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2018 Schedule

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Join us for an evening fun and networking in the backYARD. Just look for the Airstream Overlander parked behind the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, and you’ve found your way to the backYARD, Austin’s best outdoor venue for barbecue, games, music, and most of all, fun! Serving American fare with big Texas flavor, Chef Lonny Huot is dishing up classics with his signature handmade rubs and fresh-from-the-garden flavors, while Future Leaders are invited to kick back and sample a local or craft brew, sip a Texas-inspired cocktail or play one of the signature YARD games.

The backYARD at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Thursday, October 11, 2018

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

Charlie Carter, AISC President  
9:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

It’s Showtime at AISC!

Life is not a dress rehearsal; neither is the steel construction business. Multiple Emmy Award winning TV Executive Producer Bill Stainton has discovered that whether you’re producing an award-winning television show, an award-winning team, or an award-winning life. real results come down to three simple questions, which he’ll reveal at this session!

Bill Stainton, 29-time Emmy Award winning Executive Producer
10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Legislative Panel

There is a lot of information out there discussing the future of U.S. infrastructure, tariffs, state regulatory challenges, and how the steel design and construction industry is poised to address these issues. It can be difficult to parse through what is fact and what is fiction. Brian Raff, AISC's director of government relations, will shed some light on the facts regarding the Administration's latest list of infrastructure principles as well as discuss the impact of tariffs and state laws that we could see in the future. 

Brian Raff, AISC Director of Government Relations 
12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Legal Q&A

Angela Richie, Partner
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

A Candid Discussion with Industry Software Providers

A panel discussion of pertinent industry topics and concerns that will give attendees and software reps the opportunity to exchange ideas and perspectives. This panel will include representatives from both detailing and MIS/MRP software, who will not just listen to the industry, but also share their own advice and wisdom on how to get the most out of your own software.

3:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Fabricator Roundtable Discussion

Fabricators rarely get to talk with their peers in a non-competitive setting. This networking session allows fabricators from different regions of the country, assisted by a moderator, to sit down in small groups and discuss issues critical to the operation and functioning of a structural steel fabrication shop. Discussions will range from dealing with escalation clauses to implementing quality systems. Take advantage of this great networking event to learn and explore opportunities with your peers

4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.


Nestled in the historic Red River Live Music District is Pelóns, the best Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin. Pelóns is famous for its homemade signature margaritas and authentic Southwestern Mexican food. Enjoy the 508 Tequila Bar, which has the largest selection of premier tequilas in Austin! Or, step outside onto the beautiful two tiered patio that sits under a historic oak tree. Throughout the event, we’ll enjoy a premium open bar, yummy Tex-Mex-style stationed appetizers and a build-your-own-taco bar

Pelóns Tex Mex

Friday, October 12, 2018

7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Recruiting Top Talent in a Tight Market

How do you recruit the best performers in today's competitive workforce? With unemployment hovering below five percent, employers have to up their game. While compensation plays a role in this equation, today's young workers look for balance, opportunity, work environment as well. Then there's the question of connecting with them in this social media dominated world. After 30 years and five books on hiring, Bob Wendover has recruiting down to a science. This results-oriented session will provide you with the tools and strategies for identifying and recruiting the top producers in steel construction. We'll address the challenges attracting both professional and trade contributors. Let Bob show you how to boost productivity and the bottom line through smart hiring.

Bob Wendover, Managing Director of the Center for Generational Studies and Researcher on Workplace Trend
10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.

If It is to Be, It's Up to...

Succession management is a two way street. The next generation of potential leaders, as well as current executives equally play key roles in talent development. Learn five successful strategies that accelerate the path of up-and-comers. The audience will be confronted with the premise that advancement (not luck) occurs when opportunity meets preparation. 

Hank Carabelli, Senior Consultant at FMI Corporation
11:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.


11:30 p.m.  12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch