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MCAA18 Program

MCAA18 will be yet another action-packed Convention! Take a look at the incredible speakers, educational workshops, entertainment, and networking and social events on the schedule. From the opening sporting events on Sunday to the Closing Session on Thursday, you won't want to miss a thing!

2018-03-23
2018-03-23
Wisteria/Sunflower
Sunday House
Azalea Room
18 Oaks
2018-03-24
2018-03-24
Verbena/Periwinkle
Off Property
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Cibolo Canyon 5
Cibolo Canyon 3–4
2018-03-25
2018-03-25
Verbena/Periwinkle
TPC Oaks and Canyons Courses
Nelson Wolff C
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Ballroom & Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Lawn
Club at Sonterra
Begonia/Bottlebrush
2018-03-26
2018-03-26
Wisteria/Sunflower
Verbena/Periwinkle
Nelson Wolff Exhibit Hall
Nelson Wolff C
Magnolia
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Foyer
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 6 – 11
Cibolo Canyon 5
Cibolo Canyon 1–4
Bluebonnet/Dogwood
Begonia/Bottlebrush
Azalea Room
2018-03-27
2018-03-27
Wisteria/Sunflower
Verbena/Periwinkle
Peony Room
Nelson Wolff Exhibit Hall
Nelson Wolff C–B
Magnolia
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Foyer
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 8–11
Cibolo Canyon 7
Cibolo Canyon 6
Cibolo Canyon 5
Cibolo Canyon 1–4
Begonia/Bottlebrush
2018-03-28
2018-03-28
Wisteria/Sunflower
Verbena/Periwinkle
River Bend Pavilion
Nelson Wolff C
Magnolia
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Foyer
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 8–11
Cibolo Canyon 7
Cibolo Canyon 6
Cibolo Canyon 5
Begonia/Bottlebrush
Azalea Room
Alyssum
2018-03-29
2018-03-29
Verbena/Periwinkle
Nelson Wolff C
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Ciibolo Canyon 8
Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 2–4
Wisteria/Sunflower
Sunday House
Azalea Room
18 Oaks
Verbena/Periwinkle
Off Property
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Cibolo Canyon 5
Cibolo Canyon 3–4
Verbena/Periwinkle
TPC Oaks and Canyons Courses
Nelson Wolff C
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Ballroom & Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Lawn
Club at Sonterra
Begonia/Bottlebrush
Wisteria/Sunflower
Verbena/Periwinkle
Nelson Wolff Exhibit Hall
Nelson Wolff C
Magnolia
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Foyer
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 6 – 11
Cibolo Canyon 5
Cibolo Canyon 1–4
Bluebonnet/Dogwood
Begonia/Bottlebrush
Azalea Room
Wisteria/Sunflower
Verbena/Periwinkle
Peony Room
Nelson Wolff Exhibit Hall
Nelson Wolff C–B
Magnolia
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Foyer
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 8–11
Cibolo Canyon 7
Cibolo Canyon 6
Cibolo Canyon 5
Cibolo Canyon 1–4
Begonia/Bottlebrush
Wisteria/Sunflower
Verbena/Periwinkle
River Bend Pavilion
Nelson Wolff C
Magnolia
Grand Oaks Foyer N
Grand Oaks Foyer
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 8–11
Cibolo Canyon 7
Cibolo Canyon 6
Cibolo Canyon 5
Begonia/Bottlebrush
Azalea Room
Alyssum
Verbena/Periwinkle
Nelson Wolff C
Level 2 Registration Desk
Grand Oaks Ballroom
Ciibolo Canyon 8
Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
Cibolo Canyon 2–4
08:00 - 12:00
UA/MCAA ITF Meeting Azalea Room
08:00 - 11:00
Executive Committee Breakfast and Meeting Sunday House
11:30 - 01:30
IAMCA Luncheon and Meeting Wisteria/Sunflower
18:30
Board of Directors Reception and Dinner 18 Oaks

6:30 PM Cocktails and Photos

7:30 PM Dinner

07:30 - 08:00
Board of Directors Breakfast Cibolo Canyon 3–4
08:00 - 12:00
Board of Directors Meeting Cibolo Canyon 5
09:30 - 13:00
Board of Directors’ Partners’ Outing Off Property

9:30 AM Bus Departs

12:15 - 14:00
Board of Directors Luncheon with Allied National Associations Cibolo Canyon 3–4
13:00 - 18:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center Level 2 Registration Desk
13:00 - 18:00
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

13:00 - 18:00
MCAA Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Have a question about your personal device? An MCAA tech pro will be on hand to assist with your questions and make sure you stay connected to the office throughout MCAA18.

13:00 - 18:00
MCAA Business Lounge Verbena/Periwinkle
  • Sponsored by:
  • SPX Cooling Technologies

Whether you need to email, fax or print a document or just want to relax for a few minutes between educational sessions, our business lounge is ready for you.

 

You’ll be able to explore our website (www.mcaa.org) to find the educational resources you need – and download them for free.

 

Pete Chaney, MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, will be on hand to show you MCAA’s extensive safety resources, all designed to provide you and your employees with the safest, most productive work environment possible.

