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Event Highlights: 2016 Construction Conference

On September 29, Ward and Smith, P.A. hosted our annual Construction Conference in Raleigh.  The morning presentations covered a variety of construction-related topics from industry experts, government leaders, and Ward and Smith attorneys, while the breakfast and breaks provided networking opportunities for the attendees.

The theme of the conferences was "Framing Your Business for the Future."  Attendees tell us that this conference makes them aware of issues that may impact their businesses today and in the future.   The presentations covered a number of hot issues for construction this year, including overtime exemption rules scheduled to go into effect December 1, staffing, generation gaps in workforce, green building, and succession planning.  Ward and Smith live tweeted the event, visit to view more insights from speakers.

Construction Industry Economic Update and Forecast
Chris Daum, FMI Corporation

Chris' presentation offered a general update on economic conditions and forecasts in the construction industry.

The Owner's Perspective on Successful Project Delivery
George Aiken, Savvy Homes, LLC
Hyman Brody, Brodyco, Inc.
Thomas Taft, Sr., Taft Family Offices
Allen Trask, Ward and Smith, P.A. (Moderator)

Panel discussion by owners describing the key elements of a successful construction project.
Hot Topics and Recent Trends in Employment and Contracting
Lee Hodge, Ward and Smith, P.A.
William Oden, III, Ward and Smith, P.A.
Devon Williams, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Panel discussion by Ward and Smith attorneys regarding recent legal trends in the construction industry.
Going to Court
Tom Babel, Ward and Smith, P.A.
Jason Strickland, Ward and Smith, P.A.
Ryal Tayloe, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Panel discussion by Ward and Smith attorneys regarding their experience litigating construction claims.
Keynote Address
John E. Skvarla, III, NC Secretary of Commerce

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