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Convention Schedule

All events will take place at the Music City Center unless otherwise indicated. 

Please note that the dates for ABC Convention 2020 have shifted forward in the week by one day.
This year the event is taking place Monday through Friday, unlike previous years.

In This Section
  • Full Convention Schedule
Monday, March 23
12-5 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting – Omni
Tuesday, March 24
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Committee Meetings
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration Open
10-11:30 a.m.

Tour Nissan's vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

1-2:30 p.m.

Tour Nissan's vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

1-5 p.m.
Membership Professionals Orientation
1-5 p.m.
Education Professionals Orientation
4-6 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting
5:30-7 p.m.

Meet, mix and mingle with your fellow ABC chapter staffers during this kickoff event. All registered chapter staff are invited to start the week off right at our Music City Mixer at FGL House on Broadway. 

(Chapter staff only)  

Wednesday, March 25
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Education Professionals Orientation
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration Open
8-9:15 a.m.
  • • No More Mistakes—Utilize the Power of Debriefing to Eliminate Reoccurring Mistakes, Improve Team Effectiveness and Drive Remarkable Results
  • • Reading Financial Statements and Supporting Your Treasurer and Board
  • • Making Meetings Matter - How to Dramatically Improve Meeting Effectiveness
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The ABC Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management process in achieving a world-class safety culture. The academy goes beyond the technical side of safety and explores the emotional and behavioral components that take safety from one of many priorities to the core value upon which all decisions are based. 

Day One
Wednesday, March 25; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two
Thursday, March 26; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Three
Friday, March 27; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ABC Safety Academy Facilitator Orientation*

To facilitate the ABC Safety Academy, a candidate must have completed all four sections of the academy and be able to deliver a safety discussion during the course. Facilitator qualifications include intermediate-to-advanced experience in classroom management and presentation skills, an uncompromising attitude toward safety performance, working knowledge of STEP and the SPR and time and experience in the field with responsibility for safety performance. 
*Open only to those who attended ABC's Safety Academy at Convention 

9:45-11 a.m.
  • • How to Deal with Difficult People – A New Plan for Leaders to Moderate Disruptive Behaviors and Improve Effectiveness
  • • Champions of Free Enterprise: ABC’s Origin Story
  • • Power With vs. Power Over—How Great Leaders Engage, Motivate and Empower Their People to Perform
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Board of Directors Registration – Omni
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
National Board of Directors Meeting – Omni
1-2:15 p.m.
  • • Extraordinary Customer Care: A “Words Matter” Program
  • • A Day in the Life of ABC Members: Bids, Deadlines and Building America
  • • Build Better Teams by Putting the “I” in Team: How to Re-empower Your Individual Employees and Managers
  • • Mastering the Millennial Mindset: How to Attract and Retain Emerging Leaders
2:45-4 p.m.
  • • CONSTRUCT Membership Growth: 15 Minutes; 10 Slides; You Decide
  • • Snipers, Steamrollers and Chronic Complainers
  • • Sweat the Small Stuff: Why Attention to Detail Helps You Create a Corporate Culture That Rocks
3:45-5 p.m.
Competitor and Board Member Reception
5:30-7 p.m.

Jon Dorenbos suffered a devastating family tragedy in his childhood, but performing magic and playing pro football saved him, leading him to appearances on America’s Got Talent and 14 NFL seasons. After a life-threatening heart condition, he developed a road map for finding happiness, Life Is Magic—a story about overcoming life-or-death challenges with grace, persistence and a childlike sense of wonder.

(Open to all attendees) 

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Jason Aldean's Kitchen and Rooftop Bar will host the Opening Night Celebration, which also includes access to Luke Bryan's Rooftop Bar. Located in the heart of Broadway, this famous venue features live music, a menu of award-winning southern favorites, and panoramic views of the Nashville nightlife. 

(Included with full social or full convention registration but can be bought a la carte) 

Thursday, March 26
6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Registration Open
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
National Board of Directors Registration – Omni
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
National Board of Directors Meeting – Omni
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The ABC Apprenticeship Trustee Academy will provide new and current apprenticeship trustees with the knowledge and tools to effectively lead the essential programs that develop our future construction professionals. In addition to world-class trustee development, the academy provides the unique opportunity to network with fellow merit shop trustees from across the association and witness the premiere craft competition in the construction industry at ABC’s National Craft Championships.

