Speakers

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Ben Nemtin
Saturday, February 29 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

“5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible”


Member of MTV's Hit Show, The Buried Life & New York Times Bestselling Author, Ben Nemtin was named one of the 2019 World's Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus.

Author of the New York Times bestselling book, What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?
Ben Nemtin is also co-founder of The Buried Life movement. In a pit of depression, Ben and his friends created the "World’s Greatest Bucket List of 100 Things to do Before They Die" and have since encouraged others to go after their own lists. On stage, he speaks on how we can make the impossible possible by raising the bar in our own lives, turning ‘dreams’ into ‘projects” and creating a digestible pathway to success.


Don't miss out - Ben Nemtin will be speaking on Saturday, February 29. Check the schedule of events for updated information!
 
2020 Utility Infrastructure Economic Forecast
MARK BRIDGERS - CONTINUUM CAPITAL

Thursday, February 27 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

https://continuumcapital.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/mark.jpgAfter the mid-term elections wrecked the republican majority in the house, the bottom fell out of the stock market, global trade is still hamstrung by tariffs, and the Federal Reserve seems intent on slowing U.S. economic growth, what will 2019 hold for utility contractors?  Volatility!

The only certainty is that the current 10 year economic expansion will end with a recession.  Will it be short and shallow or deep and steep?  Attend this session and learn the warning signs of political chaos, economic slowdown, Federal Reserve impact, stock market performance and how a utility contractor can prepare, still drive growth, and thrive.  Mark Bridgers will discuss:
  • the priorities of the new congress, the alignment with President Trump, and the likely legislative outcome for 2019 and 2020
  • how Global Tariffs are feeding volatility, slowing economic growth, and will continue to do so until they are resolved
  • the Federal Reserve balance sheet, anticipated actions in 2019, and the likely outcome of these actions
  • how the 2018 stock market performance will impact 2019 in both direction and pace
  • workforce attraction, training, retention, and how both NUCA and the NUCA members can implement these solutions
  • how GDP, unemployment, inflation, and political factors will impact the construction industry and utility contractors
  • the timing of our next recession, what it is likely to look and feel like, and how you can prepare
  • what utility contractors should do in 2019 and 2020 to be thrive.
     

Mastering Succession: 5 Key Points to Successful Ownership Transfer and Leadership Succession
JAKE APPELMAN - Principal, FMI
Thursday, February 27 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Running a business is hard enough without even considering the additional complexity of plotting and executing a transition strategy. Succession planning is critical in assuring the long-term success of your business. This session will help you to accelerate your acumen through discovering the “five key points to a successful succession plan.”

Jake Appelman will discuss equity transfer by examining critical industry trends and forecasts to determine the strategic implications of transferring equity in the business. He will help you discover the tools needed to successfully plan the ownership transition of your business, how to identify the top talent within your organization, and identifying why having a leadership pipeline is important and how you can create one.  Jake will also discuss leadership development and creating strategies within your business to develop talent and prepare the next generation for their future leadership roles in your organization.

Jake is a principal with FMI, management consultants and investment bankers for the construction industry. He leads FMI’s management succession practice and has extensive experience guiding the succession process across a range of company sizes and structures. , from closely held family firms to large, employee-owned firms.
 
The Data Behind Damage Prevention
SARAH MAGRUDER LYLE - COMMON GROUND ALLIANCE
Friday, February 28 - 9:30am to 10:30am


Sarah Magruder Lyle serves as the president and CEO of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). She will provide an overview of current CGA programs and initiatives going into 2020. Sarah will discuss the status of CGA Best Practices under development that are of particular interest to NUCA, such as proposals that address locating private facilities, issues related to the excavation tolerance zone, and abandoned facilities.

In addition, Sarah will discuss the critical role that data plays in developing targeted educational programs, fostering stakeholder engagement that is focused on reducing damages to underground infrastructure and minimizing costly downtime.