Opening General SessionSo nice, we’re doing it twice. ABC is bringing the “wow” factor back to Long Beach for the opening of ABC Convention 2019. This upbeat, energetic session featuring entertainer Sekou Andrews, the world’s leading poetic voice, is the perfect opener for the merit shop event of the year.
Convention Opening Night CelebrationLong Beach, often referred to as California’s Urban Coast, is full of surprises, and we have a few in store for you at the Opening Night Celebration. Join us on the Terrace Theater Plaza for a night of food and entertainment.
General Session: The Speed of TrustStephen M. R. Covey, author of the bestseller The Speed of Trust and an expert on leadership, ethics and high performance, shares his insights on transforming teams and organizations, maximizing human performance and leveraging trust as a strategic multiplier.
Hackathon Design Tips to Unleash Fruitful InnovationHackathons are quickly becoming the most talked about conference experiences as they deliver on two key attendee expectations for events, learning and networking. Identify the essentials for designing a successful hackathon experience in this interactive session. Learn proven techniques to design hackathons that reveal breakthrough ideas to address industry challenges while igniting cross-disciplinary, collaborative conversations that advance learning and nurture relationships.
Workplace Security and Safety: Planning to Protect Your OrganizationIf your organization is threatened, will you and your team know how to respond in the moment? This session covers the basics to get your team ready to react and respond in an emergency situation. Topics to be covered include Guardian Defense’s Policy-Train-Drill initiative and how to deal with potential threats, such as protesters and workplace disrupters.
The Digital ContractorThe construction industry is poised to see a jump in productivity and safety thanks to the use of next-generation digital technology that connects machines collecting data about themselves to the network and applications that learn from this data to help contractors make better informed decisions. Based on his book Precision Construction, Vince Vasquez will discuss what is the digital transformation for construction with a focus on the Internet of Things.
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Sekou AndrewsSekou Andrews is a schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur and award-winning poetic voice. He is a multi-talented entertainer with more than two decades of experience rocking diverse audiences. He teaches his rock star secrets through his highly effective Stage Might™ speaker training system, which helps executives, influencers and leaders become more dynamic communicators by applying the techniques of master performers to business stages.
Stephen M. R. CoveyStephen M. R. Covey is the bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged economic driver.
Vince VasquezVince Vasquez has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise sales, marketing and engineering. He is the co-author of the book Precision Construction, which teaches the fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT) with a focus on the construction industry. He is also the co-founder and CEO of PrecisionStory, which brings to market a new and innovative approach to enterprise storytelling called precision storytelling.
Association Excellence AwardsGet inspired at the second annual ABC Association Excellence Awards, which honors the best of the best in chapter management and programs. Join ABC recruiters, educators, committee members and chapter staff as we recognize outstanding achievements in membership, STEP participation, accreditations and more.
Careers in Construction AwardsMerit Shop Proud. That sums up the inspirational Careers in Construction awards, where competitors and winners of the National Craft Championships, Construction Management Competition, Student Chapter of the Year, Craft Professional of the Year, Craft Instructor of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year will be honored and celebrated.
Convention Closing Night CelebrationSay goodbye to Long Beach and hello to Nashville, Tennessee, the home of ABC Convention 2020. Known as “Music City” for its country and rock music and everything in between, Nashville is also foodie heaven and has a vibrant arts scene. At the Closing Night Celebration, you’ll get a glimpse of what’s waiting for you March 23-27 in Nashville.