HR Conference


October 23-24, 2019
Wilderness Resort Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells

Conference Registration

$149 per person from an ABC of Wisconsin Firm

$119 for each additional person from the same firm
$299 per person from a non-member firm

Attendees: Only ABC members and their invited guests may participate.

Cancellations: If you are not able to attend, a full refund will be issued if requested by 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2019.

Accessibility: If you have special access needs or require other accommodations which allow for your full participation in this event, please contact us at 608-244-5883 or 800-236-2224. Also, please contact us with any special dietary needs. 


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Hotel Accommodations

Call 1-800-867-9453 by Sept. 23

Take advantage of ABC’s special room rate of $99.99 at Glacier Canyon Lodge & Convention Center
Reference Group #741720


Schedule At A Glance

October 23, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

CONSTRUCTION U SPECIAL EVENT – Company Culture & Employee Engagement (Separate Registration Required)
Deborah Marshall – Wiplfi LLP
The culture of an organization is determined by the core values, behavioral expectations and actions of a company’s leadership. In this special day-long Construction U workshop, participants will develop key elements required to create reinforcement patterns within the company culture, allowing all employees to positively affect the bottom line. Participants will learn how to develop and foster a company culture that encourages employees to do their best every day.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration / Welcome
Early Bird Sessions
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HR – Emergency Action & Crisis Management Plans
Rick Barton – Hausmann Insurance

HR – The Search for Talent in a Competitive & Tight Job Market
Jason Fisher, Business Manager – PeopleReady Skilled Trades; Nicole Frank, HR Manager – Dave Jones, Inc.; Dena Gullickson, HR Manager – Stevens Construction Corp.; Kyle Schwarm – Marketing & Communications Director, ABC of Wisconsin

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

HR – Security Concerns When Terminating an Employee – The Active Shooter
Ted Hayes, CSP, MSE, Senior Risk Manager – M3 Insurance

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Social With Exhibitors


October 24, 2019

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Registration / Welcome
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

HR – Fringe Benefits – Travel Pay, Per Diems, Bonuses
Doug Witte, Attorney – Boardman & Clark, LLP

HR – Risk & Reward of Employee Engagement
Matt Shefchik, Senior Consultant – Carlson Dettmann Consulting, a Cottingham & Butler Company

HR – HR Boot Camp: Welcome to HR
Josh Levy and Robert Sanders, Attorneys – Husch Blackwell

Accounting – Evaluating Why, What, How To Offer Benefits
Jarod Von Behren – Third Coast Advisors; Dan Odenbach – Charterpoint Wealth Strategies

Accounting – Wisconsin Sales & Use Tax Issues for the Construction Industry
Tara Johnson and Austin DeMoss – Wipfli LLP

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

HR – Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch
Matthew Pletzer, CEO – Lift Consulting, LLC

HR – Retaining Your Qualified Employees
Eric Bauer – Brickl Brothers; Mary Jo Spiekerman – Hausmann Johnson Insurance; Dan Odenbach – Charterpoint Wealth Strategies; Dena Gulickson – Stevens Construction Corp.; Kate Schieldt – ABC of Wisconsin

HR – Advanced HR Boot Camp: Becoming a Pro
Josh Levy and Robert Sanders, Attorneys – Husch Blackwell

Accounting – 2019 Income Tax Update & Planning Strategies
John Folsom – CPA; Cam Brawley – CPA

Accounting – Technology in Construction: Mobile, Managed IT & Cybersecurity
Ryan Peasley and Tom Wojcinski – Wipfli

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON – Creating a 5-Star Work Environment
Randy Goruk – Leaders’ Edge 360
Many of us love 5-star restaurants and hotels because they are special places. They make us feel good about ourselves, we want to be there, and we want to go back as often as we can. How awesome would it be if you could create a 5-star work environment at your construction company? If you did, you would be in a better position to attract and retain the best available talent. You would experience less turnover, conflict and disruption. Your teams would become even more productive and engaged than they already are. Randy Goruk will teach the top three actions you can take tomorrow that will help you create a 5-star work environment. You will have several new implementable ideas that will help you get there, and you will feel more confident that a 5-star work environment is a goal worth striving for.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

HR – Is Your Drug-Free Workplace Discriminatory?
Mark Johnson, Attorney – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

HR – Life Cycle of an Employee
Jodi Wellhoefer – McClone

HR – Developing Your Playbook: Employee Handbook Essentials
Josh Levy and Robert Sanders, Attorneys – Husch Blackwell

Accounting – Business Best Practices – Part I: Budgeting & Managing Cash Flow, Job Profitability & Insurance
Keith Koszarek – Wipfli

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

HR – Risky Business – Key Concerns in Workplace Investigations
Bob Gregg, Attorney – Boardman & Clark LLP

HR – Leveraging Technology in the Workplace
Andrea Siegworth – Corporate Contractors, Inc.; Angela Wilcox – Stevens Construction Corp.; Megan Nachreiner – Kraemer Brothers; Robert Sanders – Husch Blackwell LLP

HR – Stump The Attorneys (& Legal Update)
Mark Johnson, Attorney – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; Josh Levy, Attorney – Husch Blackwell, LLP; Doug Witte, Attorney – Boardman & Clark, LLP

Accounting – Business Best Practices – Part II: Financial Statements from the End User's Perspective & Standard Costing
Markus Koehl and Adam Mueller – Wipfli


HR & Accounting Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors Gold Sponsors Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors

ABC Insurance Trust

ABC Wisconsin Apprenticeship

Ansay & Associates, LLC


Gpac, LLP

Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

Home Pro Digital

Husch Blackwell, LLP


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Sentry Insurance

Crystal Computer Consulting

Dave Jones, Inc.

Ken Collins Coaching

Reesman's Excavating & Grading, Inc.

Stevens Construction Corp.

USI Insurance Services

Wegner CPAs

Designz Screen Printing & Embroidery Inc.

Charterpoint Wealth Strategies

Cintas Corporation

Computers Nationwide

Kraemer Brothers, LLC

Lift Consulting

M3 Insurance

The Contractors Plan

Wipfli, LLP

Staab Construction


Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street, Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 800-236-2224 or 608-244-5883
Fax: 608-244-2401