This agenda is subject to change.

Day One

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CLC National Steering Committee Meeting

(All members welcome)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

CLC Chapter Leadership Networking Luncheon

Hosted by AGC

Chapter CLC Leadership are invited to participate in luncheon to learn more about what your AGC membership has to offer you and your next steps in your leadership journey.

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2:00 PM – 2:35 PM

Welcome address

Paul Rovianek
Superintendent, Andersen Construction

Rachel Wilber
Chair, AGC Construction Leadership Steering Committee

Todd Roberts
Senior Vice President, AGC

Steve Malany
President, Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Advances in Head Protection

Michael Bottlang, Ph.D.
Founder & Director, Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory
Co-Founder, WaveCel LLC

Head injuries cause one quarter of all fatalities in construction. Even if a worker survives, brain injuries and concussions often have lifelong debilitating consequences.

Advanced hard hats and helmets can provide improved protection. This presentation describes basic mechanisms of head injury. Based on research data, this presentation will explain which head protection features are most effective in reducing the incidence and severity of head injury, so you can make an educated decision in selecting the safest head protection.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Best Practices Panel Session

Moderated by Lainee Perala

Each year this session is ranked as one of the most popular offered at the CLC Leadership Development Conference. This session provides the opportunity to learn from peers and colleagues on what’s working and not working to grow and build a successful emerging leaders program at the Chapter. During this session successful chapters will be showcased highlight the best of the best. Then participants will be divided into groups to discuss what works and what doesn’t work for their Chapter’s emerging leader programs. Each participant will walk away ideas to take back to their Chapters for future growth.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Hosted by AGC of America

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Day Two

Thursday, October 19, 2023

7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Continental breakfast

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8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

Opening remarks

Paul Rovianek
Superintendent, Andersen Construction

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Your Missing Leadership Skill: Effective Conversations

Kerri Smith
VP, Southeast Region General Manager, Baker Concrete

In a world full of opinions around talent, technology, leadership coaching and development, something that isn’t being talked about is the practical, essential skill that separates good leaders from great leaders. What is that skill – the ability to have effective conversations with any audience. Come listen to Kerri talk about her leadership experience and her insight into designing and conducting Effective Conversations.” With the pervasive impact of AI now and in the future, Kerri believes connecting and having effective conversations with people will become even more important in distinguishing great leadership. As an attendee you will leave:
  • inspired to be an even better leader,
  • controlling what leadership and success looks like for you,
  • with a new toolkit for making an even greater difference today for yourself, your colleagues and your organizations.

9:10 AM – 9:20 AM

2023 CLC Scholarship Presentation

Jacob Bess, 2023 CLC Scholarship Recipient
Student, University of Washington

Darrel Gibson
Executive Director, AGC Education and Research Foundation

Through endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters, the Foundation is able to give 150 or more undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year to deserving students. The national CLC is one of the generous donors, endowing a fund to support students from across the nation.

This year the CLC Scholarship was awarded to Jacob Bess, a senior Construction Management student at the University of Washington. He is the Vice-President of the American Concrete Institute student chapter, a member of the UW AGC student chapter, and a student competitor in NECA’s Electri Competition. He is currently working at the Bush School as a Facilities Technician and as a Carpenter for his own LLC while he finishes his studies.

You can support students like Jacob by visiting

9:20 AM – 9:50 AM

Supporting the Construction Workforce Crisis through Scholarship Funds

Dee Burch
President, Advanced American Construction

Kyle Izatt
Senior Vice President, Advanced American Construction

Building the next generation of leaders is a key challenge facing the construction industry in 2023. Workforce shortages have resulted in a lack of qualified individuals building America. Investing in the workforce of the future is something every company should do to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to propel the world into 2024 and beyond. Advanced American Construction is leading the way with the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship.


This scholarship program aims to advance the education and career goals of outstanding students and apprentices in the construction industry. In addition to an academic scholarship, the fund offers a trade apprenticeship scholarship as well as a veteran scholarship for students who are currently serving, or have served, active duty in any branch of the US Military. Scholarship recipients are awarded up to $10,000, and applicants are eligible to receive scholarships for each year they meet qualifying criteria. Hear first-hand about how this program works and is supporting students and apprentices to become the future leaders of the construction industry.

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM

Networking break

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10:15 AM – 10:40 AM

Understanding Gen Z and How to Successfully Bring them into the Workforce

Jacob Suarez

Join social media sensation @BiggieClean, aka Jacob Suarez, in this important session that will help you understand the What, Why, and Hows of the Gen Z workforce. Jacob will draw on his success energizing and engaging with the Gen Z audience and strike the core of what draws the Gen Z imagination and how to foster drive to achieve greatness in the industry. You will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation with Jacob on his experiences in the crime scene cleaning industry and learn about his ongoing mission to ensure that no one cleans the remains of a loved one ever again through his B.clean enterprises. You will leave this session equipped with a plan to utilize the Gen Z talent for your growing workforce.

10:50 AM – 11:45 AM

Oregon-Columbia/AGCA Legislative Session

Matt Turkstra
AGC of America

Kirsten Adams
Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC

In the background of AGC Chapters and AGCA, there are legislative teams keeping the wheels moving to preserve funding and ensure Congress puts policies in place that protect the construction industry. During this session, Kirsten Adams, Oregon-Columbia’s Director and Counsel, Policy and Public Affairs and AGC of America’s, Matt Turkstra, Director of Tax, Fiscals Affairs and Accounting, will educate you on ways to engage legislatively both at the Chapter and National level and the current policies, rulings, etc. that they are tracking at the state and federal level.

11:45 AM – 1:05 PM

Networking Luncheon

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1:10 PM – 1:45 PM

Session to be announced

Speaker to be announced

1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

Leveraging your Experience to Build Your Brand

Jordan Winspear
Owner and President, Winspear Construction

Jordan is in his 8th year of business since starting Winspear Construction. This success was created by capitalizing on his past experiences with large general contractors and leveraging his USCG background to start and grow his own business. In this session Jordan will tell the story of what got him to where he is today and explain the key factors that young leaders should embrace to build their brand and capitalize on opportunity

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Networking break

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2:50 PM – 3:00 PM

Tentative Title Keynote: DirtWorld: Solution to Construction Workforce Crisis

Aaron Witt
CEO, BuildWitt

We’ve all experienced the labor shortage first-hand. Aaron Witt, the self-proclaimed Chief Dirt Nerd of BuildWitt, is on a mission to help. He may only be in his 20s, but he’s spent the past five years exploring construction projects and mines worldwide to understand our challenges and help create solutions. While he doesn’t have the magic potion —one solution starts with your current workforce. Those who have followed his journey online have seen him grow BuildWitt from only a kid with a camera to a well-known brand providing media, marketing, and software for the Dirt World.

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Hosted by the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC

*Buses to depart from the hotel between 5:00PM and 6:00PM

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Day Three

Friday, October 20, 2023

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Registration/Information desk open

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM


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9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Moderated panel discussion: The Impact of Philanthropy in the Pacific NW

The Pacific NW is known for having a robust network of philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people who live here. In the spirit of philanthropy (without having to do any physical labor), we invite you to join us for a moderated panel over breakfast featuring nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping individuals and the construction industry. They do this by providing the training necessary to be successful in a construction career while supporting their program participants with the social and financial services needed to achieve.

To learn more about the organizations presenting at this session, visit:

Moderated by Briana De Kalb PE, Senior Project Engineer, Sundt Construction

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

Closing remarks