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The Michigan Construction Leadership Summit (MCLS) will be returning to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI October 4 - 7, 2017. The conference is an educational and networking event designed for the leadership and management of construction companies in Michigan.

Once you have successfully registered for the 2017 MCLS please make your hotel arrangements through The Grand Hotel. CLICK HERE FOR THE GRAND HOTEL FORM.

Email or call ( or 517-853-2545) with any questions.

Conference Registration Rates

Registration Type  Rate Rate After 8/14/17
 ABC Member $295 $395
 2 ABC Members  $590  $790
 ABC Member Guest $95
 Nonmember  $595  $695
 2 Nonmembers  $1,190 $1,390
 Nonmember Guest $295  
 Children No Charge- Please Contact ABC of Michigan  

Registration includes ferry passage to and from Island for registrant

Non-Grand Hotel Guests must purchase a meal package in order to attend any meal functions (this includes receptions, breakfasts, Thursday's luncheon, and dinners). 

Cancellation policy: A full refund of member registration will be issued if requested on or before August 24, 2017. Guests can receive a 50% refund if requested  on or before September 11, 2017. No refunds will be issued after September 12, 2017.
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Opening Night Reception: Front Porch
6:00 p.m. Dinner: Grand Pavilion
Keynote Speaker: Bob Tagatz – Grand Hotel History Part 2

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Lt. Colonel Robert Darling
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session Session A: Getting Unstuck - The Practice of Mindful Preparedness for Construction Leaders Speaker: Randy Goruk
Session B: Working Together: Effective Ways To Build Successful Teams Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session A: Communication Strategies Construction Leaders Must Master for Improved Financial Results Speaker: Randy Goruk
Session B: Increasing Your Leadership Power To New Levels of Excellence Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Grand Hotel Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Billy Riggs
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Interactive Learning Session - Employee Engagement as a Strategy for Profitable Growth
5:15 p.m. Taxi/Walking to Stables
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception: Stables
7:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Derek Magill
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Workforce Development Session
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Safety Panel
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception: Cupola Bar (tentative)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner        

Learn more about sessions on the education tab. 

2017 Michigan construction leadership summit keynote speakers 

Bob Tagatz 

Bob Tagatz is the Grand Hotel's historian and concierge. Mr. Tagatz will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel. Enjoy information about the
hotel's celebrity guests, milestones, and the story behind the wooden structure built in 1887.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling 

Lt. Colonel Robert Darling is a retired United States Marine Corps with over twenty years of active service. In 2010, he wrote his memoir, “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House”. Lt. Colonel Darling plans to share his personal experience and plentiful knowledge of crisis leadership.

Billy Riggs

In 2014, Billy Riggs was voted as one of America’s Top Five Most Entertaining Speakers. Mr. Riggs uses illusions and comedy to draw his audience, move them to action, and most importantly improve
attitudes towards service and sales.

Derek Magill 

At 23 years old, Derek Magill is a University of Michigan college dropout. Mr. Magill has now become a an excellent marketer, business strategist, and career expert. He has started a marketing company in which he has helped generate millions of dollars in business for clients. 

Randy is a 26-year veteran of the construction and building materials industry, having served in key leadership positions across North America as the President of Trus Joist Canada, and Sr. Vice President of North American Residential Operations, a $750 million business unit. During his time leading a multi-million-dollar organization through many challenging times, Randy became an expert in creating teams and leaders that achieve quantifiable results.  

Randy’s leadership background and extensive executive management experience provide a unique backdrop for his speaking that is not typically seen in the construction industry, and he now shares his memorable and proven leadership strategies with audiences across the country.

Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz' background is as unique as the techniques and approaches he teaches. He is a graduate of Hunter College and Northwestern University School of Law. He practiced as an attorney for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

At that point, Dr. Teplitz’ career took a dramatic change of direction. He studied and received a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Holistic Health Sciences. He was also on the faculty of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management for nine years.

Dr. Teplitz has been President of his consulting firm and as a professional speaker, he has spoken at over 1800 meetings and to over one million people. He conducts seminars in the areas of leadership, management, stress management, employee productivity and sales development.

Grey Sizemore is the Vice President of HS&E and Workforce Development for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, D.C., and has over 38 years as a leader in engineering and construction industry championing organizational development and safety initiatives as well as developing and implementing competency-based professional and craft workforce development programs. 

An expert in OSHA policy and compliance, he has been favorably recognized by OSHA and the Department of Labor (DOL) for sustained performance and special projects imperative to the mission of OSHA. Mr. Walters is an effective communicator and public speaker. He has conducted more than 150 public speaking engagements for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

As Regional Director, Mr. Bielema assists in development and implementation of comprehensive safety and health solutions to a wide variety of clientele. SCT was recognized as one of 2016’s fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio by Weatherhead 100 and in 2017 opened offices in the Chicagoland area and downstate Illinois. 




