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Monday, June 24, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regency Ballroom, evening reception to follow from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Thornton Room
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Can One Hour Change the Course of History?

Keynote Speaker Announced Frans Johansson Author, acclaimed international speaker, and CEO of The Medici Group

Breakthrough Thinking at the Intersection of Diversity and Innovation
ABC’s fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit will harness innovation by demonstrating diversity as a key driver of success. Join industry leaders and stakeholders for thought-provoking discussions and solutions-based recommendations that help ABC members build diverse workplaces and supplier networks, all while reimagining the intersection of diversity and innovation.

  • Hear featured keynote speaker Frans Johansson, innovation thought leader and author of The Medici Effect.
  • Meet ABC's top diverse contractors and federal officials.
  • Hear dynamic speakers and network with like-minded companies striving to achieve fully inclusive and culturally competent workforces.
  • Wrap up the evening celebrating a diverse and inclusive future while making connections over cocktails.
  • Monday, June 24
    10-10:30 a.m.
    Jump-start the morning with an interactive experience introducing you to special guest. 
    10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Construction spending has grown about 65% since the low point in 2011, creating a situation where many contractors have more work than workers. New evidence suggests that the pressing demand for talent and labor is making the construction industry more diverse and inclusive than it has been in the past. Simultaneously, contractors have begun to address the workforce shortage by deploying new technology to build more efficiently, achieving on-time, on-budget projects while reducing both delivery and hazard risk.

    Join FMI and Aon at the ABC Diversity Summit’s Opening Session for an intriguing session that reviews the diversity and inclusion landscape for construction in the context of the overall construction industry.

    Thomas Grandmaison
    Thomas (Tom) Grandmaison leads innovation and strategy across the United States for Aon’s Construction Services Group, exploring emerging technology and creating new products and services to help contractor and developer customers improve their overall cost of risk and operational efficiency. Previously he spent 30+ years in underwriting at AIG, Zurich, Travelers and Aetna. Tom is a frequent industry speaker on emerging industry trends and technology.

    Derek H. Hoffine
    Derek Hoffine is as an operations manager at Hensel Phelps, where he began his career as a field engineer 17 years ago. He is fully versed in all areas of estimating, purchasing, engineering, superintendency and project management for both new construction and renovation projects. In 2017 Derek was recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top Young Professional on their inaugural Top 20 Under 40 List.

    Luke Sherry
    As a research analyst with industry consulting firm FMI, Luke Sherry is responsible for primary and secondary research guiding the business strategy decisions of FMI’s broad range of clients. Sherry’s role includes conducting qualitative interviews with subject matter experts, writing surveys and analyzing third-party data.

    Sherry tempers his formal social science training in qualitative and quantitative analysis with firsthand experience working for a family-owned utility contracting company based in southeastern Pennsylvania. He has also worked on various research off
    11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Are you connecting with the best ABC member companies? Learn how ABC’s membership database,, can help you identify your next business partner. Members can search for contractors by location, special designations and more, plus build and update profiles to help them win more work. Also, hear from contractors highlighted in the exclusive “Top 50 Performers With Special Designations” ranking published as a supplement to Construction Executive magazine in May.
    12-12:30 p.m.
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    A passionate leader and dynamic thinker, Frans Johansson has lived his entire life at the intersection where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide. In his blockbuster book, The Medici Effect, and in his presentations, Johansson clearly shows how the best ideas and innovations come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds and cultures.
    1:30-1:45 p.m.
    Audience members are invited to share their initial reaction to Frans’ perspective on diversity and innovation. 
    1:45-2 p.m.
    The Medici Effect book signing/break
    2-3 p.m.
    Everyone has a different definition for capacity building. General contractors and minority firms provide practical solutions to help clarify the true meaning of capacity building. We’ll dig deep into financial growth, expansion into new trades or scopes of work and practical tips for evaluating opportunities that will support the growth of your business as you consider new opportunities.

    Cheo Hurley
    Cheo D. Hurley is the founder, president, and CEO of THG Cos. LLC, a startup that has grown into a full-service construction subcontractor and building and real estate advisory/planning company completing over $10 million in projects in the Baltimore metropolitan region. He has extensive expertise in urban planning, development and construction and served five years as member of the Baltimore Planning Commission.

    Rick Munford
    During his 16-year career in the construction industry, Rick Munford has become a seasoned contract negotiator, building, managing and retaining high-value relationships. He works collaboratively with project teams to ensure that clients get the most cost-effective solutions by providing accurate and timely costing, constructability and value engineering information starting at the conceptual phase and through buy-out and execution.

    Simeon Terry
    Simeon Terry is the vice president of Diversity Affairs for Austin Commercial, where his goal is to ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion are core organizational values. With 28 years of experience in the construction industry, 20 of them managing diversity programs, he develops and implements strategies to maximize inclusion in the workforce and supplier diversity through cultural competency education, diversity compliance, affirmative action, recruiting/hiring, mentoring and business procurement diversity.

    Beverly Thomas
    Beverly Thomas is the president of Regional Contracting Services, a commercial carpentry company with annual sales revenue of $15-$17 million and 59 full-time employees, managing sales, marketing, community outreach and charitable contributions. Thomas received her in-depth operations, sales and marketing training while working as a branch manager for Terminix International in Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York, where she successfully managed branch territories with $1.3 - $1.5 million in sales.

