Program

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08:00 - 12:00
MCAA Executive Committee Breakfast & Meeting
12:15 - 14:00
IAMCA Lunch & Meeting
18:00 - 21:00
MCAA Board of Directors, Past Presidents and Invited Guests Reception & Dinner
07:00 - 08:00
MCAA Board of Directors Breakfast
08:00 - 12:00
MCAA Board of Directors Meeting
08:30 - 12:00
MCAA Board of Directors, Past Presidents and Invited Guests Partners’ Breakfast & Activity
12:15 - 13:30
MCAA Board of Directors Lunch with Allied National Associations
13:00 - 18:00
MCAA Education Center

The MCAA Education Center will be staffed with MCAA Program Directors throughout the week who will be able to answer your questions about specific programs or simply provide information on MCAA’s many educational offerings. Stop by to find the perfect education solution for you and your company.

13:00 - 18:00
Political Action Committee (PAC) Fundraiser

The winner will be announced during the Thursday Closing General Session.

13:00 - 18:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center
14:30 - 16:00
MCAA Executive Committee Meeting with Local Association Executives & Presidents
06:30 - 19:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center
06:30 - 11:00
47th Annual Round Robin Tennis & 3rd Annual Pickleball Tournament
  • Sponsored by:
  • NIBCO INC.
Tennis Schedule

6:30 AM – Shuttle Departs for Lake Cane Tennis Center
7:00 AM – Continental Breakfast & Check-In
8:00 AM – Warm-Up Drills
8:45 AM – Mixed Doubles/Round Robin
11:00 AM – Team Pictures
11:30 AM – Shuttle Returns to the JW Marriott Grande Lakes

Pickleball Schedule

6:30 AM – Shuttle Departs for Lake Cane Tennis Center
7:00 AM – Continental Breakfast & Check-In
8:00 AM – Rules, Demonstration & Practice
8:45 AM – Mixed Doubles/Round Robin
11:00 AM – Team Pictures
11:30 AM – Shuttle Returns to the JW Marriott Grande Lakes

 

The 47th Annual Round Robin Tennis & 3rd Annual Pickleball Tournament is always a fun convention event for enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

Please visit the following link for the Tennis & Pickleball registration.

Shuttle Schedule

6:30 a.m. – Shuttle #1 Arrives at JW Marriott
6:45 a.m. – Shuttle #1 Departs at JW Marriott
6:45 a.m. – Shuttle #1 Arrives at the Ritz-Carlton
7:00 a.m. – Shuttle #2 Arrives at JW Marriott
7:15 a.m. – Shuttle #2 Departs at JW Marriott
7:15 a.m. – Shuttle #1 Arrives at the Ritz-Carlton

Shuttles will be available at the end of the tournament to return to both hotels.

06:30 - 09:00
Annual 5K Fun Run & 1-Mile Walk
  • Sponsored by:
  • ASC Engineered Solutions

6:30 a.m. – 7:10 a.m. – Registration

6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

7:10 a.m. – 7:20 a.m. – Warm Up Exercises

7:30 a.m. – Shot Gun Start

 

Enjoy the beauty of an Orlando morning as you embark on a competitive 5k run or a less competitive one-mile walk. From the complimentary t-shirt to the warm-up exercises to the continental breakfast, everyone—participants and spectators alike—has fun at this annual event. The race and walk start from the Valencia Lawn on property at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes.

Please visit the following link for the Fun Run & Walk registration.

06:40 - 13:00
Annual Golf Tournament
  • Sponsored by:
  • Victaulic
  • ,
  • Carrier Corporation

6:40 a.m. – Shuttle Departs JW Marriott Lobby/Porte-cochere for Shingle Creek

7:00 a.m – Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m – Shotgun Start

 

The Annual Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, March 17, 2024, with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. This year we will be playing two beautiful courses, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Shingle Creek Golf Club.

 

The Central Florida landscape provided inspiration to legendary golf course designer Greg Norman, who worked with nature to create challenging greens, wide fairways and hazards of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The 18-hold championship course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and tests the abilities of every skill level. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club also hosts the PNC Championship.

 

It is golf reinvented, legendary and far from typical. Designed by the renowned Arnold Palmer Design Company, strategy and variety are at the front and center of Shingle Creek Golf Club. Elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers are surrounded by enchanting flora and wildlife. Green complexes with fairway-cut surrounds or runoff areas give golfers of all levels more forgiveness and entertaining strategic options.

