ASSOCIATION HIGHLIGHTS Record Numbers Attend Annual Conference

AGC Construction Industry Leaders Gather in Monterey for Variety of Education, Business and Networking Forums By Carol Eaton

more than 460 attendees to the Portola Hotel in Monterey October 19-22, 2016, setting a record as the highest attended conference in well over a decade for the state’s largest construction association. Many of California’s top


construction industry leaders and affil- iated industry professionals, along with more than 70 AGC student chapter members representing 9 of the 13 AGC of California student chapters, turned out for the action-packed conference held at the Portola Hotel in Monterey. Te Conference featured a construction expo with over 30 leading industry suppliers and solution providers, nationally recognized speakers, three prestigious AGC Awards programs and a bevy of business meetings, educa- tional sessions and networking events. AGC of California elected its

association leadership for 2017 during

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he Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) 2016 Annual Conference drew

industry was a major theme at this year’s conference, highlighted by opening general session speaker James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge Inc. His dynamic keynote address, titled “Future Forecast: How Drones, Sensors and Integrated Apps are Rewriting all the Rules,” examined the latest trends, technology solutions and devices with applications for building technologies and how they have the ability to rewrite the rules for construction projects. Benham noted that while

James Benham, JBKnowledge, Inc., delivered a dynamic opening keynote address at the AGC of California 2016 Annual Conference and Meetings.

the State and Division Board meetings, while also tackling a range of industry issues and AGC business. (See page 20 for more on AGC’s 2017 officers.)

Variety of Educational Offerings Te AGC Construction Education

Foundation offered a half dozen Student Chapter/CLC Training seminars on the conference kickoff day October 19th

, followed by an

AGC Student Chapter/CLC live competition. Over the next two days, conference

attendees took part in more than a dozen educational seminars. Led by industry experts, the seminars covered topics ranging from “Developing & Creating Organizational Dynasties” to “Leveraging the Cloud to Increase your Bottom Line” and “Succession Planning,” among others.

Cutting Edge Technology Takes Center Stage Technology and its role in shaping

the future of the construction

AGC of America President Mark Knight, Knight Construction Services, LLC addressed the AGC of California State Board.

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technology adoption has been shown to improve profit margins and increase both jobsite efficiency and safety, the construction industry still lags others sectors significantly in its use. “Te fundamental differentiator

between (the most successful and less successful) companies is not the individual tools they use; it’s their willingness to adopt new technology and new processes to improve,” Benham said. “Individual tools are

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