Schedule of Events

Tuesday, July 25, 2023


7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Peer to Peer Orientation 101 for New Chapter Presidents


Led by seasoned chapter presidents, this interactive workshop will provide you with the skills to respond to the challenges and opportunities faced by chapter presidents today. Learn time-tested best practices in financial management, volunteer management, governance, education, recruitment and retention and staff development. 

7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Peer to Peer Orientation 201 for "Newer" Chapter Presidents (limited seating; registration required)
  Have you been a president for 2-5 years? Are you ready to learn more about the construction industry? Dig into association topics a bit more? Then this orientation is for you. This session will provide a construction “bootcamp” as well as deeper dives into association topics like finance and strategic planning.

1-2:15 p.m.

Small Group Workshops (limited seating; registration required)

  • Maximizing Your Space: Strategies for Identifying and Meeting the Spatial Needs of Your Chapter
  • Preparing for Accreditation: Tips and Advice
  • Succession Planning Roundtable: Who’s Following You When You Move On?

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Small Group Workshops (limited seating; registration required)

  • Capitalizing on Growth: Effective Fundraising Strategies for Chapters To Finance Capital Purchases
  • Mielke's Toolbox Talks: 3 Tools That Have Helped for 3 Decades
  • Preparing for Accreditation: Tips and Advice

5-6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception at Hotel 

7:05 p.m. Optional Event: Minor League Baseball Game: Charleston RiverDogs vs. Augusta Green Jackets (separate ticketed event)

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

8-9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:15 a.m. Adapting, Succeeding and Thriving in the Workplace
  presented by Sarita Maybin
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break 
10:30-11:45 a.m. You Worked Hard to Recruit Them, Now Work Hard to Retain Them
  presented by Ginny Curley, Ph.D., Power Your Partnerships LLC

You find just the right candidate. They start strong on day one. And they are gone by day thirty. What happened? The average business spends over $4700 to recruit each new hire (SHRM, 2022). You can't afford to ignore the changing landscape of employee retention. This session will outline the key steps that must be taken in the early days of employment to retain new employees so they become your legacy employees.

By the end of this session, presidents will:

  1. Assess the cost of turnover to their organization
  2. Identify the five main reasons people stay in their jobs
  3. Evaluate how their organization meets – or falls short of – these five considerations
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Stop Doing the Work for Them...How to Develop Good Employees Into Great Employees 
  presented by Ginny Curley, Ph.D., Power Your Partnerships LLC

We've all been there. An employee asks a question and we answer it. Over time we begin to wonder why this employee is coming to us with more questions, not less. This session will identify how to empower employees to move from dependence to independence. In the process, we will touch on a few essential steps to delegation and employee independence.

By the end of this session, presidents will:

  1. Describe the impact of dependent employees
  2. Practice asking questions that develop independent employees
  3. Consider delegation techniques that reinforce independence
2-2:15 p.m. Break 
2:15-5 p.m. Roundtable Discussions 

6 p.m.

Off-site Group Event at The Alley


Thursday, July 27, 2023

8-9 a.m. Breakfast
9-9:10 a.m. Welcome Back 
9:10-9:45 a.m. Session TBA
9:45-10:20 a.m. One on One With ABC's National Chair Milton Graugnard and Chair Elect Buddy Henley
  facilitated by Mike Bellaman, ABC National President & CEO
10:20-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. How to Address the Changing Dynamics of Your Board 
  facilitated by Brian Gallagher, Graycor Construction and Carolinas Chapter Board Member
2-4 p.m. Optional Post-Conference Event: Palmetto Breeze Catamaran (separate ticketed event)