Program

MCAA invites you to come celebrate for five days with incredible speakers, educational seminars, entertainment, networking opportunities, motivated students looking for jobs and social events! Explore the program and start planning your reunion.

2022-03-11
2022-03-11
2022-03-12
2022-03-12
2022-03-13
2022-03-13
2022-03-14
2022-03-14
2022-03-15
2022-03-15
2022-03-16
2022-03-16
2022-03-17
2022-03-17
08:00 - 11:30
MCAA Executive Committee Breakfast & Meeting
12:00 - 14:00
IAMCA Lunch & Meeting
18:00 - 21:00
MCAA Board of Directors Reception & Dinner
07:00 - 07:45
MCAA Board of Directors Breakfast
08:00 - 12:00
MCAA Board of Directors Meeting
12:15 - 14:00
MCAA Board of Directors Lunch with Allied National Associations
13:00 - 18:00
Fun Run/Walk Registration
  • Sponsored by:
  • ASC Engineered Solutions
13:00 - 18:00
MCAA Registration Center
13:00 - 18:00
Shirt Giveaway
  • Sponsored by:
  • SLOAN
13:00 - 18:00
Business Lounge
  • Sponsored by:
  • Zurn Industries
06:00 - 18:00
MCAA Registration Center
06:00 - 18:00
Business Lounge
  • Sponsored by:
  • Zurn Industries
06:00 - 18:00
Shirt Giveaway
  • Sponsored by:
  • SLOAN
06:15 - 14:00
Annual Golf Tournament
  • Sponsored by:
  • Victaulic
  • ,
  • Carrier Corporation

6:15 am Bus Boarding for Maderas Golf Club

6:30 am Bus Boarding for Steele Canyon Golf Club

7:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:00 am Shot Gun Start

07:00 - 09:00
Annual Fun Run/Walk
  • Sponsored by:
  • ASC Engineered Solutions

7:00 am Registration

7:30 am Warm Up Exercises

8:00 am Shot Gun Start

8:00 am Contintental Breakfast

11:30 - 13:00
Career Development Lunch & Meeting
13:30 - 15:00
Faculty Advisors Meeting
15:30 - 16:30
Student Chapter Orientation
  • Sponsored by:
  • Viega
16:00 - 18:00
MCA International Reception
18:30 - 21:00
Opening Party
  • Sponsored by:
  • SIEMENS – Beverages
18:30 - 21:00
Souvenir Photos
  • Sponsored by:
  • EVAPCO, Inc.
06:30 - 17:00
MCAA Information Center
06:30 - 17:00
Business Lounge
  • Sponsored by:
  • Zurn Industries
07:00 - 08:00
Opening Breakfast
  • Sponsored by:
  • Johnson Controls

All attendees will be assigned a breakfast location based on the tower of your sleeping room. These assignments will be found in your registration packet.

08:30 - 10:00
Opening General Session Featuring Marcus Lemonis
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Marcus Lemonis
Entrepreneur, Advocate & Philanthropist
10:30 - 11:30
Featured Speaker – Adam Steltzner
  • Sponsored by:
  • Apollo Valves
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Adam Steltzner
10:00 - 10:30
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trane
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Time Management Skills for Busy People – How the Change Order Productivity Guide Can Make Your Company More Successful

Has your life gotten more complicated in the last year or so? Does it seem like the days, weeks, and months are flying by, but you don’t feel like you’ve accomplished enough? Do you struggle to find time to do the things you most love to do? If your answers are yes, yes, and yes, you’re not alone and this session is right for you. Life has become incredibly complicated for busy people like yourself and it’s time to reevaluate your time management toolbox. 

 

In this session, John Koontz will provide a lively, insightful, and interactive look at the habits, tools, methods, tricks, and best practices of the most efficient and productive people in our industry. 

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John Koontz
Director of Project Management Education, MCAA
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Today’s Mechanical Contractor – Technology, Productivity & Profits

A mechanical contracting company has many secrets to its success and a definite method to its madness. No two companies are the same, yet all companies operate on the same core principles and day-to-day operations. So why does it seem to come so easy to some while others struggle with certain aspects of the business?

