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  • October 09, 2014 9:05 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors is seeking a new Director of Membership and Industry Relations. This position is responsible for the overall management of the chapter’s membership recruitment and retention activities, group products, discount programs, marketing and communications. Additionally, this position will play a key role in other chapter activities, including special events, workforce development, our future leaders initiative, and overall chapter management.

    Ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing or business or the equivalent combination of education, training or experience. Construction Industry experience and sales background a plus. Must be computer literate with ability to use various database, word processing, email applications and social media.

    Please send resume and cover letter to Cheryl Stewart, Inland Northwest AGC, 4935 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA  99212 or by email to cstewart@nwagc.org.

    Position Purpose: Responsible for targeting and recruiting new members; responds to the needs and requests of existing membership to foster membership retention, oversees all aspects of membership, marketing, communications and group products for the association.

    Job Functions:

    • Achieve annual membership recruitment and retention goals established jointly with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
    • Implement and assist in development of an ongoing membership recruitment plan including but not limited to organizing and maintaining a prospect list, establishment of membership growth goals, and making personal contacts throughout the Chapter service area, utilizing current members assistance as appropriate.
    • Implement and assist in development of an ongoing membership retention plan including but not limited to analyzing current membership trends, establishment of retention goals, and development of a new member and at-risk member orientation program and communication process.
    • Work with accounting staff to monitor and follow up on payment of dues and other expenses from Contractor / Specialty Contractor and Supplier / Service Provider members.
    • Manage chapter communications and marketing efforts
    • Write news releases on AGC activities as required;
    • Prepare brochures to promote AGC programs as required;
    • Assist in coordinating special events, help to recruit event sponsors.
    • Serve on the Association’s management team to guide decision-making, problem solving, and identification of new opportunities to improve overall Association effectiveness, mission impact, and value to members and the industry, perform special projects as assigned by the Executive Director and identify and effectively recommend additional member services to increase perceived value to members.
    • Represents AGC in personal (phone and visitation) calls to prospective and existing members, marketing AGC products and services within the chapters service area.
    • Conducts membership orientation.
    • Establishes strategic marketing alliances with other industry groups and participates in industry events for the promotion of AGC
    • Manage, market and promote AGC group products and discount programs. Meet with current and potential members to educate and assist in enrollment.

    Required Skills, Abilities, Knowledge: Degree in marketing or business or the equivalent combination of education, training or experience. Construction Industry experience and sales background a plus. Must be computer literate with ability to use various database, word processing and email applications. Prior marketing experience a benefit, ability to focus and pull together a marketing strategy to recruit members. Excellent communication and personal skills.

  • September 22, 2014 10:10 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Heavy/Highway Contractor seeking an experienced Estimator/Project Manager in our Spokane area office for bridge and civil projects in the Northwest.  Duties to include estimating, project management, contract administration, formwork design, etc. Previous bridge experience and PE a big plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to work effectively with State, Federal and other agencies, as well as Subcontractors and employees.  Need to be proficient in estimating, scheduling software and MS Office programs.  Great salary/benefit package for the right team-oriented person. We are a very progressive company with a great future. Send resume and salary requirements to P.O. Box 519, Airway Heights, WA 99001 or e-mail to markj@westway.cc

    We are an equal opportunity employer.

  • September 08, 2014 9:23 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    CFMA Inland Northwest Chapter is pleased to welcome Robert Davidson, CPA, for two sessions geared for construction accountants, owners, CFO’s and surety underwriters and other industry professionals.

    EVENT DETAILS

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Lincoln Center

    1316 N. Lincoln | Spokane, WA 99201

    Download registration form.

     

    Day Long Seminar

    Contractor Accounting, Analytics, Taxation and Continuity Planning

    (8am to 11:30am) and (1:30pm to 4pm):

    This seminar session will include an in-depth discussion of the accounting, financial management and management strategies for contractors of all sizes. Participants will be provided with worksheets, exhibits and practice aids to facilitate the implementation of best practices in construction financial management and reporting.

     

    The seminar is intended for CPAs, CFOs, controllers, surety underwriters and other construction industry professionals with an intermediate knowledge of construction accounting and financial management.

     

    The seminar will qualify for 7 hours of CPE; 4 hours of Accounting & Auditing; 2 hours of Management Advisory Services and 1 hour of Tax.

    Luncheon Keynote

    Construction Accounting & Financial Management: Current Trends & Strategies for Owners, Senior Management & Decision Makers

    12pm to 1pm

    • Update on construction industry trends and developments
    • Healthy contractor financial benchmarks and goals
    • 10 smart things contractors should do to “survive and thrive” in today’s construction economy

    This session will include a brief summary of current economic developments and trends in the construction industry. Attendees will be provided financial management information about construction benchmarking, internal controls and strategic planning to control costs and improve profitability.

    The luncheon session is designed for Owners, CFOs, controllers, CPAs, surety underwriters and other professionals with a basic knowledge of construction accounting and financial management. This session will qualify for 1-hour of MAS CPE.

