This is a tentative schedule of events. Please be aware that the start and end times for some events overlap. Please click on the session titles below for more information for each specific session.

*Session titles & speakers are subject to change.

11:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration Open for All Attendees
12:30 PM 2:30 PM
(Separate Registration Required – $249) Lunch is included and the workshop will be comprised of various sessions.

Session Description:

This year’s pre-conference workshop will consist of two sessions to help participants understand their firm’s top business challenges in order to align their department and efforts with the company’s strategic corporate goals.
In the first session, Chris Williams and Christian Moreno from Lockton Dunning will take participants on a deep dive into the design, rollout and communication of tailored Total Rewards strategic initiatives that drive organizational change and human capital retention. Through an open-style presentation format with interactive contractor specific case studies, attendees will learn how to build executive/management consensus and buy-in.


Christopher Williams
Vice President
Lockton Dunning Benefits

Chris currently serves as Vice President at Lockton Dunning Benefits. Prior to joining LDB, Chris was Director of Administration and Employee Development for Barriere Construction Co. LLC, where he oversaw Human Resources, Benefits and Wellness, Workforce Development and Employee Communications. Chris served on the company’s Senior Executive Committee as a strategic decision maker. One of his most important responsibilities was management of the company’s large, self-insured health plan and employee wellness program. Prior to Barriere. Chris spent two years in Washington, D.C. working directly for a U.S. Senator. He coordinated public financing efforts for state and local government infrastructure projects, managed the complicated earmark process, researched budgets and wrote briefs to help the Senator prioritize projects. His background in corporate administration, construction and government uniquely positions him to serve as a strategic adviser for a broad range of businesses. Chris’s areas of expertise include Executive and organizational change management; Employee recruiting and retention; Government contractor regulatory issues/compliance; Health and wellness program implementation; Employee communication programs. Education Tulane University; M.B.A., Strategic Management; University of Georgia; B.B.A., Finance. Professional Affiliations Tulane Association of Business Alumni, Board Member; Louisiana Green Corps, Board Member; AGC of America’s Training, Education and Development Steering Committee, Board Member; Tulane Freeman 50, Board Member.

Christian Moreno
Vice President, Partner
Lockton Companies

Christian Moreno is an expert in health and welfare plans for mid & large size employers. With more than 20 years of international and domestic health care/industry experience, he delivers a nuanced message tailored to Finance and Human Resources executives across the United States. Dynamic and compelling as a speaker, Christian shares his knowledge related to health care financing/payer mix and employer sponsored health plans; promoting understanding for audiences with diverse backgrounds and varying levels of expertise. In 2006, Christian co-founded Health at Work Wellness Actuaries LLC, a consulting company specializing in actuarially based consulting. Following the 2007 purchase of Health at Work Wellness Actuaries by Cooper Aerobics Center, Christian served as vice president, executive director and practice leader of Cooper Benefits. Early in his career, Christian gained international experience working with NMG Consultants and Actuaries in South Africa and Southeast Asia where he implemented consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) and wellness solutions for employers well before the launch of similar insurance models in the United States. Christian joined Lockton as a Partner and Vice President of Health Risk Solutions in May of 2011.

2:30 PM 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM 4:45 PM

Session Description:

The second session, helmed by John C. Fox, Esq., from Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C., will provide an interactive panel discussion on the movement of HR over time and the need to align HR and the C-Suite moving forward. Further mini-discussions will follow identifying where the misalignments are and how to channel a path towards alignment. Attendees will be welcomed to participate and provide their unique points of view and ultimately culminate in valuable practical takeaways identifying misalignments and potential solutions.


John C. Fox, Esq.
Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.

