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In 2018, with the relaunch of ABC Convention, we started a merit shop movement to celebrate, collaborate and connect—we’re doing it again in 2019! Join the ABC merit shop movement and secure your spot at ABC Convention 2019 today. View the extensive list of speakers, education sessions, networking opportunities and opening and closing night celebrations. The countdown is on—see you in Long Beach in 2019!

“The experience far and away exceeded my expectations. It was one of the high points of my life. More people should get an opportunity to see exactly what this is all about. It’s bigger than any one individual…this is a movement…somewhere people’s lives are changed significantly. The event was well-planned and organized and unreal.”

- Richard Brown, service technician, Gaylor Electric

The Construction Management Competition is ABC’s hallmark competition promoting careers in construction management. Sponsored and supported by ABC members, the CMC features teams of four college and university students testing their project management, estimating, safety, quality control and presentation skills.

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ABC is the presenting sponsor of the National Craft Championships, held annually to highlight the achievements of the men and women who represent the future of the construction industry. Craft trainees and apprentices travel from across the country to demonstrate their superior skills, training and safe work practices and compete for top honors in their chosen craft. NCC demonstrates the staunch commitment of ABC members, chapters, training sponsors and staff to the career path the construction industry offers.

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The 29th Annual National Excellence in Construction® awards ceremony celebrates the best in merit shop construction, honoring the year’s most outstanding construction projects and contractors for their remarkable achievements in leadership, safety, innovation and diversity.

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Convention Highlights
Convention Highlights
Media TrainingMonday, March 25, 2019; 08:00 AM-05:00 PMSpeaker(s): Laurie Richards
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The Road to World-class Safety: ABC’s Safety AcademyTuesday, March 26, 2019; 08:30 AM-12:00 PMSpeaker(s): Steve Wiltshire
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Hackathon Design Tips to Unleash Fruitful InnovationTuesday, March 26, 2019; 08:30 AM-09:45 AMSpeaker(s): Jamie Murdock
Hackathons 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. 
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Opening General SessionTuesday, March 26, 2019; 05:30 PM-07:00 PMSpeaker(s):
So 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.
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Convention Opening Night CelebrationTuesday, March 26, 2019; 07:00 PM-09:30 PMSpeaker(s):
Long 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.
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ABC Apprenticeship Trustee AcademyWednesday, March 27, 2019; 08:30 AM-12:00 PMSpeaker(s):
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Workplace Security and Safety: Planning to Protect Your OrganizationWednesday, March 27, 2019; 10:45 AM-12:00 PMSpeaker(s): Steven S. Smith
If 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. 
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General Session: The Speed of TrustThursday, March 28, 2019; 08:30 AM-09:30 AMSpeaker(s): Stephen M. R. Covey
Stephen 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.
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Precision Construction Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of ThingsThursday, March 28, 2019; 10:00 AM-11:30 AMSpeaker(s): Vince Vasquez
The construction industry is poised to see a jump in productivity and security thanks to the use of next-generation technology that connects machines collecting data about themselves to the network. Based on his book Precision Construction, Vince Vasquez will share the Precision Framework to help construction professionals understand the practical business applications that IoT—the Internet of Things—creates for the industry on the jobsite today and tomorrow.  
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Association Excellence AwardsThursday, March 28, 2019; 12:15 PM-02:15 PMSpeaker(s):
Get 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.
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Careers in Construction AwardsThursday, March 28, 2019; 04:30 PM-06:30 PMSpeaker(s):
Merit 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.
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Convention Closing Night CelebrationThursday, March 28, 2019; 06:30 PM-09:30 PMSpeaker(s):
Say 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.
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Sekou Andrews
Sekou 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.
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Stephen M. R. Covey
Stephen 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.
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Vince Vasquez
Vince 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.
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