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Keynote Speakers

Laura W. Bush

Former First Lady, Educator and Advocate

Join former First Lady Laura Bush and MCAA’s host for the morning, Lynne Fuller for our Partner’s Program and 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 of the United States, is an advocate for literacy, education and women’s rights. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military. She is also the author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken from the Heart, and the bestselling children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard.
  • Partners’ Program and Breakfast featuring Laura W. Bush
    Tuesday March 27 08:30 - 10:00 Grand Oaks Ballroom

David Robinson

NBA Champion, Olympian and Philanthropist

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

Widely considered one of the greatest centers in both college basketball and NBA history, David “The Admiral” Robinson spent his 14-year basketball career with the San Antonio Spurs. He is a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Champion, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and a two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee. He established the David Robinson Foundation in 1991, and has since donated more than $9 million to the Carver Academy in San Antonio. He is also an active participant in Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood of Achievers program and many other charities. His charitable work is so well recognized that the NBA renamed its award for outstanding charitable efforts the David Robinson Plaque. He was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and received a Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
  • Awards of Excellence Breakfast featuring David Robinson
    Wednesday March 28 07:00 - 09:00 Grand Oaks Ballroom

Mark McManus

UA General President and National Labor Leader

Mark McManus will address our Closing Session.

In August 2016, Mark McManus was unanimously elected General President of the United Association at the UA’s 39th General Convention. On November 10, 2016, he assumed his new position leading the nation’s most progressive and influential trade union. Mark McManus has had a distinguished career in support of our nation’s hard working men and women and been unwavering in his commitment to a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between labor and management. Mark began his career with the UA in 1983 when he was initiated into Plumbers Local 24 in Newark, New Jersey. He was elected Business Manager in 1997. His talents and leadership brought him to the United Association General Office in 2007 where he has served as International Representative, Administrative Assistant to the General President, and General Secretary-Treasurer before taking over the helm of the 340,000-member International Union.
  • Closing General Session featuring Mark McManus and Ted Koppel
    Thursday March 29 09:00 - 10:30 Grand Oaks Ballroom

Your EducationAssociation

Here are the featured and workshop speakers your Education Association has lined up for you in San Antonio. For more information on their programs, check out the Planning Guide.

Audrey Gallen

Senior Director/Learning Products & Programs/Catalyst Read the Bio

Audrey Gallen

Senior Director/Learning Products & Programs/Catalyst
Audrey Gallien has been with Catalyst since 2011, holding a variety of positions from account management in the Western United States, to marketing, and global event management. Catalyst is an international organization that works with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women and accelerate and advance women into leadership positions. As of 2018, Audrey leads the Catalyst business development as a Senior Director in the Learning Products & Programs Department, responsible for the marketing, sales, and development of customized speaking engagements and workshops for organizations globally. Audrey frequently speaks on the topics of unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, career advancement strategy, and LGBT workplace inclusion.

Brian Beaulieu

CEO of ITR Economics
One of the country’s most informed economists, Brian Beaulieu is the CEO of ITR Economics, where he researches the use of business cycle analyses and economic forecasts to increase profitability. He is also Chief Economist for TEC, a global organization of over 13,000 CEOs. He leads workshops and seminars for thousands of business owners and executives. He is also the co-author of the books, Prosperity in the Age of Decline and Make Your Move. Learn more about Brian Beaulieu at www.itreconomics.com/content/brian-beaulieu.
  • Education Session : The 2018 Economic Forecast
    Monday March 26 10:30 - 12:00 Cibolo 5

Dr. Michael Bradley

Clinical Psychologist
Michael J. Bradley, a licensed clinical psychologist, has over 30 years of experience working with adolescents. He is the award-winning author of five books including the bestselling Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind. Find out more about Michael Bradley at www.doctormikebradley.com.
  • Education Session : Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Kids
    Monday March 26 13:29 - 15:00 Cibolo 5

Charles Duhigg

Bestselling Author

Charles Duhigg is the bestselling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which explores the science of habit formation, and Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter, and writes for The New York Times Magazine and other publications. His work has also been recognized with the George Polk Award, the Gerald Loeb Award, the National Journalism Award and other honors.

You can learn more about Charles Duhigg at www.charlesduhigg.com.

  • Education Session : Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
    Tuesday March 27 10:14 - 11:45 Cibolo 1–5

Nick Espinosa

Cyber Security Expert Read the Bio

Nick Espinosa

Cyber Security Expert

Nick Espinosa is an expert in security and network infrastructure on multiple platforms. He has designed, built, and implemented multinational networks, encryption systems, and multi-tiered infrastructures as well as small business environments. He has been quoted in Forbes, Yahoo!, American Express, CIO, EnterpriseTech, ITWorld, ComputerWorld, Solutions Review, InfoSec, CSO and other publications. He is also the award-winning co-author of a bestselling book on cybersecurity, Easy Prey. Learn more about Nick Espinosa and download a free chapter of Easy Prey at www.nickesp.theeasypreybook.com.