John C. Fox, Esq. is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management nationwide. He is a partner of Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. where he counsels companies and tries employment law cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Fox has tried more OFCCP cases than anyone else in the United States. His cases involve primarily wage-hour and employment discrimination class actions, trade secret claims, employment contract disputes, wrongful termination, corporate investigations, and the use of statistics in employment matters. Mr. Fox also defends OFCCP audits, Complaints in the courts and other federal agency investigations. Mr. Fox also provides business and strategic advice to companies nationwide relating to their employment practices. He also helps companies build human resources systems designed to minimize legal risk, including applicant tracking and compensation systems.  Mr. Fox has extensive trial experience, having spent more than 320 days in trial. Mr. Fox was also lead trial counsel in the first wage-hour class action ever tried in California. In 2005, Mr. Fox was the California Employment Law Expert Witness offering testimony on behalf of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company in the shareholder derivative lawsuit challenging Disney’s estimated $140 million severance package paid to its former President Michael Ovitz. The Court credited Mr. Fox’s testimony in a surprise ruling in favor of Disney.  Prior to founding Fox, Wang & Morgan, Mr. Fox was a Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and earlier at Fenwick & West, LLP and chaired its Employment and Labor Group for over a decade specializing in employment law applicable to high technology companies. Mr. Fox was also previously Executive Assistant to the Director of the OFCCP, where he was responsible for all enforcement and policy matters. Apart from drafting substantive employment discrimination regulations at OFCCP, Mr. Fox was responsible for OFCCP’s contacts with the Congress, other federal agencies and The White House. Mr. Fox wrote the first book describing how to construct Affirmative Action Plans. Mr. Fox donates his time, pro bono, as General Counsel, to a battered women’s shelter, Monarch Services, in Watsonville, CA, and to Waste No Food, a web-based food distribution system to the homeless.


Peter Emmons
Structural Group

Candee Chambers
Executive Director & CEO
DirectEmployers Association & Recruit Rooster

Candee Chambers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, SR. CAAP, joined the association in 2013 and currently serves as the Executive Director of DirectEmployers and CEO for the organization’s wholly owned subsidiary, Recruit Rooster. She is responsible for not only leading a team of over 60 people from seven departments but also for the continual development of the OFCCP compliance and recruitment marketing solutions for Members of the Association. As a passionate advocate for HR practitioners and the compliance challenges they face as government contractors, Candee previously served as the Association’s VP of Compliance and Partnerships. In this role, she oversaw the creation of strategic partnerships with a multitude of organizations and managed the relationship with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) which includes the joint-initiative, National Labor Exchange (NLx). In addition to her daily responsibilities, Candee also regularly provides guidance to Members, and continues to speak extensively across the United States on compliance matters related to Affirmative Action regulations, plan development, outreach responsibilities and employee selection, while also working to develop and provide training to HR compliance and staffing professionals on all areas of affirmative action compliance. With a background in recruitment, HRIS analysis, and affirmative action management, Candee often shares trusted guidance and advice at Affirmative Action-related conferences, regional ILG meetings, and National ILG Conferences. Her depth of knowledge has led her to become a faculty member for the National Law Institute’s (NELI) Affirmative Action Program series, where she presents alongside top employment law professionals.  Candee holds her SPHR and her SHRM-SCP designations and is a Sr. Certified Affirmative Action Professional. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Bowling Green State University where she graduated with honors. Candee serves as the Chair of the Indiana Industry Liaison Group, and she also created the DirectEmployers Association Compliance Advisory Board (CAB), made up of the top compliance experts in the United States. In recognition of her longtime leadership in the affirmative action community and work as an advocate of compliance training for government contractors, Candee was awarded the 2016 John A. Garza Lifetime Achievement Award at the AZILG’s 41st Annual Conference.

Denise Haaser
Baker Concrete

5:00 PM 5:45 PM First Time Attendees Orientation
Open to all first time conference attendees and steering committee members.
6:20 PM 6:30 PM Meet in Hotel Lobby for HR & TED Forums Networking Dinner
6:30 PM 8:30 PM HR & TED Forums Networking Dinner
(Separate Registration Required – $75) Open to all conference attendees.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, River North
33 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL  60654
7:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration Open
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Hot Breakfast Demo:  Rise.Shine.Be Awesome: BirdDogHR Update & Demo.
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Hot Breakfast Demo:  New Developments at NCCER.
8:00 AM 8:15 AM Welcome & Remarks
8:15 AM 9:45 AM

Session Description:

Networking is just as important for employees as it is for entrepreneurs. It allows for integrating the organizational chart, tapping into overlooked talent, and making meaningful connections with others that strengthen the corporate bond. However, few have been trained on the art of chit-chat and the power of connections … until now.


Liz Goodgold
Employee Training & Women’s Leadership Speaker
Redfire Branding

Liz Goodgold is a leadership expert who leverages the power of the personal brand to transform good employees into golden leaders. Tackling complex construction projects, she works on fostering communication, teamwork, and presentation skills for the Washoe County School District, Women in Construction, and over 200 companies including Pfizer, Warner Bros, Meals on Wheels, and Qualcomm.

Quick with a quip, she’s been on every national news channel and 2 TV series including Hollywood Scandals and The Kennedy Files. She’s also the author of 3 books including DUH! Marketing, RedFire Branding, and How to Speak Gooder.

9:45 AM 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Session Description:

The third year of the Trump Administration has proven to be an eventful one in labor and employment law for construction industry employers. Come learn about all the recent developments and the potential impact on the 2020 elections.


Stuart R. Buttrick
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Stuart Buttrick is an advocate for management and is the team leader of the Faegre Baker Daniels labor management relations team. He represents employers in labor relations matters, including in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in arbitrations, in litigation and in contract negotiations. Stuart has handled union jurisdictional disputes and lawful and unlawful picketing and strike activity. He has particular expertise in construction labor law and represents union and non-union construction companies around the United States. Stuart also represents employers in employment litigation and administrative charges. He also offers his clients practical solutions to challenging personnel and policy issues.​

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Description: Understand some of the key decisions and pitfalls from a recent HRIS & LMS implementation by a large member company. Choosing and implementing HRIS and LMS (Learning Management Systems) platforms is a complex process key that impacts your entire organization. This effort tests your processes and procedures, organizational structure, accountabilities, culture, and your most importantly your employees. Topics will include: Recruiting, Job Roles and Descriptions, Employee Documents, Vacation/PTO tracking, Performance Reviews and 360 Feedback, Learning Management (courses and required training by job role). Challenges with Project Management and Accounting systems integration will also be discussed.  During this interactive session, participants will also identify common challenges their organizations have faced.


Greg Baker
Employee Development Director
Andersen Construction Company

Greg Baker is the Corporate Employee Development Director for Andersen Construction Company based in Portland Oregon. His responsibilities include developing strategies and implementing training programs to support skill building, career advancement, and customer satisfaction. Greg also oversees the HRIS/Learning platform along with Wellness and Benefits programs.

Prior to joining Andersen in 2017, he spent 10 years with JMJ Associates, a high- performance teamwork, safety, and executive coaching consultancy. He provided safety culture and executive coaching to clients including Eli Lilly, Boeing, and Chevron and also served as Director of Asia operation based in Singapore.

From 2002-2007, Greg was the Construction Education Foundation Endowed Chair and Assistant Professor in the Oregon State University Construction Engineering Management program.

Before his academic experience, Greg was a superintendent, project engineer, project manager, and program director with Hoffman Construction Company of Portland, Oregon. Greg’s last project was overseeing the construction of a $650M semi-conductor fabrication facility successfully delivered in 13 months with a blend of self-perform craft and 50 trade contractors peaking at 2,500 workers.

Greg previously worked for Black & Veatch Engineers-Architects as the Power Division Estimating Group Leader after completing two field assignments on coal-fired power plants.

He received an MBA and a BS in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Session Description:

Is most of your training informational and event based? If the answer is ‘yes,’ you may be missing out on the most effective way to train. Participants will learn how to turn lecture-based information into activity-based learning that is readily applied.