 

07:00 - 13:00
Annual Golf Tournament TPC Oaks and Canyons Courses
  • Sponsored by:
  • Victaulic
  • ,
  • Carrier Corporation

7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

 

MCAA’s annual classic will take place on two of the most challenging courses we’ve ever played—the AT&T Canyons Course designed by Pete Dye and the AT&T Oaks Course designed by Greg Norman. Our tournament begins with a continental breakfast before the shot-gun start. Pairings will be available at MCAA’s Sports Desk on Saturday, March 24.

 

The winners of all sporting events will be announced at Wednesday morning’s Awards of Excellence Breakfast.

 

07:00 - 09:00
Annual Fun Run/Walk Exhibit Hall Lawn
  • Sponsored by:
  • Anvil International

7:00 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Warm-up Exercises
8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

 

Get energized with warm-up exercises, then enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside as you make your way around the resort on an invigorating 5K run or one-mile walk. A continental breakfast will be available for participants and spectators. Advance registration is preferred, but on-site sign-up will be available at MCAA’s Sports Desk on Saturday, March 24 or at the race site at the time of the event.

 

The winners of all sporting events will be announced at Wednesday morning’s Awards of Excellence Breakfast.

07:00 - 12:00
Annual Tennis Round Robin Club at Sonterra
  • Sponsored by:
  • NIBCO

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Shuttle from the JW Marriott to The Club at Sonterra (departs every 15 minutes)
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Check-in and Power Breakfast
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Shuttle to the JW Marriott

 

Tennis enthusiasts are invited to test their skills at the annual event. Players and spectators are welcome to enjoy breakfast before the warm-up exercises begin. Championships will be awarded in mixed doubles, round robin matches. Younger players can enjoy the Junior Clinic and Games before the event begins. This year’s event will be played at The Club at Sonterra, approximately eight miles from the JW Marriott. Transportation will be provided.

 

The winners of all sporting events will be announced at Wednesday morning’s Awards of Excellence Breakfast.

07:00 - 17:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center Level 2 Registration Desk
07:00 - 17:00
MCAA Business Lounge Verbena/Periwinkle
  • Sponsored by:
  • SPX Cooling Technologies

Whether you need to email, fax or print a document or just want to relax for a few minutes between educational sessions, our business lounge is ready for you.

 

You’ll be able to explore our website (www.mcaa.org) to find the educational resources you need – and download them for free.

 

Pete Chaney, MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, will be on hand to show you MCAA’s extensive safety resources, all designed to provide you and your employees with the safest, most productive work environment possible.

 

10:00 - 17:00
MCAA Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Have a question about your personal device? An MCAA tech pro will be on hand to assist with your questions and make sure you stay connected to the office throughout MCAA18.

12:00 - 17:00
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

13:00 - 14:30
Faculty Advisors Luncheon and Meeting Begonia/Bottlebrush

Student chapter faculty advisors will have a chance to exchange ideas and information and discuss MCAA student chapter program plans for the coming year while enjoying a delicious lunch. Convention activities, grants, scholarships and awards will also be discussed.

16:00 - 17:00
ALI Graduates Reception
17:00 - 18:00
Student Chapter Orientation Nelson Wolff C
  • Sponsored by:
  • Viega

Students and faculty will get a first look at all the activities planned for MCAA18, with a focus on those designated just for them. We’ll also provide helpful tips on how to make the most of the convention experience.

18:30 - 20:30
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

18:30 - 20:30
Opening Party Grand Oaks Ballroom & Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • SIEMENS

Remember that great band you danced to on the USS Midway last year? THE TRIP is back to rock your world with the greatest hits from the 60s to today’s Top 40. Voted California’s top cover band three years in a row, THE TRIP is certain to get you out on the dance floor. You’ll find them in the Grand Oaks Ballroom.

 

If you’d prefer to network and renew friendships without hitting the dance floor, you’ll find ample seating in the Cibolo Canyon Ballroom. No matter which ballroom you choose, you’ll enjoy plenty of food and beverages.

07:00 - 16:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center Level 2 Registration Desk
07:00 - 08:00
Opening Breakfast Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • Johnson Controls
07:00 - 16:00
MCAA Business Lounge Verbena/Periwinkle
  • Sponsored by:
  • SPX Cooling Technologies

Whether you need to email, fax or print a document or just want to relax for a few minutes between educational sessions, our business lounge is ready for you.

 

You’ll be able to explore our website (www.mcaa.org) to find the educational resources you need – and download them for free.

 

Pete Chaney, MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, will be on hand to show you MCAA’s extensive safety resources, all designed to provide you and your employees with the safest, most productive work environment possible.

 

08:30 - 10:00
Opening Session featuring President Greg Fuller and Malcolm Gladwell Grand Oaks Ballroom

8:00 a.m. Doors Open

 

Please join us for the Opening Session to hear President Greg Fullers remarks on his amazing year and Malcolm Gladwell’s insights and perspectives on making the most of our inner strengths to improve our lives and our businesses.

Malcolm Gladwell
Bestselling Author and Innovative Thinker
10:00 - 16:00
MCAA Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Have a question about your personal device? An MCAA tech pro will be on hand to assist with your questions and make sure you stay connected to the office throughout MCAA18.

