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Hear real stories from real contractors about real-life workforce management (WFM) success and what it really means in the construction industry. Together, we’ll take a look at workforce management today and what innovative companies are doing to shape the future of WFM and the construction industry.
You might be wondering, what is WFM? WFM is an organizational approach used to optimize employee productivity and efficiency. When done the right way with the right technology, it can include planning and scheduling, data management, analytics, people management, communication and forecasting.
So what does that really mean? In short, it means having the right people at the right place at the right time and using the right data to make those decisions while effectively communicating across your entire organization.
Adopting workforce management in the construction industry enables your organization’s leaders to understand who is on their team, what they’re good at and where they’re working. In addition, it allows you to properly determine how many people are needed for any given project and then ensures you can get the right people on and off projects at the right time.
Ben Schultz is chief executive officer and founder of LaborChart. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of the company. Prior to finding LaborChart, Schultz was a fourth-generation electrical contractor who worked in the construction industry for 15 years. He branched out on his own to develop a workforce management platform that could ultimately transform the construction industry.
Gary Fuchs spent 43 years in the construction industry, most notably as VP of construction for Westphal Electric. While at Westphal, Fuchs implemented workforce management standards and best practices utilizing LaborChart, later joining the LaborChart team as senior workforce advisor.
Mike Bellaman, President and CEO, ABC National;
Brad Lewis, Corporate Director of Supplier Diversity, Hensel Phelps
Inclusion, diversity and equity aren’t just buzzwords. It takes genuine and authentic commitment from company leaders to create a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity. What does this leadership look like? What can we learn from other transformational efforts such as safety?
ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman and ABC IDE National Committee Chair Brad Lewis share practical ways leaders can create a productive, inclusive, diverse and equitable work environment that creates the conditions for all to achieve.
Michael D. Bellaman has served as president and chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade association representing more than 21,000 members from 69 chapters across the United States, since 2011. In his role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
Brad Lewis, MCA, has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry with Hensel Phelps. He started as a field engineer and working his way up to a superintendent position, where he learned the importance of fostering relationships with owners, trade partners, community leaders and vendors to enhance project and community initiatives. Lewis is the chair of the ABC Inclusion Diversity and Equity Committee, which he has served on for eight years.
Tia Perry, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Director, ABC National
Bias is a natural part of the human condition. It affects how we make decisions, engage with others and respond to various situations and circumstances, often limiting potential. Learn to identify bias where it shows up in our own thinking and in our workplaces, cultivate connections with those around us to expand our understanding and moving forward with courage as we engage with care and boldness in addressing biases that limit our potential.
Tia Perry serves as a strategic thought leader to advance ABC’s IDE strategy, including the measurement and monitoring of the association’s initiatives and development of new programs and practices that effectively increase IDE awareness. Perry is currently an American Society of Association Executives Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar and has the completed the University of South Florida’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate Program. She also is a certified Franklin Covey Unconscious Bias Facilitator.
Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO, M. Davis & Sons
Narciso “Pat” Patterson, President and CEO, Elysium Enterprises
Join us for an interactive discussion on moving past supplier diversity compliance to develop long-term strategic partnerships with diverse firms. Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO of M. Davis and Son, and supplier diversity consultant Pat Patterson from Elysium Enterprises will discuss how diversification of your supply chain promotes an inclusive approach to procurement.
Peggy Del Fabbro, is the the 5th generation of the Davis family leading the 151-yearold firm, which is certified as a Woman Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. A 20-year veteran in leadership roles at the M. Davis & Sons, she works to distinguish the construction company in the marketplace through an unwavering commitment to safety and quality and a forward-thinking approach to sustainability and the future of construction.
Pat Patterson, Supplier diversity professional Pat Patterson founded Elysium Enterprises, a consulting firm established to support the growth of an inclusive culture in supply chain within the business industry. Prior to Elysium Patterson spent 25 years at Verizon Communications. His last ten years with Verizon were spent in various supplier diversity roles and responsibilities, partnering with multiple organizations and executives enterprise-wide. In his 25 years with Verizon, he held key roles in global diversity and inclusion, real estate, construction, regional staff positions, along with his engineering responsibilities with Empire City Subway Company, a Verizon subsidiary.
