program that created 21 millionaires, most are still flipping houses today on a much grander scale. This class will provide everything you need to know in order to jump into the deep end of being a successful Fix and Flip Investor!

WE WILL COVER

  1. How to FIND your Flip Houses
  2. How to FUND your Flip without using your own money
  3. Tips on FIXing your Flip maximizing your profits
  4. Selling your FLIP to put CASH IN YOUR POCKET!

Target Audience: General Contractors, Subcontractors, Real Estate Investors considering House Flipping, First Time Investors considering House Flipping

Using Professional Services Agencies to grow your Business.
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 15

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Michael Nwoseh

Director of Business & Digital Solutions | All Talentz LLC

In today's dynamic business landscape, the role of professional services agencies has become increasingly crucial for organizations aiming to scale and thrive. This session is designed to empower business leaders, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers with the knowledge and strategies needed to harness the potential of professional services agencies for sustainable growth. Agencies simply offer professional services to small business owners across various business areas such as, Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources, IT and Experiential marketing etc., without making business owners bear the cost of hiring a team of full-time professionals to manage these aspects of their businesses. We would also showcase how All Talentz Agency can support your business in the aspect of Digital Marketing, Content Creation, Web and Mobile Application Development, Animation and Brand Strategy etc., at an affordable cost. Join us in this session, as we share tips on how agencies can help you reduce cost and increase profitability for your business.

Target Audience: Small Business Owners, business leaders, entrepreneurs and decision-makers.

A Better Way to Manage Your Jobs From Start to Finish - JobTread Demo
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 5

Rilee Fisher
JobTread Software
Project Management

Rilee Fisher

Director of Business Development | JobTread

Get organized, complete your projects on time, and increase your profits. JobTread is an end- to-end construction management software that helps you manage all 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: All building and construction professionals.

Automate Tasks for Time and Effort Savings with IMAGINiT Clarity
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 17

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Project Management
Joe Eichenseer
Director | Building Lifecycle Solutions

In this session IMAGINiT will walk you through the processes and tools to start and finish project that includes initial design, construction, and then commissioning and handover to the owner. We’ll look at how you can leverage the Autodesk Construction Cloud to manage all aspects of this process – reducing risk, enhancing accountability, and improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout. From Conceptual Design through Digital Twin deliverables, you can do it all in one platform.

Key Topics:

  • Automate task processing on-demand, on a schedule
  • Export sheets, images, and views to multiple formats
  • Work on multiple tasks in parallel with optional distributed task servers
  • Develop custom tasks with Dynamo scripts, Revit macros, PyRevit, AutoCAD Scripts or .NET.
  • Audit, purge, and exchange Revit models
  • Coordinate delivery to over 12 cloud services
  • Create task sequencing
  • Manage tasks in progress remotely
  • Preview future task scheduling
  • Leverage Error Monitoring to notify task coordinators

Target Audience: Construction Professionals, Management, and Engineers

Estimating, Pricing and Increasing Sales with Upgrades & Selections
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 4

Eric Fortenberry
JobTread Software
Estimating
Eric Fortenberry
Founder and CEO | JobTread

We don’t always need to cut our profit to win the job! Learn how to leverage JobTread to estimate effectively, price jobs to reach target profits, and increase your sales through upgrades and selections.

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

Helical Piles: An Overview, Design Theory & Applications
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 3

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Engineering
Moncef Souissi
Senior Geotechnical Engineer | Cantsink

Helical piles and anchors have been used in construction applications for over a century. The first recorded use of helical piles was in 1836 by Alexander Mitchell when he used helical piles to underpin the well-recognized Maplin Sands Lighthouse in England. In the last 30 to 40 years, Helical piles have gained in popularity to the extent they are more frequently recommended by design professional engineers, compared to many other deep foundation types. In 2009, the International Building Code (IBC) was revised in reference to past International Building Codes and included the addition of helical piles. The presentation will discuss the main components of a helical pile, pile installation process, various applications, mechanical and soil pile capacities, and the methods used to determine them. It will also include the design of helical pile using theoretical methods that are based on traditional soil mechanics and the well-known capacity-torque correlation, which is probably the most significant attribute of helical pile. 

