8:30-9:15 a.m.


Project and Business Records in the Digital Age

It is no secret that the majority of business records are now created and stored electronically. New ways of communicating and electronically stored information (“ESI”) have changed the landscape of lawsuits. E-mails, text messages, electronic flashdrives, documents, databases, instant messages, voice mails, hard drives, photographs and social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter can be requested and must often be produced in lawsuits. Access to this type of information can be extremely powerful in lawsuits. One ill-advised text message, Facebook comment or unprofessional voice mail can allow an opposing party to make a mountain out of a mole hill and paint a company in a very bad light. Courts expect companies and their lawyers to have a clear understanding of their electronic information systems and know the scope of the ESI -- where it is located, the formats in which it is stored and whether it is reasonably accessible. A company’s ability to manage information that is generated or stored electronically significantly affects its ability to successfully manage litigation. Policies and practices for the retention, disposition and availability of electronic information are now more critical than ever. Learn more about how to protect your business at an informative seminar presented by Jesse Miller and Becki Ashbaugh from the law firm Ashbaugh Beal.

Becki Ashbaugh is a lawyer at Ashbaugh Beal where her practice focuses on commercial litigation. Becki represents clients on a broad range of commercial litigation issues including breach-of-contract claims, construction and insurance-recovery disputes. Becki received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of law and her B.S. from Santa Clara University. Becki has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine from 2010-2011. Jesse Miller is a partner at Ashbaugh Beal where his practice focuses on insurance recovery and construction litigation. Jesse represents both owners and general contractors on a wide range of construction-related and insurance-coverage disputes. Jesse received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A from Vassar College. Jesse has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine from 2008-2011.
9:15-10:15 a.m. From Project Manager to Business Developer:
What You Can do to Enhance Your Value to Your Company
Building profitable projects has long been the purview of project managers. Today’s superstars manage work and have the ability to create customer relationships that drive future work. Learn what the best of the best project managers are doing to grow their skills and create lasting customer relationships.

Grant is a consultant with FMI, management consultants and investment bankers for the construction industry. Grant specializes in strategy, organizational development and project execution. Grant’s consulting practice within FMI is focused on business planning and strategic planning for AE and construction companies that desire to grow despite the current uncertain economic environment. This strategic focus requires skills in evaluating and advising on organizational alignment, strategic direction and action planning. Prior to joining FMI, Grant was a real estate professional for eight years. He has been involved with numerous construction and land development ventures throughout Colorado’s Front Range both in the residential and commercial markets. His in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of these markets helps him to apply his expertise toward improving productivity and profitability in the construction industry. Grant has a bachelor of arts from the University of Colorado and a master of business administration and master of science in finance from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver.

10:30-12:00 p.m. The 90-minute MBA
If you could condense what could be learned from the experiences of thousands of successful and not-so-successful businesses into 90 minutes, you would have The 90-Minute MBA®. Learn how to reduce risks such as embezzlement. (Did you know that one in four businesses is being embezzled on any given day?) Learn how to plan your success, then make it a reality, step by step. Learn what motivates employees, how to deal with good employees who manage to give you headaches, and how to pick and deal with a banker, lawyer or accountant. In all, twenty key topics are covered. You may start by laughing at the stories, but you’ll remember them because they provide powerful insights. You are certain to end the session busily writing all of the ideas stimulated during the thought-provoking presentation. These are topics usually not covered in college classrooms, but they are essential to becoming a successful entrepreneur. One attendee confessed, “I learned more in 90 minutes than I did while earning my MBA at the university!”

Over 40 years ago, Arnold went to work for a company where he interviewed over 14,000 business owners and managers about their businesses. He learned about the challenges faced on a daily basis by real entrepreneurs, gaining a unique understanding of the risks faced by small business, including which management tactics worked and which did not. He also observed the primary causes of most common business failures. Later, as a commercial banker, he counseled many of his clients, discussing alternatives to borrowing money to solve their problems. One of those clients hired Arnold away from banking to manage his struggling business. Arnold applied the lessons learned from others and reversed the course of that business. It changed the focus of his career. After that, he returned to school to earn an MBA, thinking he needed more “theory” to rely on, only to discover that, as one of his professors observed, “You could have taught half the classes.” Since then, Arnold has been sharing his insights with entrepreneurs by way of The 90-Minute MBA.

Arnold owns his own company, a successful software company specializing in job-cost accounting for construction companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of an international public company, is a published author, and counsels with a limited number of start-up companies.

10:30-12:00 p.m. IT Trends and Developments in Construction
IT Trends in Construction will cover new innovations in the construction industry. The impact that technology is having on business systems, design systems, and construction will be discussed. Technology is having a dramatic impact in almost all areas of construction and construction business struggle at times deciding how to deploy these new tools. It is a confusing and fast moving environment. Attendees will learn how to prioritize, evaluate, and implement solutions of each type. Specifically we will discuss BIM, ERP, electronic content management (ECM), CRM, field and mobile technology. Attendees will leave with a better perspective and framework for thinking about the role of technology in construction.

Christian Burger is principal of the Burger Consulting Group, an independent consulting firm based in the Chicago area. The firm concentrates exclusively on IT strategy and tactics for the construction industry. Christian has worked with contractors for more than twenty years on software selections, implementation management, IT strategy and planning, and evaluation of current systems. He started his career in construction at FMI as a senior systems consultant. After eight years, Christian went to work as a Client Manager for JD Edwards & Company. In July of 1996, Christian launched the Burger Consulting Group. Christian is a frequent speaker at industry events and contributes articles on technology in the construction industry to many industry publications. Christian also teaches the technology course for Northwestern University’s Masters in Project Management course through the Engineering school. Christian has a BS in Accounting from Ball State University and a Master of Arts from Northwestern.

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker - Jim Whittaker

Jim Whittaker is best known as the first American to stand on the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest point on earth. He was the leader of the first American climb of K2, the world’s second highest mountain. To top off his climbing career, he organized and led the phenomenally successful 1990 Mt. Everest International Peace Climb.

Jim’s love of the outdoors also extends to the oceans. He is an accomplished ocean sailor and racer. He and his wife, Dianne Roberts competed in the Victoria-to-Maui international yacht race twice, and enjoy cruising the inside passage toward Alaska. They spent four years with their two sons sailing their 54-foot steel ketch—named Impossible—from their home in Port Townsend, Washington to Australia and back—a distance of 20,000 miles.

Jim is a leader in the business world, as well. As President and CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc.—REI—he helped grow it from a small, local cooperative to a multimillion dollar company, one of the largest outdoor-gear retailers in the country.


  • Internationally famous mountaineer, adventurer and environmentalist, best known as the first American to climb Mt. Everest; May 1, 1963.
  • Visionary business and community leader; Past President and CEO of one of the country’s largest outdoor retailers, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
  • Former guide and climbing instructor on Mt. Rainier; as member of the National Ski Patrol, Mountain Rescue, and the Mountaineers, led life-saving rescues of skiers, climbers and aircraft.
  • Drafted into the US Army; taught mountaineering and skiing to Tenth Special Forces and Green Berets during Korean War.
  • Involved in climbing accident on Mt. McKinley that led to the biggest mountain rescue effort in U.S. history, including a treacherous helicopter liftoff from 17,300’ by legendary pilot Link Luckett.
  • Led Senator Robert Kennedy on first ascent of Mt. Kennedy, a peak in the Canadian Yukon named for his slain brother; became close friends with Bobby and the Kennedy family, joining them often at Hyannis Port, Hickory Hill (RFK’s home in Virginia) and on skiing, river rafting, sailing and other adventures; Washington State campaign chairman for Senator Kennedy in 1968; was at the Senator’s bedside when he died and served as a pallbearer at Arlington.
  • In 1978, organized and led the first American ascent of K2, world’s second highest—and many say most dangerous—peak, after five American failures spanning 40 years.
  • Against formidable political and logistical odds, organized and led the spectacularly successful 1990 Mt. Everest Peace Climb, which put twenty men and women from three superpowers—the US, China and the Soviet Union—on the summit of Everest; to help focus world attention on environmental issues, removed two tons of garbage left on the mountain by previous expeditions.


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3:00-4:30 p.m. Panel of Legends

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