All of ABC Convention events will take place at the Henry B. González Convention Center.

 Monday, March 14

  • 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    National Committee Meetings
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Registration Open

 Tuesday, March 15

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    ABC Convention 2022 Registration Open
  • 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    National Board of Directors Registration
  • 9:30 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
    National Board of Directors Meeting 
    *Meeting includes Industry Workshops, Regional Breakouts, Member to Member and Chapter Presidents Business Meeting.
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    Association Excellence Awards 
    *Complimentary for National board members, proxies and chapter presidents. Other attendees must register and purchase a ticket.
  • AEA

    The Association Excellence Awards luncheon recognizes and celebrates chapter achievement in membership growth and retention, STEP participation, as well as other major accomplishments for 2021. National board members and chapter presidents receive complimentary tickets to this celebratory event.

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  • 3-3:30 p.m.
    First-Timers Orientation Session  
  • 5:30-7 p.m.
    Convention Opening General Session
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    Opening General Session

    ABC Convention 2022 kicks off with keynote speaker Mandy Rennehan, the Blue Collar CEO™ and founder of Freshco Inc. Known for her ability to navigate between the white- and blue-collar worlds, she’s bringing her message of empowerment and determination to draw attention to the skilled trade shortage. This candid, real-life conversation will inspire and educate attendees about steps organizations can take to reverse the skilled trade shortage. The Construction Workforce Award winners—the Craft Instructor, Craft Professional and Young Professional of the Year—will also be honored during the opening session.

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  • 7-7:45 p.m.
    Kickoff Reception  
  • 7:45-9:30 p.m.
    Opening Night Celebration
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    Opening Night Celebration

    The River Walk, the famous San Antonio landmark, is the perfect backdrop for the opening night celebration. Attendees will enjoy the Grotto, the section of the River Walk featuring cave-like walls, trees, waterfalls and foliage along the river. Guests can also relax and enjoy the LDR, an elegant space filled with Western furnishings that celebrate the local area’s history and landscape.

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 Wednesday, March 16

  • 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Registration Open
  • 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
    National Board of Directors Registration
  • 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Construction Management Competition
  • CMC

    The ABC Construction Management Competition provides competing teams an opportunity to experience an actual project that exhibits unique characteristics and issues. Participating teams assemble a general contracting firm that represents their school and ABC Student Chapter in the competition. Prior to arrival on site, the teams complete pre-work on a pricing and technical proposal, which will be the basis for a number of exercises and challenges presented throughout the day by the CMC committee. At the end of the day’s competition, a short list of teams will be selected to move on to the next round in the competition. Convention attendees are invited and encouraged to stop by to see the teams at work during competition day.

    Presenting Sponsor

  • 8-10 a.m.
    National Board of Directors Meeting
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    National Craft Championships
  • NCC

    ABC presents the National Craft Championships 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. For the training sponsors, employers and ABC chapters, the NCC demonstrates a staunch commitment to the career paths the construction industry offers. In 2022, NCC introduces gas tungsten arc welding as a craft demonstration.

    Official Tool Sponsor

  • 10:15-11 a.m.
    Concurrent Education Sessions

Concurrent Education Session 1
No Time to Buy

Concurrent Education Session 2
Leading a Safety-Centric Organization

  • 11:15 am-12 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    Beyond 2022: What's Coming From Technology
    and What to Do About It  
    Market Outlook: What’s Ahead for the Commercial Construction Pipeline   
  • 12-3 p.m.
    National Craft Championships Viewing and Lunch
  • 5:30-10 p.m.
    Excellence in Construction® Awards Gala*
    *Separate ticketed event
  • EIC

    The 32nd Annual National Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony celebrates the best in merit shop construction, honoring the most outstanding construction projects and contractors of 2021 for their remarkable achievements in leadership, safety, innovation and inclusion, diversity and equity.

 Thursday, March 17

  • 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Registration Open
  • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Construction Management Competition Presentations
  • CMC

    Join the top teams for their presentations as they battle for victory in the final round of the Construction Management Competition. An overall winner will be selected and prizes awarded in estimating, project management, quality control and safety at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony. Convention attendees are invited and encouraged to cheer on their favorite schools as they present throughout the morning. The presentation schedule will be posted on the ABC events app.

    Presenting Sponsor

  • 10-11 a.m.
    C-Suite Perspectives: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead for Construction  
    Moderated by Mike Bellaman
  • 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Concurrent Education Sessions

Concurrent Education Session 1
Defending Your Company Against Cybercrime

Concurrent Education Session 2
Reclaim Your Moxie: Employers and Employees Team Up on Mental Health and Well-Being

  • 12:15-1:45 p.m.
    ABC Convention 2022 Closing Keynote Luncheon
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    Closing General Session

    Ben Nemtin believes the stigma of mental illness can be broken by having open, honest conversations. By showing how his own vulnerabilities have become his strengths and underlining that all humans struggle, he gives others the courage to talk about their own internal battles. His astounding story and authentic levity give audiences hope and normalizes talking about mental health in a refreshing and vibrant way.
  • 5-7 p.m.
    Careers in Construction Awards
    Watch dreams come true at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony, where construction management and national craft competitors take center stage for a celebration you won't soon forget. Celebrate the best in merit shop construction during this patriotic-themed event.

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  • 7:15-10 p.m.
    Closing Night Celebration
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    Closing Night Celebration

    It’s a wrap at the Espee, one of San Antonio’s most storied entertainment venues, which began as a train station in 1883. Located a short walk from the convention center, this meandering space will be decked out for convention attendees with plenty of food, drinks and entertainment by the Milwaukee Tool Shed Band. ABC’s strategic partners are the hosts for the evening.

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