TEXO Onsite Newsletter
May 5, 2015 In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Industry News
Trainings & Forums
Member Discount Programs
Rental One
Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P. C
Lane Gorman Trubitt,  L.L.P.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Joe T. Garcia's, Fort Worth
Cost: $20 TEXO Members only

The TEXO IMPACT Networking Series are member-to-member networking events, meant to exhibit the IMPACT we have when we all get together. Join us for our next IMPACT Networking Series where TEXO members can come together to network and enjoy a fun evening at Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth. Register here! Includes 2 drink tickets and heavy appetizers!


TEXO is encouraging its members and their employees to cast their vote in the May 9 election. 

We must not allow voter apathy to threaten local initiatives and allow campaigns to be decided by very few voters. In fact, many areas in North and East Texas municipalities had only 10% or less of the registered voters vote.

This spring, there are races for Mayoral, City Council seats, College Boards and Regional Water District Boards. Voters will also be given the opportunity to cast a YES vote on several school district and City Bond initiatives which in turn creates projects for TEXO members.

Please download this flyer to remind employees to vote as we better engage TEXO member voters in the future of this region and state.

Friday, May 29, 2015
8:00 - 9:30am
TEXO Dallas Conference Center
$15 - TEXO & AIA Members
$30 - Non-Members

Trees are a major part of our community’s infrastructure. They add value to development projects and increase retail business in shopping districts. The tangible and quantifiable value of trees can only be maximized through professional planning and management of this important resource. Come learn more about the economic, social, and environmental benefits trees represent and key strategies to incorporate them into your next project.

Learn More & Register Now!
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
1:30 - 5:30 pm with optional networking to follow
TEXO Dallas Conference Center
Cost: $100, TEXO Members Only

Executive Presence is a term that stands for a lot of things, but we all know what it means.  It means that when you step into the room, people stop and notice.  When you speak, people stop to listen.  Acquiring or polishing executive presence is a bit more complicated, though.  It’s a combination of understanding presence, as well as your substance and your impact.  It begins with self-awareness, includes understanding and building trust, looking at your personal biases, and making your communication style more intentional, so that it conveys the goal that you are trying to reach.   In these four hours, we will lift your personal presence, and have an immediate impact on your gravitas, while also giving you take-away tools to help you work on continuing to grow your presence in the weeks and months ahead. Speaker: Lee Jay Berman

Learn More & Register Now! 

Thursday - Friday, June 4-5, 2015
Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Friday, 8:30am - 1:00pm
TEXO Dallas Conference Center
$450 - TEXO Members Only

The Adaptive Negotiation Skills Workshop is a lively, fun, and interactive program that studies negotiation theory and practice, game theory and negotiation ethics, and uses role-play simulations, case studies and high-energy, interactive lecture for maximum skill development. After experiencing the practical tools we share during this highly energetic program, seasoned business people will acknowledge having used tools like these, but never having completely understood the strategy behind them, and they will negotiate very differently going forward, crafting transactions in more creative, more responsive and more adaptive ways.

Registration is limited to 40 participants, Register today

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
12:00 - 7:30pm
OMNI Dallas Hotel at Park West
Full Conference:
$95 – AIA & TEXO Members
$50 – AIA YAF & Associate Members, TEXO YCC Members
Keynote Only:

$65 – AIA & TEXO Members


Think construction technology doesn't apply to you? Do you have questions about how to better use technology within your construction business? Don't miss this great opportunity to get a hands on experience from some of the leaders in Construction Technology.

Register Here

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
7:30 - 9:00am
TEXO Dallas Conference Center
$20 - SMPS and TEXO Members
$40 - Non-Members

This workshop will show how a firm can utilize social media to connect with influencers and boost sales. Topics to be covered include: Discussing the various social media platforms, when to use them, and why, Exploring preferred social media outlets in the A/E/C industry and a road map on how to use them, Showcasing how the analytics behind digital communication can drive business decisions, and Tips and tricks on how to have a social media presence.

