Friday Sessions

7:30 am - 9:30 am
Safety Awards Breakfast

Speaker:  Eric Giguere

Life for Eric Giguere only looked up. A capable worker with a good job and good pay, he married on September 28, 2002. Within a week, the newlyweds would be on their honeymoon. Six days after the wedding Eric went to work and looked forward to leaving for his honeymoon after his shift was over. That joy never came to be.

Eric had 5 years experience as a union laborer, and was two months into his first trenching project. The crew was installing a 12-inch water main. Eric got down into the 6.5 foot trench to inspect the pipe, and the trench walls collapsed. He was buried under several feet of soil. Eric panicked. He was unable to breath under the crushing weight. His fear began to subside and a feeling of warmth and comfort overcame him. Eric was dying.
10:00 am -11:00 am

State of the Association

Speaker: Tony Milo, CCA Executive Director

Bringing infrastructure to life through the power of advocacy, education and training, CCA had a busy and productive 2019.  There’s no plan to slow down in 2020!  Hear an update from the association’s executive director on the state of your association including membership, finances and key initiatives.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Industry Luncheon

Speaker:  Steve Russell

How do you deal with adversity and how can you provide vision in times of great stress and trouble? How can you motivate your team and provide vision when setbacks hit you hard but the mission is not over? Find the answers from a commander who was central to the hunt and capture of Saddam and learn incredible insights from a man who not only passed through the fires and trials of combat, but led others to great achievement. Well suited for corporate audiences.


1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Heavy – Civil Student Competition

Teams from the four schools are currently preparing mock proposals that will be submitted and judged prior to the CCA conference. The teams will then present their proposals and field questions from a panel of judges in front of conference attendees during one of the afternoon conference work sessions. Schools that are currently committed to participate include: University of Colorado, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and Colorado Mesa University. These heavy civil teams are competing for scholarship awards, exposure to the heavy civil/infrastructure community, and of course bragging rights. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to meet and speak with the students at the conference networking and cocktail event immediately following the competition presentations. This is a wonderful opportunity for your hiring managers to meet some of the best talent in the state.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Finding a Competitive Balance for Overhead Personnel

Speaker:  John Killingsworth, Ph.D.

Understand the nature of the industry during economic changes, and some of the best strategies for preparing for those downturns.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Expo Happy Hour


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

President's Awards Gala Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

President's Awards Gala Dinner

The CCA Board of Directors invite you to join them for an elegant evening featuring delicious food, live fundraising auction, entertainment and awards. Celebrate with us as we honor the outgoing CCA President, Daniel Tezak, the 2019 inductees into the Construction Pioneers’ Hall of Fame and the 2019 Associate Service Award.

2019 Pioneer Inductees

  • Tom Caldwell, Flatiron Structures
  • Bill Keller, APC Construction
  • Larry Ware, Alpha Milling
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Band & After Party

That Eighties Bands is our musical entertainment. That Eighties Band is one of the most popular 80's tribute bands in America. The group has performed at over 1,600 concerts across the United States.