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ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by Free Enterprise Alliance

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Join us for the ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by the Free Enterprise Alliance, as we provide insights on the nation's political landscape.

This series will feature political experts who will provide updates on the political environment, highlight key races, dive into regional focus areas, and much more.

The ABC Election Briefing Series is free of charge and reserved for ABC members only.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melanie Pfeiffenberger for more information at pfeiffenberger@abc.org or (202) 595-1813.

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FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Bankruptcy Issues in Construction

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    James Bailey, Jay Bender and Anna-Bryce Hobson, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Moderator: David Pugh, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Open to All

Bankruptcy can be a contractor’s worst nightmare. When bankruptcy strikes a construction project, all members of the project delivery system may be affected. The bankruptcy process can be complicated and frequently has a negative impact on the flow of payments, work and materials. A basic understanding of the law can benefit the construction professional when managing the bankruptcy of a key participant. This seminar will help you understand the unique aspects of the bankruptcy code and specific strategies that can be applied to enforcement of contracts against a debtor or non-debtor as well as lien perfection, enforcement and protection.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

James Bailey
James Bailey is a partner with Bradley who has extensive experience with both debtor and creditor representation in bankruptcy, out-of-court workouts and restructurings. He represents contractors and subcontractors enforcing contracts and liens, as well as defending lawsuits arising from construction bankruptcies, such as preference and fraudulent transfer claims. He is the vice chair of the legislation subcommittee for the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association.
Jay Bender
Jay Bender is a partner with Bradley who represents project owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and lenders in distressed construction matters, both in bankruptcy proceedings and in out-of-court restructurings. He is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, an adjunct professor at the Cumberland School of Law where he teaches courses on business bankruptcy, and a founding member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Task Force on Veterans and Servicemembers Affairs.
Anna-Bryce Hobson
Anna-Bryce Hobson is an associate in the Construction Practice Group. Prior to joining Bradley, she served as a law clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was senior notes and comments editor for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property and a member of the Wake Forest Moot Court Board. She also served as president of the Wake Forest Trial Bar Association.
David Pugh
David Pugh, a partner at Bradley, represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, insurers and sureties throughout the United States, advising his clients at every stage of a construction project. He also serves as ABC’s 2020 Southeast region vice chair. He has been an active member of the ABC Alabama Chapter since 1998 and served as its chair in 2017.

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Utilizing Data to Increase Profits

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Geoffrey Falk, Spectrum Construction Software; Jack Hineman, Gaylor Electric; Kiran Penaka, Viewpoint, a Trimble Company
Moderator: Matt Abeles, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

Leaders from construction’s top data technology firms will join Jack Hineman, head of business intelligence at Gaylor Electric, to discuss strategies to win work and increase ROI with data. Hineman will discuss challenges the company faced and how data was used to gain insights in real time to ensure opportunities and profits were maximized. He will be joined by the tech leaders from Spectrum and Viewpoint to talk about how Gaylor and other leading construction companies use their products to extract, utilize, understand and use data to gain an advantage.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Jack Hineman, Vice President, Business Intelligence and Brand, Gaylor Electric
Jack Hineman joined the Gaylor Electric team in 2016 as the network administrator and quickly became a student of the company. By gaining a deep understanding of cost accounting, payroll, job cost and several other crucial areas of the business, he developed a passion for analyzing and organizing company data. In 2018, Hineman’s role evolved into a sole focus on business intelligence and analytics. In his role as vice president of business intelligence and brand, he uncovers new insights through advanced data analytics and uses them to develop the company’s brand and marketing tactics. His mission is to lead a data-driven culture within the organization while providing the means to effectively digest valuable insights that will assist Gaylor Electric in making more intentional business decisions.

Kiran Penaka, Product Manager, Analytics, Viewpoint, a Trimble Company
Kiran Penaka is the product manager for analytics at Viewpoint and has more than a decade of experience building and bringing effective data products to market. He crafts Viewpoint’s analytics strategy, which combines the best of technology, data and customer needs to execute on the product vision. Penakia earned a Master of Science degree in computer engineering and is based out of Portland, Oregon.

