Field Leaders Toledo | October 7-9, 2020

Conference Program

13:00 - 14:00 ()

To enable you to exchange ideas with other supervisory personnel about the challenges you face, you will be assigned to a group of field leaders from outside your area. The number on your badge indicates your assigned table.

14:30 - 15:15 ()
Welcome & Opening Remarks

MCAA leaders will explore the program and why your employers have invested in you with this leadership training. You’ll get to know the other members of your group—plan to discuss your company, its size, your projects, time in the industry, and your challenges.

15:15 - 17:15 ()
Legacy Leadership

This session will focus on the compelling reasons to promote positive change and the most effective means of achieving it. You will learn:


  • The necessity of seeing field leadership as a professional position, not a blue-collar occupation
  • The difference between building projects and building people
  • The three most effective ways to motivate people on the jobsite
  • How to use influence instead of authority and how that impacts the project
  • Mentoring, coaching and the difference between them
  • How to empower and engage through solicitation of field input and shared decision making


Your stash of new ideas, strategies and tools will help you create a professional self-identity and enhance crew performance.

17:15 - 19:30 ()
Product Demonstration and Happy Hour

You’ll have a chance to explore the latest tools and construction resources from many of MCAA’s supplier partners.

06:30 - 07:30 ()
07:30 - 10:00 ()
The Foreman’s Impact on Profitability

You will learn how you and your team impact the company’s profitability and ability to compete for more manhours in today’s marketplace. You will leave understanding the true cost of an hour of labor.

10:00 - 10:30 ()
10:30 - 11:30 ()
What Does it Mean to be a Great Foreman?

You’ll discuss the top 10 attributes of a great foreman.

11:30 - 12:15 ()
12:15 - 15:00 ()
Building Relationships: Communication on the Jobsite

As the frontline face of the company and the leader of your crew, you’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate with different players
  • Be a better listener
  • Deal with difficult people
  • Bridge conflict and personality clashes

You’ll take away tricks and tactics to help you get even the most difficult person eating out of your hand and other ideas to improve communication with your crew, other subs, your management and owners.

15:00 - 15:30 ()
15:30 - 17:00 ()
Jobsite Technology

UA Training Director Chris Haslinger will discuss the latest in new equipment and technology that’s changing the way projects at the jobsite are managed and performed.

17:00 ()
Evening on Your Own
06:30 - 07:30 ()
07:30 - 09:15 ()
Great “Project” Leadership – The thing that separates the good from the great

Good foremen are primarily focused on their own workers and their own scope of work.  Although necessary, this by itself is often a short-sighted perspective which prevents greater project success, especially on large and/or difficult projects.  Although great foremen have this same focus, they also have a much broader “project based” focus that focuses on all aspects and all parties of a project which in turn causes greater project success.  Great foremen see leadership as a much larger role than just worker supervision.


You’re not just leading your workers, you’re leading the project.


In this session, John will discuss how great project leaders successfully lead the following other parties:

  • The Owner, CM, GC, A/E, Other Trades, Inspectors, and Commissioners
  • Their Project Manager, Boss, Other Departments or Divisions, Warehouse/Trucking, Fab Shop, CAD/VC/Detailing, Subcontractors, and Vendors
Great “Project” Leadership – The thing that separates the good from the great image
John Koontz
09:15 - 09:30 ()
09:30 - 10:30 ()
Discussion on What Keeps You Up at Night

John Koontz and a panel of contractors will lead a discussion on the challenges and opportunities that keep you up at night.

Discussion on What Keeps You Up at Night image
John Koontz
10:30 - 12:00 ()
What Have You Learned to Make You a Better Field Leader?

You’ll discuss the best practices and takeaways you’ve learned during the conference and finalize your personal Action Item List.

What Have You Learned to Make You a Better Field Leader? image
John Koontz
12:00 ()
Conference Conclusion
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