NUCA’s 2018 Convention

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NUCA is excited to announce our 2018 Convention and Exhibit, located in beautiful San Antonio, Texas! This year’s convention features the return of the NUCA Exhibit, and is full of fantastic opportunities to learn, network with your colleagues from around the country, and have fun – all steps away from the San Antonio Riverwalk where you can walk, shop, dine, and enjoy the hospitality of the world-renowned urban waterway in your free time!



Members Non Members Offline
Free Expo Pass



Registration Fees & Day Passes

Full Registration Member NonMember**
First Registrant $950 $1100
Additional from Company $875 $1025
Spouse/Guest/Youth* $750 $750
Daily Passes
Tuesday, March 6 $150 $250
Wednesday, March 7 $400 $600
Thursday, March 8 $300 $500
Friday, March 9 $500 $700

* Not a business associate or co-worker.

** The difference between member and non-member rate may be applied to membership if you join NUCA by March 1, 2018.



Note: Cancellations must be made in writing by 1/5/2018 to receive a full refund less a $150 per person administration fee. Cancellations received between 01/6/2018 and 02/02/2018 will be refunded at 50% of the registration fee. No refunds will be issued after 02/03/2018. After 2/26/2018 please register onsite.



Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Akkerman Inc.

B2W Software, Inc.

Barbco, Inc.

BITCO Insurance Companies

Blood Hound

Case Construction Equipment Inc.


Cemen Tech

Cherne Industries




Compass Risk Management

Core & Main

Ditch Witch


Efficiency Production Inc.


Ferguson Water Works




Hi-Vac Corporation

Hymax Krausz USA

John Deere Construction and Forestry

Komatsu America Corp

Lansas Mfg by Vanderlans and Sons, Inc.

LBX  Company, Link-Belt

McLaughlin Manufacturing

Measurement Technologies, Inc.

Midwest Mole, Inc.

National Trench Safety


Neenah Foundry Company

Oxford Plastics USA



RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment

RWF Bron


Sunbelt Rentals

Trenchless Equipment Company

United Rentals

United Rentals, Trench Safety

Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC

Vactor Manufacturing, Inc.


Wacker Neuson Corporation



Keynote Speakers:

Chef Jeff Henderson

Inspiring Celebrity Chef, Star of “Flip My Food with Chef Jeff” & Author of “If You Can See It, You Can Be It”

Jeff Henderson inspires with his emotional journey of redemption from the streets to the stove, sharing real-life strategies to help you achieve your dreams, no matter your stage of life. From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, and then as an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Jeff is a role model for anyone who needs the encouragement to reinvent their life. Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places – prison – Jeff has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation.


Alison Levine

First American Women’s Everest Expedition Team Captain & Author of The New York Times Bestseller “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments”

Unleash your potential in today’s competitive business environment with unconventional leadership concepts that the MBA experience and corporate America can’t – and won’t – teach you from Alison Levine.Alison served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the Seven Summits and skied to the North and South Poles. A history-making adventurer who also spent time in the business world, she has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds and sudden avalanches – and that was while climbing the corporate ladder!




Special General Sessions:

2018 Utility Infrastructure Economic Forecast | Mark Bridgers
Mark Bridgers is a consultant to the design and construction industry and leads a Utility Vertical Market team with Continuum Capital. Mark is back this year to discuss the economic landscape our industry will face over the next two years and share insights into how contractors can successfully and nimbly navigate through this environment. Mark will cover how GDP, unemployment, inflation, and political factors are and will impact the construction industry and utility and excavation contractors.

Technology Trends That Can Significantly Impact Your Business | Gene Marks
Join Forbes technology columnist Gene Marks for a review of the hottest technologies that business leaders are investing in today. Gene will discuss how innovative companies are using technologies to increase their sales, control their finances. expand their online presence, find/manage/compensate their people, and service their customers. Gene will also take a forward look at up-and-coming technologies that will affect this industry over the next decade. Bring your notepad and make sure your batteries are charged!

In-Depth Educational Sessions

An Engineer, A Contractor, and A Lawyer Walk onto a Jobsite:
Geotechnical Essentials for the Trenchless Pro
Have you ever believed you were in a differing site condition but struggled to articulate the difference between the actual conditions and what was provided in the geotech data for the project? Do you fully understand the effect the geotech conditions have on the ability to dewater the ground in a dewatering situation? Do you know why the information provided in the geotech report is important and why is it important to fully understand it to protect yourself over the course of the project? Part educational session, part case study, part roundtable discussion, this session’s expert panel developed this session to help contractors fully understand a geotechnical report, how contractors should interpret the report, and actions contractors can take to protect themselves should he or she encounter differing soils.