10:00 - 16:00
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

10:00 - 10:30
Refreshment Break Grand Oaks Foyer
  • Sponsored by:
  • Parker Hannifin
10:30 - 12:00
Education Session : How to Coach for Growth: The ABCs of Hands-on Talent Management Cibolo Canyon 1–4

People make (or break) your business. However, you may not be confident in how to coach them for growth. Are you getting enough out of your A Players? Do you have too many C Players roaming around? Is there a plan to ensure B Players maintain their contributions? These talent management questions keep many leaders up at night. This session will take the mystery out of coaching and start you on the path to growth. You’ll learn to identify your A, B and C players and leave with practical methods to coach each type.

Chip Valutis
Principal of Valutis Consulting
10:30 - 12:00
Education Session : Managing the Subcontract Disputes Resolution Process Bluebonnet/Dogwood

Although we would like to have every project progress smoothly from contract negotiation to the day of completion, that’s rarely the case. This session offers insights and advice on how to manage and resolve subcontract disputes. We’ll explain:

 

  • When to walk off the project;
  • How to manage your own subcontractors; and
  • Trends in recent construction cases that may affect your bottom line.
Doug Patin
Construction Law Attorney
Paul Stynchcomb
Principal of Vero Construction Consultants Corporation
10:30 - 11:30
Education Session : Living and Cooking with Love Nelson Wolff C

Join MCAA First Lady Lynne Fuller and one of America’s great chefs—Carla Hall—to learn the secrets to preparing delicious, sensory-filled culinary delights.

Carla Hall
Co-Host of The Chew
10:30 - 12:00
Education Session : The 2018 Economic Forecast Cibolo Canyon 5

The dynamics of world market trends and the Trump Administration’s emerging policies will affect your company’s financial well-being for months…even years…to come. In this session, Economist Brian Beaulieu will review the ups and downs of global, national, and regional economic trends, discuss which indicators you should follow, and explain how to leverage those forecasts into successful business strategies.

Brian Beaulieu
CEO of ITR Economics
10:30 - 12:00
Education Session : LEAN: Top Down, Bottom Up Begonia/Bottlebrush

LEAN construction offers many ways to help contractors be more successful. When applied effectively and consistently, it helps engage the entire company in continuous improvement and brings greater value to the customer.

 

During this session, you will learn how to improve your people, projects and enterprise by:

 

  • Reviewing five principles you must know to succeed with LEAN; and
  • Uncovering what you should immediately start, stop, and keep doing every day;

 

You will also learn why YOU must lead your LEAN efforts and how to accomplish that objective by:

 

  • Strategizing on how to use LEAN to strengthen your relationships with general contractors and owners; and
  • Recognizing that your people pay close attention to what you do vs. what you say.
Rich Seiler
Founder of Unified Works
12:15 - 13:15
Education Session : Strategies for Finding Talent…a Roundtable Discussion and Box Lunch Cibolo Canyon 6 – 11
  • Sponsored by:
  • Apollo Flow Controls

Having the right talent on your team is the key to business success but finding that talent is not easy. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, the talent is out there. We’ll review critical issues like:

 

• What’s the best time of year to look for talent?
• When the obvious fails, where can you look?
• Why is being the second or third job an advantage?
• Why is it important to incentivize your current employees?
• And, most importantly, what do young employees want?

 

Many of MCAA’s student chapter members will attend this session to offer their insights.

 

Have a sandwich and a beer or two and engage in an interactive discussion facilitated by John Koontz.

John Koontz
National Director of Project Management Education at MCAA
13:00 - 13:30
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Parker Hannifin
13:30 - 14:45
MCAA Construction Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Need help choosing the right technology for your business? Want a construction tech health checkup? Would you like to know how your company compares against industry benchmarks? If so, the experts from JBKnowledge will provide complimentary customized consulting for your company.

13:30 - 15:00
Education Session : Proactive Construction Management: How to Protect Your Bottom Line Bluebonnet/Dogwood

You know it’s going to happen: At some point during a project, someone will want to make a change that could prove costly, thereby justifying a claim. This session will provide practical, proven approaches to managing claims that will help you ensure a profit on the job. You’ll learn:

 

• Proactive management of your contract or subcontract;

• The project schedule and how it affects your company;

• On-going reviews of project progress and issues that affect your bottom-line; and

• Concepts of schedule impacts and concurrent delay.

Doug Patin
Construction Law Attorney
Paul Stynchcomb
Principal of Vero Construction Consultants Corporation
13:30 - 15:00
Education Session : Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Kids Cibolo Canyon 5

Over the past 50 years, levels of anxiety and depression among adolescents have increased 400%. This dynamic and entertaining program will help you understand and cope with your own teens’ erratic and seemingly irrational behavior by:

 

  • Explaining the neurology of the teen brain, focusing upon its decision-making deficits, resilience challenges and unprecedented vulnerability to anxiety and depression;
  • Comparing today’s adolescent world with that of its parents, revealing critical parenting factors that have contributed to this risk-laden trend;
  • Reviewing the latest teen risk behaviors of sex, drugs, and violence, which relate to their excessive stress levels;
  • Sharing research proving that an appropriate “dose” of stress protects against the diseases of anxiety and depression; and
  • Offering a set of specific resilience-building parenting strategies.
Dr. Michael Bradley
Clinical Psychologist
13:30 - 15:00
Education Session : LEAN: Top Down, Bottom Up Begonia/Bottlebrush

LEAN construction offers many ways to help contractors be more successful. When applied effectively and consistently, it helps engage the entire company in continuous improvement and brings greater value to the customer.

