This is a tentative schedule of events. Please be aware that the start and end times for some events overlap. Please click on the session titles below for more information for each specific session. *Session titles & speakers are subject to change.

11:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration Open
11:30 AM 1:00 PM National CLC Steering Committee Meeting
1:30 PM 2:30 PM CLC Chapter Leadership Forum Meeting
The national CLC invites all Chapter Chairs, Vice Chairs and members of chapter steering committees to meet, network and discuss chapter challenges and successes and how to get involved with AGCA.
3:00 PM 3:10 PM

Les Snyder (left), AGC of America Vice President & Mike Cwienkala (right), Chicagoland AGC Vice President

Conference Welcome
Our 2021 CLC Leadership Development Conference kicks off with a welcome from AGC Board of Directors Vice President Les Snyder, President and Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors USA LLC (i+icon USA) and Mike Cwienkala, Chicagoland AGC Vice President, Vice President K.R. Miller Contractors.

3:10 PM 4:00 PM What’s in YOUR Contract?
An attorney from Chicagoland member-firm Ogletree Deakins will moderate a discussion with a general contractor and subcontractor in layman’s terms about the importance of understanding the contract for your particular project.  Since project managers are not typically included in this critical stage, the unknown can cost a company significantly in lost time and dollars.  Representatives from all departments within a company (not just PMs) will derive key takeaways to share with their colleagues.
4:00 PM 5:30 PM CLC Best Practices Roundtables
Every year at the CLC Leadership Development Conference, we are sure to offer this session to conference attendees as it’s an opportunity to learn from peers and colleagues on what’s working and not working to grow and build a successful CLC group. During this session, we will showcase the best of the best and then participants will be divided into groups to discuss what works, and what doesn’t work, for their chapter’s CLC, YCF, young leader’s group. Each participant will walk away with not only a better idea of how to increase and engage membership, but a better way to serve their membership. This is a staple of CLC LDC and is always a top-rated session.
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Welcome Reception
7:30 AM 3:00 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM 8:55 AM Breakfast & Sponsor Table Visits
9:00 AM 10:05 AM Conference Day Two Welcome/ Morning Keynote: “Influence Redefined … Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®”

  • See yourself as others see you. Are you as good-or bad as you think you are when you communicate with influence?
  • Project confidence and credibility; build trust to be heard Monday to Monday®.
  • Avoid rambling and get your point across to gain understanding and commitment.
  • Communicate a consistent brand in all situations at all times.
  • Consciously and deliberately communicate in a way that influences others to take action.
  • How to’s for holding yourself accountable.

Speaker: Stacey Hankey, Author/Founder, Stacey Hankey, Inc.

Stacey Hanke is author of the book; Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®.   She is also co-author of the book; Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. 

Stacey is founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Publicis Media, Nationwide, US Cellular, Discover, GE, General Mills and Abbvie. Her team works with Directors up to the C-Suite.  In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx.  She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week.  She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.

10:05 AM 10:15 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM 11:05 AM Transparency through Technology – Design through Construction

      • 3D Models: Design + Fabrication + Field (Highly detailed, status for progress)
      • RFID Tags on material
      • Augmented Reality (Hololens)
      • Robotics – Present our use of robotics on job sites (Spot) and how they can be leveraged in the future as technology advanced

Speakers:  Scott Smith, Vice President, Group Superintendent, Pepper Construction; Anthony Alleman, Project Executive, Pepper Construction Company; and Nelson Hull, Jovix

11:05 AM 11:15 AM  Networking Break
11:15 AM 12:00 PM Shifting from Experienced Based to Data Based Decisions

As the industry collects more data from job sites, the strategy for analyzing and reporting on that data becomes more complex.  A successful shift from experienced based decisions to those based on data involves a carefully designed process to ensure buy-in at all levels of the organization.  As more experience retires from the industry, the timing of this shift has never been more important.


DJ Phipps, Senior Strategic Product Consultant, Procore

DJ Phipps, Senior Strategic Product Consultant, Procore, has 20 years of experience in the AEC industry. He is passionate about leveraging technology to improve workflow efficiencies, boost project coordination and provide valuable operational insights that drive corporate process improvement initiatives. When he is not actively engaged with his network of Construction Technologists, he enjoys providing guidance to multiple developers at cutting edge con-tech platforms. Building strong relationships with various technology vendors, he promotes and tests enhancements to their tools for the benefit of the AEC industry.

