Midwest Regional Conference

The 2018 Midwest Regional Conference took place at the Westin Hotel, Lombard, September 23 - 24.  Thanks to our partnering chapters, attendees, speakers, and exhibitors for making this our largest conference to date!  We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

This year's speaker presentations are listed below.  To view PDF copies of the presentations, click here.

New Trends in Employment Discrimination/Harassment Training and Implicit Bias             
Renee Koehler & Stephanie Dinkel, Koehler & Passarelli, LLC

Decoding the Leadership Formula of Succession Planning
Laura Cataldo, Baker Tilly

Tax Reform Highlights–What Contractors Need to Know
Robin Linklater & Crystal Christenson, Wipfli, LLP

Hacking a Construction Company             
David Anderson, CliftonLarsonAllen and Lori Tuffield, CIBC Bank USA

To C or not to C (corporation), that is the question           
Robert Nowak, Baker Tilly

Change Order Claims Nuts and Bolts       
Ryan Phillips, VERTEX and Erica Lauer, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald

Managing the Adoption of Technology in the Field           
Andy Lambert, Penta Technologies

Improve Hiring and Retention with Better Vetting            
Kathy Cole, DK Cole Company

Emerging Accounting Issues for Contractors
Scott Schmucker & Jon Zeiler, Crowe

What You Need to Know with Cyber Security      
Jay Shelton, Assurance Agency

What Should a Construction CFO Really be Doing              
Herb Brownett, Brownett & Associates

Effective Construction Contract Negotiations: Avoiding Unenforceable Terms     
Ryan Hiss & Bill Toliopoulos, Laurie & Brennan, LLP

Captive Insurance Strategies to Decrease Risk and Increase the Bottom Line         
Dan Hatch, Chris Nyenhuis, Mark Rysberg, Hilger Hammond, PC

The Six Common Denominators of Effective Business Planning    
Ryan Burbach & Steve Campana, Honkamp Krueger & Co., PC

Income Tax Strategies to Accelerate Cash Flow  
Sean Smetana & Steven Glover, Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd.

2018 Sponsoring Chapters

Fox Valley
Southwest Michigan
Quad Cities
Western Michigan

2018 Chapter Representatives


Bill Reidinger - Chicago Chapter
Chris VanTassel - Chicago Chapter
Hope Voigt - Fox Valley Chapter
Eric Ruedebush, Madison Chapter
Barb Sheedy, Milwaukee Chapter
Dan Vander Ploeg, Southwest Michigan
Karen Vandewostine - Quad Cities
Ken Bos - Western Michigan

Chicago Administrator:

Deb Hypke - Glatz Management