All ABC Convention events will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.
Tuesday, March 14
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Open
Wednesday, March 15
7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Registration Open

The Construction Management Competition provides competing teams an opportunity to experience an actual project with 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. All convention attendees are invited and encouraged to stop by to see the teams at work during competition day.

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8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. National Board of Directors Meeting
Meeting includes industry and regional breakouts, member-to-member sessions and chapter presidents business meeting

The Association Excellence Awards luncheon recognizes and celebrates chapter achievement in membership growth and retention, STEP participation and other major accomplishments for 2022.

*National board members, proxies and chapter presidents receive a complimentary ticket to this event, which is the official lunch for the national board meeting. Other convention attendees interested in attending this pre-convention event must purchase a ticket during the registration process.

3:30-5 p.m. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception
Full convention, social and opening night celebration ticket holders only

Join us for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and 90 minutes of food, fun and networking with more than 50 exhibitors. Visit with the exhibitors and register for multiple giveaways throughout the hall. If you are an animal lover or missing your dog while you’re away from home, don’t miss the puppy playpen! Stop by and play with local shelter dogs, all available for adoption.

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 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, as well as playing 14 NFL seasons. After a life-threatening heart condition, he developed a road map for finding happiness. Life Is Magic is his story about overcoming life-or-death challenges with grace, persistence and a childlike sense of wonder.

The Construction Workforce Award winners—the Craft Instructor, Craft Professional and Young Professional of the Year—will also be honored during the opening session. In addition, attendees will be introduced to the 2023 Chair of the ABC National Board of Directors.

7:15-9:30 p.m. Opening Night Celebration
Full convention, social and opening night celebration ticket holders only

Join us on the Cocina Lawn for a carnival-themed opening night celebration. Compete with other attendees for bragging rights while enjoying good old-fashioned food and fun!

Thursday, March 16
7-10 a.m. National Board of Directors Registration
8 a.m.-3 p.m. National Craft Championships/Exhibit Hall Open

ABC presents the National Craft Championships annually to highlight the achievements of the people 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 training sponsors, employers and ABC chapters, the NCC demonstrates a staunch commitment to the career paths the construction industry offers.

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10:15-11 a.m. Industry Insight Sessions | Session details coming soon.
Open to full convention attendees only

The Construction Management Competition provides competing teams an opportunity to experience an actual project with 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. All convention attendees are invited and encouraged to stop by to see the teams at work during competition day.

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11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Industry Insight Sessions | Session details coming soon.
Open to full convention attendees only
5:30-10 p.m. Excellence in Construction® Awards Gala*
*Separate ticketed event

The 33rd Annual National Excellence in Construction Awards Gala celebrates the best in merit shop construction, honoring the most outstanding construction projects and contractors of the year for their remarkable achievements in leadership, safety, innovation and inclusion, diversity and equity.

Friday, March 17
8:30-9:45 a.m. Top Performers Breakfast
Invitation only

Build Trust and Inspire Your Team

Covey explores why sweeping changes in the world are forcing leaders to move from the traditional “command and control” leadership style to a “trust and inspire” solution focused on releasing—rather than containing—the potential in each of us. Based on the new book, Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, Covey will explore five beliefs that transform how leaders think and behave.

12:15-1:45 p.m. ABC Convention 2023 Closing Luncheon
Open to full convention and social ticket holders only

Think Differently Presented by Duncan Wardle

Wardle shares insights from his time as head of innovation & creativity at Disney, providing a unique set of innovation tools and techniques that everyone can use to think differently.

5-7 p.m. Careers in Construction Awards

Watch dreams come true at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony, where the winners of the Construction Management Competition and National Craft Championships take center stage for a celebration you won’t soon forget. Honor the best in merit shop construction during this patriotic-themed event.

7:15-10 p.m. Closing Night Celebration
Full convention, social and closing night celebration ticket holders only

Kick off your shoes, get footloose and travel back in time for an epic 80s-themed party. Come dressed for the part! Whether you are sporting ripped jeans, neon, legwarmers or big hair and a pretty-in-pink dress and scrunchie, this closing night celebration will be totally rad and a night to remember.

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