TEXO Onsite Newsletter
December 8, 2015 In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Industry News
Trainings & Forums
Member Discount Programs
Rental One
Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P. C
Lane Gorman Trubitt,  PLLC
Upcoming Events
Deadline for submission is Friday, January 29, 2016

We want to recognize the great projects that our members work on each year. You can now download the application and decide which of your projects to submit for a 2016 TEXO Distinguished Building Award. These awards are nationally recognized and widely respected. You can begin the application process today and come back to it after the holidays. Don't miss this chance to get recognized for the great work you do!

Submit for a TEXO Distinguished Building Award
Thursday, February 11
Location: TopGolf in The Colony
Harrison Steck, P.C.
Baker Triangle
Industry News
Wednesday, December 16th
2:00pm -  3:00pm ET

Surety bonding is a critical component of risk allocation for many construction projects.  However, stakeholders often don’t understand the distinctions between commonly used bond forms and potential ramifications of those distinctions.  Our panel of industry professionals will discuss the importance of bonding, as well as key considerations when working with commonly used industry bond forms.  To register click here!
Align your company with an important topic of interest! Click here for a list of all upcoming and archived ABC webinars!
The AGC of America is the voice of the construction industry.  Click here for a list of all upcoming AGC events!
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.
Over the past several weeks TEXO members have stepped up to contribute $59,630 towards the goal of $75,000 to the TEXO-PAC and $89,600 to the TEXO Advocacy Fund goal of $100,000.

TEXO–PAC, our Associations political action committee, is an essential part of the TEXO political policy and advocacy program. TEXO-PAC provides contributions in support of pro-business free market minded candidates for both statewide office and in local races. As state and local laws and regulations become an ever-increasing presence in your day-to-day business, TEXO-PAC works to make sure your voice is heard by lawmakers and those making public policy decisions. 

If you have not done so yet, you still have time to join the growing list of members who have committed to protecting our industry voice in the political arena. Please assist us in meeting our 2015 fundraising goals by clicking here

Thank you! 2015 TEXO-PAC and Advocacy Fund Supporters
March 9-11, 2016
Location - Grand Hyatt, San Antonio
Cost - $750 and up

As our premier event each year, the AGC Annual Convention and Technology & Construction Solutions Expo is the ideal opportunity to see everything AGC can do for you and your business.  Join us for more than 15 education breakouts, terrific networking events and industry leading speakers, all in a perfect location for business, culture, family and fun.  Click here to register!

The TEXO Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is an ongoing and evolving effort to recognize companies who have developed and implemented excellent safety and loss prevention programs achieved through management commitment, employee involvement, and program innovation. All TEXO members are encouraged to submit nominations for each division and occupational category.

Schedule and Deadlines:
December 9, 2015 - Completed applications are due in the TEXO Office
December 16, 2015 - Oral Presentations
December 17, 2015 - Winners Notified

Click Here to view the CSEA Application Instructions
Application Download Instructions: Applicants must RIGHT CLICK the link and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As.." (the exact wording may be different based on browser). Applicants must then save the application to a file folder to successfully open the application using Adobe Acrobat Reader.   Please remember to save your progress as you work toward completing the application.  Failure to do so will result in applicants having to start the process from the beginning.
  Click Here to download the application
December 10, 14, 17
January 11, 14, 21, 25, 28

December 9, 15, 16
January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

OSHA 10-Hour Additional Completion Hours (All dates include English & Spanish)
December 11, 18
January 15, 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

Dates:  December 18 / January 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
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.

Trainings & Forums
December 10, 2015
11:30am – 12:30pm

TEXO Dallas Conference Center
Complimentary (Lunch provided) – TEXO Members Only

Your customers use search engines, that's a fact. They search words and topics that they are interested in and need help with. They can learn about you, trust you and eventually buy from you if in that search, they find your content that touches them on an emotional level. Every visit to your web presence is an opportunity to build trust and make a connection. Highly researched content could bring your customers to you. Helpful content can solve your customer’s problems and help them make a purchasing decision. To register click here!

Monday, December 14
8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: TEXO Fort Worth Offices
$65 - TEXO Members
$185 - Non-Members

Register Now!
Thursday, January 14th
5:00 – 7:30pm

Location: TBD
Cost: $35 – TEXO Members / AIA Members $20 – TEXO YCC Members / AIA Associates $50 – Non-Members
Presenters: Kermit Baker, American Institute of Architects, Chief Economist Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group, Inc., Chairman & CEO

What does 2016 hold for the design and construction industry nationally and in North Texas? Join us as nationally recognized speakers address this question and many more during the annual AIA/TEXO Economic Outlook Forum. Our speakers will provide a uniquely entertaining perspective on what this year will include! Plan to stay and network with other TEXO and AIA members.  To learn more and register click here!

6 Sessions, every month beginning Thursday, January 21
(January 21, February 18, March 24, April 21, May 12, June 2)

7:30am - 1:30pm (Breakfast and Lunch provided)
Location: TEXO Dallas Conference Center
Cost: 6-series package: $1,250 total (TEXO Contractor members only)
This course, taught by Peter A. DeLisle, PhD, is a custom program of study examining the key factors influencing leadership effectiveness and development for participants.  The program addresses subjects focused on successful leadership in a complex enterprise including: problem-solving, communication, conflict management, decision-making,  influencing in complex environments; sustaining effective teams and professional  ethics for senior members of firms seeking enhancement of their leadership capabilities. It is ideal for experienced construction leaders making transitions to increased responsibility.  To learn more and register click here!
January 22, 2016
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: TEXO Dallas Conference Center
Cost: $150
The Boot Camp Course provides a variety of training and educational topics specifically for the construction field leader. Based on the Boot Camp Leadership Series developed and presented by Brad Humphrey, widely known for his presentations at World of Concrete, the course has been further customized to meet the needs of Texas-based General Contractors and Specialty Contractors.  Learn more and register now!
Thursday, February 18 – Friday, February 19
     8:00am – 4:30pm / February 18
     8:00am – 1:00pm / February 19

TEXO Dallas Conference Center
$350 – TEXO Members
This workshop will integrate material from the Harvard Program on Negotiation with proven techniques, to better equip participants with the skills needed to develop communication competence in conflict situations. Through this highly experiential workshop, participants will learn how to excel in managing emotion effectively, overcome difficult tactics and temper own responses during difficult conversations.  To learn more and register click here!
Contract Bond Agency
Member Discount Programs
AGC of America and Willis North America are proud to offer a new, dynamic and cost-effective way for AGC member firms to offer quality health insurance and other employee benefits. The AGC Alternative is an employee benefits program built exclusively for AGC members. WATCH THIS VIDEO to learn more. Get a quote by calling us at 1-800-210-5290.
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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