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2021 Annual Conference
Friday, August 20, 2021, 6:00 PM to Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10:00 PM CST
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RCA’s Annual Conference
August 20 - 22, 2021
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

We will abide by all current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines that are in place at the time of the conference. All event registrants must acknowledgement an assumption of risk.

Thank You to Our 2021 Underwriters







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 August 16. 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, you can view them here or contact [email protected]


Reserve through the SPECS room block. Click here for venue information. Use code SP2021C to get the conference rate.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, August 20, 2021

6:00pm–8:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Saturday, August 21, 2021

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

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

8:45–9:45 am 
Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data
Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Is it coming from an oncoming train? This presentation supplies economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and then supplies a forecast for the post-pandemic one. Among the areas of focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade and government finances.

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. In 2014, Maryland governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. Anirban also serves as the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and as chief economic adviser to the Construction Financial Management Association. In 2007 and then again in 2016, Mr. Basu was selected by the Daily Record newspaper as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. He holds four graduate degrees, including a JD and a PhD.

9:45–10:00 am
Recognition of Sponsors
Justin Elder, RCA Secretary/Treasurer

10:00–10:15 am

10:15–11:30 am
The Lies Between You and Success
Jay Papasan, bestselling author (The ONE Thing) & 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. 

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

Ray Catlin, RCA President
Introduction of 2021-2024 Board Members
State of the Association
Recognition of New Members (Hunter Weekes, Board Member)
Overview of NextGen program (Mike Sullivan, Board Member)
Overview of New Member Benefits: Comdata

12:45–2:15 pm
Tackle Your Leadership Challenges
Jay Papasan, bestselling author & Vice President of Learning, Keller Williams Realty International
An interactive 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 demands thrown our way? How do we lead and motivate our team, as well as groom the next generation of company leadership?

2:15–3:15 pm
Three Decades of Retail Construction
Art Rectenwald, Rectenwald Brothers Construction, Inc.; Ken T. Sharkey, Commercial Contractors, Inc., Moderated by Ray Catlin, Threecore, LLC
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 2021 and beyond.

6:00–8:30 pm

Anniversary Dinner
Cocktail reception, seated dinner, and entertainment 

   6:00 Cocktails
   7:00 Dinner

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

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Optional group activity: details coming soon

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COVID Protocols and Notices

The Retail Contractors Association will not ask attendees for information regarding vaccination status. The guidelines, protocols, notices, and waivers below apply to all event attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

By registering for this event, you affirm that you understand the following Notice of Risk. If you are registering on another’s behalf, ensure that the terms are acknowledged by attendee; you assume full responsibility for their acceptance of this notice.

The “Retail Contractors Association” (which includes Retail Contractors Association, Potomac Management Resources (PMR), and all their affiliated entities) cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending its events and/or entering onto premises where Retail Contractors Association’s events are held. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend an event organized by Retail Contractors Association and enter onto premises where its events are held, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

By registering for this event, you agree to abide by any Safety Protocols in place at the time of the event. If you are registering on another’s behalf, ensure that they agree to abide by these terms; you assume full responsibility for their acceptance of these terms. Failure to comply with these regulations may be cause for removal from the event.


SPECS Information

Information about the SPECS conference can be found at specsshow.com. Registration for the RCA Conference does not include registration for SPECS, and vice versa.

RCA members receive an Advance Member Rate (by July 25, 2021) of $1,899 for the first registration. SPECS is offering an additional second and third person rate of $1,799 each. In order for RCA members to receive the SPECS 2021 registration rate, they must register at the same time, be a verified member of the RCA, meet the SPECS criteria for GC attendees, and stay at the event hotel during the SPECS event. After July 25, the rate is $2,299 per person. SPECS registration fees include all meal functions, sessions, exhibits and evening receptions. These rates compare to the non-RCA registration rate of $2,699 (by 6/25/2021), $3,199 (by 7/25/2021), and $3,799 (after 7/25/2021), with only one additional person allowed from each General Contractor.