Webinars


CFMA Webinars offer timely, on-point educational sessions presented by subject matter experts. Webinars run between 60-90 minutes in length and cover such diverse industry topics as:

Once you purchase a CFMA webinar, you receive 24/7 access to content and materials. Click on any title below to watch a preview of of the session. Webinars are a FREE benefit for CFMA Members!

(On Demand Webinars do not offer CPE credits)


Sessions

Material Management and Trucking: The State of Automation in Heavy/Civil Construction

Aug 2, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Aug 2, 2021 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Extreme process inefficiency and lack of automation is pronounced in the heavy/civil construction marketplace. Heavy/Highway contractors generally do well with automating their take-off and estimating functions up through bidding. However, after that, automation is not well utilized. This webinar will look at the results of a survey conducted within the industry that addressed applications being used for trucking, dispatching, fuel mgt., equipment management, scale ticketing and inventory control. The survey was offered to a contractors and material producers around the US and Canada.This webinar, presented by the survey’s authors will provide a clear and objective look at the state of the heavy civil construction industry in terms of automation; and recent trends in the industry.

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What’s Under the Hardhat: Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Construction Industry

Jul 7, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Jul 7, 2021 4:30pm

Credits: None available.

Mental health is an invisible crisis in construction. Nationally in the construction industry, more workers die annually by suicide than by all occupational injuries combined. The uncertainty of COVID-19 created major stress, anxiety, fear and worries among workers and their families. Learn how a culture of caring and wellbeing can reduce the serious risks of mental health, substance misuse and suicide. This session focuses on WHY these topics are an imperative for construction leaders at all levels. Learn stigma reduction strategies what you and your company can do to help promote mental wellbeing and reduce risk of suicide among your workforce and our industry.

Speaker(s):
  • Cal Beyer, CWP, SCTPP, Vice President of Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing, CSDZ Company
  • Darcy Gruttadaro, Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health

Why Contractors FailWhy Contractors Fail

Preview Available

Why Contractors Fail

Jun 23, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Jun 23, 2021 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Construction company failures do occur, that is a reality. The session will revolve around a discussion about the red flags, financial and non-financial, you need to be aware of to identify a construction company on the brink of failure and how to navigate those murky waters.

Speaker(s):
  • Carl Oliveri, CPA, CCIFP, CFE, MBA, Partner, Construction Practice Leader, NYC Office Market Leader, Grassi & Co

Surety Industry Update Surety Industry Update

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Surety Industry Update

Jun 2, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Jun 2, 2021 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

This presentation will provide a review of the current state of the surety industry and trends that surety industry leaders are following for the next few years. It will provide insightful information that contractors can use to manage through the near term that can help them maintain or improve their surety relationships.

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Let's Talk Taxes: Important PPP, ERC, and SALT Insights

May 5, 2021 3:00pm ‐ May 5, 2021 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

2021 has brought new changes into the tax landscape for the construction industry. Join BKD CPAs & Advisors for a much needed tax update where you'll gain insight regarding hot topics like the Paycheck Protection Program and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), as well as an overview of state and local tax issues for contractors.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $45.00
Members: $0.00

CFMA’s Speaker Development Toolkit: Tips & Techniques for Effective Public Speaking

Apr 26, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Apr 26, 2021 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Being able to communicate your message clearly and concisely so that it has an impact on the listener is the cornerstone of public speaking. This webinar will provide attendees with valuable information to help develop their public speaking skills for live virtual on in-person sessions. Attendees will have access to CFMA’s Speaker Development electronic Toolkit to easily access articles and information on best practices for public speaking engagements. Learn valuable insight from experienced speakers during this one-hour webinar.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $45.00
Members: $0.00

Pandemics and Productivity: Quantifying the Impact

Apr 7, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Apr 7, 2021 4:15pm

Credits: None available.

Jobsite shut-downs and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic has had negative impacts on budgets for many businesses. This study, commissioned by SMACNA’s New Horizons Foundation and conducted by Maxim Consulting Group, assesses the impact of the coronavirus (COVID 19) across the HVAC and sheet metal industry. Learn how industry experts quantified those impacts and financial losses. Find out how this industry resource helps contractors measure the lost productivity working under pandemic-driven protocols.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $45.00
Members: $0.00

Subcontractor PrequalificationSubcontractor Prequalification

Preview Available

Subcontractor Prequalification

Mar 10, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Mar 10, 2021 5:00pm

Credits: None available.

Prequalification programs have been well established for a long time, but questions still persist for many in how to choose the best subcontractor, and likewise as a sub, how to put in your best effort to get the job. This session will take a deep dive into learning the prequalification process. Learn why some General Contractors (GCs) worry about Subcontractor failure? And for Subcontractors, learn how to become more comfortable with sharing financial information. Gain insight into best practices your company can implement to make your financial statement picture perfect.

Learning objectives:
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Take steps to make the prequalification process successful in your company’s culture.
  • Identify the types of information requested and how it’s used.
  • Evaluate the process in companies who have developed a successful prequalification process to identify best practices.

Speaker(s):
  • Kevin Burnett, CPA, CCIFP, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, The Sundt Companies, Inc.
  • Patrick Cebelak, CPA, CCIFP, President, Triangle Associates
  • Lisa Best, CPA, Prequalification Manager, The Sundt Companies, Inc.
Members: $45.00
Standard: $69.00

Secrets to Successful Hiring in Today's Environment

Mar 3, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Mar 3, 2021 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Attracting and retaining talent was already challenging when the pandemic added complexity. Now, it is more important than ever for senior leaders and their hiring managers to learn best practices for attracting and hiring top performers. In this session, we will discuss candidate attitudes and behavior in today’s market, including how it is impacted by the pandemic. We will cover hiring processes and practical strategies to successfully attract and get top talent hired in this environment.

Learning objectives:
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Gain perspective on how the pandemic impacts candidate behavior
  • Examine motivators of top performers, and how to find them
  • Discover the underlying reasons job ads may not generate results

Speaker(s):
Standard: $45.00
Members: $0.00

Expand Your Construction Contract Knowledge - Day 2

Feb 25, 2021 3:00pm ‐ Feb 25, 2021 5:00pm

Credits: None available.

In this course, you will gain an attorney’s view of how risks can be avoided with specific contract language that will minimize your company’s liability exposure. Learn about various case dispute situations and how the contract clauses respond to real-case examples plus best practice approaches to manage the circumstances. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with the instructors on sample construction project scenarios and determine potential consequences as a result of the contract definition and legal requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how risks can be created and avoided by specific—and sometimes overlooked—contract language.
  • Learn how to spot contract language that increases your company’s liability risk, and how to negotiate provisions that minimize your risk and apportion liability fairly among parties.
  • Gain best practices on how to use your company counsel more effectively in preparing to negotiate difficult contract clauses.

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