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Sept. 16 | Sinclair Conference Center

Econonomic Update with Beaulieu protégé at the Contractors & Manufacturers Regional Conference


September 16, 2021

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



Sinclair Conference Center

301 W. Fourth St. Dayton, OH 45402



$150/person – DRMA/ABC member price

$300/person – non-member price

*Price includes breakfast, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, lunch, and parking* 



Join us for the first-ever Contractors & Manufacturers Regional Conference! This event is in collaboration with the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and will feature keynote presentations and small-scale breakout sessions on topics relevant to contractors and manufacturers.

7:30 a.m. - Registration


7:50 a.m. - Welcome remarks


8 a.m. - Plated breakfast/Economic Update with Brian Beaulieu protégé, Connor Lokar - Hear an engaging economic update via livestream from Connor Lokar of ITR Economics, a personal mentee of Brian Beaulieu. Previously, this was a standalone event and member-favorite! Like Brian, Connor is one of the premier economists in the country. He learned his presentation style from Brian, gets his data from the same place, and keeps his audience engaged in the same humorous and informative way.


His presentation will provide the information you need to navigate your business through the new economic landscape coming out of another year dominated by uncertainty. He applies ITR’s trend analysis to Ohio and the Dayton Region, focusing on the manufacturing and contracting industries.


“Attending the Beaulieu event is a must for all manufacturers navigating the sea of financial forecasts. I have attended for the last several years and have come away with great economic and market intelligence to help guide our strategic planning.” Jim Zahora, TAC Industries, Inc.

9:40 to 11:50 a.m. - Breakout Sessions - The decision is yours! You’ll have the option to attend breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics pertaining to contractors and manufacturers. Each session follows a specific track such as safety, workforce development/HR, operations/finance, legal, C-suite, manufacturing or contracting specific, and more! Stay in one track, or mix and match, the choice is yours! Either way, you’re bound to learn something new that will help grow your operation.

Manufacturing Track

Is Automation in Your Future? We’ll Help You Determine Where to Start, presented by Gosiger

Learn about and review industry pressures that are driving the increased demand for robotic automation. Learn how to select the right automation project and the key components to ensure project success. Also learn how to calculate return on investment and the key areas where automation users reap the benefits.

Smart Factory, presented by Sandvik Coromant

Learn about smart factory concepts through digital machining, covering advanced software and tools that support your digital manufacturing, from planning and design to machining and analysis.

Introduction to Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL), presented by LubriSource, Inc. 

Learn how MQL technology can improve tool life, significantly decrease your waste stream, and provide a cleaner machining environment.


Growth and Success of the Dayton Region Continues, presented by the Dayton Development Coalition/JobsOhio

The Dayton Region continues to be a leader in innovation and growth. This session will take the info presented by ITR Economics and drill down where the Dayton Region stands in terms of business growth and employment statistics . . . and the resulting labor stain.

Dealing with Disruption: Managing Transition Options Amid Uncertainty, presented by KeyBank

Annually, 1.2 to 1.5 million baby boomers with businesses valued between $2 and $100 million will attempt to sell by the year 2030. Between 2021 tax proposals, COVID-19, and other conditions, the waters have been muddied even further for owners – but, there are more ways to transition a business than you think. Attend this session to learn about best practices in business succession planning.

Venture Capital and Technology for Productivity Improvement, presented by Heartland Ventures

Learn how to connect your businesses with technology being developed on the coasts. How can you be connected into a collaborative environment for innovation to create more sustainable and efficient systems? Is there funding to help you?

Legal Track, all sessions presented by Taft Law

The Uninvited Guest That Just Won’t Leave: Lingering COVID Issues for Employers in 2021

This panel discussion will examine what steps a company should take to respond to recent COVID developments.  The session will include answering questions regarding: how to address increased costs during the term of a contract or purchase order, employer best practices when a customer requires a vaccine mandate or periodic testing, how to balance employee and customer retention with increased costs and concerns over employee rights and safety, how the Biden Administration is addressing OSHA issues as COVID numbers once again surge in the workplace. 

Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims in a COVID World

There have been numerous changes at the Ohio Industrial Commission since the pandemic. In this session, Taft Law will present on how the hearing process has changed since the outbreak of COVID and what you can do to get the best outcome. In addition, it will focus on legislative changes (some of them positive), that may have been overlooked and can impact how you manage your claims. 

HR Issue Spotting: How to Avoid Lawsuits and Employment Claims

With a new administration and challenging legal landscape, what are the most common areas where employers, supervisors, and owners make mistakes when dealing with employees? Learn about the top five legal issues for employers and discuss the specific "do’s" and "don’ts" for effectively managing your workforce as covered by Taft Law. The presentation will also cover the most effective tools for  hiring, evaluating, and terminating employees.

Operations Track

Using Lean to Maximize Capital Project ROI, presented Miller-Valentine

Manufacturers know how lean concepts make operations more efficient and less costly. Now learn from the Lean Innovation Alliance how these same concepts can enhance not only ROI, but also overall satisfaction with capital projects, for both contractors and manufacturers.

Digital Solutions to Improve Cash Flow, presented by Infintech

Cash flow is critical. Stop billing by mail or email, and switch to a modern, secure digital solution.

Workforce Track

I NEED EMPLOYEES! DANG SCHOOLS AREN'T HELPING!, presented by Shannon Cox, superintendent, Montgomery County ESC

Oh, but they are! Attend this session to learn how our local K-12 schools are promoting careers and preparing students to be career ready. . . and how employers can plug in to these initiatives to entice students to choose careers in construction and manufacturing.

Improving Productivity with Technology, presented by ABC Tech Alliance

 Through improved use of technology, you can win more work and deliver it more efficiently and profitably. Come learn about the companies and products associated with the ABC Tech Alliance

HR Track

Credential Tracking & Communication, presented by MindForge

Learn how to solve all of your workforce communications and training challenges, keeping employees continuously informed while offering ongoing education and safety training via a phone app.

The Future of Training/Gamification is Here, presented by Interplay Learning

Your newest generation of employees expect training that uses technology. This session will introduce you to the world’s leading skilled trades training platform that uses digital interactive online training and a virtual reality option. For manufacturing operations staff and construction trades.

Safety/Health Track

Managing Workplace Stress/Anxiety, presented by TriHealth EAP

Session description coming soon.

OSHA Update, presented by Ken Montgomery, OSHA Regional Director

Learn about new OSHA developments and get the most up-to-date information regarding recent initiatives.

A Process for Improving Mental Well-Being, presented by Real Change Business Coaching

Participants will learn data on mental health in the workforce; causes and impacts when experiencing it on a long-term basis. And, how it imparts mental, emotional, and physical tolls that are potentially destructive to you, your organization, and to all those around you. Participants leave with a process to work through a conflicting situation to achieve a more desirable outcome.

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and keynote presentation - Jim Spurlino, local contractor, multi-millionaire, and author of Business Bullseye: Take Dead Aim and Achieve Great Success, will outline his keys to success in the business world. Spurlino has a wealth of knowledge in the contracting industry and is sure to offer up valuable insights. The first 200 registrants will receive a FREE copy of Jim's book!



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