 

During this session, you will learn how to improve your people, projects and enterprise by:

 

  • Reviewing five principles you must know to succeed with LEAN; and
  • Uncovering what you should immediately start, stop, and keep doing every day;

 

You will also learn why YOU must lead your LEAN efforts and how to accomplish that objective by:

 

  • Strategizing on how to use LEAN to strengthen your relationships with general contractors and owners; and
  • Recognizing that your people pay close attention to what you do vs. what you say.
Rich Seiler
Founder of Unified Works
13:30 - 15:00
Education Session : How to Coach for Growth: The ABCs of Hands-on Talent Management Cibolo Canyon 1–4

People make (or break) your business. However, you may not be confident in how to coach them for growth. Are you getting enough out of your A Players? Do you have too many C Players roaming around? Is there a plan to ensure B Players maintain their contributions? These talent management questions keep many leaders up at night. This session will take the mystery out of coaching and start you on the path to growth. You’ll learn to identify your A, B and C players and leave with practical methods to coach each type.

Chip Valutis
Principal of Valutis Consulting
13:30 - 15:00
Student Chapter Competition Grand Oaks Ballroom

Come cheer on your alma mater or a favorite team during the final four round of the Student Chapter Competition.

 

Teams from Colorado State University, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, the University of Washington and the Wentworth Institute of Technology will present their proposals for the renovation of the Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in New York City. The project requires teams to coordinate and assist in removing the existing equipment, install new equipment using variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, arrange for and coordinate the subcontracted work, manage the project within the space constraints of the restaurant and arrange for city permits and licenses. And, the restaurant will remain open during this renovation.

 

Learn how these future industry leaders applied their management and coordination skills to plan, design and develop a logistically complex project. You may come away with a new idea about how to approach a tough project challenge. Plus, this is a great place to preview some of the talent you can meet at Tuesday’s Student Chapter Exhibit!

 

Make sure you add this session to your schedule on your MCAA18 App!

13:30 - 16:00
PCA Board Meeting Magnolia
15:00 - 16:00
The ConTechCrew Podcast Grand Oaks Foyer

Join the ConTechCrew each afternoon for a discussion of innovations you can use to become more productive and profitable. You’ll also hear about the latest technology products, software and tools from leading contractors who are harnessing these solutions. Can’t make it? Podcast recordings will be available through the MCAA18 App and on MCAA’s website.

 

Podcast hosts James Benham, the Crew Chief, Rob McKinney, the ConAppGuru, and Jeff Sample, the Iron Man of IT, will lead what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

15:00 - 19:00
Exhibitor Set-Up Nelson Wolff Exhibit Hall
15:15 - 16:30
MCAA Education Committee Meeting Azalea Room
15:30 - 16:30
Women in the Mechanical Industry Networking Reception Wisteria/Sunflower

Join us as we introduce MCAA/MSCA’s most recent benefit of membership for the women executives and employees of our member companies.  Through this initiative women members will be provided with special opportunities to enhance their careers through networking, education, mentoring and career development programs.  Come meet and network with some of MCAA/MSCAs’  leading women and share your ideas for future programing and other career-enhancing events.

07:00 - 15:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center Level 2 Registration Desk
07:00 - 10:00
Student Chapter Exhibit Nelson Wolff C–B

Students from MCAA’s Student Chapters at the top schools of construction management, mechanical engineering and other disciplines related to our industry will be available for you to meet and consider for a possible summer internship or a full-time position.

 

Be sure to check out MCAAGreatFutures.org, our newly re-imagined careers website, for student resumes and university profiles. Just log in with your MCAA.org password!

07:00 - 10:00
Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit Nelson Wolff Exhibit Hall

Continental breakfast will be available!

 

What’s New? What’s Different? What Works Best For My Business? Come see the latest products and services offered by MCAA’s supplier partners. This is your chance to see how products and services you’ve come to know are responding to change with new technologies, innovations and improvements. You will also see other products and services that are just emerging to take on the
anticipated challenges that lie ahead. Representatives of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council members—many of whom are new members or first-time exhibitors—will be available to meet you and discuss your experience with their products and services at this sold-out exhibit. You will gain new insights and knowledge about how your business can grow with technologies and services that cut costs, time and errors. Learn about innovations that could give you the lead in your market and steer you down a path to new levels of success. You may even discover a new approach to using software or a device in the office or in the field that will significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results.

 

It all starts here…so don’t miss out!

07:00 - 15:00
MCAA Business Lounge Verbena/Periwinkle
  • Sponsored by:
  • SPX Cooling Technologies

Whether you need to email, fax or print a document or just want to relax for a few minutes between educational sessions, our business lounge is ready for you.

