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  • Tax Treatments for Different Types of Entities

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/16/2016

    Many companies choose different structures for income tax purposes. The presenters discuss the various types of entity structure for income tax purposes that construction companies may choose. The presentation focuses on the pros and cons of each structure.

    Many companies choose different structures for income tax purposes. The presenters discuss the various types of entity structure for income tax purposes that construction companies may choose. The presentation focuses on the pros and cons of each structure.

    Jim Still

    Tax Director, Member,BKD National Construction & Real Estate Group

    Jim Still is a member of BKD National Construction & Real Estate Group and is the Kansas City office leader for the real estate industry.  He also serves as tax director of BKD’s Kansas City office, providing quality control, oversight and consultation to assist other BKD tax professionals.  Jim has more than 15 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to real estate entities and professional service organizations. 

    Tim Wilson

    National Industry Partner, BKD National Construction & Real Estate Group

    Tim Wilson is a national industry partner for BKD National Construction & Real Estate Group.  He has more than 30 years of experience performing audit, accounting, tax and management consulting services.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Emerging Issues Committee for CFMA, is co-chair of the AICPA Revenue Recognition Task Force for Engineering and Construction, the Financial Issues Committee of Associated General Contractors, and the CPA Advisory Council for the National Association of Surety Bond Producers.

  • Deep Dive into Buy-Sell Agreements

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/12/2016

    This presentation is an overview of structuring a buy-sell agreement and discussion of its elements, including triggering events, funding, valuation provisions and tax considerations. Also reviewed are the common (and costly!) mistakes and unique considerations for construction firms.

    This presentation is an overview of structuring a buy-sell agreement and discussion of its elements, including triggering events, funding, valuation provisions and tax considerations. Also reviewed are the common (and costly!) mistakes and unique considerations for construction firms.

    David V. Jean

    Principal, Albin, Randall & Bennett

    David V. Jean, CPA, CCIFP, CExP  is a principal at Albin, Randall & Bennett specializing primarily in financial accounting and consulting for construction, manufacturing and real estate development companies. He provides tax, accounting and management advisory services to contractors, manufacturers and developers throughout New England. Mr. Jean is also a Certified Exit Planning Professional (CExP) and serves as the Managing Director of Altus Exit Strategies, an exit planning consulting firm and subsidiary of ARB. He is also Managing Partner of  New England Funds Control, LLC (NEFC), another subsidiary of ARB. NEFC specializes in providing funds control services for sureties, contractors and banks.

  • Overview of the Industry and Regulatory Landscape of Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drones

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/14/2016

    An overview of the state of the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS, or “drones”) industry, including the current legal and regulatory landscape, challenges and opportunities, the effect of current laws on the commercial and hobbyist use of sUAS, and the liability and risk factors pertaining to use of drones.

    An overview of the state of the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS, or “drones”) industry, including the current legal and regulatory landscape, challenges and opportunities, the effect of current laws on the commercial and hobbyist use of sUAS, and the liability and risk factors pertaining to use of drones.

    Justine Kasznica

    Attorney, Saul Ewing LLP

    Justine Kasznica is a corporate finance attorney, representing cutting edge technology clients. Justine works with high growth potential start-up technology companies, investor groups, universities and research institutions seeking to commercialize new technologies, and later state companies developing innovative products and services. She focuses her practice on the aerospace, IT and robotics industries. Justine represents commercial drone (small unmanned aircraft systems - sUAS) companies in connection with their regulatory needs, and serves as outside general counsel to robotics and SaaS companies in the commercial space, aerospace, IT and cybersecurity fields.

    Justine regularly participates in speaking engagements, writes articles and leads workshops on legal and regulatory topics related to sUAS. She also serves as an advisor to nepalrobotics.org, an international collaborative STEM project focused on leveraging drone technologies for search and rescue operations.  She serves on the board of several local entrepreneurship-focused organizations and programs.

  • Solving Problems for Better Decisions – Leadership Series No. 7

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/03/2016

    The cost of poor decisions is enormous. This session explores several decision-making models and the steps to effectively solve problems.

    The cost of poor decisions is enormous. This session explores several decision-making models and the steps to effectively solve problems.

    Mark J. Harris

    Consultant, Harris Development Group

    Mark J. Harris is a consultant focused on relationship building, employee and leadership development, managing diversity and organizational change. He has earned a reputation for his outstanding skills as a content expert, coach and facilitator. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, Mark is frequently asked to speak at colleges and professional association conferences.  Mark was President of the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. In addition, he was Co-Director for the Training and Development Interest Group of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Mark holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social work from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Temple University. All degrees were received with honors.

  • Managing Our Daily Conflicts – Leadership Series No. 6

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/13/2016

    Conflict is a fact of life and can be either productive or disruptive depending on how it’s managed. In this session you learn the sources of conflict and the five styles to manage the conflict.

    Conflict is a fact of life and can be either productive or disruptive depending on how it’s managed. In this session you learn the sources of conflict and the five styles to manage the conflict.

