April 2013

Episode #38 of the Maryland Construction NetworkMCN Podcast 130x130 Brown

In this podcast MCN host Rob Bertazon interviews Mr. Chris Tripp as a part of Maryland AGC’s Spotlight Sponsorship to discuss AGC’s upcoming Golf Outing. Chris is a Heavy Civil Manager for Joseph B. Fay General Contractors, and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Maryland AGC. He also is the 2013 Golf Outing Chairman for AGC. Mr. Tripp also discusses some of the reasons why his company is a MD AGC member and how MD AGC has benefited his personal career.

The Maryland Chapter of the Associated General Contractors 27th Annual Golf Outing is being held at Queenstown Harbor – 301 Links Lane; Queenstown, Maryland 21658. The tournament flyer is available here. Contact Sue at 410-321-7870 for more information or registration details!

  • June 10th
  • Lakes Course
  • The registration fee includes golf, driving range, light lunch, on-course beverages and a cook-out under the pavilion at the club house
  • Registration & Lunch – 12:00p.m.—1:00p.m.
  • Shotgun start at 1:00p.m.
  • Wonderful networking and marketing opportunity
  • Sponsorship Opportunities Include
    • Hole-In-One Sponsor
    • Lunch Sponsor
    • Sign Sponsors
    • Beverage Cart Sponsor
    • Longest Drive Sponsor
    • Closest to the Pin Sponsor
    • Putting Contest Sponsor
    • Cooler Sponsor
    • Hole Sponsor
    • Goodie Bag Sponsors

Why AGC?

  • His employer – Joseph B. Fay General Contractors – a union company
    • AGC has an arm titled – Construction Industry Advancement Program
    • This affords his company an opportunity to continue union and industry relationships through the CIAP and AGC
  • Chris finds MD AGC membership personally rewarding
    • He was first involved in MD AGC through a previous employer and has now been an AGC member for twelve years
    • Great networking
    • Outside opinions on issues at work
    • Helpful to gain insight into the industry and not feel as if you are “alone” in your concerns and problems
    • Easy way to open the door to new business!

Register Now For Maryland Construction Network’s Inaugural Direct Connect Event

  • May 22nd – 5:00- 7:30pm
  • Boumi Temple – 5050 King Avenue; Baltimore, MD 21237
  • Fine Cuisine with Beer, Wine, and Soda included for the low price of $35 – Cash Bar available for mixed drinks
  • Outstanding networking for all members of the construction industry
  • Download your registration form here!

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It’s been a while in the making, but the Maryland Construction Network is coming into focus. We have our first Direct Connect Meeting set for May 22nd and registrations are proceeding well. I still have a couple items to complete on the website, most notable is the online storefront. Very shortly you will be able to join MCN, choose connection plans, make your reservations, and process your payments right from our website. Until then, you can always mail your reservations and connection forms to us at 3928 Norrisville Rd; Jarrettsville, MD 21084.

As my to-do-list begins to dwindle, I look forward to really getting back into the swing of podcasting. I am really encouraged by the number of people that have expressed a desire to start sharing their expertise with our listeners. Don’t forget to submit your ideas and suggestions for topics for the show!

Verna and I are always available to answer your questions regarding MCN and our Connection Plans. Drop us a note or give us a call at 443-982-7329. We look forward to helping you make that next great connection that takes your business to a higher level!

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MCN Podcast 130x130 BrownEpisode #37 of the Maryland Construction Network

In today’s episode MCN’s host Rob Bertazon talks about the impact the Gas Tax Hike and $1.1 Billion in new school construction and school renovation projects will have upon Maryland’s construction industry.

Based upon Baltimore Sun article written by Michael Dresser  on 4/1/13

Article written touting the benefit of the Gas Tax hike and spending bills from 2013 General Assembly

  1. What is the real effect of these actions on the construction industry?
  2. Gas tax is supposed to benefit transportation construction only
    • While all construction has declined in recession, many subcategories have faired worse than those in road building
    • This means only a very select few companies in the construction industry will benefit from this spending
    • While money is supposed to be for transportation only, lawmakers have left loopholes
  3. Reviews about benefit to economy are mixed
    • Some legislators misinterpret this as a benefit to all aspects of construction and a burden on citizens
    • Administration projects 100,000 jobs created because of gas tax
      • What is that number really?
      • Many will not be new jobs, only the continuation of current employment
    • Economist Anirban Basu claims that gas tax could cost 1,000 jobs and the loss of $124 million in economic activity
      • Potential benefits difficult to predict since money has been diverted in the past
      • School construction should be a direct boost to construction
    • Other economist note that this may drive companies to leave the state
  4. $1 Billion for 15 new schools and many more schools to be renovated
    • This does have more far reaching implications for the construction industry
    • Greater diversity of companies will benefit from this spending
    • Still, no help for residential, small commercial contractors
  5. Al this comes at the expense of the taxpayer
  6. Infrastructure spending is definitely needed but to what extent does increasing taxes and borrowing to spend deter from recovery of general economy.
  7. This does not replace private sector spending
  8. This does not address other badly needed infrastructure improvements such as water, power, etc.

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MCN Podcast 130x130 BrownEpisode # 36 of the Maryland Construction Network

In today’s episode MCN’s host Rob Bertazon explains how to register for the MCN website and e-mail program

Registering to authorize/receive MCN E-mail

  1. To comply with federal Can-Spam Act
  2. So you receive all the e-mail you want and only  the e-mail you want
  3. Verna and I have accumulated thousands of contacts over the years and this will let us contact people quickly and efficiently
  4. Click on “Contact” graphic on right side of website or on the hyperlink in our personal e-mail
  5. Complete the sign-up form and click submit
  6. Respond to the automated e-mail to confirm your e-mail address and be officially entered

Registering for MCN website

  1. Allows you to post comments on MCN website
  2. Look on right side of website page for “Login” text and then find “Register” link 5 lines down
  3. Click on Register link
  4. Fill in username and e-mail address and submit
  5. Check e-mail for password
  6. Login with username and password provided
  7. Compete your profile information and click update

Thank you for taking time to register. You are two steps closer to connecting with the Maryland Construction Network – Our Industry . . . CONNECTED!

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