Todd Kilduff, P.E., owner of Kilduff Underground Engineering, will open the session and explain what each section of the soils report means and how it should be evaluated and correlated to performing the job. Contractor Jeff Rumer, owner of Underground Infrastructure Technologies, will then offer a case study on how he interpreted a soils report to bid a project, the actual conditions that existed, and how the soils report differed from the actual conditions. Lawyer Tom Olson, owner of Olson Construction Law, will then speak to how they were able to successfully prosecute a claim based on the actions the contractor took with a full understanding of the geotech report.

The session will then open up to a 1.5- to 2-hour roundtable discussion moderated by the expert panel. This is a session all contactors, not just trenchless contractors, will benefit from.

Project Manager to Project Leader
This 3-hour project manager mini course, taken from the curriculum of FMI’s 4-day Project Managers Academy, is for experienced project managers who want to take their skills to the next level, from project manager to project leader. This session will assist project managers acquire the knowledge, decision-making and other critical skills the business of construction requires to think and act like project leaders and construction entrepreneurs for every project. Companies, once reliant on hard skills for project managers, are
discovering that the best managers are those who excel at the soft skills of psychology and sociology. In fact, industry leaders define the best project managers by having mastered the ability to use critical skills simultaneously: communication, planning, and business acumen.

♦ Communication. Learn how to communicate to any audience—peers, subordinates, trade partners, and external customers—articulate an appropriate message, and most importantly, listen and process an appropriate response.
♦ Planning. Learn how to proactively develop a project plan balanced in realism and strategy.
♦ Business Acumen. Learn and understand the skills you need to make money, understand the world of finance, and manage both internal and external customers.

What sets a project manager apart from a project leader is the ability to use these three skill sets simultaneously. While project managers may be able to effectively plan and/or communicate, the project leader does these in trinity. This 3-hour will be instructed by FMI principal Gregg Schoppman, who leads FMI’s project management consulting practice in Florida.

NUCA’s Essential Skills for Crew Leaders Training

Normally delivered as a two-day $750 course, this 15-hour session is taught over the course of the convention and is included in the registration fee. The course is designed to transform new and experienced jobsite foremen, project managers, and superintendents into great crew leaders. The session will cover how to be a better communicator, team builder, problem solver, and decision maker; how to maintain a safe work environment in compliance with company and regulatory policies; and how to effectively plan and control the resources needed to get the job done on schedule and on budget. Attendees must indicate they will take the course at time of registration. Only 25 seats are available, so please register early.

Educational Breakouts

Safety Management

Preventing Negligence and Liability Exposure from Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers in Company Vehicles
Bill Jenkins, CNA
Distracted driving poses significant risk to every business that has employees who drive both company-owned and personal vehicles on company business.  The likelihood of an at fault crash increases when using electronic/cellular devices while operating vehicles.  Furthermore, distracted driving places employees in a potentially harmful situation and may create negligence and vicarious liability exposure on the employer that could result in financially devastating consequences.

Silica Compliance Roundtable
George Kennedy, NUCA VP of Safety
Many contractors are still not sure about what they are expected to do to be in compliance with the new Silica standard. This standard is not going away and participants will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the requirements of the Respirable Crystalline Silica standard. This session will be a round table discussion.

Properly Preparing Your Company and Employees to Manage a Jobsite Fatality or Serious Accident
Attorney Neil Lowenstein, Vandeventer Black LLP
Your company has had a jobsite fatality or serious accident. So now what do you do? If you have already planned for such eventualities, then you are already one step ahead in the process. During this session, attorney Lowenstein will discuss crisis management planning for companies, their managers, and their employees, and further discuss the implementation of those plans in the event of a jobsite fatality or serious accident, including such matters as internal investigations, governmental investigations, and media relations.

NUCA State One-Call Initiative Update
Jim Stepahin, NUCA Education Director
As states work to come into compliance with PHEMSA requirements, many states are updating or re-writing their one call laws altogether. Join with contractors and chapter Executive Directors and learn what different states are proposing, how contactors have managed to get a seat at the table and ensure representation when developing these laws, which states have developed pro-contractor (or balanced) one-call laws, and what provisions contractors should push for inclusion and what provisions they should avoid.


Employee Engagement/Retention

Engaging Your Company’s Future Your Employees
David Liddell, SKYE Business Solutions
True employee engagement requires, more than shallow efforts to keep them on target, rather a comprehensive and strategic approach that creates positive, lasting results. Employee engagement encourages productive and dedicated team members to have a vested interest in the company. Managers are motivated by positive results and a bottom line that benefits from increased employee retention and efficient operations. Employee engagement is vital to building a successful organization. This workshop provides managers with skills to create greater employee and team alignment to achieve organization’s objectives, goals, and success. An engaged employee is motivated beyond the normal duties of their job, is driven by the organization’s vision, understands his or her value in the organization, and consistently demonstrates behavior that supports the organization’s interests. Learn how to invest time in coaching and development to retain your best employees and how to create an environment of trust and collaboration that allows employees to be engaged and optimize business performance.

