7:30 am - 9:30 am
Safety Awards Breakfast
Speaker: Tyler Enslin
As a professional speaker since 2012, Tyler has had the privilege to present at over 1000 live events. A determined entrepreneur from day one, he started his first business at the age of 17. While growing a small business into a successful enterprise proved to be an exciting challenge, by 2011 he was ready for a new endeavor. Tyler sold his business and went to work as a salesperson for a national training company where he became immersed in the field of public speaking. Initially a source of fear and nervousness, Tyler ultimately grew to love both public speaking and the professional development industry. As a result, he soon became the top salesperson in the organization, and eventually went on to hold the positions of regional and national director.
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Associate All Member Business Meeting
All Associate members are invited to attend the Annual Business Meeting. The associate council will present a year in review.
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Heavy Civil Student Competition
Teams from Colorado's top universities will present their proposals and field questions from a panel of judges in front of conference attendees during one of the afternoon conference work sessions.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
These sessions will feature new technology and innovations in the field of
infrastructure construction. You’ll see and hear about the newest in equipment,
techniques and tools to make your team more productive and safer on the job.
11:30 am - 1:30pm
Speaker: Kirstie Ennis
Kirstie Ennis’ story may have begun when she lost her leg after her helicopter went down in Afghanistan, but it certainly doesn’t end there. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her leg first below and then above the knee after a life-threatening infection, the former Marine sergeant has already accomplished more than most people have in their lifetimes.
Ennis’ story has been well-documented. She allowed cameras into the hospital to film her amputation for an inspirational short film produced by Cosmopolitan magazine. She was featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body” issue. Photos of Prince Harry embracing Ennis after she completed a 1,000-mile walk across England, Wales and Scotland for the British non-profit, Walking for the Wounded, appeared in People magazine. She was later honored by the magazine as their “Annual Body Image Hero” in 2016.
Ennis has turned the concept of “disabled athlete” on its head, proving how capable she still is, whether it’s on one leg or two. She competed in boardercross and banked slalom as a Paralympic snowboarder and then ventured into mountaineering, summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro (at 19,341-feet it’s the highest point in Africa) to support the non-profit The Waterboys. Then she successfully climbed Carstensz, the highest point in Oceania, for The Heroes Project; tackled Elbrus, the highest point in Europe to support GLAM4GOOD; and then conquered Aconcagua, the highest point in South America at 22,841 feet. She has summited Cotopaxi, the highest peak in Ecuador; got turned around by weather while on Denali in support of Building Homes for Heroes but later summited it in 2021; and made it to the South Summit of Everest. In 2022, she reached the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.
What people might not know about Ennis: she’s completed three Master’s degrees (Human Behavior, Business Administration and Public Administration) and is currently working to complete her doctorate in Education. She is an ambassador for the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes and sits on the board of Merging Vets and Players. She worked as a stuntwoman on Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg in 2016. She’s a motivational speaker and appeared on stage at Madison Square Garden in 2015, opening for Bruce Springsteen at the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event. She’s an entrepreneur and businesswoman who opened her first business, the Chapter One Hair and Body Lab, in Oceanside, California in 2017, followed by her second business, Citizen Crossfit. She earned her license as a real estate advisor and is based at Engel & Volkers in Aspen, Colorado.
Ennis joined the Marines when she was only 17 years old and enlisted as an aircraft mechanic, inspired by her parents who were both Marines. “I idolized what they were doing. I have always wanted to serve and to help others who can’t protect themselves,” she says. “I wanted to give my parents a reason to be proud of me like I was of them.” She chose to become an aircraft mechanic because she didn’t know the first thing about airplanes. “I went to the recruiter’s office and told them I wanted it to be hard. I wanted to be challenged physically and intellectually,” she says.
After everything she’s been through, that hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s inspired her to push even harder, not only for herself but to inspire others. “I’m extremely proud of everything I did in the military and I’d do it all over again if I could,” she told Cosmopolitan. “That’s what I signed up for. I would lay my life down for the men and women that stood alongside me. At the end of the day, I’m thankful it happened to me and no one else.”
After returning home from Everest in the summer of 2019, Kirstie was the ESPY’s Pat Tillman Award recipient. In 2020, she was the recipient of the “Higher Ground” award at the Salute to Greatness Awards, held by the Martin Luther King Jr. family. She was also inducted into the 2020 International Sports Hall of Fame.
Kirstie is the founder of the Kirstie Ennis Foundation, which provides education, opportunity, and healing in the outdoors through recreational therapy clinics and expeditions, and partners with organizations with similar missions of improving the quality of life of individuals through mobility.
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Panel
There is a quiet crisis in the construction industry. In late 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use and that 11% of U.S. adults seriously considered suicide. The construction industry has the highest rate of suicide at 53.2 per 100,000 U.S. workers. That rate is four times greater than the national average and five times greater than that of all other construction fatalities combined.
“We cannot stand by while a silent epidemic of suicide takes place within our industry,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC of America's chief executive officer. “We want to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in this industry, let people know it is okay to ask for help and, ultimately, save lives.”
This session will bring together leaders in mental health and substance abuse to engage in real talk about what you can do to improve the mental health of your employees and help save lives.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Expo Happy Hour
Join us for a happy hour and stroll through the Expo that will feature exhibits from industry suppliers from across that state and country.
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chairman's Gala Reception
7:00 pm - 9:30pm
Chairman's Gala Dinner
Join your outgoing CCA President Levi Lowell and the CCA Board of Directors while we celebrate and recognize this year’s inductees into the CCA Construction Pioneers Hall of Fame. Inductees this year will be Ralph Bell of Castle Rock Construction Company and Gregg Rippy of Grand River Construction Company.
Castle Rock Construction Co.
Grand River Construction Co.