NUCA’s 2017 Annual Convention will co-locate in Las Vegas with CONEXPO-CON/AGG, one of the biggest construction shows on earth. NUCA’s convention will take place at the dazzling and recently updated Palms Casino Resort. The convention will feature keynote speakers Amelia Rose Earhart and First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, business presentations including the Economic Forecast with Anika Khan, Crew Leadership Training, educational breakouts, policy meetings, a plethora of networking events, an 18-hole Golf Tournament at Las Vegas National Golf Club, our always popular team building event and our annual Auction and Awards Gala.
At CONEXPO-CON/AGG, every major construction industry is represented among 2,500-plus exhibitors over 2,500,000 sq ft and more than 140 education sessions including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earth moving, lifting, mining, utilities and more. NUCA has secured a discounted rate for members attending both NUCA’s Annual Convention and CONEXPO-CON/AGG. NUCA members will receive deep discounts on show admission and education tickets.
Amelia Rose Earhart
Named by the Jaycees as one of the “Top 10 Young Americans,” Amelia Rose Earhart recreated and symbolically completed the 1937 flight of her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart. Her 28,000-mile flight around the world in a single engine aircraft became a symbol of determination, courage and empowerment for anyone who has ever decided to seek new horizons. As a keynote speaker, Earhart will share how to find your “True North,” challenge you to discover your identity and passion and encourage you to set specific goals and follow through. Earhart is the president of the Fly with Amelia Foundation, a non-profit providing flight training scholarships to young women across America. She can be seen each morning on Denver’s NBC affiliate, KUSA-TV, reporting on breaking news and traffic. Earhart also produces and reports on her own series called STEM Superstars where she features schools, teachers and students who use science, technology, engineering and math in unique and creative ways to build students’ interest in careers in science and tech.
First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.)
Matt Eversmann is a testament to the true nature of war and heroism. He was immortalized in the epic film “Black Hawk Down,” which tells the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 as part of a UN peacekeeping operation. Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force soldiers fight side by side, outnumbered and surrounded, for 18 hours in the most hostile district of Mogadishu until a rescue convoy could be mounted to retrieve them. As a part of that mission, both as a survivor and a hero, Eversmann brings to life the horrors of his experience, what he took from it and humanizes the creed by which he lived: “Never shall I fail my comrades … RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!” Eversmann has lectured on his experience in Somalia all over the world. He has appeared before audiences at Ford, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Goldman Sachs, Merck, RAND, USA Today and more.
Economic Forecast with Anika Khan
Always a convention favorite, Anika Khan, senior economist with Wells Fargo, will present her perspective on how the economy is faring and what our industry can expect in the coming months and year. Khan has more than 15 years of experience in corporate investment banking. Based in Charlotte, N.C., she is responsible for producing commentary on U.S. residential real-estate markets, and she contributes to the company’s Weekly Economic and Financial Commentary. Khan’s commentary is frequently cited by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg News and
Crew Leader Training
This program, normally a $500 course, is designed for new and experienced jobsite foremen, project managers and superintendents. It will be delivered at the convention in three segments and will offer insight on how to be a better communicator, team builder, problem solver and decision maker; how to maintain a safe work environment in compliance with company and regulatory policies; and how to effectively plan and control the resources needed to get a job done on schedule and on budget. Students who attend all sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion at Monday evening’s awards event. Enrollment is limited to 28 students.
Escape Room: Jewel Heist
In this team-building experience, jewel thieves have stolen a collection of precious gemstones and police have reason to believe they hid them somewhere in the room where each team is located. Can teams outsmart the thieves, crack their codes and find the jewels before they return? Escape Room: Jewel Heist takes the “escape room” concept and adapts it for employees in any office, meeting or venue space. The activity encourages teams to work together, communicate, problem solve and use their creative thinking skills. Participants are challenged to solve a series of riddles, codes and brainteasers using interactive objects and items they find in the room. In order to escape, each team will need to solve the puzzles and find all the stolen jewels before time runs out.
Awards Gala and Auction
Closing the 2017 Convention will be NUCA’s Awards Gala and Auction. Back by popular demand, the Gala’s theme will be Denims and Diamonds. The evening will be filled with good food, good friends and lots of bidding on fabulous items donated by NUCA members. 2017 features the return of chapter-donated auction baskets. During the Gala, attendees will vote on the overall winner of the prestigious Top Jobs competition. Winners of NUCA’s Community Service Awards, Awards of Excellence, William H. Feather Safety Awards and Chapter Merit Awards will be recognized.