The Associated General Contractors of America will launch its 2013 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management with a reception running from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4. AGC will conclude the business activities with a lunch and special guest speaker on Wednesday, February 6, and host a closing reception from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on that Wednesday evening.
Between these other events, AGC will provide a steady stream of opportunities for the interaction that has become the hallmark of this annual event, including plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and other gatherings. Again in 2013, AGC hopes to challenge the thought leaders in the construction, surety and insurance industries to take a critical look at their policies, practices and procedures, and to identify their opportunities for further improvement.
On Monday, prior to the Opening Reception, AGC will host a meeting exclusively for the in house lawyers in the AGC family, and the Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) will host a meeting exclusively for the members of its Contract Bonds Advisory Committee. There is a small but separate registration fee for this AGC meeting, but there is no registration fee for the SFAA meeting.
On Wednesday afternoon, following lunch, and prior to the Closing Reception, AGC will host a wrap-up meeting exclusively for in-house risk managers and other representatives of the general and specialty contractors attending the conference. There is no registration fee for this wrap-up meeting.
This annual conference is intended for the in-house lawyers, in-house risk managers and other senior executives of the general and specialty contractors in the AGC family and their many counterparts in the surety and insurance industries. The conference will benefit anyone interested in controlling the cost of managing the risks inherent in a changing construction industry. Surety bonds, insurance policies, construction contracts and construction operations are all among the subjects open for discussion.
Again in 2013, the AGC Forum on Surety Bonding and Risk Management will be the host. The Chair of this outstanding forum is Ed Littleton, Vice President, Risk Management, Balfour Beatty Construction, and the Vice-Chair is Don Naber, Corporate Risk Manager, Gilbane Building Co.
The conference will feature a total of nine breakout sessions on Tuesday, February 5, and another three on Wednesday, February 6.
|Monday, February 4, 2013|
|6:00 - 7:30 pm||Opening Reception|
|Tuesday, February 5, 2013|
|7:00 - 8:00 am||Hot Buffet Breakfast|
|8:00 am - 10:00 am||Plenary Session|
|10:00 - 10:30 am||Morning Break|
|10:30 - 12:00 pm||Three Breakout Sessions|
|12:00 - 1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:30 pm||Three Breakout Sessions|
|3:00 - 4:30 pm||Afternoon Break|
|3:00 - 4:30 pm||Three Breakout Sessions|
|6:00 - 7:30 pm||Mid-Week Reception|
|Wednesday, February 6, 2013|
|7:00 - 8:00 am||Hot Buffet Breakfast|
|8:00 - 9:30 am||Three Breakout Sessions
(including Surety Bonding Summit)
|9:30 - 10:00 am||Morning Breakout|
|10:00 - 11:45 am||Plenary Session|
|12:00 - 1:30 pm||Lunch and Special Guest Speaker|
|6:00 - 7:30 pm||Closing Reception|
On Monday, prior to the Opening Reception, AGC will host a meeting exclusively for the in house lawyers in the AGC family, and the Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) will host a meeting exclusively for the members of its Contract Bonds Advisory Committee.
|IN-HOUSE LAWYERS IN THE AGC FAMILY|
|Sunday, February 3, 2013|
|6:00 - 7:30 pm||Reception *|
|Monday, February 4, 2013|
|7:00 - 8:00 am||Breakfast *|
|8:00 am - 10:00 pm||First Business Session|
|10:00 - 10:15 am||Break|
|10:15 - 12:00 pm||Second Business Session|
|12:00 - 1:00 pm||Lunch *|
|1:00 - 3:00 pm||Third Business Session|
|SFAA CONTRACT BONDS ADVISIORY COMMITEE|
|2:00 - 4:00 pm||Business Session|
*These three functions are limited to the in-house lawyers attending the pre-conference meeting specifically intended for the members of this group.
On Wednesday afternoon, following lunch, and prior to the Closing Reception, AGC will host a wrap-up meeting exclusively for in-house risk managers and other representatives of the general and specialty contractors attending the conference.
|IN-HOUSE RISK MANAGERS AND OTHER REPRESETATIVES OF THE CONTRACTORS IN THE AGC FAMILY|
|Wednesday, February 6, 2013|
|1:45 - 3:00 pm||First Business Session|
|3:00 - 3:15 pm||Break|
|3:15 - 4:30 pm||Second Business Session|
The agenda for AGC’s 2013 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management remains a work in progress. But much of it is already in place. Among the items already on the agenda for the plenary sessions are the following:
And among the items already on the agenda for the breakout sessions are these:
If you have any agenda items that you would like to suggest, please just send an email to Michael Kennedy at AGC of America at email@example.com!
AGC has automated the entire registration process. To reserve your seat, simply click on the "Register" button on the right. The system will then guide you through the remainder of the process. In addition to the business meetings you plan to attend, the system will ask you to identify the cocktail receptions you plan to attend.
Shortly after you complete the registration process, you should receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not, or you have any other problems with the process, please just contract Rockkie Dunton or Crystal Yates at AGC of America, as follows:
The registration fee for the 2013 conference is $415.00. The separate registration fee for pre-conference meeting for the in-house lawyers in the AGC family is $150.00. If you are among those lawyers, please note that you are welcome to register for just that meeting, or just the conference, or both.
There is no registration fee for the pre-conference meeting for the members of the SFAA's Contract Bonds Advisory Committee, or for the post-conference meeting for the in-house risk managers and other executives of the general and specialty contractors in the AGC family.
AGC's 2012 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management is open to all members of the Associated General Contractors of America, the Surety Fidelity Association of America and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, and to their invited guests.
In addition to the business meetings, the registration fee for the 2013 conference includes the cocktail receptions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the breakfasts on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and lunch on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
The registration fee for the pre-conference meeting for the in-house lawyers in the AGC family includes a cocktail reception on the Sunday evening that precedes that meeting, and both breakfast and lunch on the day of the meeting.
AGC will fully refund your registration fee(s) if you provide an email or other written notice of cancellation to Rockkie Dunton or Crystal Yates at AGC of America no later than Friday, January 11, 2012. After January 11, 2012, registration fees are non-refundable, either in whole or in part.
Again, their email addresses are these:
AGC of America will return to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida for its 2013 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management. This Mediterranean-style sanctuary features the Tiburon Golf Club with two Greg Norman courses, five exceptional dining establishments and a picturesque pool area with poolside service.
As an AGC guest of the golf resort, you will be welcome to enjoy the entire resort and the facilities and amenities of the neighboring Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, located just three miles west of the golf resort on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. A complimentary shuttle runs between the two properties, and as an AGC guest of the golf resort, you will also have complimentary day parking at the beach resort.
The AGC room rate is $299 per night, plus tax (currently 10%). This rate includes complimentary guest room access to the Internet. The resort fee has been waived.
To reserve a room at the AGC rate, simply call the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, at (236) 593-3300 or (888) 856-4380 and then request a reservation within the "AGC Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management Conference" room block. You can also go to www.ritzcarlton.com and make an online reservation. Simply select "NAPLES GOLF" from the list of “LOCATIONS," select your arrival and departure dates (on the right side of the screen), enter “ERMERMA” in the “GROUP CODE” box and then follow the prompts.
The deadline for reserving a room at the AGC rate is Friday, January 4, 2013.
If you make and then need to cancel your room reservation, please note that you will need to do so at least 48 hours in advance (prior to your date of arrival) to avoid a cancellation penalty equal to one night’s room rate, plus tax.
Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples2600 Tiburon Drive
AGC has partnered with the following airlines and car rental agencies to provide transportation to AGC’s 2013 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management. All airfares are based on availability. For the best discounts, use the AGC group code and book early!
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, is located approximately:
AGC travelers are eligible for the following discounts on their airfare:
AGC travelers are also eligible for the following discounts on their car rental rates:
Below you will find the generous sponsors of the social and other events included in AGC's 2013 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management. All are good friends of the AGC family, doing their part to support the construction industry. Use following links to their web sites to learn more about their products and services – and to thank them for their generous support
Textura is an online collaboration platform for the construction industry. From pre-qualification to payment, Textura seeks to leverage electronic signatures and online workflow to help clients save time, save money and reduce risk. The company is committed to automating the subcontractor pre-qualification process.
USLAW NETWORK is an international organization of over 100 highly rated law firms covering the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Africa. The U.S. based firms invited into the network have all undergone a rigorous review process. They have over 150 offices in 47 states.
Saxe Doernberger & Vita is a law firm exclusively focused on representing policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies. The firm has represented both large and small companies, partnerships, officers, directors and individuals in a diverse mix of insurance coverage litigation and counseling matters.
Peckar & Abramson is a national construction law firm routinely handling clients’ needs throughout the United States and the world. The firm has represented many of the construction industry’s most successful contractors. It also has an extensive government contract law and corporate compliance practice.
Cokinos, Bosien & Young is a legal advisor to owners, contractors, design professionals, material and equipment suppliers, sureties, insurance companies and lenders on all aspects of construction law. Its lawyers are more than familiar with the peculiar dynamics of insurance coverage disputes.
ConstructSecure facilitates the financial and safety pre-qualification of construction subcontractors. The company’s goal is to help general contractors focus on the critical information they need to consider before they select their subcontractors. The safety and financial components of the online program use patent-pending technology to verify the accuracy of documentation, allowing for an unbiased review of safety and financial performance.
Wednesday's lunch will feature a very special guest speaker: General Peter Pace USMC (Ret.). the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005, and the Chairman from 2005 to 2007.
As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Pace served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
General Pace will talk about "leading up," or the process of leading your boss. As he will explain, truly effective leaders value the perspective of all members of the team and encourage subordinates to share information up the chain of command in a way that helps an organization's leaders make timely and accurate decisions.