Schedule of Events.

TIME               ACTIVITY            LOCATION      

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 Registration                          MAIN LOBBY                          

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration 

Or Individual ticket purchase

Continental Breakfast         THEATER #8                             

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

 Opening Ceremony                 MAIN LOBBY                        

10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

  1:15 PM  –   3:00 PM

Exhibit Area Open                  CORRIDOR                                

sessions

Opportunities Presentations - Hear details on a future project or projects by the presenting firm or agency and have an opportunity to meet key leadership on the project/s being presented.

2:00 PM – 3:30PM

OPEN TO ALL

Vanguard Awards and Meet and Greet 

This occasion presents the Vanguard Award followed by a Meet and Greet with the recipients.

  Conference Concludes

3:30 PM

Opportunities Presentation

10:10 AM –  10:50 AM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration TO ATTEND

The Illinois Tollway's 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future has more than $8 billion to spend.  Hear about upcoming opportunities and how your firm can bid to win.

Meet the newly appointed Chief of Diversity and Strategic Development, Terry Miller.

Presenting

Peter H. Foernssler, Deputy Chief Program Implementation

Illinois Tollway

Opportunities Presentation

10:10 AM –  10:50 AM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration TO ATTEND

Presenting

Don Biernacki, Senior Vice President Construction

Related Midwest

Information Session

10:10 AM –  10:50 AM

open to all

Both teaming arrangements and joint ventures afford small businesses the opportunity to contract with government agencies for larger projects than they would otherwise qualify to complete. 

Presenting

Atty. Jeremy Baker, Founding Attorney, Baker Law Group, LLC

Atty. Robert Shipley, Founding Partner, Shipley Law Group

"Build Your Business Using this Powerful Strategy: Teaming or Joint Venturing"

 

Check on site for location

Opportunities Presentation

11:00 AM –  11:50 AM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration TO ATTEND

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $45 billion state construction plan, which he calls "Rebuild Illinois" has a multitude of projects identified which are managed by the Capital Development Board.  Hear about the projects and opportunities available for your construction, architecture or engineering firm.

Presenting

Michael A. Wilson II, Deputy Director Construction

Jesse Martinez, FEP Administrator

Ron Wright, Construction Administrator

Capital Development Board

Opportunites Presentation

11:00 AM –  11:50 AM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration TO ATTEND

At any time, Clayco can have over 11.5 million square feet of construction underway throughout the country.  Hear about the projects and opportunities available for your firm.

Presenting

Sandra Marks, Senior Vice President.

Clayco

Clayco is one of the nation’s largest privately-owned real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firms with over $2.6+ billion in revenue for 2018 and more than 2,000 employees across the country.

Check on site for location

Information Session

11:00 AM –  11:50 AM

open to all

Presenting:

JuanPablo Prieto, Director of Diversity Programs, Chicago Transit Authority

Marcus Yancey, Economic Development and Small Business Lender, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC).

Suzanne Arkle, President, ZANN

"Access to Funding"

Learn about the CTA funding program to assist contractors and how your firm can qualify.

Luncheon

12:00 PM –  1:15 PM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration TO ATTEND or lunch ticket

The Fireside Chat is being moderator by:

Charles Thomas, Retired ABC7 Political Reporter

Featuring a "Fireside Chat" with Mr. Donald Biernacki

Senior Vice President Construction

Related Midwest

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Information Session

1:30 PM –  2:20 PM

OPEN TO ALL

Surety bonds play a critical role in construction. Meet agents who can educate you and help prepare your firm to become bondable.

 

Presenting:

Junior Pierre, Assistant Vice President, Lambent Risk Management

Mark Walters, Principal, CS Insurance Strategy

"Access to Surety Bonding"

Information Session

1:30 PM –  2:20PM

 open to all

The IRS can be extremely frightening. Unlike most other government agencies, the IRS has the power to attach your wages, freeze your bank account and even confiscate your property.  

 

Presenting:

Atty. Patrick T. Sheehan, CEO, IRS Problem Solvers

"How to Stay Out Of (or Get Out Of) Trouble With The IRS"

Information Session

2:30 PM –  3:15 PM

open to all

Major shortage in the workforce are eminent as larger projects come on line.  These shortages impact the ability to get the job done for owners, developers and contractors.  This session will discuss some approaches being employed and discussed by project owners and providers to close the current and future manpower shortage gaps. If you're looking to participate on future commercial projects you need to know how to address this problem.

 

Moderator: Peter A. Creticos Ph.D., President & Executive Director, Institute for Work & the Economy

Panelists: 

JuanPablo Prieto, Director of Diversity, CTA

Eddie S. Read, Chairman, Chicago Black United Communities

Jay Rowell, Executive Director, HIRE360

Jayne Vellinga, Executive Director, Chicago Women in Trades

"The Workforce Dilemma-Building Your Workforce For Tomorrow's Opportunities"

Private Engagement Sessions

1:30 PM –  3:15 PM

requires YOUR ALL-ACCESS Full conference registration TO participate

You will receive an email notifying you when to register for these appointments two weeks before the conference.

Pre-Appointments Required 

These are private meetings with representatives from participating firms and agencies.  These meetings allow interested attendees to obtain information on how to do business with the participating company or obtain information on programs and services offered that could be of benefit to their business.  These are introductory 10 minutes meetings, so come ready to make a strong, positive impression.  These meetings are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis on our website.

Location: Main Lobby

Sessions and presenters subject to change