February 26, 2017

Education & Professional Development

Annual Winter Conference

February 28, 2017
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

March 1, 2017
6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Altoona, Iowa

The MBI Annual Winter Conference offers two full days of educational sessions and popular annual events, which are sure to attract all aspects of the construction industry.  This year’s learning opportunities include a great combination of sessions focused on leadership and project management on Tuesday, as well as the annual Safety Day of training on Wednesday.  There is something for everyone, from the construction worker, to the President and CEO of a company.  Great values can be found at this popular annual event!

Webinar - Proven Tips Top Contractors Use to Make More Money!

March 14, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: George Hedley, Hardhat Presentations, Newport Beach, CA

Most construction companies grow to a certain level, get used to doing business their way, stop growing, and then start making less and less money. Why? Contractors get comfortable doing things the same way, don’t want to try new ways of doing business, won’t change how they run their companies, don’t want to do the hard things to improve, and stop learning.  In this webinar, George Hedley will share the tips, systems, strategies, structures, scorecards, tracking techniques, and ‘must-do’ management procedures top contractors use to maintain and improve their bottom-line results on an ongoing basis. This webinar is an introduction to the workshop George will present April 18, 2017 on “Does Busy Make You More Money?”

Webinar - Legislative Focus

March 17, 2017
April 21, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Chad Kleppe, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

There is always something interesting going on at the Iowa Statehouse during the legislative session and in an effort to enhance MBI’s advocacy efforts and keep members informed, MBI’s public affairs team will host a series of webinars during the 2017 Legislative Session.   On the third Friday of each month in which the legislature is in session, MBI President / CEO, Chad Kleppe will provide members his insights on what is going on at the Capitol, as well as help to keep members informed on construction-related issues.  Participants will have an opportunity to hear first-hand what our elected-officials are talking about, while also learning on how they can help move MBI’s legislative agenda forward. 

Webinar - The New Silica Standard - How to Comply

March 28, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Tom Suckow, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. Both standards contained in the final rule took effect on June 23, 2016. After which construction has one year before citations will be written. This webinar will get you started down the path towards compliance.