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Seminars for Contractors

In addition to the three-hour seminars at World of Concrete, contractors will also find the 90-minute sessions valuable. Topics include general business, leadership and management, safety, technology for construction, and green building.

In addition to the three-hour seminars at World of Concrete, contractors will also find the 90-minute sessions valuable. Topics include general business, leadership and management, safety, technology for construction, and green building.

Summaries of the seminars at World of Concrete that will be of special interest to contractors are listed below, by day. Scroll down to see seminars for each day of the show.


TH-32 Designing Decorative Concrete
Thu., Jan. 24, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Speakers: Shellie Rigsby, Acanthus, Inc.; and Randall Klassen, Klassen Concrete

Learn to evaluate the comprehensive style, intended use, and performance requirements of a decorative concrete property. Find out how to work with budgets to maximize value and profitability without aesthetic compromise. Shellie Rigsby and Randall Klassen will discuss how to manage installation logistics and show attendees how to evaluate specifications for product and system compatibility.

TH-83 Hispanics in the Concrete Construction Industry
Thu., Jan. 24, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Speaker: Jacob Monty, Esq, Monty Partners

Communicating effectively with a Hispanic workforce can help guarantee a smooth project. Understand immigration laws and their effect on the construction industry, including compliance issues. Learn to recognize Hispanic workers' strengths, understand cultural differences and how to implement effective policies, and how to avoid common pitfalls employers make with respect to their Hispanic workers.


FR-121 Why Contractors Work Too Hard and Earn Too Little
Fri., Jan. 25. 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Jayme Dill Broudy, Contractors Business School

Learn how to break free of the owner-operator mindset. Analyze how the business can take less of your time and identify ways to have less stress and better health. Discuss how to develop equity and sell your firm and explore processes for passing the firm along to children, family ,or others.


MO-135 A Contractor's Guide to Basic Reshoring
Mon., Jan. 21, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Rodney D. Adams, PE, United Forming Inc.

In this session, attendees with review reshoring terminology, assumptions, and fundamental premises. Speaker Rodney D. Adams will lead the session in a practice session on reshoring calculations, i.e., design versus actual capacity, construction loads, reshored levels, and member spacing. Be able to recognize advanced reshoring conditions and characteristics, and analyze potential reshoring "red flags."

MO-20 How to Make Your Decorative Projects Successful From Beginning to End
Mon., Jan. 21, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Speaker: James L. Schwartz, CONCRETEWORKSdesign

Successful estimating includes how to bid a project and what to look for when bidding a decorative concrete project. Learn how to educate the client and how to troubleshoot existing concrete for decorative concrete installations. Conduct your business with integrity and responsibility while on the jobsite. James L. Schwartz also will review the do's and don'ts of acid-stains, overlays, sealers, and polishing.

MO-71 Leadership Skills for Construction Contractors
Mon., Jan. 21, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Speaker: Jeff Stokes, Next Level Contractor System

Find out the difference between a construction manager and a leader. Understand why leading is critical to achieving corporate and personal success. Complete a self assessment that will enable you to see your strengths in leadership and areas of improvement. Increase trust and credibility from others and learn how to influence others to follow voluntarily.


TU-100 Decorative Concrete Job Costing
Tues., Jan. 22, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Todd Scharich, Decorative Concrete Resources

Properly understand the material and labor costs for decorative projects to maximize the success of your projects. Create accurate proposals and estimates with confidence in known costs. Learn how to focus reduced bidding time on other profitable business activities.

TU-108 Six Questions Contractors Frequently Ask This Expert
Tues., Jan. 22, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Charles Vander Kooi, Vander Kooi & Associates Inc.

Charles Vander Kooi will identify six frequently asked questions from contractors and discuss how to organize your company and how much growth is good. Learn how to analyze the balance between obtaining customers and securing workers and recognize when to keep or sell equipment.

TU-116 Powerful Language for Concrete Contractors
Tues., Jan. 22, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Denise Norberg-Johnson, Penguin Peak Performance

Learn how to replace weak word choices and sentence structures with more powerful equivalents. Denise Norberg-Johnson will teach attendees how to participate more effectively in meetings and client presentations, adjust language structure to situational requirements, and resolve conflicts and handle difficult relationships more smoothly. This session is sponsored by National Association of Women in Construction.

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