“How Did We Get Into This Mess?” – Lessons Learned From Forensic Engineering

Presented by Dwight Benoy (Inspec), Mark Chauvin (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.) and William Bloemendal (American Engineering Testing)

This session will consist of a panel of engineers that will discuss real life examples of projects that have failed in one way or another. The panel will discuss specific projects, the investigative process, the tools they use to figure out why a project went bad, and offer ideas on how to prevent problems in the future.

MCA Fourth Annual Soiree

Register today for MCA's Fourth Annual Soiree! This event is open to all members and non-members. Join us for networking, food, drinks and a short program. Each attendee will receive one free drink ticket. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Bonus - if you are an MCA member and pay for a guest from a non-member company, you will get entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card!

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“Multihousing Madness”: Navigating the Web of Obligations in Minnesota’s Condo Law

Presented by: Mark Becker (Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson), Carl Runck, Ryan Companies, Jennifer Thompson (Thompson Tarasek Lee-O'Halloran PLLC ) and Paul Almen (Ryan Companies), Moderator

Gov. Mark Dayton recently approved changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (“MCIOA”), which governs most townhome and condominium developments. Learn from attorneys and construction professionals about the intricacies of MCIOA and how the new legislative changes could impact developments in the Twin Cities.

Do They Deserve to Work with You? Attract the Right Clients

presented by Dawn Wagenaar and Virginia McCoy (Ingenuity Marketing Group LLC) Before pursuing a sale, the question isn’t always raised - “Is this our best client?” An account-based focus (rather than an industry focus) proactively courts a particular prospect based on mutual business models, values and goals. There are actually six questions firm leaders should ask to qualify an opportunity — making sure it’s worth their time and truly attracts the best opportunities long term. Learn how to choose clients who at best fit your firm and, at worst, don’t become a nightmare with time and resources. Takeaways - Attendees will: Change your mindset from industry-focused to account-focused lead generation Develop a detailed persona of an ideal target prospect Employ six questions in the qualification process prior to pursuing any RFP or RFI or RFQ or any other acronym prospective clients come up with next About the Speakers
Dawn_Wagenaar-6-WebDawn Wagenaar is the principal of Ingenuity Marketing Group, LLC, in St. Paul. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is a former in-house marketing director and the founder of several networking groups. Dawn helps A/E/C firms compete by building sales strategies, improving marketing results and developing the next generation of leaders. She has spoken previously to industry associations including the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the Minnesota Construction Association.
Virginia_McCoy_0007Virginia McCoy is a communications consultant with Ingenuity Marketing Group, LLC, in St. Paul and she holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications. A former in-house marketer for a mid-size architecture firm, Virginia focuses on branded key themes and public relations that help engineers gain competitive visibility and improve their win rates. She also works frequently with clients on social media, search engine optimization (SEO) and web analytics, including writing blogs and social media posts that engage more users. She has spoken to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and is an active member of SMPS-Twin Cities.

MCA 2017 Networking Boat Cruise

Back again by high demand! Join fellow construction industry professionals for a fun afternoon to network and relax on a beautiful Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruise! This event is limited to 60 participants – tickets will be sold on a first come first-served basis! Last day to register – Friday, July 28th.
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Drones for the Construction Professional: Your Eye in the Sky

Over the past couple years, drones have captured the imagination of the world. The hope of delivering an Amazon package is great, ­but how can we leverage drone usage in the construction industry? Westwood will be presenting numerous real-world examples of how drones -- and their valuable imagery data – have become an important tool in Westwood’s day-to-day business and in helping our clients be successful. We’ll review the following:

Explore the wide variety of potential drone (UAS) products, beyond a simple photograph or video.

An overview of the current legal and regulatory environment.

Discover real-life examples of how drone data is being used in the engineering and land surveying process, on new and existing projects.

Supplement a construction site webcam by keeping stakeholders up-to-date on project status and providing a new perspective.

Determine earthwork volumes and quantities in a fraction of the time compared to conventional surveying techniques.

Is a DIY approach OK, or should you call a professional instead?

In this session, we will discuss drone basics and overview the current state of the industry. With your own “eye in the sky”, you can easily see your construction site from a whole different perspective!

About Chad: Bio: Chad Grismer, PE is a senior project engineer at Westwood Professional Services, working on a variety of projects in the land development and power industry throughout the US. He specializes in developing innovative solutions to incorporate and mobile GIS technology and datasets into the engineering design process. Over the past several years, he has been particularly interested in unmanned aerial systems (drones) and has taken a hands-on approach to researching and implementing UAS use at Westwood. Chad has been with Westwood for 13 years and has been involved on projects in over 30 states.

