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Tap into Old School Experience and 21st Century Ideas
Date:  12/29/2016
ArticleType:  Press Release

 
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Tap into Old School Experience and 21st Century Ideas

SEAA returns to home turf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the 45th Annual National Convention & Trade Show, April 27-29, 2017. As an association with a rich history of connecting erectors and fabricators and general contractors, this meeting is like no other. “I owe a lot to SEAA for getting us where we are today,” said Bruce Basden, CEO of Basden Steel Corp., Burleson, Texas. “Companies at any level are crazy not to take advantage of this resource.”

Tackling the issues essential to steel erection, presentations are relevant to erectors, first and foremost. Registration is now open with early bird discounts flying away by March 26.

“I have not found this kind of comradery and vision in another group. Attending the convention is what brings all of this together in a productive way,” said Jeremy Macliver, President of All Things Metal, Phoenix, Ariz.

Program highlights include golf and ocean fishing excursions; dinner and music at the Gala and Awards Banquet; plus award-winning Projects of the Year presentations. The Trade Show features essential products and services. Look for demonstrations and hands-on displays of cranes, software, welding equipment, and more.

According to repeat tradeshow exhibitor, Duke Perry, General Manager of Bluearc Stud Welding, “The event is small enough to get one-on-one time with key decision makers in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Can’t Miss Education

Keynote speaker Brent Gleeson, a U.S. Navy SEAL combat veteran will open the 45th National Convention. An acclaimed speaker and author, Gleeson will address how trust and accountability are key to achieving high-performance teams. The result: measurable economic impact. He will provide tools for how erectors can improve trust within their organizations.

In addition, SEAA is honored to welcome Dean McKenzie, OSHA’s new director of the Construction Directorate, who will lead the opening session. He will provide up-to-date insight into the regulatory agenda affecting steel erectors.

Six breakout sessions for either managers or field level personnel, provide plenty of options for attendees. Field Topics include how changes to aerial work platform standards affect users, how erectors can protect Ironworkers from silica exposure, and applying fall protection drop testing results to the development of pre-planned fall protection systems. Management Topics will focus on understanding social media legal trends and tips for managing corporate and employee activity, plus workforce development trends and success stories.

What Others Are Saying

The SEAA National Convention is small enough to have one-on-one discussions with experts on business, practical, safety, and technical matters. And it’s large enough to network and develop relationships with some of the biggest players in steel construction. Here’s what past exhibitors and erectors are saying.

Bruce Basden, CEO of Basden Steel Corp., Burleson, Texas: “With no background of working for a steel erector I found myself severely lacking in resources to help me grow my business.  Attending the SEAA Convention introduced me to some of the best erectors in the country who were more than willing to help me succeed in one of the toughest business climates I can imagine.  I owe a lot to SEAA for getting us where we are today.  Companies at any level are crazy not to take advantage of this resource.”

Jeremy Macliver, President of All Things Metal, Phoenix, Ariz. “One of the greatest things about the SEAA Convention is the ability to network with other erectors that are trying to do better than average. I found that the SEAA group is looking to improve their businesses, grow the industry, and join forces in educating the next generation. We all can share what we are doing that is working, and what is not going right for us. People are more than willing to help. I have not found this kind of comradery and vision in another group. Attending the convention is what brings all of this together in a productive way.”

Duke Perry, General Manager of Bluearc Stud Welding, Braselton, Ga. SEAA Convention is a great place to meet the owners of companies.  Not only do you get to meet them, but you really get to know them.  The event is small enough to get one-on-one time with key decision makers in a relaxed atmosphere. Golf, dinner, and many social functions provide ample opportunity to make important connections with industry leaders.

 
 

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