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The Michigan Construction Leadership Summit (MCLS) will be returning to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI October 9-12, 2019. The conference is an educational and networking event designed for the leadership and management of construction companies in Michigan.

Email or call Breanna George at [email protected] or 517-853-2545 with any questions.


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Cancellation policy: A full refund of member registration will be issued if requested on or before August 24, 2019. Guests can receive a 50% refund if requested on or before September 11, 2019. No refunds will be issued after September 12, 2019.


2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception: Front Porch
6:30 p.m. Dinner: Grand Pavilion/ Keynote Speaker: Bob Tagatz – Grand Hotel History Part 2

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Keynote Breakfast with Mike Sarraille of Echelon Front
9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Extreme Ownership Workshop
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Grand Hotel Luncheon/Keynote Speaker: Steve Ford
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.Extreme Ownership Workshop
5:15 p.m. Taxi/Walking to Mission Point
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception: Mission Point
7:00 p.m. Dinner: Mission Point

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Keynote Breakfast with Jay Snyder
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Big Book of Ideas with Greg Sizemore
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social and Debrief
12:00 - 6:30 p.m. Free Time/Other Organized Events
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner: Main Dining Room
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Reception: Grand Pavilion        


Michigan Construction Leadership Summit 2019 Speakers

Steve Ford

Steve Ford

On August 9, 1974, Gerald R. Ford assumed the reins of the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Suddenly, Steve Ford was thrust into the role of “First Son”.

Steve’s unique perspective on life as the President’s son encompasses a broad range of fascinating subjects: being 18 years old and having 10 Secret Service agents as constant companions...his father’s pardon of President Nixon to help put an end to the infamous Watergate affair...two assassination attempts on his father’s life...his mother’s bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer.

Steve is a highly sought after motivational and inspirational business speaker. During Steve’s non-political presentation you will learn the tools of his success in and outside of Washington, DC. With a focus on such issues as leadership, the value of a strong family unit, living life with values and character, setting and juggling priorities, and making the right choices in life, Steve’s presentation is entertaining, enlightening, insightful and inspirational.

Steve is also an accomplished actor. For six years he starred as Detective Andy Richards on the Emmy Award-winning THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. He has appeared in more than 30 feature films including the hit movie BLACK HAWK DOWN. Steve’s other credits include CONTACT with Jodie Foster, HEAT with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, ARMAGEDDON with Bruce Willis, STARSHIP TROOPERS, ERASER with Arnold Schwarzenegger and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY as Meg Ryan’s boyfriend.

Before becoming an actor in 1979, Steve worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper. Steve was involved in the thoroughbred race horse industry for years during the 1980's and 90's as an owner, breeder, racing manager and race track executive.


Mike Sarraille

Mike Sarraille

Mike Sarraille – Echelon Front
CEO of Echelon Front Overwatch

Mike Sarraille is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, a graduate of the University of Texas McCombs Business School, and now a leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor for Echelon Front. Mike served fifteen years as an officer in the SEAL Teams and five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted Recon Marine and Scout-Sniper. Mike served in SEAL Team THREE, Task Unit Bruiser alongside Extreme Ownership authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin where he led major combat operations that played a pivotal role in the Battle of Ramadi in 2006. Mike assumed duties as the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline, taking over that role from Leif Babin. Mike was then selected for assignment to the Joint Special Operations Command where he completed multiple combat deployments.

Mike is a recipient of the Silver Star, six Bronze Stars, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, and a Purple Heart.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, Mike joined Echelon Front as leadership instructor, speaker, strategic advisor. He is CEO of Echelon Front Overwatch, a company that specializes in the recruiting, training and placement of U.S special operations forces veterans with companies seeking leaders with an Extreme Ownership mindset to build their ranks and dominate on their battlefields. Mike brings incredible combat leadership experience and business acumen to the Echelon Front Team, as well as unique insight and expertise on veteran transition and education programs.


Jay Snyder

Jay has been in the engineering and construction industry throughout his career. He has industry experience as a construction project executive, corporate director of planning, design and construction for a healthcare system, founder and board member of a risk management tech startup company and as a valued business consultant.

Jay has led nearly $1 billion of construction. In FMI’s Technology and Innovation Practice, Jay’s team help clients develop technology strategies, create a culture of innovation, lead technology sourcing and implementation and guide data integration and business intelligence needs across a client’s technology stack. To technology companies, the team leads a tech startup go- to-market accelerator and assists mature tech companies with growth and client success initiatives.

Jay earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University. Jay is a decorated military officer that has served on active duty and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.


Keynote Speaker: Steve Ford

Ethics & Leadership - all new White House stories about the President and his wife revolving around the two important topics of ethics and leadership.



Keynote Speaker: Mike Sarraille - Echelon Front

Get to know a basic understanding of the fundamental leadership principles of Extreme Ownership and how you can apply these principles to current professional and personal challenges.



Workshop Leader: Mike Sarraille - Echelon Front

Time to deep dive into Extreme Ownership. Work with your team or peers to gain a granular understanding of the fundamental leadership principles of Extreme Ownership, specific skill (e.g., having tough conversations) building through experiential learning activities and creation of a detailed personal and team implementation plan.


Keynote Speaker: Jay Snyder- Construction Technology and the Future Builder

It is being said that in the next 5 years the industry will transform more than it has over the last 50 years.  As industry pressures of project complexity, schedule compression, productivity and the labor shortage make it increasingly difficult to perform in construction – one of the most hypercompetitive industries in the world, workers and companies are more accepting of technology and innovation to address their challenges.  At the same time, technology companies are rapidly developing enabling solutions at a rate outpacing market demand and user savviness.  Yet, necessity is bring technology companies and the construction industry together to evolve the industry, from redefining the roles of project stakeholders to evolving the value chain to creating transparency in the supply chain and certainly to the acceptance that technology solutions are becoming as imperative to project performance as hand tools.

Join FMI’s Jay Snyder as he presents on the state of construction technology and introduces thought provoking models for the role, responsibility and structure of the future builders.

Big Book of Ideas with Greg Sizemore

With so many bright minds in the construction industry someone has figured out one solution to the problem that's been brewing at your company. This interactive session will be the chance to gather all those ideas into one place and create the ultimate book of ideas to be a resource to you for years to come. Topics of discussion could include; suicide prevention, drug & alcohol awareness, hiring and keeping the millennial generation, communications & social media for the construction industry, and more!



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 [email protected] 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
$195.00                       $315.00                                      $215.00                        $355.00

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 Monday, September 9, 2019. 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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