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2018 Annual Conference
Friday, March 16, 2018, 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:00 PM EDT
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RCA’s 28th Annual Conference
March 16 - 18, 2018
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX 

Thank You to Our Underwriters


Commercial Contractors

                Management Resource Systems     Scimenti   



       Elder Jones 


RCA Member Companies: One free registration, $199 each additional attendee
Non-member attendees: $299 each
Retailers: No charge
Architects: First registration from each organization, no charge; additional registrants $199

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Reserve through the SPECS room block click here.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 16, 2018

No-host Reception: Mix & Mingle with the RCA Board
Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill, Gaylord Texan

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Main Conference Room: Grapevine Ballroom A, Gaylord Texan

Breakfast Buffet & Networking

Welcome Remarks
Brad Bogart, RCA President

Leadership is Everyone's Business
Rich Chapman, Managing Director, Chartwell; Author, The Greater Game
As former CEO of 400-person organization and personal mentor to a wide range of business leaders and professional athletes, Rich believes leadership is everybody’s business. He will speak to us about the keys to being a person of positive influence, and why the pursuit of personal excellence is the greatest driver of high performance.


Recognition of Sponsors & Member Benefit Providers
Phil Eckinger, RCA Board Member/Member Benefits & Sponsorship Chair
An overview of the companies that sponsor RCA and offer special programs and discounts for members. Attendees will have opportunities to meet with sponsor/member benefit provider representatives throughout the day.

Brown Sugar: Rockin’ the Economic Data
Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
This presentation provides detailed discussions of global, national and regional economies using the most up-to-date data available. Special attention is invested in critical elements of economic life, including the performance of financial, labor, and real estate markets.

Lunch Buffet

Business Meeting
Brad Bogart, RCA President
Introduction of 2018-2021 Board Members; Recognition of Outgoing Board of Directors; State of the Association; Officer Transition

Hunter Weekes & Ray Catlin, Membership Chairs
Recognition of New Members

Jay Dorsey, Military Service Initiative Chair

Matt Brecker, De Jager Construction, Inc.
Impact of the RCA Scholarship Program

We're All in This Together
Ken Christopher, LBrands; Jason Miller, JC Penney; Kirsten Roodvoets, ALEX AND ANI; Brad Sanders, CBRE; Steve Olson, CESO (moderator)
Panel discussion focused on retailers and landlords’ expectations of general contractors, the state of the industry, and new retailer initiatives. Time will be allotted for Q&A.

Superintendent Training Program
Mike Wolff, RCA Board Member/Superintendent Training Program Co- Chair; Mike Clancy, FMI, RCA Advisory Board Member
RCA is pleased to announce a training program focused on the skills and knowledge required to be a successful superintendent in the retail construction industry. We will provide a brief overview of the program and announce the dates of the first sessions.

Navigating the Changing Tides of Retail
Sam Mullis, Partner, Mullis Newby Hurst LP; Christopher Mohart, Shareholder, Polsinelli; Steve Peldiak, President, Watterson Environmental & Facilities Management
With bankruptcies, shifting legislation, and liabilities, how does the GC stay successful? Our panel of industry experts will address the challenges facing GCs today, includinginsurance changes of which GCs should be mindful, and mold and other environmental issues that affect retail construction. Time will be allotted for Q&A.

Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Austin 4-5, Gaylord Texan

Owner's Event: E-commerce and the Loss of Sales Tax by the States
This event is open ONLY to RCA members with an ownership stake in their company.

Welcome remarks by Gary Esposito, Publisher, Chain Store Age & Katherine Boccaccio, Executive Director of Events, Chain Store Age/SPECS.
Building on the presentation to the general audience earlier in the day, the first half hour of this session will include a detailed description of RCA’s Superintendent Training Program and its accompanying certification.

The remainder of the time will feature a discussion about what RCA members can do to help seek sales tax reform and other solutions that may help preserve the millions of jobs that are at risk in the construction industry.

Registration can be done through the online form; ownership will be confirmed. Contact Carol@retailcontractors.org with any questions.

Mission Plaza
Networking Reception

Sunday, March 18, 2018
7:30 am arrival; 8:00am tee time
Golf Tournament @ Cowboys Golf Club (1600 Fairway Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051)
Scramble format with prizes for top foursome, closest to the pin, longest drive, and more. Additional fee to register. Foursome and individual registration are available. Retailers can register at no charge. Registration includes breakfast buffet, snacks and soft drinks on the course, and lunch. Rental clubs available for an additional fee (Discounted club rental rate is $89.95 plus tax and includes 2 sleeves of balls and glove. Payment is made direct to course on day of event.)

Individual Golfers: $150  /  Foursome: $600

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