2019 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.

View the 2013, 2014201520162017 and 2018 ABC Users Summit programs for information on past events. Join Us!

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    5 - 6 p.m.

    Welcome Happy Hour

    6:30 p.m.

    User Dinner Sponsored by MetroPower (by invitation only)

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.


    12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

    Opening General Session
    Today's Workforce: What You Should Know. What You Should Expect.

    Users and contractors know all too well that the craft professional population continues to decrease despite the efforts of industry groups to reverse this trend. Join our interactive panel of top industry experts as we investigate the depth of the problem, identify solutions that are working for contractors and users and discover the steps to begin charting your organization’s path forward to attract train and retain a safe and productive workforce.

    Moderator:  Kevin Sell, United Group Services
    Speakers:  Dan Belcher, NCCER; Dan Freese, United Group Services; Ed Luckenbach, Air Products; Greg Sizemore, ABC

    1:45 - 2 p.m.


    2 - 3:15 p.m.

    Industrial Breakout
    Variability: The Tacit Enemy of Predictable and Reliable Project Delivery

    Every construction project is subjected to variability and the disruption it creates; so much so, it often goes unnoticed and is simply considered part of the construction process. Learn the laws of variability and its impact early in the life of a project. Explore the injection of variability by owners, engineers, contractors and government entities and how to significantly reduce variability and its disruption. 

    Moderator: Michael Casten, Construction Concepts

    Speakers:  David Chapin, Willmar Electric; Ed Luckenbach, Air Products; Dr. Kenn Sullivan, Arizona State University

    Health Care Breakout
    Coming Soon

    3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


    3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

    General Session
    Coming Soon

    6:15 - 7 p.m.

    General Reception

    7:15 - 9 p.m.


    9 - 10:30 p.m.

    After Party

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    7 - 8:15 a.m.

    Breakfast Program
    United Rentals' Total Control and Cost Benchmarking Study - Saving Users and Contractors Money

    Technology is becoming entrenched in many parts of the construction lifecycle, and equipment is valued as much for the information it can provide—about its location, use and performance—as it is for the tasks it performs. United Rentals will provide an overview on how customers are leveraging analytics to make better fleet decisions and how Total Control improves efficiencies on site and in the office.

    Speaker:  Ty Campbell, United Rentals

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

    General Session
    Better People. Better Projects. Client of Choice.

    The largest predictor of project success is the capability of the people doing the work. The problem is there are only so many experts in the industry, and owners are in competition to attract them to their projects. This session will present 20 years of research on how owners can attract better designers and contractors and work with high-performing teams to become a client of choice.

    Speaker:  Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University

    9:45 - 10 a.m.


    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Industrial Breakout
    How Owners’ Construction Management Teams and Contractors Can Collaborate on Quality Facilities

    Owners’ construction management teams and selected contractors want to deliver exceptional facilities to the ultimate operators or users—projects that are safe and deliver cost/profit certainty and quality. We will discuss driving down operating and maintenance costs, contracting strategies that help and those that hurt, the pros and cons of value engineering, relevant KPIs, effective communication and incorporating input from the ultimate users—all with a focus on better ROI.

    Moderator: Brian Stamper, Advantic LLC

    Speaker: Scott Straight, LG&E and KU Energy LLC

    Health Care Breakouts
    Coming Soon

1:45 - 2 p.m.


1:45 - 2 p.m.