 

Please register for the tournament during the convention registration process. You will also have the opportunity to secure rental clubs and indicate your pairing preference.

09:00 - 15:00
MCAA Education Center

The MCAA Education Center will be staffed with MCAA Program Directors throughout the week who will be able to answer your questions about specific programs or simply provide information on MCAA’s many educational offerings. Stop by to find the perfect education solution for you and your company.

10:00 - 18:00
Political Action Committee (PAC) Fundraiser

The winner will be announced during the Thursday Closing General Session.

13:00 - 15:30
Student Chapter Registration

Students and faculty will have their own registration desk near Orientation. Schools arriving on Saturday may visit the Sports Desk (1:00 PM – 6:00 PM) for onsite Fun Run/Walk and Tennis/Pickleball registration.

14:00 - 15:00
Student Chapter Faculty and Industry Advisors Meeting
15:30 - 16:30
Student Chapter Orientation
  • Sponsored by:
  • Viega

Students and faculty will review program highlights, logistics and expectations with MCAA Career Development Committee Chair, Andrew Palcan and a panel of student chapter alumni. The Marco Polo matching game will return for a second year (with prizes) – don’t be late! This peer-to-peer networking game is somewhat chaotic, but that’s all part of the fun.

Anne Finerfrock – Panel Moderator
W.E. Bowers – Vice President

Justin Blackledge
The Waldinger Corporation – Project Manager
(University of Nebraska Alumni)

Andrew Palcan
Helm Group – Project Manager
(Milwaukee School of Engineering Alumni)

Sabrina Pavlova
Springfield Engineering Company – Project Manager / Estimator
(Missouri State University Alumni)

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Andrew Palcan
Project Manager, Helm Group, Inc.
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Sabrina Pavlova
Project Manager/Estimator, Springfield Engineering Group
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Justin Blackledge
Project Manager, The Waldinger Corporation
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Anne Finerfrock
Vice President, W.E. Bowers
16:30 - 18:00
Student Chapter Networking Reception

Student chapter members and advisors are encouraged to stick around following orientation to continue building their peer-to-peer relationships. Anyone involved with a student chapter or who wants to be involved is welcome to attend. This includes:

  • Alumni – participated in a student chapter
  • Industry Advisors – local association executives
  • Student Chapter Ambassadors – contractors who mentor student chapters
  • Student Chapter Competition Advisors – contractors specifically tasked with being a competition resource for a chapter
16:30 - 17:30
First Time Convention Attendee Reception

If this is your first MCAA Convention, then this is the place to be! You will have the opportunity to network with other first timers as well as MCAA’s Board of Directors, Past Presidents and National Staff. The overall convention schedule will be discussed, highlighting the things you absolutely do not want to miss throughout the week.

18:30 - 20:30
Opening Party
  • Sponsored by:
  • EVAPCO, Inc.
  • ,
  • SIEMENS
  • ,
  • Uponor

Souvenir Photos Sponsored by EVAPCO, Inc.

Beverages Sponsored by SIEMENS

Dinner Sponsored by Uponor

20:30 - 21:30
Dessert Afterglow and Fireworks Show
  • Sponsored by:
  • SIEMENS
  • ,
  • Uponor

Immediately following the Opening Party, we will continue the festivities on the Valencia Lawn for an assortment of Carnival themed desserts and a special fireworks show to honor President Beck, held exclusively for MCAA attendees.

06:55 - 17:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center
07:00 - 16:00
Student Chapter Connection Corner
  • Sponsored by:
  • Viega

Curious which chapters are at MCAA24? Stop by the Connection Corner lounge to network with students during session breaks and note the “We’re Here” banner for a listing of represented universities.

 

New to MCAA24, this space is perfect for both contractor/student casual employment conversations as well as student peer-to-peer meetups for chapters looking to discuss best practices and share ideas. Blank business cards will be available as an easy way to share contact information.

07:00 - 07:45
Opening Breakfast
  • Sponsored by:
  • Johnson Controls
07:00 - 17:00
MCAA Education Center

The MCAA Education Center will be staffed with MCAA Program Directors throughout the week who will be able to answer your questions about specific programs or simply provide information on MCAA’s many educational offerings. Stop by to find the perfect education solution for you and your company.

