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Updated: 3/24/2017

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The Evolution of Today's Ohio Construction Conference

BX of Central Ohio Celebrates 125th Anniversary

If you've been a Builders Exchange member for a decade or more, you probably know that today's Ohio Construction Conference "evolved" in 2007 from a different predecessor: the Ohio Design & Construction Expo.

Image from Columbus Dispatch 1931Making the shift from the state's largest construction trade show to the state's largest construction conference, in essence, meant fewer exhibits and more education sessions. After 22 years, that change happened the way most changes do in member organizations. The 1985 signature event grew, ran its course and the BX developed a more relevant replacement.

Ironically, the Expo had been the spinoff of an Exchange innovation called, "The Construction Conference," an annual day-long program held from 1961 through 1984. And that original Construction Conference was launched as an alternative to an earlier BX program losing its luster: an exhibition called the Annual Home Show, started in 1926.

Are you following the family tree of today's Construction Conference? The lineage goes, "Expo, Conference, Expo, Conference." The lesson learned? One reason the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is because its members invent and reinvent programs to meet the industry's ever-changing needs!

This installment of Builders Exchange history highlights the Construction Conference and its forerunners – each groundbreaking for our industry, in their day.


Meet Joshua Daugherty

Foreman, Phinney Industrial Roofing, Inc.
Years in the industry: 15

“BXFlex is a great way to develop a better understanding of the ever-changing construction industry. The DiSC profile class helped me understand that everyone falls into one of four profiles, which helps explain their work ethic and how they work together.”

The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex) is a five-month, eight-session program designed to transform top field force managers into high-impact leaders. The class of 2017 is the third year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

2018 Early-Bird applications are now online. For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Tony Brackman

Controller, Converse Electric, Inc.
Years in the industry: 7

“I enrolled in the BXLX program to learn better leadership skills and to network with others in the industry. I believe that you can learn a great deal from the networking experience.”

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.

For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet the Class of 2017 Rising Leaders Institute

The class of 2017 includes, front row from left: Jeff Carius (Mid-City Electric/Technologies), Brad Kernan (Kernan Insurance Agency, Inc.), Dustin Wilshire (Reitter Stucco & Supply Co., Inc.), Halie Sorg (OCP Contractors), Brian Schumacher (The Superior Group), David Horst (Environmental Management Services, Inc.). Second row: Kyle Bullock (Elford, Inc.), Derek Wise (Continental Building Co.), Evan Parrish (Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.), Eric Buck (Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.), Stephen McEnery (MAC Construction, Inc.), Jamie Srbljan (Corna Kokosing Construction Co.), Natalie Carper (Boss Excavating and Grading, Inc.), Raymond Conkle III (Settle-Muter Electric, Ltd.), Striker Loudermilk (Thomas & Marker Construction Co.), Chris Kelly (Lehman Daman Construction Services, Inc.), Mike Barbee (Long Masonry Contractors, Inc.), William Wallace (Wolf Creek Contracting Company, Inc.), Dan Tyburski (Turner Construction Co.), Mark Keith (Robertson Construction Services, Inc.). Next: Allen Pierron (Elford, Inc.), Aaron Rush (Environmental Management Services, Inc.), Craig Richards (Miles-McClellan Construction Co., Inc.), Justin Schultz (Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.), Michael Brinker (The Superior Group). Back row: Brian Smith (S&ME, Inc.), Steve Bruns (Converse Electric), Steve Devins (cHc Manufacturing, Inc.), Jason Strickle (Bruner Corp.), Mike McCartney (Bruner Corp.), Warren Stevens (Pepper Construction Company of Ohio, LLC). Not pictured: Kimberly Hupp (Edwards Communities Construction Company).


The Builders Exchange of Central Ohio is proud to introduce the 2017 class of The Rising Leaders Institute. This is the 11th year of this prestigious program, which has graduated over 300 of the industry’s most promising emergent professionals.

Developed in partnership with The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, The Rising Leaders Institute is an intensive program that includes classroom lecture and discussion, case studies, projects for application of learning and networking events. The Institute class size is limited and sessions are taught by faculty members from the Fisher College of Business along with executive industry experts.

For more information about The Rising Leaders Institute, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Location is Everything in the 2018 BX Membership Directory


2017 BX DirectoryWatch your mail for your 2018 BX Membership Directory Company Information Form.

It’s time to choose how your company will be listed in the 2018 BX Directory – both online and in print. This is your opportunity to take advantage of the many advertising options that are both effective and affordable!

