April 12, 2018  

Minneapolis Convention Center  |  Hall C


1-2 pm AND REPEATED FROM 2-3pm

Educational Sessions

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SESSION 1: High Performance Wall Assembly and Details (Michael Anschel, Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build)

Wall assembly details like corners, deck connections, fastening schedules, tapes, window bucks, furring strips and cladding attachment present challenges. Michael Anschel is a nationally recognized green design and building expert who set out to determine if there was a simple high-performance wall system to resolve these challenges in new construction, remodeling and retrofit situations. Join us to hear the results of his extensive pursuit. Michael will walk through each layer of wall assembly and share lessons learned, as well as the strategies and materials behind this new approach he’s dubbed the “awesome wall.”

  • Earn CE Credit: One-hour of continuing education credit for Minnesota Residential Building Contractors, Remodelers, Roofers and Building Officials (including energy) through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
  • Michael Anschel is a nationally recognized expert on Green design, remodeling and building, writes, trains, and speaks for various publications and events around the world. His building assemblies have been published in numerous publications including the US Department of Energy. He is the owner of OA Design-Build an award winning nationally celebrated design-build firm, and CEO of Verified Green Inc. which consults with Local Government, product manufacturers, suppliers, builders, and architects on Green building. Michael successfully straddles the building, design, and green worlds by engineering profitability into sustainability. 

SESSION 2: Winning with Mechanic's Liens (Bill Gschwind, Minnesota Construction Law Services, PLLC)

Frustrated contractors trying to collect for their work often see, mistakenly, mechanics’ liens as their most powerful collection tool. Mechanics’ liens can be used to collect, just as a nail can be driven with a lineman’s pliers, but they are frequently not the best tool for the job. Attendees will gain a clear understanding of how best to use mechanics’ liens to help them collect, and how to avoid throwing good money after bad. This course is designed to help contractors know when it is best to spend money on a mechanics’ lien, and when other collection tools are a better choice.

  • Earn CE Credit: One-hour of continuing education credit for Minnesota Residential Building Contractors, Remodelers, Roofers and Building Officials through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (pending approval).
  • Minnesota Construction Law Services is a professional firm providing legal and business services to residential contractors and other owner-operated businesses. Bill Gschwind started the firm in 2012 focusing on residential construction and small business law. He became a lawyer after more than 25 years in the business world to bring common sense and business principles to the implementation of legal services for the construction industry.

SESSION 3: Leading Your Company for Success (Jerry Olson, Resultants for Business)

Owners and top leaders in every company want to be more effective leaders. This presentation is an opportunity to improve your leadership abilities. Three key leadership abilities will be presented and explored:

  • VISION is a frequent discussion in business circles. We’ll explore what makes an effective vision, how to communicate it effectively to inspire people, and tactics to keep it alive in the organization.
  • True success requires a great team. We’ll discuss the keys to gather the RIGHT PEOPLE around you in order to drive your company toward your vision.
  • Everyone wants to know the score. Effectively tracking progress toward vision and goals requires good DATA measured frequently to keep people on track.
  • Throughout his more than 30 years of business experience, Jerry Olson has provided leadership inside organizations, as well as, facilitated business processes, consulting, and leadership development as a business advisor and human resources consultant. Jerry has a broad base of experience in varied industries including manufacturing, insurance, and telecommunications, which has given him keen insights into how businesses large and small operate, what obstacles they face, and how to overcome them. After many years of running his own consulting and facilitation business, Jerry partnered with Resultants for Business in 2013.



Show Floor Opens

Explore the show floor and visit over 225 exhibitors

*Free Show Admission to all BATC and non-BATC members: builders, remodelers, architects, interior designers and building officials. Unlimited Dinner Passes (NEW) to all BATC member builders, remodelers, architects, interior designers and building officials and their staff if pre-registered.  Non-members can join us for dinner at $20 per person.  Walk-ins are welcome and receive free show admission. Dinner will cost you though — $20 BATC members, $30 non-members.



Dinner Buffet* 

Single pass through dinner buffet served in the exhibit hall.  Dinner tickets are required and will be provided at registration upon check-in if purchased.