08:00 - 10:15
Opening General Session Featuring President Robert Beck, UA General President Mark McManus and Jocko Willink

Start the week off with President Robert Beck’s reflections on the past year and what he envisions for MCAA’s future, followed by remarks from United Association General President Mark McManus on the UA’s initiatives.

 

Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win and The Dichotomy of Leadership, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer, leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor. He spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer and commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Willink returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders.

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Robert Beck
CEO, John W. Danforth Company
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Mark McManus
United Association General President
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Jocko Willink
Retired U.S. Navy Seal & Leadership Instructor
10:00 - 10:30
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trane
10:00 - 14:00
Ritz Kids Club

The Ritz Kids Club is currently full. Any parent wishing to enroll their child should stop by the MCAA Registration & Information Center to check for last minute openings.

10:30 - 12:00
Featured Speaker: The Power to Take Control of Your Life with Dr. Christian Conte
  • Sponsored by:
  • Apollo Valves

We all have times in our personal and professional relationships when we’re disappointed in the way people interact with us or treat us. Times when the reality of a situation doesn’t align with the version or outcome we expected, and that’s very frustrating. Unfortunately, many of these cases occur when we have unknowingly handed over the power we have within us to manage our emotions and fail to align our expectations with reality. In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Conte shows how we can use that power we all have within us to build strong relationships, smooth over conflict and maintain a sense of self-worth.

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Dr. Christian Conte
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Use the Good China

We are all endowed with gifts, talents and abilities that are uniquely ours. Unfortunately, we don’t always recognize our value or understand the positive impact we can make on the world. Stop resisting, ignoring and hiding your gifts. Learn the mindset and the skills to embrace your inner light and be the STAR you were born to be.

 

Learn to:

  • Embrace your natural talents and unique gifts
  • Understand how working on your strengths instead of your weaknesses can explode your impact
  • Find the freedom to explore your true capacity
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Star Bobatoon
International Speaker, Presentation Coach and Trainer
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Finding and Managing the Hidden Risks in Your Contracts
  • Sponsored by:
  • Baltimore Aircoil Company

In today’s world, contractual risk shifting provisions are one of the biggest challenges to the successful completion of every commercial contract. What you don’t know can and will hurt you! This seminar will focus on how to find the risk shifting provisions buried in the hundreds of pages of contract documents, how to negotiate reasonable modifications and how to manage those risks during the construction process.

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Chip Mitchell
Founder and Principal, Blue Fence Advisors
10:30 - 12:00
Education Seminar: Today’s Mechanical Industry: Navigating the Risks of the Mechanical and Service Contractor

No business is without risk, but the mechanical and service contractor industry takes on a new level of daily surprises, controversies and obstacles. We can all relate to any of the following: industry-wide staffing shortages, supply chain issues, crazy schedules and difficult clients. A workday can be drastically upended in a moment’s notice.

 

By attending this seminar, you will become part of a peer driven interactive discussion on how to navigate the risks we all face daily. Led by a panel of industry leaders who have collectively navigated many industry challenges, we will share experiences and gained insight into successfully managing our daily risks and maybe even discover a few best practices to implement.

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Robert Bolton
CEO and President, Arden Building Companies LLC
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Rick Gopffarth
VP of Preconstruction, Dynamic Systems, Inc.
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Brian Helm
President, Helm Group, Inc.
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Mark Rogers
President and Founder, West Chester Mechanical Contractors
10:30 - 17:00
Political Action Committee (PAC) Fundraiser

The winner will be announced during the Thursday Closing General Session.

12:10 - 13:15
Lunch with Kevin Brown
  • Sponsored by:
  • SLOAN

This program is designed to help participants:

  • Achieve greater results by eliminating “ordinary” thinking and mastering the habit of excellence.
  • Own the moments that matter (and they all matter) by taking responsibility for their attitude, their actions and their results.
  • Create meaningful relationships and deliver an extraordinary experience for every “customer” at work and at home.

Lunch will be served.

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Kevin Brown
12:15 - 13:15
Industry Funds Committee Lunch & Meeting
12:15 - 13:15
PCA Board Lunch & Meeting
12:15 - 13:15
Career Development Committee Meeting
13:00 - 13:30
Refreshment Break
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trane
13:30 - 15:00
Featured Speaker: The Power to Take Control of Your Life with Dr. Christian Conte
  • Sponsored by:
  • Apollo Valves

We all have times in our personal and professional relationships when we’re disappointed in the way people interact with us or treat us. Times when the reality of a situation doesn’t align with the version or outcome we expected, and that’s very frustrating. Unfortunately, many of these cases occur when we have unknowingly handed over the power we have within us to manage our emotions and fail to align our expectations with reality. In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Conte shows how we can use that power we all have within us to build strong relationships, smooth over conflict and maintain a sense of self-worth.