 

In this seminar, audience members will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from and interact with three highly successful members of MCAA’s Executive Committee regarding all aspects of managing a successful mechanical contracting company. From project procurement to project closeout, the panel will share what they do to make their companies and it’s people thrive and prosper.

 

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Rick Gopffarth
Vice President of Preconstruction, Dynamic Systems, Inc.
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Robert Bolton
CEO and President, Arden Building Companies LLC
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Mark Rogers
Chief Operating Officer, West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
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Robert Beck
President and CEO, John W. Danforth Company
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Everything is a Trade-off – The Opportunity Cost of Not Integrating Your Company’s Tech

There are costs associated with integrating software and transferring data manually. Learn how software is integrated and what resources are spared when software is connected.

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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Cracking the Code of Executive Presence – Speaking, Storytelling & Persuasion (Part 1)
  • Sponsored by:
  • Baltimore Aircoil Company

All businesses have a story but at work everyone naturally gravitates toward using logic and statistics because it seems more professional. No matter how compelling your facts are, if your audience isn’t invested in what you are saying, all the info is lost on them. Most people “talk” and they think they “speak”. Talking is a natural human resource, speaking is a skill and a craft as you will experience throughout the session. Whether you’re selling your product or service, sharing your company vision, creating a culture, storytelling and speaking are your greatest vehicles for success.

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Mikki Williams
Motivational Speaker
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: 2022 – The Year of the Real Recovery

We thought that 2021 would be the year we bounced back from the 2020 recession but that was not quite the case. There was progress and then we slipped again. 2022 holds some of that same promise but there are all the same issues to contend with. What is the situation now as regards the pandemic, inflation, labor and so on.

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Chris Kuehl
Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence
12:00 - 15:00
Student Chapter Rehearsal Rooms and Lunch
12:15 - 13:15
PCA Board Lunch & Meeting
12:15 - 13:15
Management Methods Committee Lunch & Meeting
12:15 - 13:15
Education Committee Lunch & Meeting
13:30 - 15:00
Student Chapter Competition
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: Top Five Issues for the Mechanical Contractor

In many ways the mechanical contractor is in the middle of both downstream and upstream challenges. What does the supply chain look like, what is the situation as far as labor supply? Is housing still booming and is commercial construction making a comeback? How has the industry responded to the last two years of stress and change?

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Chris Kuehl
Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: Lessons from Best in Class Service Contractors – Leveraging Key Performance Indicators to Drive Results

In the last few years, your burden as a contractor has been to figure out how to sort through the influx of data bombarding you, and effectively use the information to make better business decisions. As technologies improve and are integrated to address this, the challenge becomes how to make sense of the data in a way that’s meaningful to your company.

 

In this session based on data compiled from the 2019 MSCA Benchmark Survey, you will learn:

  • How to determine indicators that can be tracked and used to communicate day-to-day business operations, also known as key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Practices the most successful contractors use to make their companies best in class…and how to emulate them
  • Strategies for selecting and implementing your unique KPIs when you return to the office
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Kip Bagley
Vice President Service, EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems
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Scott Berger
President and COO, Arista Air Conditioning Corporation
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: Cracking the Code of Executive Presence – Speaking, Storytelling & Persuasion (Part 2)
  • Sponsored by:
  • Baltimore Aircoil Company

All businesses have a story but at work everyone naturally gravitates toward using logic and statistics because it seems more professional. No matter how compelling your facts are, if your audience isn’t invested in what you are saying, all the info is lost on them. Most people “talk” and they think they “speak”. Talking is a natural human resource, speaking is a skill and a craft as you will experience throughout the session. Whether you’re selling your product or service, sharing your company vision, creating a culture, storytelling and speaking are your greatest vehicles for success.