Brent Darnell
Brent Darnell International

Brent Darnell is the pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the construction industry. He began teaching it in 1999 before the AEC industry knew they needed it. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record-breaking program that transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders. In 2017, he also won the volunteer of the year award for AGC Georgia for his work in training and development.

Brent is a third-generation construction guy. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his Dad. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1981 and spent 18 years managing projects such as the Brooke Army Medical Center and housing for athletes in the Olympic Village in Atlanta.

The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe to 20 countries from the US to places such as New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Cape Town, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Prague, London, and as far away as Hong Kong.

His clients include Skanska, Balfour Beatty, The Beck Group, Jacobsen, McCarthy, Manhattan, Clark, Heery, J.E. Dunn, Kiewit, Barton-Malow, Batson-Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Granite.

He also has worked at the national level with AEC support organizations like the AGC, ABC, DBIA, CURT, COAA, CMAA, and LCI among others and is a sought-after speaker at their regional and national conferences.

He is an adjunct professor at such notable universities as Auburn, PennState and Virginia Tech in an effort to ensure that young people come into the industry with much-needed people skills.

He has authored many books geared to the construction industry such as The People Profit Connection and The Tough Guy Survival Kit. His books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Brent has recently developed the world’s first online e-learning course on emotional intelligence and soft skills for the AEC industry. He is a true Renaissance man. He is a mechanical engineer, actor, playwright, musician, poet, yoga instructor, and book publisher.

11:00 AM 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM 12:30 PM

Session Description:

The construction industry is facing a historic workforce crisis and companies are battling for what feels like a constantly shrinking pool of talent. Come learn about the results of AGC’s 2019 National Workforce Survey and hear about industry trends and future outlook from AGC’s Chief Economist. A panel discussion of compensation and wage experts on trends, insights and challenges facing both union and non-union contractors will follow.


Ken Simonson
AGC of America

Ken Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and the Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to 43,000 subscribers.

Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues.

He currently serves on the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.


Jeff Robinson
PAS, Inc. 

Jeff is President of PAS, Inc., in Saline, Michigan, a company that specializes in compensation research and consulting for the construction industry.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Jeff has over forty years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to founding PAS, Inc. in 1979, he spent ten years with a large Midwest contractor holding several project positions in accounting, office management, controls, and workforce planning, and corporate positions in human resources and compensation administration.

Jeff is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Utility Contractors Association, the Construction Financial Management Association, SHRM, AICPA, and WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association). He is a past national secretary of the CFMA and currently serves on CFMA’s Accounting & Reporting and Publications Committees. Jeff is also a member of AGC’s Open Shop and Union committees.

Carey Peters
Executive Director
Construction Labor Research Council

Carey Peters is the Executive Director of the Construction Labor Research Council. CLRC is the nation’s foremost source of labor cost and related information on the unionized sector of the construction industry.

Before coming to CLRC, Carey spent 14 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority. While there, he conducted extensive market studies on wages/salaries and benefits and led all compensation related negotiations with the construction trades and other unions.

Carey earned his doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Tennessee and has a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University.

11:15 AM 12:30 PM

Session Description:

An interactive plenary session focused on how to translate basic brain dynamics into practical leadership skills – taking our understanding of brain science (using easy-to-understand content) and applying it to interpersonal and communication strategies. The focus is on leveraging people’s ability to think, collaborate, problem-solve and innovate. Because everyone brings their brain to work, we can learn how to optimize its potential and drive employee engagement.


Catherine Hambley, Ph.D
Executive Coach & Organizational Consultant
Brain-Based Strategies Consulting

Catherine Hambley, Ph.D., Executive Coach & Organizational Consultant. With her background and experience as a psychologist, Catherine serves as strategic business partner who utilizes brain science to promote meaningful and positive change in her work with organizations, teams, and leaders (from front-line to C-suite). She has experience with Fortune 100 companies, healthcare, agriculture, government, agencies, transportation, high tech, mergers and acquisitions, family businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. She demonstrates innovative and strategic thinking, strong facilitation skills, a collaborative approach, and an ability to relate well at all levels of the organization. In addition to her work with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Catherine is also adjunct faculty in the business school at Middlebury Institute of International Studies and teaches leadership through the extended education program at California State University, Monterey Bay.