Register today!

Saturday, June 6, 2015
8:00am - 11:00pm
Hurst Athletic Center
$300 per Team, TEXO Members Only

TEXO is proud to announce the 9th Annual TEXO Softball Tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The tournament is limited to TWENTY FOUR teams this year and spots are available on a first come first serve basis. This is the second competition in the TEXO Challenge Cup, presented by Acton Mobile.

Sponsorship's and Team Registration Available Now! 

ROMCO Equipment Company
Baker Triangle
Industry News

The TEXO Political Action Committee would like to invite you to join us this year in investing in the TEXO-PAC. This is an investment in our industry that strengthens our collective voice by helping to elect pro-construction, free enterprise candidates who give our industry a voice at the state and local government.

The returns you receive from investing in TEXO-PAC are invaluable, come in many forms, and all contribute to a better business environment for you and our industry. Please consider joining with your fellow TEXO members by completing a TEXO-PAC and/or a TEXO Advocacy pledge. Contributions by credit card to TEXO PAC can be made by clicking here

If you have any questions about TEXO PAC or the Advocacy Fund activities, please contact Jack Baxley, Vice President of Government Affairs at TEXO 972-647-0697 or via email at jack@texoassociation.org 

Learn more 


CFMA is now accepting applications for their Spring Scholarship Awards.  Awards will include $1000 Academic Scholarships for active students and the new $500 Certificates of Award for candidates who have completed the CCIFP or CPA exam.  These awards offer a great opportunity to encourage area students to participate in the construction industry or to recognize the professional development of current employees and future leaders. 

Applications are due by May 15th and the scholarships and awards will be presented at the DFW CFMA Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Timarron Country Club on June 8, 2015.   

Download the Application

The National Labor Relation Board’s ambush election final rule went into effect, April 14, 2015. Click here for more information and to download a Rapid Response Toolkit from the ABC National website (login required). 

TEXO is excited to partner with CIOAC (Construction Industry Outreach Advisory Council) on a Mentor Protégé Program which will begin soon.  The program will focus on professional development, productivity and overall ability to operate at a profitable level.  

If you are interested in becoming either a Mentor or Protégé, please review the website below for requirements and application process.

Click here for more information

It seems every major daily newspaper in Texas is reporting on the many job cuts in our state's oil and gas industry. AGC of America just released "Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook." In summary, the 10-page report describes the growing shortage of qualified workers-especially craft workers. That's one of the reasons an industry coalition developed a new statewide workforce development website, www.texasconstructioncareers.com. It is designed to connect laid off workers to meaningful, well-paying jobs in the construction industry.  Employers can post positions, check out industry job fairs, and take inventory of all the craft providers in Texas. To learn more about the program and website, click here.
Construction Industry Outreach Advisory Council (CIOAC) is ramping up to start recruiting for the coming 2015 summer internships. We are excited to announce again this summer the opportunity for students to learn more about the construction industry. We welcome all of our partners in the Constructions industry to be part of the selection for this year’s Summer Internships.
Students taking Construction Management and Job Costing have been given an assignment to interview local construction company executives and managers on various topics related to a construction company's accounting practices and financial management techniques. The professor, Daniel Darrouzet, asks that if you are interested in being an interviewee that you contact him for more information. If you would like to read Professor Darrouzet's letter, click here. To see a list of presentation topics, click here.
We will not have our regular Safety Forums for the month of May. We encourage you to join with TEXO members across the area and hold a Safety Stand Down on your project site on May 6.  More information can be found here
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 
Your Job Site

TEXO is partnering with OSHA, NIOSH and NORA for our annual Safety Stand Down. TEXO members have set a precedent by participating in a Safety Stand Down, where all work is temporarily stopped on job sites across North and East Texas to show that safety awareness and education is important. We ask you to participate in a National Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down on May 6, 2015.  Use this opportunity to have an open discussion with your workers about falls and how to prevent them. Click here to register your job site and for information to plan your stand-down. 

