Menu

January 18, 2017

Winter Conference Session: It’s About Time – Creating a Work/Life Balance + Time Management

Time is the great neutralizer. It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO or a hobo, everyone is paid exactly the same. 24 hours in a day. 168 hours in the week. 8,760 hours in a year. Over a life span the average person will spend: 5 years waiting in line. 6 years eating. 2 years playing phone tag. 1 year looking for things they’ve lost. ½ year waiting at red lights. Of course, I can’t tell you to go through those red lights, but I can tell you that there are ways to increase our life based on the way we use our time.

Understanding Construction Arbitration Session to be Offered at the Annual Winter Conference

In this interactive seminar, attorneys from the Whitfeld and Eddy Law firm will address some of the key components of construction arbitration. Dialogue will take place around the advantages of arbitration versus traditional court litigations, as well as the disadvantages. We will dive into how you should determine if arbitration is the best course in the event of a dispute. Finally, attendees will learn of the process that takes place when the time comes for an arbitrator to be chosen.

You Do Not Want to Miss This Year’s Construction Industry Reception!

Last year’s Construction Industry Reception saw record numbers and it was a great networking experience for all in attendance.  The conference is now known around the Midwest for more than just training.  The annual trade show has become a must-attend aspect of the conference for many contractors.  Be sure to stop and meet with vendors that are displaying their products and services while at this year’s conference.  Visiting with these industry professionals is a great way to build upon your current relationships and to learn about new and innovative products on the market. 

Who Will Receive the Build Iowa Award on February 28th?

Register now for this year’s Build Iowa Award Breakfast to find out!

The Build Iowa Award was initiated in 1989 as a vehicle to honor MBI members and to bring public attention to excellence in the construction industry.  Each year, the Build Iowa Award is presented to a general contractor or an associate member who best exemplifies the tenets of our organization; Skill, Responsibility and Integrity.  The nominees are judged by the way they have performed both within the construction community and in their communities as well.  The Build Iowa Award Breakfast is held in conjunction with the Annual Winter Conference at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.  This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7:30 – 8:30 am. 

Safety Awards Breakfast Keynote to be Presented by J.R. Martinez

The annual safety awards recognize member firms and their employees for significant achievements in work place safety.  Special guest, Iowa Labor Commissioner, Michael Mauro will be presenting the Annual Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Awards to a general contractor and specialty contractor, as well as the Safety Professional and Safety Champion Awards to two deserving individuals. Attend the Safety Awards Breakfast with colleagues and peers to celebrate safety excellence in the construction industry.  The Safety Awards Breakfast is held in conjunction with the Annual Winter Conference at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.  This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:15 – 9:45 am.

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Negotiating Session at the Annual Winter Conference – Essentials of Win-Win Negotiations

We all negotiate every single day. But that doesn't make it easier - especially when we want to keep a strong relationship with the other party.  The key to a win-win approach is finding ways to help both sides feel successful, rather than just focusing on getting what we want. This approach helps to solidify long-term relationships and partnerships - both externally and within our own organization - and builds positive momentum for every future negotiation.

Construction Productivity: Getting Beyond Common Beliefs and Assumptions – Offered at Annual Winter Conference!

This session will start with an interactive experiential learning event relative to productivity measurements and then explore the constraints to productivity beyond craft worker willingness and/or ability. A lively discussion around the effects of variability, dependence, reliability, predictability and the proven potential for performance improvements at the crew level that can be a factor of three or four to one compared to current estimates of common operations will follow.  The session will conclude with the concept of Daily Crew Production Flow and the need for a Crew Centered Production Vision as the North Star in enterprise-wide performance improvement initiatives.

Legislature Convenes with Republicans Running the Show

Legislative Focus
January 13, 2017

Volume XVI, Edition 1

After years of chasing the elusive trifecta, the Republicans now have it.  Voters put Republicans in charge of the House (59 to 41); the Senate (29-20-1) and the Governor’s office.  Now the challenge is to lead and govern.  With this being my 21st session, I have found that the trifecta is elusive, but once achieved, can be fleeting.  The Republicans will need to focus on growth and manage the expectations of numerous groups who have supported their efforts over the years.  The old adage of “dance with the one who brought you” applies here as the Republicans will be dancing with a bunch of partners these next few months. 

REGISTER NOW for the Annual MBI Membership Meeting – Monday, February 27th

Don’t miss the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for Monday, February 27, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 pm at The Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, Iowa.  This meeting is held in conjunction with the MBI Annual Winter Conference. We encourage you and members of your organization to attend this meeting, as well as the many other offerings available during the 3-day event.

Masters Awards Luncheon Keynote to be Presented by Bobby Bowden

Each year at the Annual Winter Conference, the Masters Award is presented in three different categories: $1 Million - $5 Million, $5 Million to $10 Million and Over $10 Million.  The Masters Award recognizes the exceptional efforts of a construction team in executing the process of completing a project.  This award is meant to recognize the role of the constructor. The Masters Award was created to bring a sharper focus to the high degree of professionalism and skill in our industry.  The Masters Awards Luncheon is held in conjunction with the Annual Winter Conference at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.  This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 12:15 – 1:45 pm. 

The Iowa General Assembly Starts Monday

Legislative Focus
January 6, 2017
Volume XVI, Special Edition

Elections have consequences and this fact becomes very apparent going into the 2017 Legislative Session.  With Republicans maintaining control of the Iowa House and now taking a majority in the Iowa Senate, new opportunities (and new challenges) are presented from a public policy perspective.  The Republicans now control the House (59-41), the Senate (29-20-1) and the governor’s office, which now makes MBI’s policy priorities take on a whole different perspective allowing us to now focus on issues that traditionally have not moved under a split control legislature.

MBI Board Identifies Policy Priorities for 2017 Legislative Session

Elections have consequences and this fact become very apparent going into the 2017 Legislative Session.  With Republicans maintaining control of the Iowa House and now taking a majority in the Iowa Senate, new opportunities (and new challenges) are presented from a public policy perspective.  The Republicans now control the House, the Senate and the governor’s office, which now makes MBI’s policy priorities take on a different perspective.  MBI can now focus on issues that traditionally have not moved under a split control legislature. 

Attention MBI Members – Opportunity to Attend Free Session on Construction Outlook for Iowa: Heading for a Record or a Wreck?

As part of this year’s Annual Membership Meeting, AGC of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson will be presenting Construction Outlook for Iowa:  Heading for a Record or a Wreck?   Iowa added construction jobs at a faster rate than any other state in much of 2016 and was among a few states to set new records for construction employment. Can the industry keep it up in 2017? If so, where will the workers come from? What kinds of projects are at most risk of a slump? Where are materials and labor costs headed?

Your Company Can Not Afford to Miss the Annual Safety Day of Training Held During the Winter Conference

Companies that instill a culture of safety throughout all levels experience improvements in quality, efficiency and productivity.  A work environment promoting safety and health also has an impact on the bottom line by reducing downtime, workers compensation claims and improving morale.  High performing companies should constantly be looking for ways to improve, including in their safety practices.  Each year, the Annual Winter Conference includes a day dedicated to safety and includes topics that are sure to attract all levels from your company.

Pages