Tuesday, April 13 | 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

uMap™ (Session 1)

It is highly recommended that you attend both uMap sessions Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

uMap™ is a performance management software platform used to know and understand your people at a deeper level to drive connection, trust, teamwork and for personalizing the performance experience.

Join Mike Novakoski and Pete Steen as they share their story on how uMap™ aligns employees in unique ways that will leave you feeling energized. Sharing and outlining the uMap™ tool will show you how to connect to your company’s culture, employees and values. You will leave the session feeling inspired and equipped to extend your individual self to create and maintain deeper connections to others within your organization

Mike Novakoski

Mike Novakoski is one of the founding partners at Become Unmistakable and co-author of “Become Unmistakable: Start the Journey from Commodity to Oddity.” He is also president/CEO of Elzinga & Volkers and EV Group. Novakoski is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is committed to lifelong learning. He holds a degree in construction management and an MBA.



Pete Steen

Joe Novakoski is the Vice President of Operations at Elzinga & Volkers. He holds a degree in civil engineering, is a licensed engineer, earned his MBA, and has completed various leadership certifications. Joe enjoys meeting with other industry leaders to discuss and solve big problems.

The Changing Landscape of Drug Screening Compliance: What Employers Need to Know

As it stands today, all but two states authorize some form of legalized marijuana (either medical or personal use) or cannabidiol. These new laws are evolving at a rapid pace and are increasingly impactful to workplace screening programs. The laws in some states specifically protect employees, and others provide protection for employers. In addition to the changing marijuana laws, employers are also challenged with the nation’s opioid crisis, a shortage of available workers and states with mandatory drug and alcohol testing rules. This session will provide an overview of these issues and touch on the key points the employers need to be aware of and prepared for:

  • An overview of current state-specific marijuana and cannabidiol laws.
  • Discussion about the differences in the language of marijuana laws.
  • Key court decisions.
  • Critical action steps for employers.
William Judge

William J. Judge, JD, LLM, is an attorney with more than 33 years of experience in the workplace drug and alcohol testing industry and the co-founder of Drug Screening Compliance Institute focusing on state, federal and subject-specific compliance consulting, training, education and litigation support. He is a past co-chairman of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Drug-Free Workplace Program, a 10-year member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine MRO Faculty, a past adviser to the American Society of Addiction Medicine MRO Committee, and much more.

Tech-Know: Maximizing Contractors’ Software, Data and Mobile Tools for Profit

Knowing what you need and knowing how to get it can be challenging for contractors trying to keep up with the technological revolution. Each vendor has a special pitch, workflow and use case for their software. Yet, when it comes to getting the most out of your software, understanding the data behind your KPIs and keeping the office and field aligned, it’s critical to know where to start, how to move forward and what’s most important.

This session is designed to give you a collaborative roundtable with other contractors working through the same challenges you are and discuss practical applications, key insights and how to avoid “gotchas” when relying on technology.

At the end of this session you will:

  • Understand the major tech challenges facing contractors today.
  • Have practical applications on how your peers are addressing these challenges.
  • Determine the best KPIs for your business and how to get them regularly.
  • Learn how others are best leveraging mobile technology to keep the field and office aligned.

Come prepared to share your success and struggles as we work through the software, data and mobile challenges facing your business together. Go home with a plan of action and real-world applications of what you need and how to get there.

Kyle Hamer

Roundtable facilitator Kyle Hamer is the president of Hamer Marketing Group and is passionate about helping businesses leverage technology and data to grow their business. No stranger to technology, he previously held executive leadership positions with software, technology and service companies.

Wednesday, April 14 | 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

uMap™ (Session 2)

It is highly recommended that you attend both uMap sessions Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

uMap™ is a performance management software platform used to know and understand your people at a deeper level to drive connection, trust, teamwork and for personalizing the performance experience.

This interactive workshop will be a hands-on learning experience where you will start to complete your own uMap™. Mike Novakoski and Pete Steen will also share exercises on how they utilize their uMap™ to connect with others throughout their organization.

Mike Novakoski

Mike Novakoski is one of the founding partners at Become Unmistakable and co-author of “Become Unmistakable: Start the Journey from Commodity to Oddity.” He is also president/CEO of Elzinga & Volkers and EV Group. Novakoski is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is committed to lifelong learning. He holds a degree in construction management and an MBA.



Pete Steen

Joe Novakoski is the Vice President of Operations at Elzinga & Volkers. He holds a degree in civil engineering, is a licensed engineer, earned his MBA, and has completed various leadership certifications. Joe enjoys meeting with other industry leaders to discuss and solve big problems.

Elite Performance During Chaos and Critical Stress

This session will show how the effects of critical stress on people in combat and law enforcement are similar to the effects on executives in business, while teaching tactics to overcome the effects and perform at an elite level. With consistent practice over time, you will learn to perform better, lead more effectively and work toward building a culture of production, despite the chaos of the trades. These skills will also help your personal and family relationships prosper

Chad Pearson

Chad Pearson brings a unique perspective to the construction industry mixing 14 years in construction technology as an owner & Dir. Business Dev't at Plexxis Software with over 30 years competing in combat arts, coaching top ranked professional fighters and a career in law enforcement where he focused on emergency response, criminal investigations, managing confidential informants and outlaw motorcycle gang liaison work for the Ontario Biker Enforcement Unit.

Chad's formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, CBRN Police Response (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear), Public Safety, Defensive Tactics, Use of Force and Crisis Resolution.

Identifying, Understanding and Negotiating Around Unfair and Oppressive Contract Language

When you get down to it, general contractors are in the business of shifting risk with carefully worded contracts. It’s the subcontractors who actually build things. General contractors invest millions in coming up with contract language that maximizes their profit and minimizes their risk. Come learn how to identify, understand and negotiate around some of the most unfair and oppressive contract terms in use today.

Rich Capriola

Rich Capriola, Esq. is a partner with the Atlanta law firm, Winter Capriola Zenner, LLC. Capriola has extensive experience representing subcontractors and owners and in all manner of construction issues including delay claims, liens, bonds, negligent and defective construction, prompt-pay claims and related construction litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is licensed in Georgia, New York and Washington, D.C., and through association with local counsel, has represented clients across the country.





Eric B. Coleman, Esq.

Eric B. Coleman, Esq. is a partner with the Atlanta law firm, Winter Capriola Zenner, LLC. Coleman serves as a board member for the construction section of the Atlanta Bar Association. His clients include owners, general contractors and subcontractors, both large and small. His practice focuses on resolution of construction disputes, including delay, nonpayment and defectiveconstruction claims through mediation, arbitration and litigation.