Dana Erdman, CD-BIM, Director of Technology & Innovation, Bulley & Andrews

As the Director of Technology and Innovation, Dana is not only a leader in her role at Bulley & Andrews, she is a thought leader in the construction industry. In recent years, Dana created a Virtual Design and Construction department from the ground up at one of Chicago’s oldest firms. A natural problem solver, she’s constantly engaging her teams by listening to their problems and working to provide innovative, thoughtful solutions. Dana is also a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the construction industry. This year, she has worked tirelessly to create a culture of diversity and inclusion in her workplace by creating and co-chairing a new Diversity & Inclusion group to empower diverse voices at Bulley & Andrews and within the field of construction. Her accolades and passion have earned her a 2020 Autodesk 40 under 40 and 2019 Constructech Women in Construction Award. Additionally, she was honored as a 2018 & 2020 Builtworlds Adoption Leader.

12:00 PM 12:30 PM Meet Trenton Fair who received the 2021 Construction Leadership Council Scholarship! Trenton is a junior at Pittsburg State University and is a member of the AGC Student Chapter. He has interned with AGC member company, Simpson Construction Services where he handled submittals, contracts, quotes, change orders and takeoffs. This summer he will intern with AGC member company, Key Construction where he hopes to learn more about the field management side of construction.
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM 1:40 PM Stretch that Tech Neck! (Trainer Tim)
1:40 PM 2:40 PM How I Hacked a Construction Company

Former hacker who now works for member company CliftonLarsonAllen provides a fascinating (and alarming) look into fraud prevention and what firms should be doing to avoid the significant consequences of not being properly prepared.

2:40 PM 2:48 PM Networking Break
2:50 PM 3:50 PM Team Building and Growing Leadership/Afternoon Keynote

Speaker: John Choate, Managing Director, SA-720™ Strategies

John began his professional career as a naval officer in the SEAL teams. Following completion of training as the officer-in-charge of SEAL training class 218, he spent the next twelve years in both active and reserve billets deploying overseas in support of national security objectives. In addition to receiving various personal awards for classified special operations, more significantly his operational teams have received numerous distinguished awards including three Navy Unit Commendation medals, two Meritorious Unit Commendation medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation personally awarded to his SEAL platoon by the President of the United States.

After leaving active duty John founded the Procinctu Group, a global risk management firm providing specialized security services and training to U.S. and foreign government entities, multinational corporations, and select individuals. He currently serves as chairman of the board.

John was later recruited to serve as the CEO of Defense Venture Group (“DVG”), the parent company of one turnaround and two start-up subsidiaries part of the $1.2-billion portfolio of J.F. Lehman & Company private equity firm. DVG was exited under John’s leadership in 2014.

Following the tragic shooting event in 2015 in San Bernardino, CA, John was subsequently recruited to serve as the Executive Director of Security in Las Vegas for the 5th largest hotel in the world and one of a select few resorts with Forbes 5-Stars in all three categories: hotel, restaurant, and spa. John was responsible for the new design, implementation, and management of a state-of-the-art security system comprised of over 400 personnel and numerous technologies for the safety of 9,000 employees and 25,000 visitors every day.

6:00 PM 9:30 PM Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey Lake Michigan

Join us for a fun night out with dinner and a cruise on the Odyssey Lake Michigan. The Odyssey is a four-level dining vessel with three interior climate controlled dining decks and two exterior observation decks.  Network with industry peers across the nation while enjoying scrumptious cuisine with onboard entertainment and luxurious touches throughout the yacht.

8:00 AM 8:30 AM Breakfast & Sponsor Table Visits
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Philanthropy Event: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

This year’s Community service activity benefits the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation which provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families.  Anthony, a cancer survivor himself, is the World Series Champion, All-Star, and was an award-winning first baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Conference attendees will be working in stations assembling Teddy Bears with gift cards and personal notes that they designed that will be given directly to pediatric cancer patients.

11:00 AM Conference Ends
Make the most of Chicago! Be sure to visit and make the most of your time that you have in this fabulous city! Filter using your interest and enjoy a few extra hours in the city before heading home. Also worth checking out while in town the Chicago Air & Water Show set for Aug. 14-15.