2017 MCA Scholarship Golf Tournament

Schedule: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Registration, Box Lunch, Complimentary Practice Range 12:30 PM: Announcements, Shotgun Start, Best-shot Scramble format 5:30 PM: Golfers Finish Round, Golfers Turn in Scorecards, Networking, Complimentary Happy Hour 6:00 PM: Networking, Steak/Chicken Dinner, Awards Ceremony Where: Deer Run Golf Club 8661 Deer Run Drive Victoria, MN 55386 www.deerrungolf.com Visit http://www.mnconstruction.org/events/golf/ for additional information!

Construction Litigation – Lessons from the Trenches

This session will consist of a panel of three construction litigation attorneys presenting updates on recent changes in the law that will affect construction in Minnesota. They will present case studies from real world experience with time for questions at the end of the session. Speakers: David Hammargren (Larkin Hoffman) Patrick Lee-O'Halloran (Thompson Tarasek Lee-O'Halloran PLLC) Jonathon M. Zentner (Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.) Moderator: Paul Almen (Ryan Companies US, Inc.) Thank you to our Generous Breakfast Program Sponsors: Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A. Larkin Hoffman Thompson Tarasek Lee-O'Halloran PLLC

Happy Hour. Networking. Mini-Golf.

Join us from 4:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday May 4th at Can Can Wonderland (CCW), an indoor mini-golf featuring 18-holes of artist designed awesomeness! CCW also features a creative and whimsical bar and restaurant menu created by expert mixologists and inspired chefs! Registration is $35 for MCA Members and $45 for non-members Included in your registration is an optional round of golf (tee time is 5:45pm), 2 drink tickets & appetizers Additional beverages and food may be purchased from the bar. This funky space is limited to the first 50 RSVPs – so register now! Can Can Wonderland 755 Prior Ave N, Suite #004 Saint Paul, MN, 55104, United States Parking: There are three parking lots available: one is the smokestack parking lot, the second is the underground parking lot which is ADA accessible and can be accessed through the smokestack parking lot, and the third is the lot just north of the building.

4th Annual MCA Leadership Academy and 2nd Annual Construct*ium Pentathlon

Join fellow MCA members at the US Bank Stadium on Friday, April 21st for the 4th Annual Leadership Academy. This event will be held in conjunction with the Construct*ium 2nd Annual Pentathlon (visit www.constructium.org/events.html for details on the event competitions and registration for students and faculty). MCA has two top-notch speakers lined up for this event (see below for session descriptions):
  • Dean Hyers with SagePresence will speak on Winning Presence for Business Development: Making the Most of Every Opportunity
  • Liz Weatherhead will speak on Four Easy Steps to Conflict Resolution
The event will close with a networking lunch for both industry professionals and students, followed by a panel presentation with industry experts (more information will be available soon). Following the panel presentation, attendees will have the option to tour the stadium!

Registration Fees:

MCA Member: $100 if you register by Tuesday, April 18; $125 for onsite registration Non-Member: $135 if you register by Tuesday, April 18; $160 for onsite registration

Session Descriptions:

Winning Presence for Business Development: Making the Most of Every Opportunity Dean Hyers (SagePresence) We all experience them – those “in the spotlight” moments where success or failure seems to be riding entirely on what we say and do right now. We might be networking to meet prospects, leading business development conversations to learn about future opportunities, or presenting inside of new business interviews. Or, we might be looking to convince our team to step up their business development game. We feel the pressure of these moments, and don't know how to consistently handle them with confidence and effectiveness. In this game-changing Q&A session, Dean Hyers and Pete Machalek of SagePresence address this challenge from their unique vantage as filmmakers who specialize in helping professionals deliver optimal performance in high-pressure scenarios. Come prepared to talk about the business development situations you deal with the most and have the most questions about. Dean and Pete will take your questions and respond to them in the moment, providing nuggets of value that you can immediately implement and benefit from. You will walk away from this session with a new understanding of how you can consistently pilot the moments that historically have challenged you the most, to produce the results you are looking to generate with anyone you are speaking to. Four Easy Steps to Conflict Resolution Liz Weatherhead In this power-packed workshop, you will leave with a simple four-part tool in your back pocket to resolve those difficult conversations with clients, team members and supervisors. There are four basic questions that must be answered for situations to be concluded to the satisfaction of all parties and to move the issue forward. This tool is versatile enough for a two-minute conversation or a twenty-minute dispute. Leave this workshop ready to tackle your next dialog.