Mark Your Calendars

I get to do a lot of cool stuff as the editor of a concrete magazine. I’ve visited buildings as they were being built, used tools that weren’t available to the public yet, and taken manufacturing tours and met the people who assemble construction equipment. But the coolest thing I get to do is travel across the county to meet contractors, either at their offices or at association and industry meetings.

Two of my favorite industry events are happening in the next few months: the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) Summer Convention and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Annual Conference. Mark your calendars now — I hope to see you there!

CFA Summer Convention

The 2012 CFA Summer Convention will be held in Traverse City, Mich., July 26-28. Year after year, the CFA offers a stellar business management program for contractors. This year is no exception. Concrete Contractor columnist and labor law expert Dave Whitlock will offer his presentation “Unionization,” which will focus on how to legally fight unionization efforts.

Several contractors will also speak at the event. Scott Smith, Modern Poured Walls, Inc., will share how he survived recent entanglements in wage and hour litigation. Doug Herbert, Herbert Construction, will present “Low-cost Marketing Secrets that Bring in New Customers,” Doug Staebler, CFO at Custom Concrete, has planned a “Business ‘Cents’” seminar and Michel Concrete President/CEO Mary Wilson will explain how the CFA can help contractors develop an Alternative Fall Protection Plan in response to OSHA’s new Fall Protection directives.

New this year is the one-day, pre-conference seminar “Slabs: We’ve Got You Covered” on July 26. Designed to help contractors construct quality slabs on ground, this seminar features industry speaker and Concrete Contractor contributing writer Kim Basham.

ASCC Annual Conference

Lisle, Ill., just outside Chicago, will host the 2012 ASCC Annual Conference Sept. 20-23. The four-day event offers networking, education and a chance to take the ACI Flatwork Finisher’s exam.

This year’s keynote address will explore how RecruitMilitary connects veterans with employers. Other sessions include “Social Media: The New Business Tool,” “Forming Architectural Concrete,” “Examining the Construction Challenges of Green Concrete,” “Maximizing the Contractor/Producer Partnership” and “The Effect of Internal Curing of Lightweight Concrete on Moisture Emissions,” just to name a few.

Rocky Geans’ Concrete Construction Business School is co-located with the ASCC Annual Conference and runs Sept. 19-20. Concrete business owner Rocky Geans shares the lessons he learned in more than 40 years of owning and running a concrete business.

Don’t pass up a chance to take in some education and improve your business. Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend the CFA and ASCC events. Learn more at and And if you make it out this summer, let’s talk. I enjoy meeting readers and learning about their businesses and projects!