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

Alternate Dispute Resolution: Taking Control of Your Disputes to Save Time and Money


Credits: None available.

The complexity of construction projects and their susceptibility to numerous risks result in frequent legal disputes within the industry. A delay in the resolution of these disputes can be particularly damaging to a company because it slows down the completion process of the construction work, impacts the ability to perform under various related contracts, and may prevent the productive use of funds. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques have become increasingly being used instead of costly, protracted litigation, to resolve even the toughest of disputes. Join us for this 60-minute Webinar to learn about alternative options to resolve construction company disputes quickly and economically by identifying pitfalls which lead to high costs and endless legal battles.

Learning Objectives:
After this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the available options to resolve construction disputes
  • Prepare contracts to define dispute resolution procedures
  • Control the cost of the dispute resolution process more efficiently.

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Tags: Leadership
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Managing Risk in the Cloud: The Pros and Cons


Credits: None available.

Emerging Cloud solutions for storing and collaborating on construction project data can mean unprecedented levels of efficiency for your company. In this 60-minute Webinar, James Benham, President of JB Knowledge Technologies, will help construction financial managers analyze the monetary, personnel, and data security cost of that efficiency. As an avid construction technologist and information technology provider to both commercial builders and risk managers across North America, James will share his extensive experience of implementing enterprise applications in the Cloud, and help you to analyze the pros and cons of doing so. This session will walk financial managers through the process of understanding the Cloud, understanding the services a Cloud provider should offer, and understanding where your company's risk tolerance may or may not fit into the mix.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the right questions financial managers need to ask Cloud service providers before employment;
  • Differentiate between good and bad Cloud services;
  • Execute more confident and educated decisions regarding the implementation of Cloud technologies at your company.


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Speaker(s):
  • James Benham, CEO & Professional Speaker, JBKnowledge, Inc.
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

The Importance of Fleet Management to Your Bottom Line


Credits: None available.

During these challenging economic times, you've already cut expenses in all of the traditional places, but have you looked at your vehicle related expenses? When it comes to fleet management, is it better to reimburse your drivers or provide company vehicles?

When evaluating the options, are you focusing solely on managing company expenses? How will your fleet management decisions impact employee recruitment and retention? Is there any relationship between the vehicles your company uses and its brand identity? How important is reliability and productivity?

In this 60-minute Webinar, presenter Steve Usselmann of Enterprise Fleet Management, will address these questions and explore a business model that is geared toward improving cash flow and cash preservation for construction companies. Steve will also discuss the alternatives to managing your business more efficiently by implementing a vehicle leasing program versus owning your company vehicles without a fleet management professional.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the financial advantages of providing company vehicles versus reimbursing your employees;
  • Discover how to reallocate the potential equity from company-provided vehicles to your bottom line;
  • Discuss how to improve employee recruitment and retention efforts to stay ahead of your competition.


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Speaker(s):
  • Steven Usselmann, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, Enterprise Fleet Management
  • Kevin Kelley, Assistant Vice President, Fleet Management Business Development, Enterprise Fleet Management
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act: Impact on Stakeholders/ Implications for Employers


Credits: None available.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act and it's "game on" for the health industry. This decision, which affirmed the constitutionality of the law, will impact most employers (large and small) and both private and public companies in the United States. Everyone is talking about what's next for employers, with short term compliance being job number one.

But the ramifications of the Supreme Court's decision are much bigger than that. Employers will want to understand the broader implications on the healthcare system and reposition their healthcare strategies to consider and leverage these changes to meet their unique business objectives.

Join us for this 90-minute interactive session with Anne Waidmann, Director of Human Resource Services at PwC, to learn the immediate and long-term implications of what this ruling means to your strategy, your business and your bottom line, with a focus on compliance as well as the bigger picture. No doubt you've had health reform strategies in play since 2010; let's talk about how this final decision changes the game and how you need to change your strategy to win.

After This Session, You Will Be Able To:

  • Explain the specific ramifications of the Affordable Care Act ruling to multiple stakeholders and how that impacts you, as an employer;
  • Assess your current healthcare strategies and how the Affordable Care Act ruling might affect your course of action;
  • Evaluate long-term options for your employees' healthcare considering both the Affordable Care Act and the current market dynamics


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Speaker(s):
  • Anne Waidmann, Director of Human Resource Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Mobile Technology: What Every CFM Should Know


Credits: None available.

The primary objective of every Construction Financial Manager (CFM) is to provide accurate, timely information. Some of the latest mobile technologies are revolutionizing the way in which CFM's can achieve this objective and stay ahead of their competition. Utilizing devices such as smart phones and tablet computers, construction companies can create new opportunities for improving operating efficiencies, increasing productivity and cutting costs.

