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Cancelled: 2020 Annual Conference
Friday, March 13, 2020, 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:00 PM CDT
Category: Events

Posted  March 10, 2020

The RCA Board of Directors has decided to cancel our 2020 Annual Conference. We did not come to this decision lightly, and felt it was the right thing to do from the perspective of public safety and the safety of our membership.

RCA’s 30th Annual Conference
March 13 - 15, 2020
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX 

Note: refunds will only be processed for cancellations received by 5:00 pm ET on March 6, 2020.

Thank You to Our 2020 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 March 6. Substitute names may be provided at any time. No refunds will be given for golf if the course decides to cancel the event for weather-related reasons.

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]Click here to register

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

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 13, 2020

6:00pm–8:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Gaylord Texan

Saturday, March 14, 2020

8:00–8:30 am
Hot Breakfast Buffet & Networking

8:30–8:45 am
Welcome Remarks
Steve Bachman, RCA President
Introduction of Board of Directors, Past Presidents, and Advisory Board; Recognition of Underwriters

8:45–10:00 am 
The Return of the Economist
Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
This presentation supplies detailed discussions regarding, global, national, and regional economic performance 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.

9:45–10:00 am
Recognition of Sponsors

10:10–10:15 am

10:15–11:30 am
The ONE Thing
Jay Papasan, bestselling author & Vice President of Learning, Keller Williams Realty International
Behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation. ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

11:30am–12:15 pm
Lunch Buffet

12:15–12:45 pm

Greetings from SPECS
Deena M. Amato-McCoy, SPECS Program Director, Chain Store Age

Business Meeting
Steve Bachman, RCA President
Introduction of 2020-2023 Board Members
State of the Association
Recognition of New Members
Review of member benefits, introduction of new benefits
Overview of Superintendent Training Program

12:45–1:45 pm
30 Years of Retail Construction
Art Rectenwald, Rectenwald Brothers Construction, Inc.; Ken T. Sharkey, Commercial Contractors, Inc., Moderator: Ray Catlin, Schimenti Construction Company, Inc.
A candid discussion about industry changes over the last three decades and looking forward to the next decade. Panelists representing diverse businesses will discuss how they have adapted to challenges and change, and how they have poised their businesses for continued growth and success in 2020 and beyond.

1:45–2:00 pm
Transition to Break Outs

2:00-3:30 pm
Owners Breakout Session: How to be Strategic at the Top of the Cycle
This session is open ONLY to those with an ownership stake in their company; for ESOPs, attendees must be SVP or above
Moderator: Mike Clancy, Principal, FMI
Is your company ready for the next downturn…or not? The Great Recession ended 10 years ago, which means we’re now in the middle of the longest period of economic growth on record in the U.S. Breaking a record 120-month upswing that took place between 1991 and 2001, the country has been on a record-setting pace. Residential and commercial construction have played major roles in this expansion, and many engineering and construction companies have been enjoying the prosperity that comes along with such cycles.

All good things must come to an end at some point. And while we’d all like to think that the current business cycle upswing will continue, the signs are already pointing to a possible downturn in the near future. We are overdue for a recessive trough. While backlogs may still be full, capital markets are willing to lend, and clients remain active, now is not the time for companies to rest on their laurels and hope business stays brisk in 2020. In this session, we will discuss insights from FMI’s latest strategy research and discuss what firms can be doing now to ensure their success both during and after the next downturn.

2:00-3:30 pm
Breakout Session: Project Executives & Project Managers
Jay Papasan, bestselling author & Vice President of Learning, Keller Williams Realty International
A moderated discussion addressing the leadership challenges faced by project executives and project managers. With myriad demands, how do we prioritize and tackle all of the priorities thrown our way? How do we lead and motivate our team and groom the next generation of company leadership.

6:00–10:00 pm
30th Anniversary Dinner
Cocktail reception, seated dinner, and entertainment 

   6:00 Cocktails
   7:00 Dinner

   8:00 Entertainment: Carmine Ciricillo, The Construction Comic®

Sunday, March 15, 2020

7:30 am arrival; 8:00 am tee time (brunch 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