9:00 - 10:15 AM
Getting Unstuck - The Practice of Mindful Preparedness for Construction Leaders
Speaker: Randy Goruk
We all have experienced times when we are faced with an issue or situation when we’re not sure of the correct course of action to take. We’re stuck. We get through it, but with a high level of unwanted stress, anxiety and negative financial consequence. 

To help minimize being stuck, this highly interactive session will present realistic construction industry scenarios for group discussion, debate, and best practice solutions. 

Come prepared to learn, while sharing your experience and offering your advice on unexpected challenges that on occasion will cause us to be stuck.

Working Together: Effective Ways To Build Successful Teams
Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz

This is a fast-moving training program designed to increase productivity and promote teambuilding by helping your people learn more about their own and other's work styles and overall goals. They'll discover practical strategies that foster cooperation in both the business environment and their personal lives. And they'll learn how people with different work styles can resolve incompatibilities and interact more effectively as a team. 

10:30 - 11:45 AM
Communication Strategies Construction Leaders Must Master for Improved Financial Results
Speaker: Randy Goruk
With all of the moving parts in the construction Industry, effective communication is essential to achieve optimal financial success. This presentation will outline 5 - proven communication strategies that will enlighten construction leaders who experience individual and organizational communication challenges. 

Each member in the audience will go home with 'play book' of actionable items for each of the strategies presented. Properly implemented, any one of these strategies can result in improved financial success.

Increasing Your Leadership Power To New Levels of Excellence
Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz
Have you ever had a negative day as a leader? How did you feel at the end of it? Tired, drained...Now, have you ever had a positive day as a leader? How did you feel at the end of it? Energized. What if you could create every day to be a  great day for yourself? What would that do to your abilities and
successes as a leader? In this highly interactive program, you will learn how to make every day that way through actual tools and techniques that will increase your energy level resulting in more effective leadership capabilities.

Employee Engagement as a Strategy for Profitable Growth
Speaker: Randy Goruk

What most construction leaders really want is an organization that runs smoothly and efficiently. This objective is readily achieved with fully engaged employees. Disengaged employees will generate unexpected costs and unwelcome turmoil. 

In today's competitive work environment, knowing what drives exceptional performance is critical to long term success. Construction companies who want to profitably grow their business, short and long-term, should consider a well-defined and thought out employee engagement strategy to attract and retain the best available talent.

This interactive presentation, will share the key drivers for engaging employees and the strategies, techniques and tips to achieve a fully engaged team.


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Speaker: Jen Schottke 
Jen is currently the Director of Workforce Development and External Affairs at Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter. Jen works closely with training and educational programs to ensure a great and safe workplace. Jen will be bringing her years of experience to a session focused on workforce development.

SESSION 4: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Safety is one of the top concerns and priorities for ABC members. How do you build a culture of safety in your workplace? What are some of the areas that you should be focusing on? A panel of safety experts will be part of a lively discussion, answering all of your burning questions. Representatives from MIOSHA, former OSHA representatives, and ABC SIWCF providers will fill out this panel of experts. Our Safety Panel includes Greg Sizemore, Tom Bielema, Nick Walters, Bart Pickelman, and an expert from Great Lakes Safety Training Center.  


Book your Hotel room now! click here for the grand hotel form. all hotel rooms must be booked through the grand hotel via fax, email, or phone.


The conference is being held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Michigan.  The Grand is a unique venue filled with old-world hospitality and charm and is an AAA Four Diamond Rated property. The hotel has been family-owned for three generations and is a National Historical Landmark.  It boasts the world’s longest porch which overlooks the beautiful Straits of Mackinac. Find out more about the Grand Hotel at

The Grand Hotel offers accommodations on the Modified American Plan which includes dinner and breakfast with your sleeping room for one rate. Meals at the Grand Hotel are an event in themselves. A full breakfast in the Main Dining Room begins the day, with many options available for luncheon. Then mid-afternoon the hotel serves Afternoon Tea in the Parlor accompanied by live music each day. At the Grand you dress for the 5-course dinner which is daily followed by live music, dancing, and demitasse in the Parlor.  In addition, the hotel offers five in-house bars for your enjoyment. 

Please note that conference attendees who are not guests of the Grand Hotel will be charged a meal package fee of $450 per adult.

Spouse, guests, or families are welcome and encouraged to attend along with you. Many speakers and registrants will be bringing a spouse or guests. Adults are welcome at any of our receptions or meals. Please note that the spouse/guest registration fee covers the meals and receptions except for the Thursday luncheon with Steve Ford which requires a separate registration for a spouse or guest. Please contact for information on bringing children to Michigan Construction Leadership Summit events.