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions or if you do not receive your Company Information Form.

Tap the Brakes on High Gas Prices with BX/SuperFleet Program


One of the biggest challenges facing all businesses is controlling costs. The BX/SuperFleet Discount Fuel Program from Speedway LLC saves you time AND money. Whether you have one vehicle or 100, their comprehensive vehicle management system will minimize your fuel expenses and cut down on accounting hours.

SuperFleet CardBX Members Get:

  • No setup, annual or monthly fees
  • PIN or Validate Driver ID security
  • Competitive pricing and quality products
  • Custom reporting and detailed billing available 24/7
  • Online account management available 24/7
  • View billed and unbilled transactions online
  • 24/7 and holidays live customer service
  • Product and service restrictions
  • Driver, vehicle and odometer tracking
  • Tax exempt billing for qualified customers
  • 15% discount at Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations

Start saving today by taking advantage of Speedway’s SuperFleet Commercial Fueling card offer. Builders Exchange members, as part of this group discount program, qualify for 5 cents per gallon discount on gas or diesel purchased at Speedway locations with no minimum monthly purchases necessary! BX members saved more than $100,000 in 2016!

Applying is easy – contact John Kennedy (Speedway LLC) at 330.961.7022 or, or click here to download a SuperFleet application.

Develop the Skills to Read and Understand Construction Drawings


Introduction to Construction Drawings
May 9 & 11 (4 – 6 p.m.)


$180 for BX member firms
$280 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.


A set of drawings holds an entire project together, acting as a starting point for the unique language of each project. Make sure your employees are speaking the same language by sending them to the upcoming Introduction to Construction Drawings course at the BX.

Through lecture and hands-on work with commercial drawings, an architect, Chris Bendinelli (Prime AE Group, Inc.) and a contractor, Adam Drexel (Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.), will provide your staff the fundamental knowledge of reading and understanding blueprints.

This course is ideal for new employees, office personnel and field employees as well as anyone who is looking to refine their blueprint reading skills.

After completing this class, attendees will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of reading plans and specifications
  • Understand general terms in the design process
  • Know where to find information in a set of plans
  • Further understand how trades interrelate

For more information about this course, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.

April LEED Meeting: Monitoring-Based Commissioning and LEED v.4

April BX LEED Breakfast Meeting
April 14 (7:30 – 9 a.m.)


$15 for BX member firms
$30 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.

Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) is a cutting edge approach to improving building energy efficiency and is now worth 4 points in LEED v4. Plan to attend the April BX LEED Breakfast and hear Donn Young and Kevin Knueven (Engineering Economics, Inc.) present on how MBCx combines innovative data collection technology with engineering expertise to maximize each building’s energy savings potential. These experts in energy efficiency and commissioning will offer a deeper look into the recent advancements in ongoing commissioning and explain how facilities today are reaching and exceeding their stringent energy efficiency mandates.

This course is pending approval for 1 LU credit from AIA and for 1 LEED hour from GBCI. For more information about this meeting, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.

SCGC April Meeting

SCGC April Meeting

Deliver Your Message with Confidence

Answering Difficult Questions
April 6 (8 – 11:30 a.m.)


$379 for BX member firms
$479 for non-members
Or send 3 for $999
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.

Whether it happens during a client presentation or in the field, being unprepared to answer those difficult questions can make for a sticky situation. You need to be able to think quickly and take control in order to deliver the message you want to convey. Learn the appropriate way to respond by attending Answering Difficult Questions at the BX.

During this half-day, highly interactive program, you’ll learn:

  • How to stand on your feet and deliver a convincing response
  • To take control when questions get nasty
  • Effective ways to make your point in tense situations
  • How to stay on-message, no matter the circumstances
  • Four specific response techniques

Anthony Huey headshotPresented by Anthony Huey (Reputation Management LLC), this program is an excellent follow-up for anyone who has taken his Presentation Skills workshop or wants to discover the key to successful presentation Q&A sessions. Having techniques and strategies to respond can mean the difference in winning or losing a job.

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.

Are You Prepared to Save a Co-Workers Life?

Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
May 9 (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)


$45 for BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$65 for BX member firms
$95 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.

OSHA requires that employers respond to an emergency situation within a “reasonable” amount of time, which is interpreted to mean between three to four minutes. With the average EMS response time being nine to 11 minutes, simply calling 9-1-1 isn’t going to cut it.

Prepare your employees to respond to emergencies and administer standard first Aid and CPR and possibly save a co-workers life. The life they save could be yours.

For more information about this course or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Paige Endicott.