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Building a Culture To Innovate

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speaker(s): Zulq Malik, Chief Happiness Officer, Smartbuild; Patrick Irwin, COO, Leonard Fiore Inc.; Dennis Stejskal, Director of Construction Strategy, Sage Construction
Moderator: Matt Abeles, Vice President of Construction Technology and Innovation, ABC National



We have construction tech overload in our industry. It’s exciting but can be overwhelming. Whether you are a small or large contractor, building a culture that embraces innovation is imperative for your business to be more profitable, be safer, recruit talent and win more work. You’ll learn what an innovative culture is, how you involve staff, how to fully utilize what you buy and how to establish buy-in at your entire company and how to maximize your technology cost-to-benefit ratio.



Patrick Irwin is the chief operation officer/executive vice president for Leonard S. Fiore Inc., a third-generation construction company in Altoona, Pennsylvania, founded by his grandfather in 1954. He served as project superintendent, project manager, vice president of project management and vice president of construction before taking on his current role in 2022. Irwin currently serves on the ABC Construction Technology and Innovation Committee.

Dennis Stejskal is director of construction strategy at Sage Construction & Real Estate Division. He has served in roles from sales to customer support to industry consulting, product management, product line director at the firm previously. He was hired by Timberline Software directly out of the University of Wisconsin’s business school in 1979 and has been involved with Sage Construction products ever since.

Zulq Malik has over 25 years of construction management experience, including projects ranging from simple interior renovations to new airport terminals. As the chief happiness officer of SMARTBUILD, a construction management platform intuitively designed by contractors for contractors, Malik has shared his construction experience and knowledge with the tech sector since 2019.



Matthew Abeles is vice president of construction technology and innovation for Associated Builders and Contractors. In this role, Abeles spearheads efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, included but not limited to total human health, world-class safety and workforce development. His team provides ABC members with the annual Tech Report, Tech Marketplace and Tech Alliance.

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