12:30 PM 12:45 PM Lunch Roundtables
Attendees will pre-register for and attend only one track.  The lunch buffet will begin at 12:30 p.m., then attendees will proceed to one of the following tracks:
12:45 PM 2:15 PM Track 1:
Track 2:
Employee Relatability: How do you Build Trust in an Untrusting World?
Track 3:
Open Forum/Best Practices
Track 4:
Training and Knowledge Delivery Methods
Track 5:
Diversity and Inclusion
Track 6:
Retaining Employees
2:15 PM 2:30 PM Break: Chat with Sponsors and Fellow Attendees
2:30 PM 3:45 PM


Every company wants to be more profitable, but studies show that most companies underestimate the true cost of turnover and lack of employee engagement. Based on extensive research that we have performed including in-depth individual interviews with many millennials currently working in construction and professionally facilitated focus groups of men and women between 18-28 we have utilized data to create strategic initiatives to assist construction companies in becoming more profitable by creating their cultures by design, not default. The goal is to reduce turnover and increase engagement. The Six Keys for Creating Winning Cultures must be considered by every organization large or small if they want to be successful. There are so many things that are out of our control in the new economy and in this time of ever-increasing work force shortage, successful companies need to focus on what IS in their control – the ability to Create Cultures by Design, Not Default.


Sydne Jacques, PE,
Founder & CEO
Next Level Leadership

Sydne Jacques is the Founder & CEO – Next Level Leadership. An engineer turned CEO and professional speaker; often referred to as the “the engineer with a personality.” Sydne has built an award-winning company with clients around the world, has trained over 20,000 individuals and has facilitated team-building for more than 300 different construction teams. Sydne is passionate about helping individuals and teams to create cultures by design, not default.

Sydne is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Utah AGC. She is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a designation given by the National Speakers Association to less than 6% of the speakers in the country. She is also a certified facilitator with the International Partnering Institute. In her spare time, she serves on the National Advisory Committee for the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University and on the board of directors for the non-profit Working Moms Connections.  Sydne is married to a very patient husband, is the proud mother of four awesome kids and is a terrible golfer.

4:00 PM 5:00 PM Networking Reception.
5:00 PM Dinner on your own
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast Demo:  Onboarding and HR Made Simple.
8:00 AM 9:00 AM

Session Description:

The impact of opioid use in the construction industry has reached a crisis level. Substance use disorder comes in many forms, be it through the trades onsite, office staff or family members, which impacts nearly everyone in the industry.  In response to this, the AGC MA H.R. Committee working in conjunction with the Grayken Center for Addiction has created a series of practical resources and guidance for the H.R. Professional to wrap their arms around the problem with the intent of helping their organizations navigate this deadly epidemic. The areas of guidance are divided into: 1) Assessing and Engaging the Organization; 2) Empowering and Educating Managers; 3) Supporting Employees; and 4) Developing Policies and Practices.


Kathleen Freitas
Director of People Strategies
BOND Brothers, Inc.

As Director of People Strategies, Kathy leads BOND’s Human Resources Department and plays a key role in making BOND a great place to work. With over 30 years’ experience, Kathy is an expert in HR strategy and employee engagement. She oversees BOND’s talent acquisition, training and development, employee relations, onboarding and benefits programs.

Prior to working with BOND, Kathy led the HR function for several global organizations in healthcare, biotechnology and construction & professional services. She has an outstanding track record building and leading a motivated team of HR professionals, with a commitment to achieving operational excellence.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is Co-chairperson of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Human Resources Committee and was recently elected Board Member for Housing Families Inc. In addition, she holds two HR industry certifications including SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resources Management, Senior Certified Professional) and SPHR (Senior Professional of Human Resources).

