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Thursday, January 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Coffee with Your Committee
Kick off the morning with a cup of coffee and join the members of these committees as they continue their work this coming year.

  • District Officers Council
  • Workforce Committee with committee members from each district
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Get the Most Out of Your AGCVA Membership
Whether you are a new member or you have been a member for years, this session will talk about the many ways you can engage with AGCVA and get the most value from your membership in THE association for the commercial construction industry in Virginia. You will learn about events, workforce development programs, advocacy efforts, and much more.
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m..Edible Edification Sessions
Grab your lunch and enjoy a session with colleagues across the state who serve in a similar role. These lightly facilitated sessions are a great opportunity to discuss common challenges, share best practices, and learn from others in the industry.

  • Large General Contractors
  • Small General Contractors
  • Sub-contractors
  • Women in Construction
  • Young Construction Leaders
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Keynote Speaker:
Elliot Eisenberg, The Bowtie Economist 
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. (aka, “The Bowtie Economist”) promises to entertain and educate as he discusses the short-term and longer-term health of the US economy. Dr. Eisenberg will discuss the most recent statistics on key topics such as the depth and breadth of the Sar-Cov-2 induced decline, the speed, shape and main drivers of the current economic recovery, the health of the labor market, inflation, future Federal Reserve policy, the importance and likelihood of a fourth stimulus bill, the deficit and debt, the housing market, business sentiment, policy changes that are likely to occur given the election, and of course corporate investment behavior, including commercial, industrial, multifamily, and more. Substantial time will also be devoted to looking at various construction indexes, commodity prices, REIT prices, chemical indices and other proxy variables so as to get a relatively clear picture of the construction environment we are in and will be in.  Eisenberg will close by comparing economic conditions across the nation and focusing on several key trends.  After his prepared remarks, and time permitting, Dr. Eisenberg looks forward to taking questions from the audience. Be ready to take plenty of notes.
2:15 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.Breakout Sessions
During each one-hour session, be prepared to engage, learn, and be inspired when you take a deeper dive into the breakout session topics; topics that are current and relevant in every facet of the commercial construction industry. The following topics will be available for you:

Winning Business Through a Downturn

Presenter:  Lee Smither, FMI

The construction industry is facing many challenges in the coming years, including declines in business and increased competition on bids. In order to be successful, companies need to win more of the business in front of them right now. Dealing with virtual pitches, lack of networking opportunities and other aspects of today’s environment can make that even more difficult. In this presentation, FMI’s Lee Smither will walk through:

  • The current market environment and outlook
  • How companies can best position themselves to win business
  • Tips contractors can utilize to find new opportunities and close more bids.

When Workforce Can’t Wait on a Cure

Panelists:  
Megan Healy, Workforce Development Advisor
Frank Squillace, PVCC
Rob Leonard, F& S Building Innovations, Inc.
Patricia Morrison, Dept. of Labor & Industry

What happens when all the traditional methods of recruitment and workforce development collide with a pandemic and turn on end? Amidst layoffs, virtual schooling, and stringent safety standards, our industry has been forced to reassess and get creative on keeping the talent pipelines flowing. If you are looking for success stories, creative solutions, and lessons learned, join our workforce solutions panel discussion on “When Workforce Can’t Wait on a Cure”.

3:20 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Breakout Sessions
During each one-hour session, be prepared to engage, learn, and be inspired when you take a deeper dive into the breakout session topics; topics that are current and relevant in every facet of the commercial construction industry. The following topics will be available for you:

Seeing Difference Differently: A Critical Factor for Your Business’ Success


Presenter:  Bill Cooper, Atlantic Constructors, Inc.

Join us for this session where we will introduce or reinforce ways to help you to see difference differently. Discover why choosing to leverage the power of difference can serve as the foundation for a culture that fosters innovation and creativity. Seeing difference differently is fundamental to a company’s success with exceeding customer expectations and attracting and maintaining an engaged workforce.


Reducing Legal Risk: Virginia’s New Employment Laws


Presenters:
Spencer Wiegard, Gentry Locke
Todd Leeson, Gentry Locke
Cate Huff, Gentry Locke

Are you aware of Virginia’s new employment laws? These new laws went into effect on July 1, 2020 and cover a number of employment topics related to the construction industry such as worker classification, unpaid  wages, whistleblower claims, and others. In this presentation, Gentry Locke’s Spencer Wiegard and Kelsey Martin will discuss the new laws and how to reduce your risk for legal claims. The following topics will be covered:

  • Employees vs. independent contractors
  • Unpaid wage claims, including general contractor liability for subcontractor’s nonpayment of wages
  • COVID-19 paid leave under federal law
  • Whistleblower claims

Operation Warp Speed: Helping Employers Navigate Vaccine Policies


Presenters:
Kelly Bundy, Hirschler Law
Courtney Malveaux, Jackson Lewis P.C.

As Operation Warp Speed launches the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, employer questions are on the rise. This session will guide you to a better understanding of the current legal landscape pertaining to the newly approved vaccine. Our speakers will assess legal options, share the risks and benefits of implementing mandatory vaccine policies, and help you identify and consider the practical implications of enforcing new plans.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Virtual Happy Hour and the 2021 Construction Trivia Competition
Know construction? Love trivia? Then grab your favorite cocktail and join in the fun! Individuals will compete to see who can correctly answer the most construction trivia. The winner will identify the charity of their choice and AGCVA will make a financial contribution in their name.  Pop in for this fun time of competition, socializing, and a toast to the winner during a happy hour following the competition.
Friday, January 22, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.General Membership Meeting
During the annual membership meeting, AGCVA will install new officers, give reports on the finances and membership of the association, and conduct other important business.
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Legislative Update

Presenter:  Preston Bryant, McGuire Woods

With Democrats in control for the first time in 20 plus years, the 2020 General Assembly session was a whirlwind of activity. What can we expect as far as construction industry related bills in 2021? Where will AGCVA be focusing its efforts? Come hear from AGCVA’s advocacy team, including the team from McGuire Woods Consulting on the specific issues we expect to face in this year’s session.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Keynote Speaker:
Bob Holsworth, Partner of DecideSmart
Political analyst and managing partner of the Richmond based consulting firm DecideSmart, Dr. Holsworth, will provide members an update on the political environment for 2021. What are the ongoing political ramifications in Virginia from the 2020 presidential race? What is in store for the 2021 General Assembly session? What can we expect from the 2021 gubernatorial race in Virginia? Come hear one of the state’s most renowned political analysts tell us what to expect in 2021.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Edible Edification Sessions
Grab your lunch and enjoy a virtual session with colleagues across the state who serve in a similar role. These lightly facilitated sessions are a great opportunity to discuss common challenges, share best practices, and learn from others in the industry.

  • HR/Legal
  • Business Development
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Board of Directors Meeting
All members are invited to attend the Board of Directors meeting.