Ike's Thoughts November 1, 2019 Print

Executive Director's Report

Nominations Open for GC of the YEAR – Who is Deserving? It is important for every subcontractor member or prospective member of ASAMW to nominate those most deserving of recognition at this year’s SUBBY Awards Gala.  Click HERE for the Nomination  Form.  https://asamw.org/form.php?form_id=20&c=1

Nominations are for:

General Contractor Superintendent of the Year
General Contractor Project Manager of the Year
General Contractor Safety Program
Best General Contractor National
Best General Contractor Local/Regional
Best Emerging General Contractor
Best GC for Small Businesses
Best General Contractor in the Use of Technology
Great Team
Second Tier Subcontractor, Supplier or Service Provider
Industry Achievement

Who is deserving?  You might not have a nomination in every category, so pick the ones you wish.  Have your project managers and estimators involved as well.  Each company can submit as many nominations as you wish and as many times as you wish.

Paul Stynchcomb Taught Us To Have Only ONE Schedule:  On Oct. 24th, 100 subcontractors and GCs listened to a compelling day long presentation from Paul Stynchcomb and Larry Prosen.  The ASAMW Board will be considering ways to implement the changes they recommended.  Such as:

  1. The Board will develop policy statement to include:
    1. GCs to provide the native CPM Schedule
    2. get Sub input on the schedule so that there is one mutually agreed upon schedule
    3. Only ONE Schedule – pull planning, 4 week look aheads, etc. must be incorporated in the native schedule.
  2. Develop an atmosphere of collaboration rather than confrontation
  • The GC’s in-house council is charged with passing down all risks to the subs. What can we do to collaborate?
  1. Should we influence legislative solutions?
  2. Seek ASA’s endorsement of MCAA Manual: Change Orders, Productivity, and Overtime.

Work Picture is Bouncing Up and Down:  Nonresidential construction starts jumped 82 percent in September as compared to 2018.  Residential was up only 3 percent.  For the year residential is still down 6 percent while nonresidential is up 10 percent.  Pervious months we experienced significant declines.  This is taken from Dodge Data & Analytics report for the Washington metropolitan statistical area. 

Limited Spots Available for Six Week Project Managers’ Workshop – These six afternoons of training have become one of the most sought-after programs in the area.  Unfortunately, there are only 25 openings.  This year we bring back the experts from previous years as well as some new instructors to lead your less-experienced PMs and APMs on a journey with the best instructors in the DMV.  Click here to read more or call Ike if you care to discuss.

Project Manager Workshop will be from 7 am – 3 pm, Nov. 12 – 120 people are expected at this Workshop at Montgomery College in Rockville. If you do not sign up you might be left out.  We want every member to send their PMs to achieve expert training from Kevin Dougherty.  Your PMs are able to experience this outstanding day with Kevin because of the funding provided by the Sheldon Shapiro Charitable Foundation in memory of our beloved past president.  Click here for more information and to register.

Supervisory/Management Training will be from 7 am – 3 pm, Nov. 13 at Bethesda North Marriott – Same story as above.  There is no single thing that can make more impact on the bottom line than having an efficient and effect supervisor who understands the need to maximize labor efficiency. Simple things such as better planning, leadership, material handling, negotiations, conflict resolution, accountability, communication, time management, documentation, and people skills can and will impact the job. This is what Kevin Dougherty will cover in the 1-day intensive workshop:  this program is not for the weak. He starts fast and finishes fast, content is real world and tangible.  Click here for more information and to register.

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Advocacy Issues

  • Maryland – When the Session opens on Jan. 8th, ASAMW and its government relations partner, ACE will introduce legislation to require retainage to be paid within 90 days of substantial completion.  There is some discussion about including a definition of substantial completion in the bill.  What is your opinion?  Do you want the definition determined by the contract or do you think the definition of substantial completion should be in the law?

  • DC – Thanks to Cindy Athey, Ali Cheloe, Luc Brami and Allison Johnson for representing all subcontractors at a “Lobby Day” with the DC Council on Oct. 17th.  These members did an outstanding job of explaining our issues to the council.  Watch here for legislation that is in the works. 

  • Virginia – The session will begin on Jan. 8th and plans are for ASAMW/ACE to welcome the new legislators that day and to have dinner with selected influential lawmakers on Jan. 14th.  If you are interested in attending either event, please reply to this email. 

  • Federal – Mary Whitlow, Rebecca Price, Cindy Athey, Patty Peterson and I walked the halls of Congress on Wednesday to make our Senators and Representatives from the DMV aware of subcontractor issues. 

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