 

You’ll be able to explore our website (www.mcaa.org) to find the educational resources you need – and download them for free.

 

Pete Chaney, MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, will be on hand to show you MCAA’s extensive safety resources, all designed to provide you and your employees with the safest, most productive work environment possible.

 

08:00 - 14:00
Youth Program (for registered children) Wisteria/Sunflower

We’ve arranged a program for your registered children ages 5 – 12 on Tuesday so you can enjoy the Partners Program, the Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Exhibit and The Tale of Two Brains Luncheon. The Youth Program will also be available Wednesday evening during the dinner and Keith Urban concert. Youth Programs will include meals or snacks as well as age appropriate activities and crafts. Although there is no fee for registered youth, you will need to preregister your child. To confirm your child’s place, please return your registration form and waiver to MCAA’s Registration & Information Center by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 26.

08:30 - 09:30
Association Executives Business Meeting Begonia/Bottlebrush
08:30 - 10:00
Partners’ Program and Breakfast featuring Laura Bush Grand Oaks Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • Ferguson

Join former First Lady Laura Bush and MCAA’s host for the morning, Lynne Fuller for breakfast and a heartfelt discussion of Mrs. Bush’s experiences as an advocate for women and children. Once again, Ferguson is sponsoring this amazing program.

Laura W. Bush
Former First Lady, Educator and Advocate
10:00 - 14:00
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

10:00 - 11:00
ELI Committee Meeting Peony Room
10:00 - 10:15
Refreshment Break Grand Oaks Foyer
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trane
10:00 - 15:00
MCAA Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Have a question about your personal device? An MCAA tech pro will be on hand to assist with your questions and make sure you stay connected to the office throughout MCAA18.

10:15 - 11:45
Education Session : Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business Cibolo Canyon 5
  • Sponsored by:
  • Baltimore Aircoil Company

Productivity is often measured by the speed at which we tackle our to-do lists. Real productivity, however, comes from thinking differently—managing how we identify goals, construct teams, direct our focus and make decisions.

 

In this session, Charles Duhigg looks at what separates the merely busy from the genuinely productive by exploring eight critical concepts. With case studies from a U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, the making of Disney’s Frozen, and how Google sought to build the perfect team, he explains how people and companies become smarter, faster and better.

Charles Duhigg
Bestselling Author
10:15 - 11:45
Education Session : Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Kids Cibolo Canyon 8–11

Over the past 50 years, levels of anxiety and depression among adolescents have increased 400%. This dynamic and entertaining program will help you understand and cope with your own teens’ erratic and seemingly irrational behavior by:

 

  • Explaining the neurology of the teen brain, focusing upon its decision-making deficits, resilience challenges and unprecedented vulnerability to anxiety and depression;
  • Comparing today’s adolescent world with that of its parents, revealing critical parenting factors that have contributed to this risk-laden trend;
  • Reviewing the latest teen risk behaviors of sex, drugs, and violence, which relate to their excessive stress levels;
  • Sharing research proving that an appropriate “dose” of stress protects against the diseases of anxiety and depression; and
  • Offering a set of specific resilience-building parenting strategies.
Dr. Michael Bradley
Clinical Psychologist
10:15 - 11:45
Education Session : The Impact of Tax Reform on the Construction Industry sponsored by The Management Methods Committee Cibolo Canyon 7

Looking for the light at the end of the tax reform tunnel? Anthony Nitti will give you the “Nitti-Gritty” on the new tax reform act. His insights and analyses will show you how the changes in the tax law affect your company and your customers.

 

Some of the topics to be covered include:

• The impact of the new tax law on your type of entity (C-Corp, S-Corp, partnership, or sole proprietor);
• Changes to the rules for cash vs. accrual accounting;
• Bonus depreciation vs. Section 179 expensing of business assets; and
• Changes in the deductibility of entertainment costs.

Tony Nitti
Tax Partner at WithumSmith+Brown’s National Tax Service Group
10:15 - 11:45
Education Session : Take Charge of Your Career sponsored by Women in the Mechanical Industry Cibolo Canyon 1–4

This special session focuses on two proven career advancement strategies measured to have the strongest payoff for women professionals: (1) building mutually-beneficial relationships with influential others and (2) making achievements visible in ways that benefit the individual and organization. You will walk away with fresh insights about how to accelerate your career and gain the tools and plan to make it happen. During this interactive and lively session, you will:

 

• Discover career strategies that work for women vs. men and why;
• Identify the help you need—whether opportunities, skills or insights—as you advance your career;
• Build or strengthen skills that will enable you to effectively leverage the career-advancement strategies that work for women;
• Develop a plan for implementing these strategies; and
• Expand your professional network.

Audrey Gallien
Senior Director/Learning Products & Programs/Catalyst
10:15 - 11:45
Education Session : White Hat Cyber Security Cibolo Canyon 6

Cyber security plays an increasingly important role for today’s contractors. With access to infrastructure and connected systems, contractors are frequently targeted by hackers with a malicious purpose, such as cyber-ransom and systems penetration. In this session, you will learn to minimize risks to your privacy, data, and business operations in our connected digital world, while enjoying the benefits of technology.

 

To demonstrate how costly and destructive mischief can happen, this session will include a live hacking demonstration!

Nick Espinosa
Cyber Security Expert
10:30 - 11:15
Manufacturer/Supplier Council Annual Meeting Begonia/Bottlebrush
11:30 - 16:00
Nominating Committee Meeting Magnolia
12:00 - 13:15
MCAA Construction Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Need help choosing the right technology for your business? Want a construction tech health checkup? Would you like to know how your company compares against industry benchmarks? If so, the experts from JBKnowledge will provide complimentary customized consulting for your company.

12:00 - 13:30
Lunch and Speaker: Mark Gungor: The Tale of Two Brains Grand Oaks Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • Sloan Valve Company

Bring your partner and join relationship expert Mark Gungor for a plated lunch and a candid and often hilarious discussion about how men and women act differently, communicate differently and most importantly, think differently and the impact of those differences on relationships. Each year thousands of couples attend Mark Gungor’s humorous and effective seminars. His candid and comedic approach uses unforgettable illustrations and the power of laughter to teach proven principles that are guaranteed to strengthen any relationship.

Mark Gungor
CEO of Laugh Your Way America
13:30 - 14:30
The ConTechCrew Podcast Grand Oaks Foyer

Join the ConTechCrew each afternoon for a discussion of innovations you can use to become more productive and profitable. You’ll also hear about the latest technology products, software and tools from leading contractors who are harnessing these solutions. Can’t make it? Podcast recordings will be available through the MCAA18 App and on MCAA’s website.

 

Podcast hosts James Benham, the Crew Chief, Rob McKinney, the ConAppGuru, and Jeff Sample, the Iron Man of IT, will lead what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

13:45 - 15:00
Career Development Committee Meeting Peony Room
20:00 - 22:00
Annual Dessert Party : Featuring the Tool Shed Band Grand Oaks Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • CNA
  • ,
  • MILWAUKEE TOOL

MCAA’s annual ice cream extravaganza will get you energized and ready to enjoy the Tool Shed Band. The band’s 14 talented musicians, all of whom work for or are married to employees of MILWAUKEE TOOL, will have you on your feet!

 

Remember to get your souvenir photo taken—it will be printed and ready within minutes!

Souvenir photos sponsored by EVAPCO.

20:00 - 22:00
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

07:00 - 15:00
MCAA Business Lounge Verbena/Periwinkle
  • Sponsored by:
  • SPX Cooling Technologies

Whether you need to email, fax or print a document or just want to relax for a few minutes between educational sessions, our business lounge is ready for you.

 

You’ll be able to explore our website (www.mcaa.org) to find the educational resources you need – and download them for free.

 

Pete Chaney, MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, will be on hand to show you MCAA’s extensive safety resources, all designed to provide you and your employees with the safest, most productive work environment possible.

 

07:00 - 09:00
Awards of Excellence Breakfast featuring David Robinson Grand Oaks Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • NIBCO

Doors Open 6:45 a.m.

Breakfast served until 7:30 a.m.

 

Don’t miss the Awards of Excellence Breakfast and David Robinson’s insider stories on NBA basketball and the power of paying it forward.

David Robinson
NBA Champion, Olympian and Philanthropist
07:00 - 15:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center
09:00 - 13:00
Closest to the Pin Contest Grand Oaks Foyer N

Help your PAC help you by visiting the golf simulator. Your swing will support MCAA’s advocacy efforts in Washington and could—if you’re good or lucky—add $5,000 or even $20,000 to your wallet!

 

Each day, a new par-3 hole will be featured on our simulator. The person closest to the pin at the end of the day wins a $500 VISA gift card. They also advance to the finals on Wednesday afternoon, where they’ll swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

 

And just to make things interesting, anyone who makes a hole-in-one during the daily preliminary rounds will win $5,000.

 

So, stop by each day! Three swings are only $20.

 

The mission of your association’s PAC is simple but vital—to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions. Our strategy is to continue to combine sound and vigorous public policy representation and advocacy with the increasing use of appropriate political activity.

09:15 - 10:45
Education Session : The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance Cibolo Canyon 6

In a perfect world, all employees would be high achieving, self-motivated, engaging team players who see the big picture and always strive to do their best to get the job done on time without complaining. In the real world, many employees simply “meet expectations,” lack initiative, bring their personal life to work, stress over every change and whine about having to work… on the job! This session will empower you with the attitudes, mindsets and strategies necessary to create a team that’s willing, able and excited to get the job done the right way! You will learn how to turn negative attitudes into positive ones, entitlement into accountability, complacency into productivity, complaining into solutions and “that’s not my job” into ownership.

Connie Podesta
A Hall of Fame Speaker and Award-Winning Author
09:15 - 10:45
Education Session : Reputation Management: Where Perception is Truth Cibolo Canyon 8–11

The adage “what people perceive is what they believe” has never been truer than in today’s superficial society. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly being judged by others, often subconsciously. How you communicate everything, from casual conversations to formal business meetings, can be the difference between success and failure. Don’t miss what is often your only opportunity to connect and leave a lasting impression. During this highly interactive, hands-on session, you will learn effective ways to leave a positive perception on a wide variety of audiences you deal with every day, including customers, prospects, internal staff, boards of directors, management, community partners, the news media, elected officials, investors, and many others.

