• 2021 Young Contractors Professional Institute

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    Name: 2021 Young Contractors Professional Institute
    Date: January 27, 2021
    Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    YCPI enables you to:

    • Take on new tasks and responsibilities

    • Improve job performance and productivity

    • Accelerate your construction professional development

    • Increase the value you add to your company

    The YCPI program features:

    • Industry leader instructors

    • Focus on the most important skills for 2021

    • No one-way lectures - small groups and hands-on learning

    • Engagement with BSA Young Designers in all sessions

    • Convenient scheduling 12 sessions January - October

    “YCPI helps our people grow and that’s Commodore’s top priority. Participating in YCPI improves the communication skills of young contractors. It deepens construction knowledge and expands networks. YCPI is an essential component of Commodore’s comprehensive training program.”  Lauren Larson, Senior Vice President, Commodore Builders
    Why YCPI Continues To Thrive and Improve:  The Need / Our Instructors
    The Need.  Through building booms and recessions, YCPI has continued to thrive because there’s a need for it in the construction industry.  Early in your career, job expectations enlarge.  You’re no longer just a designer.  Your company now wants you to take on new tasks:  more project management more communicating with others, writing, managing finances, negotiating, presenting.  You don’t need another degree, but you do need serious exposure, training and development --- and that’s exactly what YCPI delivers.
     Our Instructors.  One of the great benefits of working in the Boston area is our access to some of the best thinkers and thoughtful design professionals in the world.  20+ session instructors - architects, contractors, engineers, owner/clients - all specialists in their topic, assist in teaching and leading small breakout group discussions.  You not only listen to, but connect and engage with them to explore the issues and ideas most important to you.
    Online or Live Programs in 2021?
    Given the Covid-19 uncertainties at this time, we’re planning all sessions to be online.  We’ll be mitigating the constraints of online programs by adding several online networking opportunities.  Moving the program from live to online early in 2020, we made extensive use of several zoom features – breakout groups, Chat, polling and informal networking after all sessions to preserve the interactive learning and networking that’s always made YCPI effective.  As the 2021 progresses, we may conduct select sessions live if conditions permit.
    Program Leadership
    President of Gathering Pace, Inc., William Ronco, Ph.D., founded YCPI 20+ years ago. He directs the program, partnering with AGC Massachusetts. Dr. Ronco also founded and directs the Young Designers Professional Institute, partnering with the Boston Society of Architects.
    Dr. Ronco consults on strategy, leadership and partnering with design, engineering, owner / client, construction, and biotech and science organizations.  He is author of The Partnering Solution (Career Press) and Partnering Manual For Design and Construction (McGraw-Hill). A former professor in Northeastern University’s MBA program, Dr. Ronco earned his B.A. at Rutgers University, his Ed.M. at Harvard and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Colin Milberg and Toni Loiacano assist with Institute leadership.  A founding partner of ASKM Consulting, Colin is a construction industry expert in lean methods, facilitation and change management.  He teaches in the AGC’s programs on Lean Construction.  Toni is a senior vice president at Cannon Design.   She has extensive experience and interest in mentoring, presenting new design concepts to client associations. 
    “I’ve been a raving fan of AGC|MA Young Contractor’s Professional Institute and Bill Ronco for more than 15 years.  We have always encouraged and enabled members of our staff to participate in this program.  This is an excellent opportunity for learning and broadening career potential by introducing our emerging leaders to the fundamental skills needed to succeed. The format facilitates developing professional relationships that’ll last a lifetime and inspires participants to be actively involved in our industry throughout their career.” 
    Bill Aalerud, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Columbia Construction

    YCPI Benefits and Outcomes for Participants
    Training and development are intangible but they produce very tangible results. Key participants’ outcomes from participating in the YCPI program include:

    • Improved ability to add value in their company

    • Increased skills taking on new, challenging tasks

    • Increased performance and comfort in areas that matter most for the company’s performance

    • Improved ability to develop meaningful relationships with clients

    • Increased understanding and ability to connect with other disciplines in their own company

    • Increased performance and comfort in marketing, business development and networking

    • Development of essential skills, e.g. communicating, writing, presenting, managing projects, managing finances, marketing

    • Acquisition of perspective resulting from interaction with peers from other companies, instructors, and interaction with contractors in the BSA Young Designers program

    • Increased focus, job satisfaction and motivation resulting from all the above

    YCPI Benefits / Outcomes for Sponsoring Companies
    Beyond the individual participants, sponsoring companies also benefit from participating YCPI:

    • Improved retention and development of key talent

    • Increased marketing and business development activity and success

    • Improved morale and company spirit resulting from clear demonstration of the company’s commitment to professional development for young designers

    • Acquisition of current ideas and fresh perspective on best practices being developed by other companies and industry experts participating in the program

    • Improved employee alignment with the company’s strategic plan

    • Raised expectations for job performance and productivity from program participants

    • Use of the program to strengthen the company’s efforts at mentoring and coaching

    • Recognition of the company as an Excellent Employer

    “Elaine’s investment in our employees through YCPI is not only a smart investment in our business, it’s a reflection of our commitment to our clients through continuous improvement.
    William Morash Executive Vice President, Elaine Construction
    “Many individuals from TG Gallagher have attended the YCPI program and benefited greatly not only from the variety of skills attained but, more importantly, from networking with other young professionals from the architectural, engineering, and construction industry.” 
    Shawn Guertin, Chief Operating Officer, TG Gallagher
    “Bond participates in the program to give our young professionals a chance to learn from some of the best and the brightest in the industry in a meaningful way.  The opportunity to share knowledge and experiences has proven invaluable to our people.
    Kathleen Freitas, SPHR, SCP Director of People Strategies, BOND

    2021 Young Contractors Professional Institute
    Online seminars run 2-5 pm, log in at 1:45, informal networking after all sessions





    Planning Your Best Design / Construction Career 
    Our industry’s 6 career challenges and opportunities. Clarifying and fully implementing your career goals.  Identifying, building on your real strengths and addressing your weaknesses. 