Brendan Carter, Esq.

Brendan is the Director of Labor Relations and Employment Policy for the AGC MA where he is responsible for collective bargaining negotiations and administration, assisting on legislative policy, and providing guidance on employment law related matters.
Brendan brings two decades of unique insights on the construction industry having held field, management, and legal positions in varying construction organizations. He started his construction career in the field as a laborer and over the span of 13 years he worked for a regional specialty contractor and a national general contractor as an estimator, project engineer, and project manager before shifting gears to attend law school.
While in law school, Brendan gained experience in federal contracting managing claims and litigation for a service-disabled veteran-owned small business involved in multiple federal procurement vehicles. After he earned his law degree in 2014, Brendan transitioned from construction management into professional services working for a multinational consulting firm on complex construction litigation and claims.

Brendan has been a volunteer presenter for ACE Mentoring of Greater Boston and most recently served as a board member for ACE Mentoring of RI and as a lead mentor for an ACE meeting at Blackstone Valley Technical High School in Upton, MA.

In addition to a law degree from University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth, Brendan earned his master’s degree in Construction Management from Western Carolina University, Cullowee and his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston.

9:00 AM 9:15 AM Break
9:15 AM 10:15 AM

Session Description:

Whether the good times continue or a recession creeps into the picture, traditional and alternative compensation approaches are necessary to ensure pay programs attract new talent and retain key employees. This session addresses current pay trends, making the most of limited budgets, the impact on compensation in a hot market, and the strategies needed to maintain a competitive pay program in future years.


Jeff Robinson
PAS, Inc.

9:15 AM 10:15 AM

Session Description:

The unique nature of the construction industry regularly exposes contractors to risks for lawsuits from disgruntled employees that could be avoided through adopting important best practices. This program is intended to help HR save employers from the trend of employee and class-action lawsuits before they become victims of these lawsuits.The unique nature of the construction industry regularly exposes contractors to risks for lawsuits from disgruntled employees that could be avoided through adopting important best practices. This program is intended to help HR save employers from the trend of employee and class-action lawsuits before they become victims of these lawsuits.


Jennifer Kay
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Jennifer Kay is of counsel in the Chicago office of Ogletree Deakins where she specializes in employment law. Jennifer litigates employment-related disputes in a variety of jurisdictions and before administrative tribunals. Her experience encompasses Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and the various state and local statutes addressing discrimination, retaliation, and wage protection. Her practice also includes the defense of claims for violation of non-compete agreements, defamation, wrongful discharge, and tortious interference with employment agreements.
On the counseling side, Ms. Kay assists clients in navigating their way through hiring, firing, investigations, and compliance with various workplace laws including wage and hour statutes. Additionally, she drafts employment policies, severance contracts, and non-solicitation agreements. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as separation agreements, retaliation claims, employee privacy rights and employee leave statutes for a variety of professional organizations and corporate clients.

9:15 AM 10:15 AM

Session Description:

Many job roles in our industry require more “on-the-job” learning than classroom-based learning in order to successfully fulfill the duties. Yet as important as experiential learning is, too often “on-the-job” training is really mostly a sink or swim approach, with very little guidance, minimal uniformity and even less tracking of learning.

We will address the basic elements of Structured On-the-Job Training (SOJT) program which can: track on-the-job learning, empower the learner to be the driver of their own development, equip mentors to more effectively provide needed experiences, and allow leadership to identify the knowledge levels of team members for advancement.

A well-designed SOJT program not only prepares participants for doing work at the moment, but also instills critical thinking skills to adapt more efficiently to changes as they come. It sees on-the-job experience as an integrated part of an employee’s individual learning and development plan.


Paul Smith
Head of Training
Baker Construction Enterprises, Inc.

