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#CLNTampa 2018 Conference Highlight: Panel Discussions

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 11, 2018 2:10:54 PM / by Tina Hess

Tina Hess


CLNTampa 2018 Conference


Get ready for a set of panel discussions like no other scheduled for #CLNTampa 2018 as we bring together top construction industry leaders to take an in-depth look at topics such as Technology, Workforce Development and Landing & Executing New Business.  Registration is still open so make sure you don't miss this collaborative opportunity to learn, share and get inspired for growth.

 We are excited to share this sneak peak into our upcoming panel discussions for #CLNTampa 2018. Attendees are invited to bring questions, challenges and opinions to share in order to get the most out of  these collaborative sessions:

Panel#1: Owners – What are they thinking?

Join Owners and Construction users from various market sectors in an interactive session as they share their knowledge on how you can successfully land and execute work. They will discuss how they select their construction partners, pre-qualification processes, what they look for in a proposals and presentations, and their expectations during the project and more.

Panelists Include: 

Matt Handal Moderator, Trauner Consulting Services, Inc 

Barbara Garrett, Garrett Consulting Services

Michael Harrison, Garrett Consulting Services 

Howie Ferguson, University of Florida’s Division of Planning Design and Construction


Panel Discussion #2:  Taking the Leap into Technology - What’s out there & how can you benefit

Today there are many advancements and considerations when it comes to adopting new technologies, including cost, integration, implementation and training. However, while some leaders are adapting quickly, others are finding it more difficult to make the jump. The challenge of our ever-changing world makes it more important than ever for construction professionals to pay attention to the latest advancements in technology and determine when and how to make the leap. Join users and technology professionals to discuss the technology that makes our industry a more agile and collaborative environment from sales through operations.

Panelists Include:

John Lehmann - Moderator, Poole Anderson Construction

Donnie Havens - Branch Group

Gina Courtland - M.P. Lundy Construction, Inc.

Brian Longhorst - Procore

David Oliver - Olicon

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Panel Discussion #3:  Workforce Development -How to Overcome the Biggest Challenge Facing the Construction Industry Today

It is estimated that the construction industry needs to hire 500,000+ workers to fill a backlog of existing jobs. The cutting-edge techniques and management practices currently in use in the industry and envisioned for the future are rapidly changing. How do you keep up? Join us for a discussion on the challenges, strategies and opportunities in recruiting, training and retaining the current and next generation of workers. 

We will discuss both field training opportunities, such as flexible learning models like just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, and work-based learning as well as the training programs, curricula and assessments needed to produce efficient, productive and highly skilled project management personnel.

Panelists Include:

Greg Sizemore - Moderator, Associated Builders and Contractors

Larry Dickenson, Branch Group Inc 

Todd Bowser Partner, Campbell Associates 

Steve Cona III, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter


Full Panelist Bios available on AGENDA by clicking on each Industry Panel Discussions block.

 See Full Agenda Here


Don't want to miss these sessions? Don't worry - there is till time to register to attend!

Conference Registration & a Limited Number of Rooms are Still Available

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The Construction Leadership Network (CLN) was formed on the principal of bringing together top construction entrepreneurs and their key personnel to exchange ideas and share best practices to improve the industry, themselves, and their organizations.

This sharing, learning and winning environment continues throughout the year with the Member e-Forum, an automated email discussion group facilitating interactive conversations with peer members, and the e-Docs, a document library of forms, policies, manuals, and other important resources shared by member companies to help each other succeed.

The success of CLN is incumbent upon having members who believe in the philosophy of a win-win approach, are trustworthy and are committed to creating a supportive environment for sharing best practices. We welcome you to become a valued member of the Construction Leadership Network.

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Topics: contractors, CLN Conference, Construction Leadership, Anirban Basu, Tampa

Tina Hess

Written by Tina Hess

Marketing Director, Construction Leadership Network