May 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

OSHA 10-Hour Additional Completion Hours (All dates include English & Spanish)
May 8, 15, 22, 29


About the Program
The TEXO Safety First program is a hands-on, interactive orientation for commercial construction employees in all divisions so they can learn the essentials of jobsite safety. This unique program provides an industry specific orientation in safety which all commercial contractors can use. Endorsed by industry leaders in the field of construction safety, during each instructional session, participants handle the equipment they are being trained to understand and operate. Participants also have real-time conversations with the instructor and other class participants on the components of each module.

Learn More about TEXO Safety First
May 15, 29
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Construction Education Center (CEF)

The award winning TEXO Safety First program now has a Test Out option. By attempting the Test Out portion of TEXO Safety First, attendees will receive their TEXO Safety First badge and hardhat sticker after passing the test. For more information about requirements to participate in the TEXO Safety First Test Out program, click here.

TEXO is now offering advanced OSHA courses for those seeking to further their knowledge on construction safety. The following courses are offered as a part of the OSHA Education Center from the UTA Division for Enterprise Development Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS). To learn more about each class and to register, click below.

Electrical Standards- OSHA 3095
May 26-29
Learn More and Register

Trainings & Forums
Monday, May 11
8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: TEXO Dallas Conference Center
$65 - TEXO Contractor & Industry Members
$185 - Non-Members

Register Now!
English- Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Spanish- Wednesday, June 17, 2015

8:00am - 3:00pm
TEXO Dallas Conference Center
Complimentary- TEXO Members Only

TEXO will partner with the Crosby Group to host a Complimentary 6 hour Basic Rigging Training class for TEXO members only. The class will be held in English on Tuesday, June 16th and in Spanish on Wednesday, June 17th at TEXO’s Dallas Conference Center.  All attendees will receive the Crosby Certificate of Attendance,  The Crosby Catalog and ASME/OSHA Fundamentals Workbook and Laminated Rigging Card.

Register now! Class size is limited to 60.

Ford Nassen & Baldwin, PC
Slates Harwell LLP
Contract Bond Agency
Member Discount Programs
As a TEXO Member, you have access to some of the best industry deals and services available. Below are just a few highlighted Member Benefits services. To learn more visit our Member Benefits page on the TEXO Website.
You can get the best 401k on the market. 100% Unconditional Money Back Guarantee, Superb Investment Options, Award Winning Customer Service, and Significant Fee Discounts.  For a Free Evaluation and a Free Compliance Checkup of your current 401k, call Steve Heussner, Steve@MogulWealth.com, at 469-450-4663 or Kirk Quaschnick, Kirk@MogulWealth.com, at 214-420-7152 and mention TEXO.
Through Reliant Energy’s partnerships with AGC Texas Building Branch, TEXO members receive exclusive benefits for using and promoting Reliant Energy for electric service. Learn More
Enterprise Fleet Management
As a long standing partner of AGC and ABC, Enterprise Fleet Management would like to offer an innovative program that drives value for every customer by including best possible pricing and special incentives on vehicle acquisition; providing a separate line of credit; creating a cycling strategy to achieve optimum performance and best resale value; all while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership. Enterprise Fleet Management is a full-service solution for companies with small to medium-size fleets, we leverage our relationships with all manufacturers on most makes and models of cars, light- and medium-duty trucks across North America. Enterprise Fleet Management is a part of Enterprise Holdings; a family owned company that also operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Truck Rental, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-A-Car brands. Learn more by contacting Tyler Slaughter with Enterprise Fleet today!

Enterprise Truck Rental
As a partner of the AGC, Enterprise Commercial Truck Rental would like to offer a special promotion to AGC members to save 20% on commercial truck rentals to all first time renters! Enterprise Commercial Truck provides a cost effective rental program that drives efficiency without sacrificing productivity. AGC members can rent a variety of commercial vehicles including: heavy duty pickup trucks, cargo vans, stake beds and box trucks. Learn More by contacting Blair Culley with Enterprise today!
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