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Mikki Williams
Motivational Speaker
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: Cybersecurity Basics For All Businesses

Few business verticals change or adapt quite like cybersecurity has to. With new innovations in criminal hacking comes the need to quickly reinvent the defensive strategy wheel. This presentation will dive into the latest threats that organizations face such as Dark Web exposure, types of hacking attacks, extortion attempts and more, as well as a look into the foundational concepts of how to create a well defended organization. This presentation will also includes live demonstrations of hacking vulnerabilities!

 

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Nick Espinosa
Chief Security Fanatic, Security Fanatics
14:00 - 19:00
Exhibitor Check In and Set Up
15:00 - 16:00
Student Chapter Judges Meeting
15:30 - 17:00
ALI Graduates Reception
15:30 - 17:00
Women in the Mechanical Industry Reception
06:30 - 15:00
MCAA Information Center
06:30 - 15:00
Business Lounge
  • Sponsored by:
  • Zurn Industries
07:00 - 10:00
Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit
07:00 - 09:00
Association Executives Council Breakfast & Business Meeting
07:00 - 10:00
Networking & Recruiting 360: Find Your Next Employer or Employee
10:00 - 12:00
Brunch Featuring Geena Davis
  • Sponsored by:
  • Ferguson
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Geena Davis
Academy Award-winning Actor & Advocate
10:00 - 10:30
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Parker Hannifin
10:30 - 11:30
Manufacturer/Supplier Council Annual Meeting
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Modern Risk Management for Construction – Leverage Risk Programs to Impact Profitability

Modern risk programs do more than protect business profits. Learn how Risk Managers are partnering with insurance carriers and technology companies to impact business profits while reducing project risk and insurance premiums.

 

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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: How the Change Order Productivity Guide Can Make Your Company More Successful

Have you seen, read, reviewed the MCAA’s 2020 Edition of the Change Orders, Productivity, and Overtime Manual? Do your project managers and your project executives even know that it exists? As I’ve travelled the country over the last 20 years teaching project management best practices to thousands of people, I’ve always been amazed at how few project managers are even aware of the manual’s existence. I often wonder if this manual, which existed in some form since 1971, is the MCAA’s oldest and best kept secret. I sincerely believe that when your company executives and your project management teams understand and utilize this manual and its many areas of knowledge regularly, difficult projects with will always be more successful. In this lively and interactive session, John will walk you through the most important sections of the manual and explain their application and their importance in creating successful project outcomes.

 

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John Koontz
Director of Project Management Education, MCAA
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: The Basics of Ransomware Defense

Ransomware is the single largest cyberthreat to computers and companies worldwide. It cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, to recover from this kind of attack and a severe loss of revenue as reputations become damaged. In this presentation, Nick Espinosa will walk us through the ins and outs of ransomware, how it can get into your network, the damage it can do and also how to build a good cyber defense strategy to stop ransomware attacks cold!

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Nick Espinosa
Chief Security Fanatic, Security Fanatics
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Cannabis & Workplace Safety – Best Practices & Legal Developments

Most U.S. workers are now employed in states where medical cannabis is legal, but employment provisions in these laws vary widely. More changes are in the works federally that will change the rules significantly in terms of protections under the ADA and other laws. Yet while OSHA frowns on drug testing, it also demands a workplace free from recognized hazards — including impaired workers. What’s an employer to do? Find out at this info-filled session where the latest legal developments will be addressed, and there will be discussion of best practices and how to harmonize HR and safety issues when it comes to cannabis.

