Professional Builder / Under 40 Executive Summit / PCBC 2017

 Conference Agenda

Monday, June 25th

11 am


11:30 am

Housing Tour and Evening Reception

Tuesday, June 26th

7 - 8 am


8 - 9:15 am

Keynote: Ronda Conger
Vice President
CBH Homes

You Go First: Become the Leader Your Team Needs

Calling all current and aspiring leaders! Quick question: Are you worth following? Do you want to be a better leader? If the answer is a resounding YES, please join us. This event is an energetic, hands-on, jam-packed session on leadership. As a business woman, professional speaker, and author, Ronda is on a mission to spread a movement with her award-winning books: Better Human: It's a full-time job; Better Thinking: Think better. Be better; and most recently, You Go First: Become the Leader Your Team Needs. Ronda will share her personal leadership insights from being a leader for the past 20+ years, and her proven methods to inspire greatness.

9:15 - 9:45 am

Will Duderstadt
Marketing and Development Manager of Web Platforms
M/I Homes

Stand Out (Don't Sell Out) - Building Your Personal Brand

Social Media isn't just for cat videos and food pics. Potential customers, employees and vendors will research and size you up online, before they even meet you. Learn how to put your best foot forward with a carefully curated personal brand. Hear how young professionals are growing their businesses with their brand and walk away with a clear understanding of how you can stand out from the crowd.

9:45 - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 - 11 am

Stephen Adams
Founder & CEO
Adams Craig

Everything I Needed to Know About Home Building, I Learned From Rocky Balboa

Rocky I: Came from nothing, not really knowing how the business worked
Rocky II: Fought through obstacles and became a champion
Rocky III: Lost a mentor, lost fights, and had to battle back against an adversary
Rocky IV: Fought against Drago, to be able to prove true will
Rocky V: Made a bad decision on who to choose as a successor
Rocky VI: Went back to work in a new era and had to put on gloves again and fight
Rocky VII: Helped someone who is like family become a champion

11 - 11:45 am

Michael Marini
Planet Home Living

11:45 - 12:15 pm

Seth Hart
Associate | Senior Designer
DTJ Design

Urb Appeal, living big in smaller spaces

With housing markets flourishing across the nation and prices continually rising, smaller homes and denser neighborhoods are often the best solution to achieve more attainable prices. More compact floor plans and increased density bring certain challenges in achieving the spaces that we have grown accustomed to, but with these compromises come creative opportunities to live big in smaller spaces.

12:15 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 2 pm

Vaughan Buckley
Vaughan Buckley Construction

Entrepreneurship in the Construction Industry

Modular construction is a niche part of the construction industry that will soon become mainstream, but it lacks the young talent needed to build its platform for the future. Entrepreneurship in the construction industry is hard enough, but once you add a young leader and uncharted territories into the mix, the ladder of success becomes that much harder to climb. This presentation will discuss how to survive the challenges of leadership and rapid expansion in any industry, as well as outline some of the specific and burgeoning needs of an established but swiftly evolving segment of the construction industry.

2 - 2:30 pm

Alaina Money
Garman Homes, Fresh Paint by Garman Homes, Durham Building Co., Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Go Realty, Go School of Real Estate

A Different Kind of Strategy

We all know the saying that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but what does your business look like when you take that one step further and you become more like a beekeeper who is in the business of making honey? Think about what it might look like to shift from a baseline business personality of being nice to adopting a strategy of being intentionally kind. You may think the returns would be hard to quantify but the benefits are undeniable. Adopting a strategy of kindness in business requires confidence, transparency, and a willingness to show your cards. It's not for everyone, but that's exactly why it's worth your consideration.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Scott Sedam
TrueNorth Development

Lessons Learned from 30 years of Home Building — Things I wish I knew before I turned 40

Scott Sedam has spent the past three decades studying, learning from and advising more than 250 home builders across the U.S., Canada and several countries overseas. Based on that vast reservoir of experience, his TrueNorth Development consulting firm is known for helping builders solve the most perplexing issues they face. While considering his young family members now in the home building business he often thinks, "If only I knew then what I know now." That could be an entire book, but for this presentation, Scott accepted the challenge of focusing on just ten critical things that this year's Under 40 attendees inductees have to know.

Wednesday, June 27th

8:30-9:30 am

Opening Keynote: Platon

Powerful Portraits: An Intimate Look at Humanity and Leadership