Anthony Huey
Communications Expert
09:15 - 10:45
Education Session : Creating the Next Generation of WebLEM – the WebLEM+Plus Nelson Wolff C

As an MCAA member, you have free access to one of MCAA’s most powerful and valuable benefits, the WebLEM. This session will update you on the next generation of the WebLEM, which is transforming  this valuable tool into the single resource for labor units, drawing content, and much more.

 

Each item will include its weight, a photo and even O & M information and spec sheets by manufacturer, make and model. It’s all there to help you coordinate projects better, fabricate work to a greater extent and execute projects faster and with more confidence.

Tim Moormeier
U.S. Engineering Company
Ron King
Trimble
09:15 - 10:45
Education Session : The Happiness Equation Cibolo Canyon 7

Are you looking for a recipe for happiness? You just might find it at this session! Neil Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

 

During this session, you will learn the elements of his happiness equation which include:

 

  • Reducing family/social stress by implementing one of five evidence-based happiness exercises;
  • Taking action to begin your current “big scary goal” by understanding a simple research-based framework that reverses how we approach our fears; and
  • Enabling stronger relationships by implementing The 20 for 20 Challenge, a simple three-week daily practice that improves health, longevity, and quality of life.
Neil Pasricha
Institute for Global Happiness
10:00 - 15:00
MCAA Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Have a question about your personal device? An MCAA tech pro will be on hand to assist with your questions and make sure you stay connected to the office throughout MCAA18.

10:45 - 11:00
Refreshment Break Grand Oaks Foyer
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trane
11:00 - 12:30
Education Session : Innovations in Virtual Design for Construction Nelson Wolff C
  • Sponsored by:
  • DEWALT Industrial Tool Company

As more contracts require full Revit MEP integration, new software tools are being developed to integrate with Revit, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), and provide contractors with tools geared towards their specific trades. One such tool is the new Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT), sponsored by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) and developed by Brett Young with BuildingSP. During this session, you will learn how this new tool aligns with Revit along with other plug-ins including SysQue, ClashMEP and others.

Brett Young
CEO and Founder of BuildingSP
Nathan Wood
Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC
11:00 - 12:30
Education Session : The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results through Trust Cibolo Canyon 5
  • Sponsored by:
  • Uponor

Trust is a fundamental, bottom-line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, good people, relationships and revenue. With trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Drawing from the results of his industry leading research, The Trust Outlook™, and his firsthand experience working with the world’s highest performing organizations, David Horsager reveals how top leaders and organizations drive business results to become the most trusted in their industry.

 

This session will provide you with:

 

  • The actionable framework you can use immediately to build trust and solve your biggest challenges;
  • The HOW-HOW-HOW process to spark momentum, see immediate results and inspire trust; and
  • The newest research on how to develop trust individually, in your team and in your organization – or become extinct in the new economy.
David Horsager
CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute
11:00 - 12:30
Education Session : Making Your Messages Memorable (Limited to AEC Members) Cibolo Canyon 8–11

Whether you realize it or not, your communication skills are constantly being judged by others, often subconsciously. When you make a presentation, you do not want to be perceived as the person who drones on and on, putting everyone to sleep and sucking the life out of the room. You need to make your points, rather than hold your audience hostage. Don’t miss what is often your only opportunity to connect and leave a lasting impression.

 

This highly interactive, hands-on session teaches you how to run an effective meeting, communicate your message and deliver a home run, every time you speak.

Anthony Huey
Communications Expert
11:00 - 12:30
Education Session : The Power of Personality and Communication to Increase Engagement Cibolo Canyon 6

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say. This session will both challenge you and empower you with the knowledge you need to get along better with the people in your life. It takes you inside the minds and personalities of the people you deal with every day – bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family – so you can act, rather than react to whatever life throws your way. Get ready for less stress and more success!

Connie Podesta
A Hall of Fame Speaker and Award-Winning Author
12:30 - 14:00
Plumbing Lunch & Learn Begonia/Bottlebrush
  • Sponsored by:
  • PCA

Enjoy lunch as you learn about the issues affecting plumbing contractors. Whether you want to optimize operations, enhance employee training or expand into service markets, you’re sure to come away with information you can use. Each presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion that lets you learn from your peers. The conversations will focus on:

 

  • Fabrication—how it can be developed on a small scale or fully integrated with BIM and total stations for optimum production.
  • Supplemental Instruction—supplementing your workforce with training on the latest products, corporate ideology and skills reinforcement.
  • Service Markets—issues concerning plumbing service and how niche markets such as sewer jetting, pumper trucks, video inspection, site utility work and emergency service can be profitable.

 

Members of the Plumbing Contractors of America will lead the discussions about these important issues.

12:30 - 13:30
Executive Committee and Past Presidents’ Luncheon Wisteria/Sunflower
12:30 - 13:45
MCAA Construction Genius Bar Verbena/Periwinkle

Need help choosing the right technology for your business? Want a construction tech health checkup? Would you like to know how your company compares against industry benchmarks? If so, the experts from JBKnowledge will provide complimentary customized consulting for your company.