Day One 
Thursday, March 26; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two 
Friday, March 27; 8:30-11:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The ABC Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management process in achieving a world-class safety culture. The academy goes beyond the technical side of safety and explores the emotional and behavioral components that take safety from one of many priorities to the core value upon which all decisions are based. 

Day One
Wednesday, March 25; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two
Thursday, March 26; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Three
Friday, March 27; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ABC Safety Academy Facilitator Orientation*

To facilitate the ABC Safety Academy, a candidate must have completed all four sections of the academy and be able to deliver a safety discussion during the course. Facilitator qualifications include intermediate-to-advanced experience in classroom management and presentation skills, an uncompromising attitude toward safety performance, working knowledge of STEP and the SPR and time and experience in the field with responsibility for safety performance. 
*Open only to those who attended ABC's Safety Academy at Convention 

9-10:15 a.m.
  • • The Use of Nonproprietary Elevator Equipment in Construction
  • • Fundraising Best Practices: What Works, What Doesn’t, and the Mistakes Not to Make
  • • The Music City Center: A Case Study in Merit Shop Construction
  • • Get More Registrants for Your Education Programs
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • • Using Storytelling to Persuade Your Board and Customers
  • • Tennessee’s Answer to the Workforce Shortage in the Construction Industry
  • • New ANSI Standards: What You Need to Know and Do…Now!
  • • Fundraising: Making the Ask Workshop
Friday, March 27
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Registration Open
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The ABC Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management process in achieving a world-class safety culture. The academy goes beyond the technical side of safety and explores the emotional and behavioral components that take safety from one of many priorities to the core value upon which all decisions are based. 

Day One
Wednesday, March 25; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two
Thursday, March 26; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Three
Friday, March 27; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
ABC Safety Academy Facilitator Orientation*

To facilitate the ABC Safety Academy, a candidate must have completed all four sections of the academy and be able to deliver a safety discussion during the course. Facilitator qualifications include intermediate-to-advanced experience in classroom management and presentation skills, an uncompromising attitude toward safety performance, working knowledge of STEP and the SPR and time and experience in the field with responsibility for safety performance. 
*Open only to those who attended ABC's Safety Academy at Convention 

8:30-11:30 a.m.

The ABC Apprenticeship Trustee Academy will provide new and current apprenticeship trustees with the knowledge and tools to effectively lead the essential programs that develop our future construction professionals. In addition to world-class trustee development, the academy provides the unique opportunity to network with fellow merit shop trustees from across the association and witness the premiere craft competition in the construction industry at ABC’s National Craft Championships.

Day One 
Thursday, March 26; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day Two 
Friday, March 27; 8:30-11:30 a.m.

8:30-9:15 a.m.

ABC's Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, will give a detailed presentation on global, national and regional economic performance using the most current data available. Special attention is devoted to the performance of financial, labor, real estate and construction markets.

(Open to full conference registration attendees only) 

10-11:15 a.m.
  • • CONSTRUCT STEP Growth: 15 Minutes; 10 Slides; You Decide
12:15-2:15 p.m.

Brant Menswar will lead a highly engaging, rock 'n' roll-fueled, interactive awards ceremony, speaking on becoming unbreakable and unleashing the power of purpose. Join ABC recruiters, educators, committee members and chapter staff as we recognize outstanding achievements in membership, STEP participation, accreditations and present the coveted Beamer of the Year award to the ABC member who recruited the most companies in 2019.

 

The AEA photo opportunity will be in the prefunction outside the ballroom from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

(Included with full social or full convention registration) 

2:45-4 p.m.
  • • Drop the Mic: The Power and Impact of Amplifying and Aligning Core Values
  • • You Are ABC: How Every Staff Member of ABC Impacts the Industry
5-7 p.m.

More information coming! 

7:15-10 p.m.

Destination Dallas. Get your cowboy boots ready to dance the night away as we bid farewell to Nashville and say “Howdy!” to Texas, the home of ABC Convention 2021. Meet us at Wildhorse Saloon, where you’ll get a glimpse of the BIG things waiting for you March 7-11, 2021, at the Gaylord Texan. 

(Included with full social or full convention registration but can be bought a la carte) 

Thank You to Our Strategic Partners