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2019 Annual Conference
Friday, March 01, 2019, 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 03, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT
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RCA’s 29th Annual Conference
March 1 - 3, 2019
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX 

Thank You to Our 2019 Underwriters


Commercial Contractors





Underwriter opportunities are available to RCA member companies. Click here for more information (login required).


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

Refunds: Refunds will be made for any cancellations received on or before February 26. Substitute names may be provided at any time.

Note: The RCA Annual Conference is open to member GCs, prospective members, retailers, architects, and developers. Our only vendor attendees are our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsor opportunities, please contact [email protected]

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Reserve through the SPECS room block. Click here for venue information.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 1, 2019

Welcome Reception
Gaylord Texan

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Conference sessions held in Texoma 1-3

Breakfast Buffet & Networking

Welcome Remarks
Rick Winkel, RCA President
Introduction of Board of Directors, Past Presidents, and Advisory Board; Recognition of Underwriters

Tech 2019 - The Latest Technologies, Trends, Services and Tools Every Business Needs to Know

Gene Marks, columnist, author, and small business owner
Video, cloud accounting, mobile tech, office collaboration techs, customer relationship management...these are only a few of the major technology trends that are having a significant impact on how we do business, generate leads, sell and service our customers. Gene will discuss how innovative companies are using technologies to increase their sales, control their finances. expand their online presence, find/manage/compensate their people and service their customers. Gene will also take a forward look at up-and-coming technologies that will affect this industry over the next decade.

Superintendent Training Program
Greg Ferguson, FMI; Mike Wolff, Chair, Superintendent Training Program

10:15–10:30 am

Recognition of Sponsors & Member Benefit Providers

Phil Eckinger, Chair, Member Benefits & Sponsorship
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.

To All the Economists I've Loved Before

Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
This presentation provides detailed discussions of global, national and regional economies using the most current data available. Special attention is devoted to certain aspects of economic life, including the performance of financial, labor, real estate, and construction markets.

Lunch Buffet

Business Meeting

Rick Winkel, RCA President
Introduction of 2019-2022 Board Members; Recognition of Outgoing Board of Directors; State of the Association; Officer Transition

Hunter Weekes, Chair, Membership
Recognition of New Members

Jay Dorsey, Chair, Military Service Initiative 

Mike McBride & Justin Elder, Co-Chairs, Scholarship Committee; Ryan Pullin, Scholarship Recipient (University of Houston)

12:45–1:45 pm
Addressing the Labor Shortage: What Members are Doing to Recruit and Retain Their Workforce

Randy Danielson, President, Retail Construction, Tri-North Builders; Kristen Roodvoets, Construction Project Manager, SmileDirectClub; Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President, Schimenti Construction Company (moderator)
Are you turning away work because you don’t have the human resources to bid on it or staff it once won? You’re not alone. According to Forbes, many skilled worked left the construction industry for other occupations during the 2008-09 Great Recession and the industry suffered a falloff in new hires when it rebounded in the downturn's wake. Our panel will engage in an interactive dialogue about creating a corporate culture where compensation and benefits aren’t the deciding factor on whether to work for or stay at a firm and what recruitment and retention strategies their companies are using to address the shortage.

Retail of the Future
Sarah Wicker Kimes, Director, Americas, Portland Design
The shopping center of today is constantly evolving, and the demands on real estate developers, property management and tenants are evolving too. Emerging technology, pop-up stores, omnichannel retailers, increased data, along with shifting demographics are challenging the concept of the traditional shopping center, where it is located and it’s mix of tenants. In Retail of the Future, Sarah navigates through these rapids, provides contextual insights, and profiles some of the global trendsetters who are successfully evolving the retail, restaurant and shopping center experience to meet the needs of the all-powerful consumer.

3:00 pm
Greetings From SPECS
Gary Esposito, Vice President, Brand Director Chain Store Age & Chairman, SPECS; Deena Amato-McCoy, Program Director, SPECS

Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Owner's Event:
A discussion of the implications and strategies indicated by recent tax law changes
Presented by CliftonLarsonAllen

This event is open ONLY to RCA members with an ownership stake in their company.
Registration can be done through the online form; ownership will be confirmed. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Cocktail Reception, Buffet BBQ Dinner, Casino Night
Cowboys Golf Club (1600 Fairway Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051)

Sunday, March 3, 2019
7:30 am arrival; 8:00am tee time (lunch served after the tournament)
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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