Most of us spend eight or more hours daily at work; often, we spend more time at work than at home with our families. It is important that our time spent away from home is safe, productive and equitable. We can build a jobsite culture that is free of harassment, hate and bigotry and champion inclusion and empower all people to reach their full potential.
Dr. Mittie Cannon, Power Up: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing!
We all have a role to play in attracting and mentoring diverse talent into the industry we love. As we continue to create a more diverse and inclusive environment, it is important to step back and look at our community engagement through a lens of inclusion, diversity and equity. Hear from philanthropist Dr. Mittie Cannon on her passion for removing barriers for women in construction and introducing young women and their mothers to careers in construction.
Dr. Mittie D. Cannon has been engaged in workforce development in the construction industry for more than two decades with a passion for exposing young women to careers in construction through innovative programing. Dr. Cannon initially ran summer camps for young women to expose them to careers in the construction industry, which is challenged to pull in a qualified and diverse workforce, before founding Power Up.
Your professional life is governed by contracts, but are you fluent in contract language? Definitions are the language of contracts, and if you don’t know how they work, you’re leaving yourself open to significant risk.
Why do definitions matter? Because defined terms are the building blocks of every contract provision. For example, you may expect that you can be held liable for damages, but would never in a million years agree to be held liable for Damages. The difference? The second—the one with the capital D—is a defined term…and it means whatever the author of the contract says it does.
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With more than 30 years of experience, Eliot Wagonheim serves as general counsel to small and mid-sized businesses in a wide array of industries in both litigation and corporate matter. His clients range from five person shops to some of the most successful and recognized companies in the region.
Over the course of his career, Eliot and his team have served as buyer’s counsel as well as seller’s counsel in transactions ranging from $50,000 to $100,000,000. From a litigation perspective, Eliot has both won and successfully defended cases ranging from multi-million dollar, bet-your-company cases to smaller, District Court actions.
In addition to working with clients, Eliot also supports organizations and people by teaching online webinars, workshops, and Master Classes through the online platform WagonheimU; and speaking virtually and in-person.
Open beyond ABC members
ANSI/CSA compliance is critical. Join a panel of safety experts as they discuss the 2020 changes to the ANSI standards that govern the access equipment industry in the areas of training, jobsite safety and machine selection. Understand what rental companies, equipment owners, supervisors, operators and technicians can do to ensure their teams meet the standards. It’s not too late to become compliant.
Don Hundley, director of digital commercialization and industry association relations, JLG Industries, is responsible for aligning JLG’s digital strategies with industry association partners to expand safety and operator training programs for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms and telehandlers in the construction industry.
Kevin Keith, director of safety services, ABC Keystone, specializes in crafting safety policies, performing jobsite inspections and navigating OSHA requirements. Keith has more than 10 years of safety consulting and training experience. Prior to his career in safety, Kevin was an exercise physiologist in a workers’ compensation rehabilitation center, providing ergonomic assessments and helping design work-specific exercise programs to return injured workers to pre-injury levels.
Rick Smith, senior director of global product training, JLG Industries, is responsible for all aspects of JLG product training globally, including curricula design, program development and program implementation. Smith led the effort to create and launch JLG University, an online learning environment for JLG product training that has over 50,000 registered users worldwide. The JLG training team is spearheading the ANSI training effort for the industry.
Steve Wiltshire, director of safety, ABC National, develops and deploys safety education programs to help ensure that ABC members send workers home safe every day. In his more than 40 years in the industrial, commercial, residential and heavy civil construction markets, he designed and implemented award-winning safety programs, behavior-based training and loss-control processes to create a culture of safety at ECS, Turner, Clark, AvalonBay and other construction firms.