Target Audience: Engineers, Contractors, and Architects

Construction Technology Revolution & Change Management
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 7

April MossJustus PalmerDigiBuild
Technology
April Moss
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder | DigiBuild Software
Justus Palmer
Business Development Manager | DigiBuild Software

The open, town-hall style panel will explore:

  1. The pace of technology in our everyday lives and the impact they are having within construction technology (ConTech). VR, FTX, Machine Learning, Blockchain and AI, OH MY!
  2. Explore where ConTech is headed, including technologies impact on material manufacturing, sustainability their adoption
  3. Materials Management, E-Procurement and Project Management goals that can be driven by simple or advanced technology adoption.

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

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

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Green Building
Travis Consler-Pitt
CEO | ICS Inspectors, LLC

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

10 Minute Marketing Strategy Plan
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 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

Google Partner Teaching: Generate More Online Leads With a SEO Driven Website
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room D 169

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Joshua Ramsey
Marketing & Communications Strategist | Strategic Point Marketing

This Class offers Live training, Q&A, and unfiltered discussions on how to…

  • Increase your lead flow
  • Building your website properly
  • INDEFFINATELY rank higher on Google
  • Break through the clutter of competitors and increase sales
  • Ad Agency / marketing company tricks to watch out for

Attendees will receive access to free marketing tools and reports.
To get the maximum out of this class, bring your laptop or username and passwords to your Analytics, Google Tools, website or anything similar.

Target Audience: All building and construction professionals

The Power of Corporate Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 11

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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.

PVC101 – The Benefits & Uses of Cellular PVC - 1.0 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Room 8

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Versatex
AIA

Jon Deweese

Market Development Specialist | Versatex Building Products

Upon completion of this course, architects and participants will understand:

  • Properties of cellular PVC
  • Cellular PVC micro-ingredients
  • Key differences between high and low-quality cellular PVC
  • Ease of use and adaptability
  • Common and unique end-use applications
  • Painting, staining, and laminating options
  • PVC’s contributions to Sustainability
  • Properties of Cellular PVC Trim
  • Are all cellular PVC Trims the same?
  • Working With PVC
  • Uses & Applications
    • Residential – Exterior & Interior
    • Commercial
    • Multi-Family
    • Historical Preservation
  • Dark paint technology for cellular PVC trim
  • New trim surface technology - Film Laminates
  • PVC’s contribution to Sustainability

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

PVC101 – The Benefits & Uses of Cellular PVC - 1.0 AIA Credit
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. |

Jon Deweese
Versatex
AIA
Jon Deweese
Market Development Specialist | Versatex Building Products

Upon completion of this course, architects and participants will understand:

  • Properties of cellular PVC
  • Cellular PVC micro-ingredients
  • Key differences between high and low-quality cellular PVC
  • Ease of use and adaptability
  • Common and unique end-use applications
  • Painting, staining, and laminating options
  • PVC’s contributions to Sustainability
  • Properties of Cellular PVC Trim
  • Are all cellular PVC Trims the same?
  • Working With PVC
  • Uses & Applications
    1. Residential – Exterior & Interior
    2. Commercial
    3. Multi-Family
    4. Historical Preservation
  • Dark paint technology for cellular PVC trim
  • New trim surface technology - Film Laminates
  • PVC’s contribution to Sustainability

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

A Better Way to Manage Your Jobs From Start to Finish - JobTread Demo
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Room 4

Rilee Fisher
JobTread Software
Project Management
Rilee Fisher
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

Creative Solutions for Internet Problems in Construction Trailers and Sales Offices
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Room 9

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

Lightning Protection System Design | 1 AIA Credit
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Room 8

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AIA
Chuck Cooley
Business Development | Hicks Lighting Protection

The purpose of this presentation is to provide electrical engineers, architects, and contractors with the training necessary to understand the fundamentals of facility electrical protection related to Commercial & Industrial applications.

Target Audience: Architects and Engineers