    Bill Aalerud, Columbia Construction
    Toni Loiacano, Cannon Design


    Building High-Performing Teams  Anticipating, addressing predictable team problems.  The wisdom of the team v. groupthink. Improving everyday meetings results and follow through.  Fully, actively engaging every team member. 

    Marc Truant, MIT
    Colin Milberg, ASKM and Associates
    Stavroula Birmbas, Tervacorp


    Improving Your Negotiations Skills  Recognizing your negotiations style, strengths, weaknesses. Getting beyond Yes. “Never split the difference?”  Negotiating to “win” vs. negotiating for synergy. 

    Robert Ferguson, Esq., Hinckley Allen
    Matthew Brett, Mass General Hospital


    Young Professionals HR Issues, Opportunities  HR knowledge young professionals must have:  legal rights, boundaries, vulnerabilities.  Why, when and how to ask for raise.  Getting the most from your performance appraisal. 

    Jess Smith, Bergmeyer
    Shelley Kolesar, HR Consultant
    Diana Hasan, CE Floyd
    Kathy Freitas, Bond


    Effective, Comfortable Marketing & BD  Why, how to get started with marketing and BD.  Getting comfortable with sales tasks.   Selling without networking:  alternative marketing methods and skills.   

    Ed Bond, President, Bond Brothers
    Margret Neil, Consigli Construction
    Kristine Gorman, Jacobs


    Improving Writing Skills.  Increasing email skills, impact, efficiency, results.  Writing reports more clearly, logically, quickly, thoughtfully.  Blogs and print, chronicling projects, tasks, experiences.

    William Ronco, Gathering Pace
    Chris Floyd, CE Floyd


    Legal and Ethical Issues Now The top 10 issues that trigger legal and ethical problems for young professionals.  Liability and Risk.  Negotiating a contract.  What happens when you go to court. 

    Timothy Grobleski, Cannon Design
    Charles Antone, Bldg Enclosure Science


    What Clients Really Want.  How contractors and architects misunderstand, frustrate clients. What keeps clients up at night.  Responding to client needs in different market sectors.  How to increase client satisfaction and repeat business.

    Maggie O’Toole, LabCentral
    Jonathan Hayward, Partners Health Care
    Ralph DeFlorio, Harvard University 
    Chris Cronin, Town of Andover


    Managing Finances.  Increasing project cost controls and profit.  Spotting, addressing project financial problems quickly. Understanding company finances, your role and impact as a young contractor.

    Scott Lerner, Consigli Construction
    Mark Paronich, Delphi Construction
    David Sullivan, DGC Accountants 


    Improving Presentation Skills.  Increasing skills, comfort, confidence and influence.  Starting with Why.  Presenting more persuasively, easily.  Telling a compelling story.  Presenting less, discussing more.  Improving Q & A for full engagement.

    Toni Loiacano, Cannon Design
    Kathy McMahon, National Building 


    Leading Change.  Building Forensics. The current state of Lean.  Real continuous improvement.  Extreme fabrication.  7 reasons why people resist change.  How, when and why to initiate change in your own role. 

    Jason Jewhurst, Bruner Cott
    Siggy Pfendler, Columbia Construction
    Shawn Guertin, TG Gallagher


    From Manager To Leader.  Defining, achieving the next level in your career growth.  Getting, using a 360 survey of your own effectiveness.  Building both strategic and collaborative leadership competencies. 

    Roger Goldstein, Goody/Clancy
    Matthew Brett, Partners Health Care
    Marc Truant, MIT

    Register Now for YCPI 2021 to Reserve Your Place
    YCPI pays for itself many times over in terms of participants’ improved job performance.  By several benchmarks, program fees deliver excellent value:

    • Cost of a typical two-day management seminar at local universities is $1,495

    • Cost to a company of turnover is typically 1.5 times a person’s annual salary

    • Cost to a company of less than optimal performance = Immeasurable

    • Value added to a company by employees with increased skills is enormous and ongoing 

    Date/Time Information:
    All Classes 2:00 - 5:00 pm

    January 27 -  Planning Your Best Design / Construction Career  
    February 10 -  Building High-Performing Teams 
    February 24 -  Improving Your Negotiations Skills
    March 10     -  Young Professionals HR Issues, Opportunities
    March 25     -  Effective, Comfortable Marketing & BD
    April 7          -   Improving Writing Skills
    April 20        -   Legal and Ethical Issues Now
    May 5          -   What Clients Really Want
    June 8         -   Managing Finances
    July 15        -   Improving Presentation Skills
    Sept. 15      -   Leading Change
    Oct.  27      -   From Manager to Leader

    Contact Information:
    Kara Cady

    AGC MA members 

    • $3,100 for the first participant from a company

    • $2,600 for each additional participants


    • $4,300 for first participant from a company

    • $3,800 for each additional participant

    This program is eligible for MCAP Reimbursement

    AGC MA Members that are MCAP contributors will receive 75% reimbursement of the registration fee for this program after the full registration fee is paid to AGC.  The maximum reimbursement allowed for each program is $4,000 per firm.  Attendance is mandatory for reimbursement.

    The maximum reimbursement allowed for all eligible programs is $15,000 per year.

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