Annual Industry Conference

February 2-3, 2023  •  Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Welch MN


Schedule of Events


Wednesday, February 1
4:30-5:30pm   Health Spark Annual Meeting 
6:30-7:30pm   Executive Board Dinner 
Thursday, February 2
7-8:00am   Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by North Risk Partners
8-8:45am   Welcome, State of the Association, Culture Lead-in
8:45-9:45am   Recruiting & Training the Next Generation Panel
Polly Friendshuh (Dunwoody), Andrew Jennen (M State Wadena), Jill Stewart-Kellar (916 Schools) and Brian Schelkoph (Anoka Tech) will be discussing what they are seeing in the upcoming workforce that you need to know as you hire and recruit talent.
10:15-11am   Subcontractor Liability
Federated Insurance. The risk for subcontractors is higher than it has ever been. What should you look for in contracts?
11-12pm   NEC Re-Org Discussion / Q&A 
Dean Hunter, MN DLI. Discussions are beginning about reorganizing the NEC into 20 chapters vs. nine. Code-making panels are looking for feedback. Want to weigh in?
12-1:30pm   Lunch & Solutions Hall 
Sponsored by BrownPrecast Pole Base & Project 2 Payment
1:30-3:00pm   Contractor Panel 
Materials, Supplies, Inspections, Workforce.... Learn from other Electrical Contractors how they are handling current industry issues.
3:30-4:30pm   Changes to Employee Law
Safe & Sick Leave; Marijuana use on the job & Workers Comp; parental leave
5:00-8:30pm   Bowling, Dinner, Open Bar, Casino
Sponsored by BrownPrecast Pole Base; CEE; Sunbelt Business Advisors; Rouzer Group
8:30pm   Drinks at the Parlay Lounge
Friday, February 3
8-8:30am   Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by Border States
8:30-9:30am   Electrical Violations Investigations
Sean O’Neil, MN DLI. Learn (and avoid) frequent violations and how to file complaints.
9:30-10:30am   Inflation Reduction Act
Center for Energy & Environment. What do you need to know so you are the chosen subcontractor on a job where infrastructure dollars come into play?
11-12pm   Economic Forecast
Ron Wirtz, Minneapolis Federal Reserve. Inflation, material shortages, the “R” word (recession)… what is next? How can you even prepare for the future of your business in today’s economy?
12-12:30pm   Grab & Go Lunch
12:30-2:30pm   Board Meeting (working lunch) / Legislative Update
EA's Lobbying Team. Gain understanding of the current MN landscape and what initiatives are beginning to gain traction at the beginning of session.

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