Paul Smith has spent nearly 30 years coordinating the deployment of learning resources to support organizational initiatives and individual improvement. He has designed, implemented and evaluated instruction in public, private and nonprofit sectors; as well as to all career levels, learning styles and age ranges.

Paul currently serves as Head of Training for Baker Construction Enterprises, Inc.. Under his guidance, Baker is developing industry-leading professional development programs in the areas of structured experiential learning, pre-boarding of interns, efficient acquisition training, microlearning solutions, and curated central repository of developmental resources.

Paul has become an internationally recognized leader on the topic of structured on-the-job training (SOJT). He presents at conferences (including multiple years at ATD’s premiere International Conference & Expo), written several trade publication articles, conducted webinars, has been interviewed on the topic of SOJT by media from around the world, and is author of the book Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training.

Paul is active within the workplace learning and performance profession, including long-standing membership in the Association for Talent Development (ATD) on both the local and national/international levels. He served on his local ATD chapter board for eight years and has served on several ATD national-level committees including a term as chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee and as a member of ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters. Currently Paul serves on ATD’s Public Policy Advisory Council and he continues to have responsibility for selecting winners of both ATD’s Excellence in Practice and the ATD B.E.S.T. awards each year. Paul also meets regularly with state and federal officials to discuss workforce training topics.

10:15 AM 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Session Description:

It is becoming more and more important for contractors to be immigration compliant because ICE is more active and ICE investigation can be costly to your company. Did you know ICE can raid your business? If they do, management may be headed to prison. If not a raid, then your chances of being a target of an ICE audit of your I-9 forms went up over 400% in 2018. And these audits are of businesses that cover all industries and all size of employers – small, medium and large. The construction industry is a prime industry for ICE audits and raids. Also, possible ICE fines have doubled in the last few years. Find out how to prevent an ICE raid and reduce your exposure if audited by ICE.


Bruce E. Buchanan, Esq.
Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC

Bruce E. Buchanan is the founding partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, where he primarily represents employers in all aspects of immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance, as well as employment/labor law matters.  Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982. He served as senior trial specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. Mr. Buchanan also served for 12 years as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law. After going into private practice in 2003, he worked at two law firms, including Siskind Susser P.C., before forming his own law firm in 2016.  Mr. Buchanan is the co-author of I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, authors his own blog on employer immigration compliance located at and is a contributor to HR Professional Magazine. He is also the long-time editor of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section and Labor & Employment Law newsletters. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the AGC’s Middle Tennessee Chapter and has spoken to AGC Tennessee on employer immigration compliance. He is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuit.

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Session Description:

Those without a strategy for hiring, developing and retaining top talent may find it difficult to meet the increasing demands of their organizations. It will get tougher to retain employees and people are your most valuable asset. They are responsible for your business results and competitive advantage. Successful retention is a result of identifying, developing and incentivizing key leaders. This session will examine the difference between managers and leaders, role-specific competency modeling, assessing and developing leadership potential, and the role of incentive compensation in retention.


Laura Cataldo
Senior Manager, Construction & Real Estate Services
Baker Tilly

Laura Cataldo, senior manager with Baker Tilly, joined the firm in 2017. Laura works with construction related firms of all sizes to evaluate business practices and assist with management challenges. Having worked in the construction industry for almost 25 years, Laura offers a depth of experience working with contractors to improve profitability and succeed in the changing marketplace. She excels at working with dynamic and demanding environments that require relationship building, versatility and challenge. Laura is a member of AGC’s Industry Recruitment Taskforce and is the Board Chair-Elect for the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin.

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Session Description:

A recent Forbes survey revealed 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years. Meanwhile, OSHA reports that overall workplace fatalities have dropped 20% in the last decade, but Hispanic fatalities have risen nearly 35% in the same period. On the surface, these two challenges seem unrelated; however, the underlying leadership traits (communication and cultural awareness) that can mitigate them are the same for both groups and collectively drive engagement on the job.

