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Leaders in San Diego’s construction industry joined nearly 400 of their colleagues in Orlando, Fla., in February to participate in BizCon 2011, a construction business summit sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The program provided a forum for executives to exchange ideas and examine a range of strategic topics that impact their businesses and the industry.

Keynote speakers included business leader and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, political columnist and commentator George Will, economists Barry Asmus and Anirban Basu and global innovation strategist Andrew Zolli. In addition, industry leaders discussed the developing trends in various construction sectors, including retail/office, energy, education and health care. “Best in Class” presentations discussed ways construction businesses could effectively separate themselves from their competitors to secure new contracts.

Ken Bertalan, senior vice president at Bergelectric in Escondido, said he was impressed with the way the event was organized and the roster of high-powered speakers. “It gave me a lot of insight about the economy that I don’t spend time thinking about,” he said.

Bertalan said attending BizCon has already paid off for his company. Based on what he learned about economic trends, Bergelectric ordered 1 million pounds of copper on the commodities market. “This will keep us from having to deal with constant increases in price. This was before the Japan earthquake. Copper has already gone up 30 cents a pound (since BizCon),” explained Bertalan.

Bertalan highly recommends that small and mid-size contractors attend BizCon. “A person here in San Diego who owns their own business could expand their knowledge as to what’s going on in the rest of the industry,” he said..

The 2012 BizCon summit will be held Feb. 22-24at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit abc-bizcon.org.

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