This Webinar will provide you with an overview of the various field technologies available to construction contractors ranging from installation detailing, GPS assisted layout, to visual production tracking and field accessible project management and job costing. The overview will extend beyond the basics and dive deeper into topics critical to financial managers including the infrastructure required to implement the technology, realistic implementation timelines, early adoption risks and methods of analyzing the return on investment. Presenters, Brian Andrew and David Brown, both Senior Consultants at D. Brown Management, will bring both a financial and operational perspective on the benefits of field technology for the construction industry and how it can positively impact your company's bottom line.

After This Session, You Will Be Able To:

  • Evaluate the benefits of field mobile technology;
  • Identify the different types mobile technology platforms;
  • Discuss the pros and cons of integrating disparate technology systems versus selecting an already integrated system focusing on all aspects including the end-user, cost, risk, maintenance and potential for errors.

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Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Repairs or Improvements? Making Sense of the New IRS Rules on Tangible Property


Credits: None available.

Is that cost currently deductible or must you capitalize it? Presenter, Jonathan Olson, will discuss the impact new IRS temporary regulations will have on the construction industry, identify opportunities for expensing repairs, materials and supplies, and highlight those expenditures which are required to be capitalized.

After This Session, You Will Be Able To:

  • Maximize expensing opportunities for materials and supplies, rotable and temporary spare parts;
  • Apply an elective de minimis rule to your business operations;
  • Explain the rules related to the acquisition or production of real or personal property;
  • Define a “unit of property” for capitalization purposes in the construction industry;
  • Determine when an expenditure might be considered a betterment, thereby requiring capitalization;
  • Apply the capitalization rules to the real estate used in running your business.

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Speaker(s):
  • Jonathan D. Olson, CPA, JD, Tax Partner, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • John W. Dorn, CPA, MBT, Tax Partner, Construction and Real Estate Group, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Tags: Taxes
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Project Closeout: How to Finish the Project, Not The Relationship!


Credits: None available.

It’s a fact that almost all construction companies struggle with project closeout. Behind closed doors, most field leaders, PMs, and even top executives will admit they are more interested in moving on to the next project than closing out the current one. However, closeout is consistently ranked by customers as one of the most important phases in the project life cycle. Perhaps even more importantly, this final stage of work is the one that makes the most lasting impression on your customer.

In this presentation, Tom Emison, Director of Construction Consulting for Eide Bailly, and Randy Armstrong, Senior Project Manager for Crossland Construction Company, Inc., will help you overcome the psychological and operational hurdles involved in closing out construction projects. They will show you how to get more unsolicited work from clients who adore your company, avoid punch-list drama, and have more engaged superintendents and foremen by end of your project. You will also learn the top “Do’s and Don’ts,” best practices, and the financial executive’s role in successful project closeout.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of preparing for project closeout as early as reasonable;
  • Show how to successfully manage relationships, not just projects; and
  • Recognize how to avoid pitfalls in customer experience management that can erode your company’s name.

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Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) and the Building, and Upgrading, of American Infrastructure: How P3s Work, and Can Benefit from the Proposed BUILD Act's National Infrastructure Bank


Credits: None available.

Public-Private Partnerships (or P3s) are becoming more accepted as a structure for private firms to join with federal, state and local governments to design, build, finance, own, operate and maintain infrastructure projects. The proposed BUILD Act would reinforce this trend by recognizing P3s as eligible investors in qualifying projects. The BUILD Act would create a National Infrastructure Bank to provide a substantial source of infrastructure debt financing, generally for projects of at least $100 million in size that are of national or regional significance. Eligible projects could be in the transportation, water or energy sectors.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

BACK TO THE FUTURE: An Economic Prospective for 2011


Credits: None available.

This presentation will focus on the nascent economic expansion and its sustainability. Special attention will be given to the performance of the global economy, the local and U.S. economies, financial markets, labor markets, real estate, and other salient aspects of the economic environment. Anirban Basu will also provide an economic outlook for the year to come on both a national and local level.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

It's Still All About Performance: A Strategic Look at the 2010 CFMA Annual Financial Survey of the Construction Industry and How It Can Help You and Your Company in 2011


Credits: None available.

During one of the most well-attended and beneficial CFMA KnowledgeNOW Webinars in 2010, Tom Emison and Joe Burkett shared their insights on CFMA's 2009 Construction Industry Annual Financial Survey and how those findings would impact construction companies in 2010.

Tom and Joe are back to review the 2010 Financial Survey results and help you become a more strategic construction financial executive. In addition, CFMA's Chief Operations Officer, Brian Summers, will join us to provide a high-level overview of the results.

*There will be an optional 30 minute Q&A session with both presenters immediately following this presentation. Actual session time is 60 minutes only.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00
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