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STEP 1: Click here to register now to attend the conference. OR avoid online fees by completing this form and mailing a check to ABC of Michigan
STEP 2: Click here to book your hotel room. Hotel room block is guaranteed until Monday, Sept. 4. If you need assistance booking your room please contact Breanna George at [email protected].
FULL CONFERENCE ATTENDEE
Includes access to all meals, receptions, keynote speakers and breakout session
GUEST SOCIAL ATTENDEE
Includes access to all meals, receptions, and keynote speakers
Full conference attendee:
Member: $400 (before 6/30/23) $500 (after 7/1/23)
Non-member: $600 (before 6/30/23) $700 (after 7/1/23)
Guest social attendee:
HOTEL RATES - room rates include breakfast & dinner
Double (two people) per night (Weds&Thurs) Grand room: $458 Lake view: $558
Double per night (two people) (Fri&Sat) Grand room: $508 Lake view: $608
Single (one person) per night (Weds&Thurs) Grand room: $329 Lake view: $429
Single (one person) per night (Fri&Sat) Grand room: $379 Lake view: $479
Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding children attending.
Cancellation policy: A full refund of member registration will be issued if requested on or before July 28, 2023. Guests can receive a 50% refund if requested on or before August 11, 2023. No refunds will be issued after August 25, 2023.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
5:00 PM Reception on the Grand Hotel Front Porch
6:00 PM Dinner & Opening Speaker Bob Tagatz: Grand Hotel Historian
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
7:30 AM Breakfast & Keynote Speaker: Col. Mark Tillman
9:15 AM Leadership Breakout Sessions
12:00 PM Grand Hotel Luncheon Buffet with Keynote Speaker Col. Mike Mullane
1:45 PM Leadership Breakout Sessions
6:00 PM Evening Events
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
7:30 AM Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
9:15 AM Session A: Eric Waggoner, Managing Partner at Waggoner Financial
Session B: Andrew Brisbo, Bureau Director at Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes
10:45 AM 2024 Political Outlook Panel
6:00 PM Closing Celebration
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
7:30 AM Breakfast served in Main Dining Room (on your own)
KEYNOTE & BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Thursday, September 28 @ Breakfast
Colonel Mark Tillman
Air Force One: Zero Fail Mission
Col. Tillman keeps attendees on the edge of their seat as he shares his first-hand account of piloting President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001 and later transporting the Commander in Chief into the war zone of Baghdad, Iraq for Thanksgiving dinner with the troops. Col emphasizes the concept of a Zero Fail Mission which can be applied in both business and everyday life. Detailed planning, measurable expectations and personal responsibility are several of the key elements.
An engaging story teller, Col. Tillman will take you behind the scenes of Air Force One utilizing his experiences to reinforce the importance of the Zero Fail Mission.
Thursday, September 28 @ 9:15 a.m.
Leadership Bootcamp: Building a Team of Leaders within your Construction Business
Effective leadership in your construction business starts with you. You must understand what it’s like to be on the other side of you before you can expect anyone to want to follow you.
The problem is everyone has the ability to lead, but not everyone has the freedom or permission to do so.
In order to be a leader worth following, you have to learn to value the other leadership voices on your team and create an environment for them to be heard.
Attendees participating in this session will:
- Discover their own leadership voice based on their experiences, strengths, and preferences.
- Learn a framework for identifying and valuing the leadership voices of their team members to create effective communication within the organization.
- Learn how to communicate clarity throughout the organization with a well-designed meeting structure and rules of engagement.
Thursday, September 28 @ Luncheon
Colonel Mike Mullane
The Lighter Side of Spaceflight - Humor
In his program, The Lighter Side of Spaceflight, Astronaut Mike Mullane will take the audience on a uniquely revealing, captivating and hilarious space journey. Using spectacular video and slides he will answer everybody’s space questions: What does a shuttle launch feel like?...How does an astronaut deal with the incredible fear of launch?...How do you sleep, bathe, eat, drink, etc.?....What do you see from space?...And, of course, he will answer the top two questions that astronauts are ever asked:
Number 1: How does the space toilet work? (When the audience hears how astronauts train to use the toilet they will be convulsed with laughter.)...and...
Number 2: Have astronauts seen any UFOs or aliens?
The answers to these questions and many, many more are lavishly wrapped with inside, hilarious stories and supported with amazing video. The audience will not only be thoroughly entertained by The Lighter Side of Spaceflight, but will also feel privileged to have been given an insight into the astronaut experience that few people ever get to experience.
Thursday, September 28 @ 1:45 p.m.
Talent Magnet: How to Attract Your Next Best Talent
It’s nearly impossible to find good employees because the people with the skills, the talent, and the character you need to grow your business...already have jobs. You need to stop trying to find them and start recruiting them, but most construction business owners are missing a vital piece in their hiring process.
You’ll get what’s missing in your hiring process and a 3 step system to attract the right people for your construction business.
You’re gonna struggle to keep up with all the demand that’s out there without a
system to attract great employees, but with this 3-step system, your next best
employees are going to come looking for you.
Attendees participating in this session will be able to:
- Get the Job Ad Formula that will “stop the scroll” and get more candidates to apply.
- Get the 3A Recruiting Framework thousands of construction companies are using to fill their open positions and grow their businesses.
- Get an automated system to filter out the job hoppers and warm bodies that are just looking for a paycheck and will waste your time in an interview.
- Get the most valuable piece of the hiring process that you’ve never even considered.
You can’t grow your construction business without great people, and you can’t attract great people without this recruiting and hiring system in place.
Friday, September 29 @ Breakfast
Friday, September 29 @ 9:15 a.m.
Session 1A: Eric Waggoner, Managing Partner at Waggoner Financial
Are you doing everything you can to stay ahead of the curve and plan for your financial future? Join Waggoner Financial and Eric Waggoner for a discussion on what you can do to prepare for the next 6-12 months. This session will provide insights on the current state of the economy and emerging trends, while also giving you actionable strategies to take control of your financial future. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable expertise and take your economic knowledge to the next level!
Session 1B: Andrew Brisbo, Director of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes
Here's your chance to get all your questions answered. Andrew will provide an update on everything new at the bureau while allowing ample opportunity for you to ask all your burning questions.
Friday, September 29 @ 10:45 a.m.
2024 Political Outlook Panel
Join us for an ABC Michigan loaded session when the current and former leaders of ABC of Michigan come together to discuss what might happen in 2024. As we head into a presidential election year, our panel of experts will talk about their predictions, trends, and what it all means for ABC in Michigan and nationally.
- Chris Fisher, Partner at Midwest Strategy Group, ABC MI President & CEO
- Jeff Wiggins, Press Secretary/Senior Adviseo to Senate Republican Leader Aric Nesbitt, ABC State Director 2016-2020
- Jimmy E. Greene, Founder at Jimmy Greene & Associates, ABC MI President & CEO 2020-2023
- Shane Hernandez, former state representative and candidate for lieutenant governor, current ABC MI President