Annual Meeting Program

December 7, 2021 Virtual Only Click on the titles to connect to the session

8:00-9:00 am Opening Ceremonies
Keynote- Congressman Peter Welch
Sponsor- Kubricky Construction Corp.
Kicking off Annual Meeting 2021 is our Congressman Peter Welch who has just announced his run for the next Vermont Senator. The will give us an inside look at Washington DC, and share some of his priorities for Vermont in 2022.

9:30-10:30 am
Agency of Natural Resources
Presenters- Secretary Julie Moore and Commissioner Peter Walke
Sponsor- J.P. Sicard, Inc.
Join the agency for a discussion on topics that contractors and Vermont’s ecology. Our presenters will discuss clean water programs, state climate goals/programs, and permitting. They will also be able to discuss opportunities for contractors such as wastewater treatment facility replacements and climate resiliency projects.
Presenters- Dan Whipple & Karl Hayden
Sponsor- Marshall Tire Group, Inc.
Both AGC/VT and VOSHA have undertaken a major project to create a partnership between contractors and the agency in 2021. Come hear about the continued efforts of our presenter and his team working along with AGC/VTs Safety and Training Committee which will help contractors comply, provide safety, and avoid fines through an alliance with the agency.
Economic Outlook for Vermont 2022
Presenters- Thomas E. Kavet and Dr. Nicolas O. Rockler- Kavet,        Rockler & Associates
Sponsor- Kittel, Branagan & Sargent
How is our continuing recovery from COVID shutdowns? What, if any, implications from inflation will impact my business? Are our supply chain issues going to continue? Join Vermont’s top economists to contemplate Vermont’s 2022 outlook. 

Agency of Transportation
Presenters- Secretary Joe Flynn, Ann Gammell and Jeremy Reid
Sponsor- ADA Traffic Control LTD
Representatives from the agency will join us to have a discussion of VTRANS programs and the contractor community. We will get to hear feedback on the 2020 season which will have just ended and some reports from pilot programs. We will hear about new safety programs to protect workers and an update on their intentions for the newly passed Federal Infrastructure bill funding.
FMCA and Are You Up To Speed?
Presenters- Terry Reil, Tony Facos & Capt. Kevin Andrews
Sponsor- Project Roadsafe
Shortages of drivers, new safety programs and the alcohol clearing house registration will be just a few topics from our presenters. Pro drivers and fleet managers will get the updates needed to stay ahead of the curve in 2022.

AGC/VT Workforce Development
Presenters- Shawn Rouleau- Workforce Development Director
Sponsor- Kingsbury Companies
Join AGC/VTs new Workforce Development Director to have a look at your associations new program to drive applicants to your business. Shawn will describe many different programs we are rolling out and a new job board/recruitment tool exclusive to AGC/VT members.

1:00-2:00pm 2022 Legislative Preview and Priorities
Presenters- House Speaker Jill Krowinski and Senate Pro Tem Becca Balint
Sponsor- Jet Service Envelope & Accura Printing 
Join us for a discussion with legislative leadership to have an inside preview of the 2022 session in Montpelier. The Speaker and Pro Tem will outline their policy priorities, discuss how they will meet while continuing to deal with COVID-19 and their plans for the state.

Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Presenters- Secretary Lindsay Kurrle and Jessica Vintinner
Sponsor- Casella Construction
This agency was and is one of the most critical points of contact during the COVID pandemic. First assembling the Restart Vermont committee, becoming a single point of contact for guidance, and pivoting to providing business continuity grants protecting workers and employers. This is your chance to hear their perspective and outlook.

Succession Planning- Timing, Risks & Increased Value
Presenters- Tim Cope- NFP & Dave Gurtman- Dinse & Dave Grippin- Grippin Donlan Pinkham
Sponsor- NFP Property and Casualty
The AGC/VT Associate Committee this year arranged for a great program revolving around business continuity and succession. They will present “8 ways to exit your business”, discussions about valuation, tax strategies and insurance implications.
Federal Infrastructure Legislation- What we need to know.
Presenters- Jimmy Christianson- AGC of America
Sponsor- VHB
What does the passage of the Federal Infrastructure legislation mean to my business here in Vermont? Our presenter and his team worked directly with the US Senate and Congress lobbying for the bill, generated member involvement through outreach campaigns and had a major impact getting the bill across the finish line. Come hear how they did it and what it brings to Vermont.

December 8, 2021 In Person at The Doubletree Hotel (proof of COVID vaccine required)- The titles in blue can be joined virtually by clicking the title
9:00-12:00pm AGC/VT Board of Directors Meeting
Concrete Board of Directors Meeting
Diamond II
11:00-12:00pm Workforce Challenges
Diamond I
Presenters- Heidi Williams, Scott McKenna & Stacy Spector
Sponsor- Catamount Consulting
Discover the 7 steps to positive retention within your company. The folks from Catamount Consulting will give you an introduction to their 7-part series that they will provide for AGC/VT members this spring.

12:30-1:30pm Rising Star Awards- “Young Women Craftspeople”
Expo Hall
Sponsor- SD Ireland
We continue our annual tradition of recognizing your people in the workforce focusing this year on young women craftspeople. Presenting this year’s awards is our friend Secretary Lindsay Kurrle from ACCD. We look forward to honoring this year’s young women.

1:30-2:00pm AGC of America Address and Keynote
Expo Hall
Sponsor- PC Construction
Presenters- Steve Sandherr, CEO and Robert Lanham, President
Join us with AGC of Americas leadership for an update for what we are doing at a national level. We will hear about the efforts the association is making to avoid unnecessary COVID protocols, opposition to the “human” infrastructure proposal known as Build Back Better and other policies at the Federal level.

Buildings and General Services
Sponsor- DEW Construction Corp.
Presenters- Commissioner Jennifer Fitch and Joe Aja
Join BGS for a discussion on state capital spending, feedback on the 2021 season and outlook for 2022. In addition to our normal discussion, we will outline a presentation that we are working on with the agency to approach the legislature about dealing with challenges due to increasing costs of supplies, regulatory framework and workforce challenges that lead to higher and higher project costs.
Drugs in the Workplace
Diamond I
Sponsor- VTHC Safety Consultants
Presenters- Reid Wobby- Kingsbury Construction Co
Join one of our own as we dive into the challenges due to safety on our worksites due to drugs and alcohol. You will hear best practices from an AGC/VT member about putting together substance abuse safety programs and will gain an understanding of the correlation between drugs and alcohol in 2021.
Hiring Pit
Diamond II
Sponsor- Vermont Technical College
Future workforce from Vermont Technical College will be joining contractors for brownies, ice cream and speed hiring. These folks are looking for jobs and/or internships. We supply the brownies, and you bring the jobs.


Casella Expo Center Opening
Expo Hall
Join us for the floor opening and check out the booths of our member presenters while enjoying a cocktail. Learn about a new product or service and connect with our partners.
Best Builders Awards Banquet
The Rowley Beach Stage in Emerald Ball Room
Although we are not meeting on the virtual island like the previous year The Rowley Beach Stage has been moved out of the cloud to the Doubletree and will be the place for our popular dinner, and awards banquet.