By Boryana Gramatikova
Being successful as a general contractor requires a very eclectic set of skills. It is a labor-intensive job, which demands not only physical resilience, but also constantly developing your social and leadership skills.
As a professional contractor, you need to keep track of the changes in industry policies on licensing and bonding, learn to communicate effectively with your subcontractors, and search for better ways to navigate the workflow. Rather than trying to unriddle everything on your own, an easier way to accomplish these tasks is to attend general contractor conferences.
The benefits of attending a contractor conference are many. First, every conference has networking value. You will also have the opportunity to catch the latest trends in tools usage, technologies, and processes, and hear innovative ideas.
Here are some general contractor conferences that might be worth your while:
The A/E/C Collaboration 2014
Dates: Sept. 10 through 12
Location: Austin, Texas
The conference will feature top performers from the construction business sector, who will teach attendees how to streamline their operations, and introduce the latest collaboration techniques and show how to use them to improve your company’s position in the marketplace.
Some of the lectures include:
- “2015 Forecast: Outlook for Construction Segments, Materials, Labor and Local Markets”
- “Managing Legal, Bonding and Insurance Risks on Joint Venture Projects”
- “Improving Onsite Productivity with Collaborative Lean Implementation”
You can register for the A/E/C Collaboration 2014 online, or send an email to email@example.com for help and more information.
2014 Fall Conference & Expo by AGC California
Dates: 22-24 October, 2014
Location: Rancho Mirage, California
The conference is designed to be a more educational event for general contractors. The keynote address is titled “Public-Private Partnerships: Achieving success by leveraging best practices in PARTNERSHIP,” and it will be given by John McArthur from the Kiewit Development Company.
Attendees can work on their networking skills by visiting the Expo, where various booths of proven industry professionals can be found.
18th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
Dates: November 5 through 7
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: The 18th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference is organized by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). This year it will be at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
The three-day conference will feature 36 interactive sessions, covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Some of the lectures will be:
- “Profitable Growth Strategy and Implementation Risk in Today’s Volatile Market”
- “Business Survival Strategies: Practical Business Continuity to “Bullet-Proof”
- “Managing Organizational Transitions from the CFO/Controller’s Seat”
Registrations completed before the 5th of September will come at the discounted price of $780. All single registrations after that will cost attendants $860.
Boryana Gramatikova is a recent University of Westminster graduate with an MA in Broadcast Journalism. Her interest span across film, sports and Asian culture. She has vast experience in blogging on everything surety bond-related. Currently she contributes to the JW Surety Bonds blog.