As the jobsite continues to become younger and more diverse, AGC member firms are challenged to adapt their efforts to consistently recruit, on-board, train, and retain a multi-generational and multi-cultural workforce.

In this engaging and interactive workshop, the audience will learn immediate and applicable leadership strategies for the two fastest growing demographics on the jobsite.

Kara Sand of PCL Construction and Bradley Hartmann of Red Angle will interweave their passion, expertise and humor as they reveal the core skills that are applicable to drive engagement with your workforce.


Kara Sand
Manager Professional Development
PLC Construction, Inc.

Kara Sand is a Manager of Professional Development at PCL Construction, a leading construction company in buildings, civil infrastructure, and heavy industrial. She partners with HR and senior leaders to analyze organizational learning needs and responds with human performance-based solutions.

Kara facilitates a myriad of courses, including one of her favorite topics, generational diversity, and how to succeed in a multi-generational workplace. Kara recently facilitated a workshop, How Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers Can Work Together More Successfully for the AGC Minnesota Chapter.

She has 13 years’ experience in adult learning, is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®), and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Communication from Minnesota State University.

Bradley Hartmann
Founder & President
Red Angle, Inc.

Bradley Hartmann is the founder of Red Angle, Inc. In his role as President, Hartmann works with the nation’s largest contractors, helping them build trust with the Hispanic demographic to drive productivity, safety and retention.

Hartmann’s four core service areas are Hispanic strategy facilitation with executive teams, Cultural IQ workshops for leaders at all levels, industry-specific language training (Spanish & English, on-site and digital delivery), and keynote speeches. Hartmann is the author of six books and hosts The Construction Leadership Podcast. His monthly newsletter, Red Angle Revista, is read by thousands of business leaders each month.

Bradley has a degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois and lived in Guadalajara, México. He later earned his MBA with Distinction and teaches Safety Spanish at Purdue, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.

11:30 AM 11:45 AM Break
11:45 AM 12:45 PM

Session Description:

SHRM identifies the Skilled Trades as the #1 industry with a shortage of workers.  In response, Civil Constructors, LLC and other Middle Tennessee highway construction contractors have partnered with TN Department of Transportation and TN Department of Corrections to create a program to assist ex-offenders re-entering the workforce and simultaneously help impact the construction workforce shortage. The main topics which will be presented during this session are Diversity & Inclusion, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Federal Bonding Program, On-the-Job Training and Work-Based Learning, grants and funding opportunities through FHWA, American Job Centers and Work Force Essentials. All are integral parts in helping maintain compliance and good faith effort with OFCCP and the FHWA. Come learn about the business and social necessity of such programs as well as the opportunities available to assist in starting them.


Wendy Bradley
Director of Human Resources
Civil Constructors, LLC

Wendy’s career with Civil Constructors, LLC began in 1998. Wendy’s previous background was in law enforcement, making the transition from criminal law to civil law was seamless with strong skills in both interpreting and applying laws and best practices and policies based on the constant changes in Employment Law and Payroll Law. Additionally, acquiring social and psychological skills while interacting with employees at all levels of employment was easily obtained through her prior career path. Wendy received the honor of “Diversity and Inclusion Professional of the Year” in December 2018 through Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management by her peers in the industry. Wendy is a member of American Payroll Association, Greater Nashville Chapter of APA, Middle Tennessee of Society of Human Resources and National SHRM; she is also a member of the TDOT AdHOC Committee and helped write the curriculum for classes in promoting women and minorities in the Highway Construction Industry. The program was developed to promote hiring of incarcerated individuals reentering society and works in conjunction with the TN Department of Corrections. She is also actively involved with the National Association of Women In Construction Nashville Chapter. Wendy has written many of the policies and procedures currently in use by Civil Constructors. Wendy has three children, Lindsey, Chelsea and Clayton and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling abroad, gardening and cooking. She is an active member of Grace Chapel, Leipers Fork, TN.

12:45 PM 1:00 PM Closing RemarksPrize Drawings

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