Thursday, September 24 - 7:45 am - 9:00 am
Angela M. Richie is Managing Partner of the Louisville office of Gordon & Rees and is Co-Chair of the Construction practice group. She frequently consults with steel fabricators and other members of the structural steel industry on issues such as: claims for non-payment; allegations of defective fabrication and erection of structural steel; OSHA violations and related retaliation actions; application of the Buy America(n) statutes and regulations; and contracts between steel fabricators, general contractors, and downstream detailers, structural engineers, and erectors. Ms. Richie is a frequent presenter at regional steel fabricator association meetings.

When Did Steel Fabricators Become the Bank?

Many times your customer will not timely process change orders, direct you to proceed, and you complete the work, forcing you to finance the extra work. This course will look at tips for reducing the risk of financing base contract and extra work for the duration of the project, or years after the project concludes. This course will also take a look at how to manage and deal with unexpected price escalation when it occurs.


Thursday, September 24 - 9:10 am - 10-:20 am

Dennis Pilarczyk is the Manager of Building Solutions for Nucor Corporation's new Construction Solutions Team. Dennis is a licensed structural engineer and certified welding inspector with nearly 14 years of experience as a consulting engineer prior to joining the Nucor team. He leads of national team of specialists with a focus on being a solution-provider for the design community, leveraging Nucor's unique position in the steel supply chain and decades of technical expertise. Dennis spent two years as a Senior Structural Steel Specialist with AISC and is heavily involved with many industry associations including the Structural Engineers Association, International Code Council and American Institute of Architects. Dennis is a graduate of North Carolina State University and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kim Olson, PE is a structural engineer with over 20 years’ experience. She recently joined Nucor’s Construction Solutions Group after being the HSS Consulting Engineer for the Steel Tube Institute. Prior to joining STI, Kim was a Structural Engineer at FORSE Consulting where she offered support services to architects and engineers as well as consulting services to STI. At Martin/Martin, Inc (Denver, CO), Kim was a practicing engineer for seven years. She managed and designed an impressive variety of structures, from research labs and sporting grandstands to recreation centers and schools. Kim is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and a member of the NASCC Planning Committee, AWS D1.1 TG7 Tubular Committee, AISC TC 10, AISC’s Committee on Manuals and a Director for the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado

Nucor Construction Solutions: Your Proactive Resource to Grow Steel’s Market Share

An educated supply chain is a profitable and efficient supply chain! Together, as your partner in steel construction, Nucor is committed to working alongside you to push the steel industry forward. In this session, we will cover a potpourri of topics. What is Buy Clean legislation (not just a California thing) and how does it impact your day-to-day? ASTM A913 and how it can help you win jobs. HSS connections and ASTM A1085. What is Nucor’s Construction Solutions and how can we help grow your piece of the pie?


Friday, September 25 - 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Brian Raff is the Vice President of Market Development with the American Institute of Steel Construction. Since 2005, Brian has lead several marketing and business development roles within AISC and the National Steel Bridge Alliance. In 2013, Brian left the Institute to serve as Marketing Director for one of North America's largest structural steel building and bridge fabricators before returning to AISC in 2017 to lead AISC's marketing communications and government affairs efforts. Mr. Raff graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, focusing on economic business strategy.

Structural Steel: An Industry Overview and Economic Forecast Webinar

We, as a nation, are on the cusp of putting this pandemic in the rear view mirror, and more vaccines and an effort to open all aspects of our economy will inevitably affect the design and construction industry. With so many recent changes, the forecast we had a few months ago is completely different from the path that lies before us. We are all experiencing the international and domestic pandemic of COVID-19 in different ways and dealing with the challenges of our perceptions and realities. Realizing this experience is unlike any past construction disruption is essential to moving forward and realizing the opportunities at hand. Let's pause to understand how today's downturn differs from the great recession in 2008. Join us as we curate the viewpoints and opinions of the many construction experts in the marketplace who are speaking on the future opportunities for construction ahead in 2020 and beyond.


Friday, September 25 - 10:15 - 10:45 am
Andy Steber is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Engineer (CWEng), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and Certified Welding Educator (CWE). He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Welding Engineering Technology from Ferris State University. Andy is a welding process specialist for Airgas. He specializes in helping Airgas customers optimize their welding operations, to become more efficient and competitive in the metal fabrication industry.

Luke Aass is the Area Vice President for the NorPac Region of Airgas. A Mechanical Engineer originally from Canada, he has worked in the industrial gas industry for over 20 years in both Canada and the US. Through multiple roles and locations, his career has taken him through engineering, sales, finance, and business management.


Benchmarking your Fabrication Welding Costs
Are you missing out on an opportunity to be more efficient in your operations and improve your performance?

Discover hidden operational costs
Benchmark your costs compared to industry standards
Develop and implement an improvement plan
Track and monitor your progress

Join Airgas, an Air Liquide company, to learn more about a systematic savings program that helps you benchmark your welding fabrication costs, gain an understanding of how you compare to industry averages and begin your journey to improvement. We’ll also introduce you to a digital dashboard that allows you to track and monitor your performance on an ongoing basis. Find out how to leverage these benchmarking tools so you can be more competitive.