Construction Conference

2:00-6:00pm          Lagniappe Exhibitors Row Open
2:00-6:00pm Conference Check-In Open
2:00-3:00pm Government Affairs Committee Meeting
2:00-3:00pm Safety Education Committee Meeting
3:00-5:00pm Board of Directors Meeting (closed session)
5:00-6:00pm Red, White, and Brew Happy Hour
featuring Special Guest: GOP Nominee for SC 1st Congressional District,
Katie Arrington
6:00-8:00pm Happy 20th Opening Reception w/ Casino Night, DJ, and Photobooth
8:15pm ..... Campaign Fundraiser for Representative Arrington 

7:00-9:00am Conference Check-In Open
7:00-8:00am "Rise & Shine" Breakfast Buffet
7:00-10:15am Langiappe Exhibitors Row Open
7:30-8:00am Welcome by Charleston Mayor, John Tecklenburg
Chapter Anniversary Update by Chapter Leadership
8:00-9:00am Day 1 Conference Keynote Presentation
"When Too Much Growth is Bad Growth"
Paul J. Giovannoni, Senior Consultant with FMI
9:00-9:15am Break
9:15-10:15am Speakers Panel Session: "Legal Issues in Construction"
Frank Elmore, Elmore Goldsmith
Steve Smith, Smith, Terry & Johnson
Todd Jones, Anderson Jones
Eric Biesecker, Nexsen Pruet
Moderator: Brian Gallagher, O'Neal
10:45am Complimentary Shuttle Vans depart hotel for Fishing Charter
11:30am-5:00pm Redfish Tournament Dock Check-In & Excursion
The Blue Book Network Golf Classic Check -In & Shotgun Start @ 12:00noon
6:00-7:30pm Free Enterprise Alliance Reception
featuring Special Guests: SC Governor Henry McMaster
& Attorney General Alan Wilson

7:00-9:00am Conference Check-In Open
7:00-8:00am "Get a Good Start" Breakfast Buffet
8:00-9:00am Day 2 Conference Keynote Presentation
"How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable" by Eric Herdman
9:00-9:15am Break
9:15-10:30am Keynote Workshop: "How to Dominate Your Day" by Eric Herdman
13:00-11:00am Fishing & Golf Tournament Awards
11:00am-1:00pm B2B Luncheon w/ GC Tabletop Meetings
& Langiappe Exhibitors Row
10:45am-1:00pm    B2B Meetings with GC Reception
1:15-3:15pm           MUSC Children's Hospital Job Site Visit
NOTE: Attendees are REQUIRED to wear 4" sleeves,
closed-toe shoes, and long pants
Local Attractions At A Glance:
  • City Market
  • USS Yorktown
  • Charleston Museum
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Fort Sumter
  • Renowned festivals
Check out all of the attractions and fun things to do in Charleston while you are on your trip, from strolling through the Historic District to taking a romantic carriage ride through the city. Visit the nearby Charleston museum to take in some Southern history, or visit the renowned South Carolina Aquarium. Take a venture outside of the city, and visit nearby historic plantations. Discover one of America’s oldest public markets at the Charleston City Market, a four-block long attraction that is home to more than 350 vendors. Open daily, the Charleston City Market is the ideal place to purchase unique Charleston souvenirs, such as handcrafted sweetgrass baskets. Have dinner at Hank’s Seafood Restaurant, voted the Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 15 years running.

Charleston Tea Plantation – (843)559-0383
6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island, SC 
Individual and Group Tours

Chow Down Food Tour
Upper King Street “off the Map” Tour
2.5 Hours – 1.1 Mile Easy Walk
Thursday  11:00am

Charleston Outdoor Adventure - (843) 795-0330
1871 Bowens Island Rd. Charleston, SC 29412
Kayak Tours or Rentals
Paddle Boat Tours or Rental
Dolphin Eco Tour Charter
Keynote Speakers:

Paul J. Giovannoni

As a consultant with FMI, Paul develops research methodologies and implements a combination of primary and secondary research to deliver profound analytical deliverables to FMI clients. Paul’s goal is to develop a thorough understanding of the client’s needs and design his efforts around meeting and exceeding those needs.

Prior to joining FMI, Paul worked as a law enforcement detective where he honed his comprehensive research abilities as well as developed effective methods to communicate the results of said research to stakeholders at all organizational levels. additionally, in this role he became an expert in conducting in-depth interviews as a means of complementing secondary research efforts. Paul earned his master of business administration degree with a concentration in information systems management from the university of Tampa. while at the university of Tampa, he was honored as a beta gamma sigma honor graduate. prior to his MBA, Paul received an undergraduate degree from Florida state university in political science with a minor in psychology. Paul has also attended the SAP TERP10 academy and earned the recognition of being a SAP certified business associate.

Eric Herdman

Eric Herdman, Entrepreneur: opened a start-up that went from $0 to $1,000,000 in revenue in one year; Business coach: coached clients including Pfizer, Check Free Systems, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and Los Angeles Housing Authority to assist them to meet their productivity goals; Author: wrote 3 books including “Actions Speak Louder Than Words,” “No, You Suck!,” and “The Complete Guide to Managing Everything, Everyone, and Every Task”, addressing modifying workplace behaviors and improving productivity and leadership skills; Athlete: holds the 12 Hour course record in both “Flatlanders” Saint Louis, MO, and “Race Against the Clock” in Oakland, CA, as well as the 50 mile course record in the “Valley of Fire” in Nevada; and Speaker: for over 20 years, has delivered keynote speeches and full day workshops across the nation, devoted to improving time management and productivity.

During this presentation, Eric will transform you from your current level to pro-level, whether you’re looking to strategically position your business, get more from your team, increase your productivity, or discover how to create the perfect productive day. Throughout Eric’s informative and entertaining program, he will let you in on the secrets to his leadership roles in business, how he moves audiences from being busy to effective, and why they call him “the boss of personal productivity.” Herdman knows how to lead, persevere, endure and win and will help you do the same.
General Contractors
  • Branch & Associates
  • Celey Construction Co.
  • Choate Construction
  • Miller-Valentine Group
  • Haskell
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • McCrory Construction
  • O'Neal, Inc.
  • W.M. Jordan
  • Samet Corp
  • Omega Construction
  • Robins & Morton


  • Stepp Services
  • BuildPoint Southeast
  • PeopleReady
  • The Blue Book Network
  • Rockwool
  • SC Biz
  • TradesMax Staffing

Conference Title


Wednesday Reception

Thursday Breakfast


Blue Book Golf Tournament

Blue Book Golf Beverage Cart


Blue Book Golf Lunch

Blue Book Golf Hole Sponsors

Watson Electrical Construction
The Schneider Corporation
Gaylor Electric
SPC Mechanical
Yellowstone Landscape
FieldForce Workforce Solutions

Chapter Office Locations

610 Minuet Lane     Charlotte, NC 28217

1000 Investment Blvd     Apex, NC 27502

108-A White Oak Lane     Lexington, SC 29073
Twitter: @abcofcarolinas
Facebook: @ABC of the Carolinas

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.