Mark Gungor

CEO of Laugh Your Way America Read the Bio

Mark Gungor

CEO of Laugh Your Way America
Mark Gungor is the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. He is the author of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, the book based on years of working with thousands of couples. He has been featured on national broadcasts such as ABC News, Focus on the Family and Life Today. He is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, Better Marriage Minute. He also hosts a daily online talk show, The Mark Gungor Show. Learn more about Mark Gungor at www.markgungor.com.
  • Luncheon Session : The Tale of Two Brains
    Tuesday March 27 12:00 - 13:30 Grand Oaks Ballroom
  • Luncheon Session : The Tale of Two Brains
    Tuesday March 27 12:00 - 13:30 Grand Oaks Ballroom

Carla Hall

Co-Host of The Chew Read the Bio

Carla Hall

Co-Host of The Chew
Carla Hall co-hosts ABC’s popular lifestyle series, The Chew, with restaurateurs and Iron Chef America stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon and entertaining expert Clinton Kelly. She is best known as a competitor on “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo,” and her philosophy of always cooking with love. She is the owner of Hall’s Southern Kitchen restaurant and Carla Hall Petite Cookies. She has written two cookbooks: Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You. She is active with several charities and not-for-profit organizations that serve causes close to her heart. Learn more about Carla Hall at www.carlahall.com.
  • Education Session : Living and Cooking with Love
    Monday March 26 10:30 - 11:30 Nelson Wolff A

David Horsager

CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute Read the Bio

David Horsager

CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute
David Horsager is the CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute, the bestselling author of The Trust Edge, inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. Get free resources and more at www.davidhorsager.com and www.trustedge.com.
  • Education Session : The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results through Trust
    Wednesday March 28 11:00 - 12:30 Cibolo 6–7

Anthony Huey

Communications Expert Read the Bio

Anthony Huey

Communications Expert
Anthony Huey owns Reputation Management Associates, one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies. During his career, he has been a news reporter, magazine senior editor, crisis management specialist, media relations consultant and executive speech coach. His past client work includes a wide variety of advertising, public relations and communications initiatives for hundreds of trade associations, municipalities and companies. Learn more about Anthony Huey at www.communicateclearly.com.  
  • Education Session : Reputation Management: Where Perception is Truth
    Wednesday March 28 09:15 - 10:45 Cibolo 8–11
  • Education Session : Making Your Messages Memorable (Limited to AEC Members)
    Wednesday March 28 11:00 - 12:30 Cibolo 8–11

Ron King

Trimble
Ron King is with Trimble and co-chair of MCAA’s WebLEM Committee.
  • Education Session : Creating the Next Generation of WebLEM
    Wednesday March 28 09:15 - 10:45 Nelson Wolff C

John Koontz

National Director of Project Management Education at MCAA Read the Bio

John Koontz

National Director of Project Management Education at MCAA
John Koontz, MCAA’s national director for project management and advanced supervisory education, brings a balance of academic and practical experience to his presentations. A former tenured associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Building Construction Management, he served as Purdue’s mechanical construction management coordinator. He has been teaching since 1992. Prior to this, he spent 15 years in the employment of MCAA contractors in a variety of positions including senior project manager, project manager, project engineer and estimator.
  • Education Session : Strategies for Finding Talent…a Roundtable Luncheon
    Monday March 26 12:15 - 13:15 Cibolo 6 – 11

Robert Lindbloom

Vice President of Apollo Mechanical Contractors Read the Bio

Robert Lindbloom

Vice President of Apollo Mechanical Contractors
Robert Lindbloom is Vice President of Apollo Mechanical Contractors, Inc. and a member of the Management Methods Committee.
  • Education Session : Getting Back to Business After a Disaster
    Tuesday March 27 10:15 - 11:45 Cibolo 8–11

Tim Moormeier

U.S. Engineering Company Read the Bio

Tim Moormeier

U.S. Engineering Company
Tim Moormeier is with U.S. Engineering and co-chair of MCAA’s WebLEM Committee.
  • Education Session : Creating the Next Generation of WebLEM
    Wednesday March 28 09:15 - 10:45 Nelson Wolff C

Neil Pasricha

Institute for Global Happiness Read the Bio

Neil Pasricha

Institute for Global Happiness
Neil Pasricha spent 10 years as Walmart’s director of leadership development. He has authored two bestselling books, The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. Find out more about Neil Pasricha at www.globalhappiness.org.
  • Education Session : The Happiness Equation
    Wednesday March 28 09:15 - 10:45 Cibolo 6–7