Geoffy Falk, Senior Product Manager, Spectrum Construction Software
Geoffy Falk, CPA, is a senior product manager for Spectrum Construction Software and is responsible for the product lifecycl, from strategic planning to successful release. He has more than 20 years’ experience in training, support, implementation and product management. He works closely with clients and industry leaders to keep abreast of new issues and trends in the construction industry.
 

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Election 2020 and the Merit Shop: ABC’s Legal and Policy Forecast Conference

LPFC

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2020 Register Now
Time: 12:45 p.m. ET
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes
Learn more at: legislative.abc.org/legal-policy-forecast

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members and Staff Only

This is a must-attend virtual conference for ABC members, including merit shop labor attorneys and construction contractors, and ABC chapter presidents, government affairs directors and attorneys.

Join ABC leaders and industry legal and policy experts for a virtual conference as they share insights and analysis on the 2020 election results and their impact on legislative, regulatory and legal issues important to the merit shop contracting community. Hear how the elections will shape the future of labor and employment, workforce development, workplace safety and other issues affecting the construction industry. Learn how you can prepare your business for forthcoming challenges and opportunities.

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The Clients You Want: How High-performing Contractors Improve Safety and Lower Risk

A special session for insurance agents and brokers

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Mike Bellaman and Greg Sizemore, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

For insurance agents and brokers, having clients who make safety a priority is more important than ever as we navigate the increasing risks of today’s construction industry. Take a deep dive into the science behind ABC’s 2020 Safety Performance Report, which documents the dramatic impact of implementing proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 88%, making the best-performing companies 827% safer than the industry average. Agents and brokers will gain insights on the advantages of having clients who utilize the STEP Safety Management System to create a culture of safer, more productive jobsites with fewer incidents, regardless of the size of the company.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Mike Bellaman
Michael Bellaman has served as president and chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors since 2011. In his role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Bellaman is dedicated to helping ABC members and the construction industry achieve world-class in safety. He is a co-founder of the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace and has championed a roadmap for companies whose leaders want to transform their safety programs from the ground up through ABC’s industry-revolutionizing STEP Safety Management System.

Greg Sizemore
In his role at ABC, Greg Sizemore is a key liaison between the construction industry and the public sector on safety and workforce development initiatives. He oversees a network of 800 education programs and leads ABC’s health, safety, environment and workforce development initiatives. Sizemore is also responsible for ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, a benchmarking improvement tool that dramatically increases safety performance among participants.

 

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Improve Productivity and Reduce Downtime With a Digital Asset Management System

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Tammy Bauer, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation; Marko Milosevic, Bluehound
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Construction workers spend approximately 30% of their time waiting instead of working due to unavailable equipment, delayed deliveries and workflow variations, which delay precursor steps. To mitigate these challenges, construction firms typically conduct daily job box inventory checks and manually record tool information with handwritten notes, whiteboards and spreadsheets. Besides the errors and inefficiencies that come with manual processes, information gathered through these means is not easily accessible to leaders who need reliable data to make procurement and planning decisions and recognize opportunities to improve productivity and profitability.

In this presentation, project managers, superintendents and construction executives will learn how digital asset management systems create opportunities to reduce waste and improve productivity. By capturing tool information without requiring manual intervention, these systems gather validated data that construction firms can use to optimize processes and planning. Fewer delays and greater accountability around assets results in an improved work experience for inventory managers and crew members while accessible, actionable data connects the office and the jobsite, preventing information silos. We will also discuss how digital asset management systems can support productivity methodologies (e.g., lean).

In this webinar, we’ll cover how:

  • • Documenting tool location history, operational status and asset deliveries across jobsites creates opportunities to reduce costly downtime and inefficiencies if actionable information is readily accessible through a digital platform.
  • • Gathering data at the tool level without manual intervention enables leaders to make decisions based firmly in the reality of the jobsite.
  • • A digital asset management system can support methodologies for optimizing productivity and creating value (e.g., 5S, lean).
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