In addition to a series of educational sessions, those attending should plan to be invigorated and informed by some top-notch speakers, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Senator Bob Dole.
And then there's always the popular Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit, which this year will have an MCAA Education Aisle devoted to the association's abundant educational programs.
In short, there will be plenty to see, hear, and learn. The convention is designed to help contractor members boost company profitability, improve management skills, and enhance leadership strategies. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities, as there are several social events planned during the convention.
Leadership InsightsGiuliani is being asked to remark on his two terms as mayor of New York City and detail his efforts to improve the city with his ideas, management, and goal-driven style. In eight years, he reportedly reduced crime by 57 percent, cut welfare rolls in half, reduced taxes by $2.5 billion, and created a record number of new jobs. Of course, he is expected to touch upon the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Former Senator Bob Dole is expected to provide a witty take on both the important and frivolous aspects of present-day America, while Frank Abagnale, whose story was told on film in Steven Spielberg's 2002 Catch Me if You Can, is scheduled to share his story of how a former con man became an FBI consultant.
Educational SessionsIn addition to general sessions, MCAA 2004 will feature a number of educational sessions designed to address management and leadership topics. Some of the topics scheduled include:
Meanwhile, subjects specific to the mechanical construction, plumbing, and service industries will also be highlighted. These include:
Students To CompeteAnother popular function scheduled is the MCAA Student Competition. This year, all 28 of MCAA's student chapters participated, but only four teams made it to the finals in Orlando - student chapters from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Georgia Tech, Illinois State University, and Purdue University.
Each team will deliver a 20-minute oral presentation consisting of a 15-minute formal presentation and five minutes of questions from the panel of judges. The subject of the competition is the construction of a 14,000-square-foot educational facility located on a hypothetical college campus in Miami.
The judges will score the presentations to determine the first- and second-place winners, who will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. The other two teams will each receive $1,000.
Hands-On ExhibitsLast, but certainly not least, contractors will have the opportunity to see, touch, and explore the latest products and services at the annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit, which will showcase the products and services of MCAA's Supplier Partners.
Key executives from these companies will be on hand to discuss contractors' experiences with their products and services, and how they can help contractors improve their productivity and profitability.
In conjunction with the exhibitors, the association is also planning to offer an MCAA Education Aisle, which the association is calling its "one-stop" source of information on MCAA.
Booths will feature information on MCAA education opportunities, the Institute for Project Management (IPM), management methods manuals, National Education Initiative (NEI), political action committee, Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), and more.
The theme for the 2004 event is "Experience the Experience" - and it appears there will be plenty to experience, once again.
Publication date: 02/23/2004