2021 Program

The ABC Users Summit's program format allows contractors and owners to come together for general sessions and networking functions as well as attend segment-specific breakout sessions where issues unique to the health care and industrial industries are addressed.

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Note that times and content for the 2021 program are tentative and subject to change.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

5 - 6 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour

6 p.m.

Dinner on Own

Thursday, May 13, 2021

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

General Session

Workforce: Enough Talk. What Are We Doing?
Efforts underway over the last 12-24 months have started to break the status-quo mentality that has existed over the last three decades in how we educate our current and future craft professionals. Learn about positive results from programs that focus on workforce assessment tools, the “holdover phenomenon” and successful recruiting efforts with veterans, high school students and correctional facilities.

Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

Panelists: Chris Blike, Tradesmen International; Ed Luckenbach, Air Products and Chemicals; Greg Sizemore, ABC National; Brian Sampson, ABC Empire State Chapter (more to announce soon...)

12 - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Industrial Breakout

New Approaches to Industrial Design
Learn new, innovative design practices in the light and heavy industrial space, including flexible facilities, standardized/customized (i.e., modular) design and process intensification/miniaturization. The focus of this conversation will be on new research, case studies and how users can obtain the best outcome by maximizing the benefits of these types of innovative methods.

Moderator: Brian Stamper, Advantic LLC

Panelists: Mark Bryden, Bryden Wood; Dr. James O'Connor, University of Texas at Austin (more to announce soon...)

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Health Care Breakout

Construction Professionals and the Health Care C-Suite
How to Influence Upper Management Thinking
A functional relationship between building professionals and health care system upper management has never been more essential. The problem is that each speaks a different language and often sees the built environment from divergent views. This panel will discuss how we can more effectively influence C-suite thinking.

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Panelists: To be announced

1:45 - 2 p.m.


2 - 3:15 p.m.

Industrial Breakout

Industrial Lean/Integrated Project Delivery
In an industry segment full of acronyms, buzzwords and cyclical catch phrases, how can a user determine the right path? A panel will define and illustrate the lean and IPD best practices that have proven successful, while tying in the expectations of capital efficiency, safety, quality, speed, operational excellence and implementation of the process with a crew-centered focus.  This discussion will include best practices such as front-end planning, the project definition rating index and advanced work packaging.

Moderator: Pete Dumont, PrairieDog Venture Partners

Panelists: Al Schwartzkopf, Merck (more to announce soon...)

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Health Care Breakout

Pre-fabrication Strategies in Health Care Construction 
Impacts on Design, Construction, and Occupancy
The relationship between manufacturing and construction is growing more robust and each has a great deal to learn from the other. This panel will discuss the latest advancements, what’s working and what’s not.

Moderator: Joe M. Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Panelists: To be announced

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

General Session

The Return of the Economist
Get detailed information regarding global, national and regional economic performance using the most current data available from ABC’s chief economist. Get an in-depth briefing on the performance of financial, labor, real estate and construction markets.

Speaker: Anirban Basu, ABC National

6:15 - 7 p.m.

General Reception

7:15 - 9 p.m.

Dinner, Sponsored by MetroPower

9 - 10:30 p.m.

After Party

Friday, May 14, 2021

7 - 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast Program

2020 Election: What it Means to Construction Project Owners and ABC Members
Join a panel of seasoned politicos as they analyze and identify what promises to be one of the most consequential elections.

Who will emerge from the Democratic field? Who will be the next president? How will the relevant Senate and House campaigns develop? What could the states look like in 2021?  What does this election mean for your business? Panelists will tackle these and many other important questions during this election cycle.

Panelists: Ben Brubeck, ABC National; Jim Ellis, Ellis Insights; Kristen Swearingen, ABC National

7:45 - 8 a.m.


8 - 9:15 a.m.

General Session

Customer of Choice
Are you a customer of choice? Are your contractors and designers sending you their best teams? Are you receiving high-quality construction and engineering services? Are you seeing different firms pursuing your projects, or is it usually the same group over and over? This session will review research findings on the key attributes of a customer of choice and how being a good client drives down costs and increases performance.  

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University



1:45 - 2 p.m.



1:45 - 2 p.m.