Everything DiSC for Leaders and Managers
David Liddell, SKYE Business Solutions
Leading others begins by understanding your personality style and how it affects your daily interactions, and it has helped leaders become more effective and transformed organizations. The widely-used personality assessment DiSC provide a roadmap for understanding people’s view of the world. It will provide an immediate impact on your ability to communicate, delegate, and identify top talent for development. Participants in this workshop will receive an invitation to take an Everything DiSC™ Management assessment after the workshop. Individualized reports will be provided after the assessments are taken and include strategies for each DiSC style when interacting with direct reports, managers, and colleagues. Learn about your DiSC® and management style, explore priorities that drive your style, learn a method for recognizing others’ styles, and learn about your natural management tendencies.


On the Jobsite: Expert Sessions from our Gold and Silver Partners

Maximizing Equipment Efficiency on the Job
Scott Knoblauch, Caterpillar

Benefits of Using Simulators in Your Business
Andy Williams/Curtis LeConte, John Deere

Smart Construction: The Optimized Jobsite from the OEM Perspective
Jason Anetsberger, Komatsu
A look at the role of technology, data, and contracted solutions on the modern utility jobsite today and tomorrow from the perspective of the off-highway equipment OEM. Session will cover machine control technology, aerial mapping developments, and the 3D data that ties the jobsite together.

The Engineering Behind Shoring
Josh Chandler, P.E., United Rentals
This seminar is designed to educate and inform project managers, estimators and professional engineers in the construction sector about various shoring applications and the engineering behind them, as well as how to accurately detail the most cost-effective shoring solutions. Session will cover OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P rules and regulations governance, design of excavation support systems, load distributions,soils engineering, shoring load design, hydrostatic loading, and examples of shoring solutions.

Best Practices for Trench Safety to Prevent Accidents and Avoid Litigation
Joe Turner, P.E., National Trench Safety
In the event of a shoring related citation, failure, or accident the follow-up investigation and litigation always take aim at all of the major players: the equipment manufacturers, suppliers, the design engineer, and the contractor—all of whom try to deflect responsibility and point fingers at each other. Session will cover the responsibilities of each entity in the process, why OSHA looks at the contractor first, why everyone around the scene will be pulled into litigation, the responsibilities and follow through of each stakeholder—plus information you may not know.



Team Building:

Hot-Cha-Cha-Chili Cook-Off

Sponsored by:

The searing flavors of this fiery festival guarantee that our Chili Cook-Off brings the five-alarm fun. Does your team have a fire in the belly when it comes to their chili recipe? Think they can bring red-hot heat and be crowned chili champion?

Then step on up, partners! Show off that chili machismo as you vie for succulent spicy success! The Chili Cook-Off can feature both hot chili and chili con cool.


Offsite Happy Hour:

Tuesday, March 6
7:00 Pm
AT&T Center
1 AT&T Center Parkway San Antonio, Texas 78219


San Antonio Rampage VS Chicago Wolves


Join us for a Welcome Reception Happy Hour at the AT&T Center where the San Antonio Rampage will take on the Chicago Wolves staring at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 6th. You’ll enjoy networking with your fellow NUCA members in a private Super Box with an open bar with heavy hors d’oeuvres.  Make sure to stick around after the game for an on-ice group photo.  Transportation to be provided to the Hockey game.

Learn more here



Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

111 East Pecan Street
San Antonio TX 78205

Experience the best of San Antonio from a chic and convenient starting point—Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk. The hotel’s location puts you within steps of the countless restaurants, shops, and bars that line the river as it snakes through the city. The Wyndham’s rooftop pool and hot tub overlooking the San Antonio skyline, lively restaurant and bar, and serene onsite spa, will give you plenty of reasons to stay put.

Room Rates:
Single: $159.00
Double $159.00
Suites: $350.00
16.75% room tax

Parking rates:
$25.00 for self park
$30.00 for valet

3rd Party Housing Companies

It has come to our attention that a 3rd party housing company has been contacting our members to book their rooms.  Please DO NOT book rooms through these companies.  There is usually a “catch” and/or not even a legit company.

NUCA has a special convention rate directly with hotels.  Under law and contract any outside company cannot offer below this rate nor offer to book your hotel room. Please DELETE any emails of this nature and ignore the phone calls.


 If you have any questions, feel free to contact NUCA at 703.358.9300


Travel Information

Nearest Airport:  San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

Estimated Taxi Rate: $40-$45.00
uberX Rate:  $12-$16.00*
uberXL Rate: $20-$26.00*
uberSELECT Rate: $33-$42.00*

*Average rates, not during price surge times