    Mark J. Harris

    Consultant, Harris Development Group

    Mark J. Harris is a consultant focused on relationship building, employee and leadership development, managing diversity and organizational change. He has earned a reputation for his outstanding skills as a content expert, coach and facilitator. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, Mark is frequently asked to speak at colleges and professional association conferences.  Mark was President of the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. In addition, he was Co-Director for the Training and Development Interest Group of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Mark holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social work from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Temple University. All degrees were received with honors.

  • Coaching for Performance Improvement – Leadership Series No. 5

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/01/2016

    Developing our staff is critical to engagement and productivity. Coaching accomplishes both. In this session you learn the critical skills of coaching and the steps involved in this process.

    Developing our staff is critical to engagement and productivity. Coaching accomplishes both. In this session you learn the critical skills of coaching and the steps involved in this process.

    Mark J. Harris

    Consultant, Harris Development Group

    Mark J. Harris is a consultant focused on relationship building, employee and leadership development, managing diversity and organizational change. He has earned a reputation for his outstanding skills as a content expert, coach and facilitator. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, Mark is frequently asked to speak at colleges and professional association conferences.  Mark was President of the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. In addition, he was Co-Director for the Training and Development Interest Group of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Mark holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social work from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Temple University. All degrees were received with honors.

  • What Motivates People – Leadership Series No. 4

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/21/2016

    All people are not motivated by the same things and nor should they be. In this Virtual Seminar, you will learn the various levels of motivation and how to approach each individual at that level. Also covered is how to distinguish between inspiration and motivation.

    All people are not motivated by the same things and nor should they be. In this Virtual Seminar, you will learn the various levels of motivation and how to approach each individual at that level. Also covered is how to distinguish between inspiration and motivation.

    Mark J. Harris

    Consultant, Harris Development Group

    Mark J. Harris is a consultant focused on relationship building, employee and leadership development, managing diversity and organizational change. He has earned a reputation for his outstanding skills as a content expert, coach and facilitator. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, Mark is frequently asked to speak at colleges and professional association conferences.  Mark was President of the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. In addition, he was Co-Director for the Training and Development Interest Group of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Mark holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social work from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Temple University. All degrees were received with honors.

  • Engaging our Employees – Leadership Series No. 3

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/04/2016

    This Virtual Seminar discusses ways that managers and leaders can meet the needs of staff so that they are fully engaged in the work process. Less than 25% of employees are fully engaged. Learn ways to increase the probability of reaching the other 75% of your staff!

    This Virtual Seminar discusses ways that managers and leaders can meet the needs of staff so that they are fully engaged in the work process. Less than 25% of employees are fully engaged. Learn ways to increase the probability of reaching the other 75% of your staff!

    Mark J. Harris

    Consultant, Harris Development Group

    Mark J. Harris is a consultant focused on relationship building, employee and leadership development, managing diversity and organizational change. He has earned a reputation for his outstanding skills as a content expert, coach and facilitator. In addition to his consulting responsibilities, Mark is frequently asked to speak at colleges and professional association conferences.  Mark was President of the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. In addition, he was Co-Director for the Training and Development Interest Group of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Mark holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social work from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Temple University. All degrees were received with honors.

  • Fraud: The New Mantra of Federal Contracting

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/16/2016

    The Federal Government’s prosecution of fraud claims under the False Claims Act (FCA) continues to increase with total fraud collections in 2014 reaching $5.69 billion – several hundred millions of which involved federal procurement fraud. This Virtual Seminar discusses what constitutes fraud under the FCA, common triggers, and how contractors, bond producers and sureties can stay out of trouble.

    The Federal Government’s prosecution of fraud claims under the False Claims Act (FCA) continues to increase with total fraud collections in 2014 reaching $5.69 billion – several hundred millions of which involved federal procurement fraud. This Virtual Seminar discusses what constitutes fraud under the FCA, common triggers, and how contractors, bond producers and sureties can stay out of trouble.

    Michael C. Zisa is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. where he focuses his practice on construction, surety and government contracts law and chairs the Firm’s Surety practice group. He represents sureties, general contrac

    Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

    Michael C. Zisa is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. where he focuses his practice on construction, surety and government contracts law and chairs the Firm’s Surety practice group.  He represents sureties, general contractors, subcontractors and owners in all aspects of their business – from contract review and negotiation to contract administration and claim analysis and development to litigation in federal and state as well as various contract appeals boards and alternative dispute resolution forums.  Mr. Zisa regularly speaks and writes on surety and construction issues and was recently recognized again by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of construction litigation, surety and government contracts.

  • Introduction to Workers’ Compensation

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/02/2016

    This Virtual Seminar introduces workers' compensation and the basic terminology. An experience mod, calculation of workers' compensation premium, various items and surcharges found on the rating worksheet as well pay as you go type billing plans are covered.

    This Virtual Seminar introduces workers' compensation and the basic terminology. An experience mod, calculation of workers' compensation premium, various items and surcharges found on the rating worksheet as well pay as you go type billing plans are covered. 

    Scott Wengrenovich

    Account Executive, Murray Securus

    Scott Wengrenovich has been at Murray Securus in the construction department as an Account Executive since July, 2015.  Prior to coming to Murray, Scott was a commercial underwriter at Donegal Mutual Insurance Group for three years where he handled a group of agencies in Maryland and Delaware.