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2019 Annual Conference
Friday, March 01, 2019, 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 03, 2019, 3:00 PM EST
Category: Events

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

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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.


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.

Economic Update

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

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

Hunter Weekes, Membership Chair
Recognition of New Members

Mike Wolff, Superintendent Training Program Chair

Jay Dorsey, Military Service Initiative Chair

Mike McBride & Justin Elder, Scholarship Committee Chairs, 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

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 the non-traditional recruitment and retention strategies their companies are using to address the shortage.

Retail of the Future

Sarah Wicker Kimes, Brand Strategist, Vice President, CallisonRTKL; Jeffrey J. Gunning , AIBC, OAA, AAA, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, Senior Vice President, CallisonRTKL
Sarah and Jeffrey have been studying Retail of the Future. 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, global design practice CallisonRTKL 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
Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Owner's Event: Topic TBA
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
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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