Employee pay and recruiting workers were among the seminar topics at a recent Mitsubishi contractor conference.

Just under 100 design-build mechanical contractors attended four business development workshops and a keynote presentation during the inaugural Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc. Cooling and Heating Division Diamond Commercial Contractor business meeting Oct.18-20, 2017, at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas.

FMI Corp. presented four workshops: “Leading Employees of All Generations,” “Profile of the Successful Contractor,” “The War for Talent Drives Construction Pay Higher: Pay Trends in the Construction Industry” and “Leadership vs. Management.”

Business speaker and coach Donald Cooper gave a keynote presentation titled “Management and Leadership: It All Starts With ‘Clarity.’”

The presentation discussed transforming businesses and the people behind them as well as advice on how to create compelling customer value, clarity of purpose and long-term profitability.

“We’re extremely pleased to host such an elite group of professional, knowledgeable and forward-thinking business owners for this very first meeting,” said Mike Hampton, commercial senior manager of strategic programs for Mitsubishi Electric. “Our goal was to provide rich business development content along with an opportunity for members to connect with senior leadership at Mitsubishi Electric. Additionally, attendees were able to network with other like-minded business owners and learn more about different challenges and successes in the commercial HVAC industry.”