Midyear Event Speakers

While the schedule is being finalized, we have some exciting speakers lined up and more still to be announced. Stay tuned for dates and times.

Evan Reis US Resiliency Council 
General Session:  Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 4
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

Evan Reis, PE, SE, is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the US Resiliency Council.  Evan will give us insight to how we  can work together to educate, advocate and promote concrete masonry’s building performance in natural disasters, as well as the data needed so that market forces will drive the building design, and procurement process toward more resilient building design.

 

Kate Simonem – The Carbon Future
General Session: Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 4
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

Kate Simonem is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an industry-academic collaborative research effort focused on linking life cycle assessment to design and construction practice to advance low carbon construction. Hear how carbon will affect concrete masonry’s footprint. Kate’s bio.

Gary Ross – Selling Post COVID-19
Forum: Sales 
Tuesday, August 4
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

As founder of Allies in Leadership, Gary Ross is dedicated to the sales and leadership development of individuals. This forum will focus on how COVID-19 has changed our work habits and what we will need to do to increase sales in this new “normal.” Gary’s bio.

Laura Putnam – The (Virtual) Multiplier of Wellbeing
Forum: Concrete Women Connect
Tuesday, August 4
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

A healthier, happier Me At My Best® workforce is good for people and good for organizations. Laura knows how to get things moving and she invigorates workplaces on a daily basis in a highly effective – and really fun – way. She will tell us what we need to know. Laura’s bio.

Pierre G. Villere – Economic Outlook
General Session:  Block to the Future — Post COVID-19
Wednesday, August 5
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

Pierre is the President and Senior Managing Partner of Allen-Villere Partners, an investment banking firm with a national practice in the construction materials industry. With a focus in the construction materials industry, specifically in ready mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products, and asphalt, Pierre will discuss what COVID-19 did to the economy and what we can expect coming out of it. Pierre’s bio.

Joyce Owens – Why I use Masonry
Market Segment Session: Masonry — Future Initiatives
Wednesday, August 5
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)

Architect Joyce Owens says she loves using concrete masonry for a variety of reasons learn what excite her about the product and how she sells her customers on it also. Joyce’s bio.

 

Michael Higgins – “Mindful Finance ”
Forum: Family Business/Small Business
Wednesday, August 5
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET)

According to a survey published in the Harvard Business Review, six out of every 10 corporate financial decisions are wrong or pure guesswork. Michael Higgins can help you turn it around immediately and teach every manager how to make the right decisions every day to improve financial performance. Focus will be on financial literacy for employees. Michael’s bio.

Kent Waide – “Manufacturing Extension Programs”
Forum: Family Business/Small Business
Wednesday, August 5
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET)

Manufacturing Extension Programs are public-private partnerships with Centers in all 50 states dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Kent Waide, client services manager at Advantage Kentucky Alliance, will provide an overview of resources to connect with industry experts in your state that work side-by-side with manufacturers to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, develop the next generation workforce, create new products and find new markets. Kent’s bio.

Michael Becher – Hardscape Market Insights
Market Segment Session: SRW & Hardscape — Future Initiatives
Wednesday, August 5
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET)

Michael Becher of  Industry Insights has been intimately involved with analyzing the the SRW Sales Survey.  He will provide information on the market outlook specifically for hardscape products (SRW, ACB, etc.) in light of the coronavirus pandemic and what the future looks like. Michael’s bio.

Rachel Derby – Government Affairs
2020: What’s Next?
Wednesday, August 5
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

Rachel Derby of the Portland Cement Association bantering with political commentator John Feehery of The Feehery about a possible infrastructure stimulus, the expected chaos of a Trump-Biden campaign, and implications associated with possible changes in party leadership. Rachel’s bio.

John Feehery – Government Affairs
2020: What’s Next?
Wednesday, August 5
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

Political commentator John Feehery of The Feehery will banter with PCA’s Rachel Derby about a possible infrastructure stimulus, the expected chaos of a Trump-Biden campaign, and implications associated with possible changes in party leadership.  John’s bio.


Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
NCMA PAC Reception
Wednesday, August 5
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Congressman Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and  sponsored the CMU checkoff legislation that passed in Congress in the previous legislative session.  A lot is going on in Washington, DC these days.  Let’s here what he thinks will occur in the coming months.