As a reminder, the rates include dinner and breakfast on the evening and morning surrounding the night (s) of your stay.  Discounted room rates are as follows:

Weekday (Sunday – Thursday)                                  Weekend (Friday – Saturday)
Double (per person)     Single                                        Double  (per person)    Single
$182.00                       $290.00                                      $205.00                        $335.00

Rates are subject to a 19.5% service fee, 6% sales tax, an $8.00 per person luggage charge and a 2% Mackinac Island assessment fee.  The ABC of Michigan room block expires September 4, 2017. To receive the discount and guarantee your room please make your reservation prior to that date. 

The Grand Hotel has graciously given our conference attendees a discounted rate for additional nights at the hotel. To extend your stay or register extra guests, use the Grand Hotel room registration form.

Mackinac Island, Michigan is located between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan in the Straits of Mackinac.  It is accessible by ferry boat from either Mackinaw City (in the Lower Peninsula) or St. Ignace (in the Upper Peninsula).  Boats make several crossings daily from both ports. In addition, the Mackinac Island airport accommodates both private and charter planes.

The Island has a variety of entertainments including exploring the island’s quaint shops, touring Fort Mackinac, biking the trails around the island, taking a carriage tour of the Island or visiting Arch Rock and many other historic sites.  

Automobiles are not permitted on the Island. Instead you will find horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and walking as the modes of transportation on Mackinac Island. The Grand Hotel staff is always available to arrange for a taxi (horse-drawn, of course) to take you wherever you’d like to go on the island.  

The conference is being held in late fall in northern Michigan which could bring cooler temperatures (particularly on the Island). Average temperatures range from the high 60s to the low 40s.  Please keep in mind that meeting rooms may vary in temperature as well.  Recommended style of dress is Business Casual for the day time meetings and events and Thursday evening’s off-property events. We will travel to the Thursday evening events in taxis (horse-drawn carriages) which are covered but not heated so please bring appropriate outdoor attire. An umbrella is also suggested.

The Grand Hotel experience includes dressing up for dinner. Dinners on both Wednesday and Friday evenings will require attendees to adhere to the hotel’s dress code. Evening wear is required in all areas of the hotel after 6:30 p.m. Dress, skirt and blouse or pantsuit for ladies, and coat, necktie and dress pants for gentlemen. No denim please. 


Ferries to Mackinac Island can be accessed by driving to Mackinaw City (on Michigan’s lower peninsula) or St. Ignace (upper peninsula). Take Interstate I-75 to get to the ferry docks in either mainland town: Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Exits are clearly marked on I-75 northbound and southbound. Tolls are assessed for vehicles traveling over the Mackinac Bridge.  

FERRY SERVICE TO MACKINAC ISLAND (Sponsored by: AIS Construction Equipment)
ABC of Michigan has contracted with Shepler’s Ferry for ferry passage for all registered conference attendees. Additional ferry tickets can be purchased at the docks for your family and guests. Shepler's is located at 556 E. Central, Mackinaw City, MI 49701. 

Shepler’s offers complimentary unsecured outdoor parking for up to five days/nights. Indoor and valet parking is available for nominal charges. 

The boats operate from early morning until early evening, with frequent crossings throughout the day.  The trip to Mackinac Island takes just over 15 minutes. The Shepler ferry schedule for the dates of the conference is available by visiting Shepler's website, or by downloading the schedule PDF. If you are departing from St. Ignace via Shepler’s please contact ABC of Michigan (517) 853-2545 when you register to secure arrangements. 

Luggage transfer is simple and convenient, with assistance provided on both the mainland and on Mackinac Island. Dock porters at the ferry lines tag your luggage for your ho¬tel while porters work the Island to ensure your luggage arrives at your destination. 

Commercial Flights: Schedule flights to Pellston Airport (airport code PLN) through Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).  Pellston Regional Airport is located 12 miles south of Mackinaw City, MI. Air taxi service between the Pellston Regional Airport and Mackinac Island Airport are available 24 hours a day. For information call Great Lakes Air at (906) 643-7327.

Charter & Private Airline Services: Great Lakes Air, Lakeshore Express & American Business Airways provide service from the region to Northern Michigan and the Island and also offer longer route charter service.  For more information, including servicing airports and rates, please contact North Country Aviation directly at 800-959-1829.  

Mackinac Island Airport (MCD): Mackinac Island Airport’s 3,500-foot lighted, paved runway is capable of accommodating private and charter aircraft. The airport is one mile from Grand Hotel. Horse-drawn taxi service is available from the airport to Grand Hotel. For more information, please call (906) 847-3323.

Limousine and Shuttle Service: Mackinaw Shuttle and Wolverine Stages will bring you and your luggage right to the boat docks after your flight to Pellston Airport and take you back when you are ready to go. They operate on a 24-hour basis. This service is also available on a charter basis. Reservations are recommended.
Mackinaw Shuttle: (888) 349-8294 or (231) 539-7005.
Wolverine Stages: (800) 825-1450 or (231) 539-8635.

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