Doug Patin

Construction Law Attorney Read the Bio

Doug Patin

Construction Law Attorney
Doug Patin is a partner in the Construction & Procurement Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Washington, DC. He has specialized expertise in builder’s risk and liability insurance disputes, bid protests, take-over surety issues, and complex litigation.
  • Education Session : Managing the Subcontract Disputes Resolution Process
    Monday March 26 10:30 - 12:00 Bluebonnet/Dogwood
  • Education Session : Construction Claims: How to Protect Your Bottom Line
    Monday March 26 13:30 - 15:00 Bluebonnet/Dogwood

Connie Podesta

A Hall of Fame Speaker and Award-Winning Author Read the Bio

Connie Podesta

A Hall of Fame Speaker and Award-Winning Author
Connie Podesta is a ball of fire whose rare blend of laugh-out-loud comedy, killer take-away strategies, and interactive delivery style have made her one of the most unique and memorable speakers on the stage today. A Hall of Fame speaker, she is also the award-winning author of seven books. Discover more about Connie Podesta at www.conniepodesta.com.
  • Education Session : The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance
    Wednesday March 28 09:14 - 10:45 Cibolo 1–5
  • Education Session : The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance
    Wednesday March 28 11:00 - 12:30 Cibolo 1–5

Rich Seiler

Founder of Unified Works Read the Bio

Rich Seiler

Founder of Unified Works
Rich Seiler is the founder of Unified Works. He has studied, taught and practiced LEAN construction since 2004. He also co-founded the LEAN Construction Institute (LCI) Community of Practice in Chicago. He brings a depth of local, regional and national research and practice to clients who are implementing LEAN. He has a lesson, vision and inspiration for any organization that wants to be successful in the long-term. Learn more about Rich Seiler and his approach to LEAN at www.unified-works.com/who-we-are.
  • Education Session : LEAN: Top Down, Bottom Up
    Monday March 26 10:30 - 12:00 Begonia/Bottlebrush
  • Education Session : LEAN: Top Down, Bottom Up
    Monday March 26 13:30 - 03:00 Cibolo 1–4

Paul Stynchcomb

Principal of Vero Construction Consultants Corporation Read the Bio

Paul Stynchcomb

Principal of Vero Construction Consultants Corporation
Paul Stynchcomb is the Principal of Vero Construction Consultants Corporation. He is an expert in CPM scheduling, construction management, contract and subcontract administration, delay and cost impact analysis, and loss of labor productivity in federal and state courts.
  • Education Session : Managing the Subcontract Disputes Resolution Process
    Monday March 26 10:30 - 12:00 Bluebonnet/Dogwood
  • Education Session : Construction Claims: How to Protect Your Bottom Line
    Monday March 26 13:30 - 15:00 Bluebonnet/Dogwood

Chip Valutis

Principal of Valutis Consulting Read the Bio

Chip Valutis

Principal of Valutis Consulting

Dr. Chip Valutis is a principal with Valutis Consulting, Inc., a management consulting firm in Buffalo, NY. As a psychologist, he appreciates the complexity of people, teams and organizations. As a management consultant, he loves to simplify the complex into practical tools, techniques and practices. For the past 25 years, he has worked extensively with organizations, teams and executives. He strives to help successful companies build the people, systems and plans required for the next level of growth. Find out more about Chip Valutis at www.valutis.com.

  • Education Session : How to Coach for Growth: The ABCs of Hands-on Talent Management
    Monday March 26 10:30 - 12:00 Cibolo 1–4
  • Education Session : Tools and Techniques to Transform Your Staff into a Team
    Tuesday March 27 10:15 - 11:45 Cibolo 7

Nathan Wood

Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC Read the Bio

Nathan Wood

Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC
Nathan Wood is Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC. He blends Emotional Intelligence (EQ) with Design Thinking strategy to help teams overcome adoption barriers through collaborative debate and mutual respect for different perspectives.
  • Education Session : Innovations in Virtual Design for Construction
    Wednesday March 28 11:00 - 12:30 Nelson Wolff C

Brett Young

CEO and Founder of BuildingSP Read the Bio

Brett Young

CEO and Founder of BuildingSP
Brett Young is the CEO and Founder of BuildingSP, Inc. Before starting the company, he founded and managed Modulus Consulting, a BIM consulting firm with multimillion dollar annual revenues. He has a background in the management of large, commercial construction projects from nine years of work at a general contractor.
  • Education Session : Innovations in Virtual Design for Construction
    Wednesday March 28 11:00 - 12:30 Nelson Wolff C

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