    Van Thompson
    Van Thompson is the diversity program director for Skanska USA Buildings’ Metro Region and has overseen the development of the firm’s Construction Management Building Blocks training program for 10 years. More than 400 small contractors have completed the seven-week program, which gives minority, women-owned and small businesses the skills to become bidders on contracts with major construction companies. He is a past chair of Skanska’s New York Metro Region Diversity Council.

    Shane Warren
    Shane Warren is the founder of Warren Brothers Construction, a certi¬fied 8a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) that specializes in site finishing (landscaping, carpentry, hardscapes and furnishings), general construction and design-build services. Over two decades, Warren has built WBC into one of the National Capitol Region’s premier general contracting firms performing major repairs, alterations, new system installations and commissioning, renovation projects and landscape design and construction.
    3-3:30 p.m.
    ABC chapter presidents from across the country will participate in a panel discussion revealing their unique diversity and inclusion programs that are making a local impact and advancing the construction industry. 

    Peter Dyga

    Peter M. Dyga, certified association executive, is the president and chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, the state’s largest contractor organization, as well as the ABC Institute, the ABC Cares Foundation and ABC Service Corp. Dyga has served in this capacity since November of 2011 and previously was the chapter’s vice president of government affairs for 12 years.

    The ABC Florida East Coast Chapter has two active student chapters at Florida International University and the Florida Institute of Technology and holds numerous industry collaboration events every year.

    In addition to supporting construction management education, ABC Institute is the industry’s leading provider of education and training in Florida, investing nearly $2 million this year alone, primarily in safety and apprenticeship training for approximately 770 trade professionals.

    Brian Sampson
    Prior to joining ABC as president of the Empire State Chapter, Brian Sampson served as Unshackle Upstate’s executive director for five years. During his tenure, he pushed for policies to make New York a more business-friendly state, advocating for less burdensome regulations and lower taxes. He also led the implementation of a 2% property tax cap for municipalities.

    Earlier in his career, Sampson worked with Empire State Development as upstate director for business outreach. He also served as vice president of the Builders Exchange of Rochester, a 550-plus member construction industry association.

    Jean Toman
    Jean Toman has been director of public relations and programs for Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware since June 1998. In this capacity, she oversees all chapter communication efforts, including the website and social media, planning and organizing all the association monthly dinner meetings and eight annual special events. Toman is also ABC Delaware’s master trainer in accordance with ABC’s NCCER accreditation. As a master trainer, she has trained more than 50 craft professionals in the vocational-technical schools, as well as member company employees and other partnering organizations using NCCER to aid in workforce development throughout the state.
    3:30-4 p.m.
    The First Step Act is a bipartisan criminal justice reform law aimed at reducing recidivism rates by improving educational opportunities for federal inmates. Hear directly from industry experts how the new legislation will positively affect the workforce shortage in the country. 

    Caryn York
    As the first African American woman to lead the Job Opportunities Task Force, Caryn York advocates for the elimination of educational and employment barriers and the successful entry, or re-entry, of low-wage workers, leading reform efforts such as “Ban the Box” on job and college applications, expansion of criminal record expungement and shielding laws, postsecondary access and affordability and reducing the impact of incarceration on working families.

    4-5 p.m.
    ABC has signed agreements with five organizations to collaborate on expanding opportunities for diverse businesses in the merit shop construction industry. Executives from these partners—the National Association of Minority Contractors, National Black Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Veterans Business Alliance and Women Construction Owners and Executives—will share diversity and inclusion initiatives at their local organizations.

    Harry Alford
    For these last twenty years, Harry C. Alford, president/CEO and co-founder of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and a U.S. State Department cultural ambassador, has championed African American business empowerment. He has built a global organization that has earned a place at the table in the White House and at the top levels of corporate America, opening doors that have led to billions of dollars in new business for Black-owned firms throughout the nation.

    Susan Allen
    Attorney and founder of the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Education Foundation Susan Allen came to the United States from Hong Kong on an invitation from the White House in recognition of her volunteer work for people with disabilities. During her 17 years with Paul Shearman Allen & Associates of Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong, she has been nationally recognized for her work on immigration, international trade and investment.

    Sheila Ohrenberg
    Sheila Ohrenberg is the president of Sorella Group Inc., a construction firm that has diversified its portfolio of work to include specialty and interior finishes for high-profile projects in the commercial, education, healthcare, military and science and technology sectors under her leadership. She has served on the boards of the Gillis Center Ambassadors, Minority Coalition, Women Construction Owners and Executives and Kansas City American Subcontractors Association.

    William Osgood
    William Osgood is a Certified Business/Executive Coach with CFR & Associates who has logged more than 5,000 hours working with 200+ companies. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Osgood serves as the State of California's U.S. Veterans Business Alliance Liaison; he formerly chaired the group’s Los Angeles chapter. He chairs the annual Turning Construction Contacts into Contracts Conference and serves on numerous business councils.

    Wendell R. Stemley, CMAA
    Wendell Stemley is the president of the National Association of Minority Contractors and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2014. In 1998, he founded Black IPO Inc., a construction management and engineering firm, where he has been instrumental in fostering business relationships between minority businesses and major corporations on mega projects throughout the country, generating more than $1 billion in completed projects.
    5-6:30 p.m.
    Continue celebrating a diverse and inclusive future and making connections with local and federal agencies, general contractors and other attendees over cocktails at this exclusive venue overlooking the U.S. Capitol with a view of the city skyline.
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