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Adele Abrams
President, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
12:30 - 13:30
Student Chapter Presidents Lunch & Meeting
  • Sponsored by:
  • Viega
12:30 - 13:30
Industry Improvement Funds Committee Lunch & Meeting
12:30 - 14:00
Plumbing Lunch & Learn
12:30 - 15:00
Nominating Committee Meeting
06:30 - 15:00
MCAA Information Center
06:30 - 15:00
Business Lounge
  • Sponsored by:
  • Zurn Industries
07:00 - 09:00
Awards of Excellence Breakfast Featuring Cris Carter
  • Sponsored by:
  • CNA
  • ,
  • MILWAUKEE TOOL
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Cris Carter
Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver & Broadcaster
09:00 - 09:30
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Parker Hannifin
09:15 - 10:45
Education Seminar: Exit Alternatives
• Current M&A environment for mechanical contractors
• The emergence of ESOPs
• Trends in sale of mechanical firms to family/key employees
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Landon Funsten
Chairman, FMI Corporation
09:15 - 10:45
Education Seminar: Every Company Can Grow
• Making Your Marketing and Sales Effort Really Work”
• Don’t Compete on Price – Take Market Share By Being the Best Option
• Managing Key Accounts for Better Results
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Lee Smither
Principal, FMI Corporation
09:15 - 10:45
Education Seminar: The Business of Relationships

With the constant demands of life and business in an ever-changing world, it is sometimes difficult maneuvering relationships with employees, customers, and family, achieving company objectives, and finding a sense of meaning in life. Work-life balance shouldn’t be a mystery, and interpersonal relationships a chore. Learn how to apply the same principles that work in business to your everyday life.

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Natalie Fikes
CEO, The Greater Purpose Society LLC
09:15 - 10:45
Education Seminar: Hot Topics and Fiduciary Issues for Benefit Plan Trustees

This session will provide a legislative and regulatory update for those who serve as trustees on a multiemployer pension or health and welfare fund. With a focus on Fiduciary Responsibility, topics may include the recent DOL guidance on cybersecurity, Special Financial Assistance for Troubled Multiemployer Funds, the latest initiatives of the Biden Administration, and other timely topics of importance for trustees.

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Neal Schelberg
Partner, Proskauer LLP
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Thomas Holsman
Consultant, Holsman Consulting
10:30 - 11:00
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trane
10:45 - 11:15
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Parker Hannifin
11:00 - 12:00
Featured Speaker Michael Rogers
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trimble
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Michael Rogers
11:00 - 12:30
Education Seminar: Cybersecurity for Ages 8 to 80

Everyone is plugged into the internet, from the very young to the very young at heart! This presentation will be an examination of the threats that everyone faces and how to protect and defend as we browse the internet, install apps that hopefully help and not harm us, and more. This presentation will also include live demonstrations of hacking vulnerabilities!

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Nick Espinosa
Chief Security Fanatic, Security Fanatics
11:00 - 12:30
Education Seminar: Activating Your GPS – Living and Leading With Purpose in Uncertain Times

Today’s business leaders and teams are so task-obsessed and bogged down by obligations that they lose sight of their objectives and goals. They spend their time doing what they’ve been told makes them effective without truly determining what that means for themselves. These internal conflicts affect performance, quality of life, and can lead to burnout at work. It’s time to Activate Your Greater Purpose System (GPS)™ so you can resolve the mental blocks that create uncertainty and regulate disruptive emotions that prevent leaders and teams from achieving peak performance.

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Natalie Fikes
CEO, The Greater Purpose Society LLC
11:00 - 12:30
Education Seminar: Current Mechanical Market Overview & Updates
• Where are we economically in our post (hopefully!) COVID world?
• Construction outlook
• Short-term (1-2 years)
• Mid-term (2-5 years)
• Long-term (5-10 years)
• What trends are we seeing that will affect the prospects for mechanical contractors?
• Population / demographic changes
• Energy efficiency
• Changing environment (i.e. heat, natural disasters)
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Ryan Foley
Managing Director, FMI Corporation
11:00 - 12:30
Education Seminar: Growing a Strong and Profitable Service Business

A strong HVACR and plumbing service business can help sustain your business during downturns in the construction market. This session will provide you with the fundamentals needed to start or improve your service business’ performance.

 

You will learn:

  • How to analyze your service business model and identify future growth opportunities
  • Actionable strategies to build the sales team you need to facilitate service growth
  • How to generate a recurring revenue stream through preventative maintenance agreements, additional pull-through work and retrofit opportunities
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Chris Carter
Vice President of Service, Murphy Company
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Brian Hughes
President, Hughes Environmental Engineering