12:30 - 14:00
Fabrication Task Force Lunch Meeting Azalea Room
12:30 - 14:00
Industry Funds Committee Lunch and Meeting Alyssum
12:45 - 14:30
Student Chapter Barbeque and Meeting River Bend Pavilion
  • Sponsored by:
  • Viega

Students and faculty will discuss what really happened at this year’s Student Chapter Competition, plans for MCAA’s Great Futures Forum and other topics of interest. Top-scoring competition teams will receive Certificates of Merit. Networking and the exchange of ideas make this one of the students’ favorite events of the convention!

13:00 - 13:30
Closest to the Pin Finals Grand Oaks Foyer N

It’s here! Watch as our daily closest to the pin winners swing for a hole-in-one and the $20,000 Grand Prize!

Thank you to all our players for supporting the MCAA PAC. Missed competing but want to contribute?

Visit our MCAA PAC web page!

13:30 - 14:30
2nd in Command Meeting (Limited to AEC Members) Magnolia
14:00 - 15:00
The ConTechCrew Podcast Grand Oaks Foyer

Join the ConTechCrew each afternoon for a discussion of innovations you can use to become more productive and profitable. You’ll also hear about the latest technology products, software and tools from leading contractors who are harnessing these solutions. Can’t make it? Podcast recordings will be available through the MCAA18 App and on MCAA’s website.

 

Podcast hosts James Benham, the Crew Chief, Rob McKinney, the ConAppGuru, and Jeff Sample, the Iron Man of IT, will lead what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

19:00 - 22:00
Closing Dinner and Concert featuring Keith Urban Grand Oaks Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • Daikin Group

6:00 p.m. Bars Open in the Grand Oaks Foyer

7:00 p.m. Dinner Served (Please be seated by then!)

 

We’ve pulled out all the stops for this one-of-a-kind, incredible evening. Begin with your choice of dinner—fish, beef, chicken or vegetarian—while you relax with friends and colleagues. You’ll be seated with your state or local association for your convenience and comfort. And, even better…the entertainment comes to you. Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will be on-stage to thrill and amaze you with his incredible talent. He has no equal in the music world. His storied career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.

 

Keith Urban
07:00 - 11:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center Level 2 Registration Desk
07:00 - 11:00
MCAA Business Lounge Verbena/Periwinkle
  • Sponsored by:
  • SPX Cooling Technologies

Whether you need to email, fax or print a document or just want to relax for a few minutes between educational sessions, our business lounge is ready for you.

 

You’ll be able to explore our website (www.mcaa.org) to find the educational resources you need – and download them for free.

 

Pete Chaney, MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, will be on hand to show you MCAA’s extensive safety resources, all designed to provide you and your employees with the safest, most productive work environment possible.

 

07:30 - 08:00
Annual Business Meeting Nelson Wolff C
08:00 - 08:45
Closing Breakfast Cibolo Canyon Ballroom
  • Sponsored by:
  • Mueller Industries
09:00 - 10:30
Closing Session featuring UA General President Mark McManus, the Changing of the Guard and Ted Koppel Grand Oaks Ballroom

8:45 a.m. Doors Open

 

UA General President Mark McManus will address our Closing Session. Ted Koppel will relate his insights and perspectives on past and present U.S. and global issues.

Mark McManus
UA General President and National Labor Leader
Ted Koppel
News Anchor, Columnist and Author
10:45 - 11:30
Board and Past Presidents’ Partners Tea Ciibolo Canyon 8
10:45 - 11:30
Board of Directors Closing Meeting Cibolo Canyon 2–4
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Annual Manufacturer/ Supplier Council Exhibit

What’s New? What’s Different? What Works Best for My Business?

Come see the latest products and services offered by MCAA’s manufacturer and supplier partners. This is your chance to see how products and services you’ve come to know are responding to change with new technologies, innovations, and improvements. Gain new insights and knowledge about how your business can grow with technologies and services that cut costs, time and errors. You may even discover a new approach to using software or a device in the office or in the field that will significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results.

Representatives of the Council's 130 members will be available to meet you to discuss your experience with their products and services. Our MS/C members are members of our association, and they are here to build relationships with contractor members, so don't miss this opportunity.

 

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The Final Four – MCAA Style

2017-2018 Student Chapter Competition - Monday, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Watch the best and the brightest of MCAA’s student chapter members face off in our annual Student Chapter Competition, one of our most popular events. Four teams of young men and women will demonstrate their knowledge of mechanical systems, the details of an actual project bid proposal and the pressures on a contracting business while coping with the stresses of making a letter-perfect presentation before an audience of hundreds and answering tough questions from a panel of seasoned experts.

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The Next Generation of Industry Professionals Wants to Meet YOU

Student Chapter Exhibit - Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Students from top schools of construction management, mechanical engineering, and other disciplines related to our industry will be available for you to meet and consider for a possible summer internship or a full-time position.

Be sure to check out MCAAGreatFutures.org, our newly re-imagined careers website, for student resumes and university profiles. Just log in with your MCAA.org password!

Thank you to all of our Sponsors!