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Dr. Christian Conte
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: Decide, Believe, Take Action: Keys to Resilience

Decide, Believe, Take Action is about finding strength and clarity amid chaos, facing obstacles head-on and turning them into advantages. It offers inspiration and practical tools to remain resilient against any obstacles.

 

Audiences will acquire tools to:

  • View challenging situations differently
  • Move past their fears and doubts to accomplish goals
  • Renew determination toward ambitions
  • Be more successful in any area of life
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Star Bobatoon
International Speaker, Presentation Coach and Trainer
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: The Economy Through Our Industry’s Eyes

Join us as Dr. Christopher Thornberg navigates the nuanced intersections between the construction industry and the broader economy, offering his expert (and often irreverent) analysis on how economic trends will shape the future of these sectors. Thornberg—with his legacy of correct calls and expertise in forecasting, policy, labor and real estate markets—will engage in conversation with top industry leaders for a lively and data-packed session. This is an opportunity to glean actionable perspectives and strategic foresight that will empower your business through 2024 and beyond.

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Christopher Thornberg
Founder, Beacon Economics LLC
13:30 - 15:00
Education Seminar: Applying AI in Construction

Chat GPT. LLM. Generative AI. AI/ML. Bard. LLaMA. We have seen an explosion of new tools leveraging various forms of artificial intelligence entering the construction industry. AI experts and evangelists have painted both doomsday and transcendent pictures of how AI will change human life in the upcoming years. While Generative AI may not directly take your job anytime soon, a Project Manager using AI just might.

 

Join this session to get an overview of AI, learn how this technology is being incorporated into construction projects and most importantly, learn some practical tools and applications for AI that you can start leveraging today during estimating, design, Project Management and construction. Whether you’re an AI novice still stuck on the concept of a Smart Watch or a tech enthusiast who is already living in the construction VR/AR Matrix, this session is for you. Join us, and let’s turn this impending AI-pocalypse into a career opportunity. After all, if you can’t beat ’em, confuse ’em and then control ’em! This is the session that everyone will be talking about.

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Alice Leung
Vice President, Platform & Product Strategy, Brick & Mortar Ventures
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Jake Olsen
CEO, GTP Software
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Sean McGuire
Executive Director of Innovative Technologies & Fabrication, MCAA
15:00 - 16:00
Advanced Leadership Institute Graduates Reception

All graduates of the Advanced Leadership Institute are encouraged to attend this reception, where they can reconnect with classmates and network with grads from other years. This is a chance reminisce, to meet the committee who oversee the program and to learn more about how we are continuing the ALI tradition with our new home at the University of North Carolina.

15:00 - 16:00
Women in the Mechanical Industry Reception

Come learn more about MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) initiative, our local WiMI committees and our annual WiMI conference. This is a great opportunity for all attendees to visit with and meet new MCAA peers and show support for WiMI’s mission of bringing more women into the industry and fostering growth of the talented women currently part of the MCAA family.

Evening Open for Private Events/Local Association Dinners
06:50 - 17:00
MCAA Registration & Information Center
07:00 - 15:00
Political Action Committee (PAC) Fundraiser

The winner will be announced during the Thursday Closing General Session.

07:00 - 17:00
MCAA Education Center

The MCAA Education Center will be staffed with MCAA Program Directors throughout the week who will be able to answer your questions about specific programs or simply provide information on MCAA’s many educational offerings. Stop by to find the perfect education solution for you and your company.

07:00 - 10:00
Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit

Come see the latest products and services emerging in our industry. Representatives of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council will be available to meet and discuss experiences with their products and services.

 

This is your opportunity to gain new insights and knowledge about how your business can grow with products and services that cut costs, save time and reduce errors. You’ll learn how innovation could move you ahead of your competition and onto new levels of success. You may even discover a new approach to using software or a device in the office, or in the field, that will significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results.

 

It’s all about relationship building. At MCAA, our Manufacturer/Supplier Council members are equal members of our association and participate in many events. Their executives build deep and lasting relationships with many of our contractor members. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with them!

 

A continental breakfast will be available.