Speakers/Educational Sessions

2021 State Convention Speakers & Educational Sessions

Thursday, July 29, 2021:

  • Chapter, State and Regional Update Breakfast
  • ABC National Political Update Breakout Session
    • Speakers: Melanie Pfeiffenberger, ABC National's Director of Political Affairs & Kristen Swearingen, Vice President, Legislative & Political Affairs
  • Construction Legal Panel Moderated by Louisiana Representative Scott McKnight 
    • Speakers: Murphy Foster, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, Adrian A. D'Arcy, Shields Mott and Michael Lane, Reiss LeMieux 
  • KEYNOTE LUNCH SPEAKERCandace Owens

Friday, July 30, 2021:

  • Construction Technology Educational Session 
    • The state and future of construction technology + safety technology 
    • Speaker: Matt Abeles, ABC National Vice President of Construction Technology and Innovation
  • Survivability Index Educational Session
    • Is your business ready for the future? 
    • Speaker: Kyle Love, Human Dynamics, Inc. 
  • Working with Humans in the New Abnormal
    • Evaluating employee and customer expectations post pandemic
    • Discovering what "belonging" and "inclusion" might mean in your company 
    • Upgrading your communication methods and style 
    • Speaker: Julie Laperouse, Screaming Peacock/Gulf Coast Bank 

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.