  • July 07, 2014 11:43 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The primary ballots for the 2014 elections go out in the mail today and we want to make sure you know who your AGC is endorsing. The Government Affairs committee has met with candidates both in Spokane and the Tri Cities region to discuss the issues most important to our industry – including transportation funding, workforce development and regulation reform. Based on those interviews, the Inland Northwest AGC Board of Directors is endorsing the following candidates:

    5th Congressional District:US Rep Cathy McMorris-Rogers

     

    Washington State

    6th District

    Senator Michael Baumgartner

    Kevin Parker

    Jeff Holy

     

    4th District

    Josh Arritola

    Leonard Christian

     

    3rd District

    Marcus Riccelli

     

    8th District:

    Brad Klippert

    Larry Haler

    Sharon Brown

     

    16th District:

    Maureen Walsh

    Terry Nealey

     

    Spokane County:

    Commissioner Al French

    Auditor Vicki Dalton

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich

    Treasurer Mary Kuney

     

    We encourage you to communicate these endorsements with your employees to help us build a stronger construction industry.

  • July 07, 2014 11:35 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    There were 325 data breach incidents and 8,320,325 people exposed to data theft from the beginning of 2010 through late June, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Almost two breaches every day involving two of every 100 Americans. When thieves steal personal information, the victims look for someone to blame; the target is usually the person or company who had their data to start with. Businesses that suffer data breaches involving the possible theft of others' information can expect to receive lawsuits. Legal actions taken so far have not produced sizable awards, but they have produced some guidance from the courts.

    Some plaintiffs' actions have failed because they could not prove that a data breach actually harmed them. A federal appellate court ruled that only one of three plaintiffs had a cause of action against a company whose computer servers were stolen. That plaintiff had suffered an identity theft; the court ruled that it was possible that the server theft caused the identity theft. Because the other two plaintiffs could not show that the server theft harmed them, the court said that they had no cause of action. Likewise, a federal court ruling on an Indiana case said that a data breach alone was not what state law defines as a "compensable injury." In both of these cases, plaintiffs sought recovery for the cost of credit monitoring services, but the courts ruled that these costs were not compensable damages.

    Plaintiffs had no more success in a class action suit against supermarket chain Hannaford following a three-month data breach that exposed millions of credit card numbers and led to 2,000 incidents of fraud. Claiming that the chain had violated an implied contract to protect their data, the plaintiffs sought compensation and an injunction ordering Hannaford to disclose the breached data and to pay for credit monitoring services. However, the court ruled that Hannaford had no implied contract with its customers and owed no compensation to those affected customers who did not have fraudulent charges on their accounts. It also ruled that customers whose credit card issuers removed fraudulent charges from their accounts were not entitled to damages. Finally, the court denied the request for the injunction because the plaintiffs had closed the affected accounts.

    Banks that reimbursed customers affected by a 2005 data breach involving TJX Corp. had more success in court. The company, which operates popular retail chains, suffered the theft of 45 million customer records from its systems. The banks removed fraudulent charges from their customers credit card accounts, then filed a class action suit against the company. TJX eventually settled for more than $40 million.

    Many business owners see these large-scale events as the problems of large corporations, any business that keeps records of confidential customer information, such as credit card numbers, has a serious exposure to this type of loss. Some insurance companies now offer security liability insurance to protect businesses against being held liable for harm resulting from a data breach. One company's policy covers a business' liability resulting from a failure and inability of its computer security system to prevent a computer attack or to minimize its effects. It covers only losses resulting when a source outside the organization causes a data breach.

    Since virtually every organization keeps some customer information on its computer systems, every organization should at least consider purchasing security liability insurance. A professional insurance agent can suggest coverages appropriate for the organization's exposures and identify insurance companies that can provide them at a reasonable cost. Businesses must do everything they can to protect customer data, but if things go wrong, the right insurance will help the business survive.

    Article submitted by:

    Jim Dinneen, Inland Insurance, Inc.

    9016 E. Indiana Ave, Ste A.

    Spokane Valley, WA 99212

    509-456-2648 phone

    Email: jim.dinneen@inlandins.com

    Website: www.inlandins.com

  • June 09, 2014 1:10 PM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Inland Northwest AGC presented it’s 2013 National AGC Safety Awards and local safety awards to over 25 member companies this past week.

    Recognizing AGC Contractor Members for Safety Excellence Since 1926, the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort to offer AGC members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record. NASA compares a member's safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for contractor members to compete for nationally recognized awards that have excellent safety records.

     

    The AGC also presented local safety awards to honor those companies in our region that go above & beyond to maintain a safe workplace. This program compares companies in the same division on a local level.

     

    Safety awards are given to members who have an incident rate 25% below each division's average and members who have a zero incident rate in the following divisions: Building, Highway, Heavy/Industrial, Municipal/Utilities and Associate/Specialty.

    Congratulations to the following NASA Winners:

    • AM Landshaper Inc.
    • ARK Commercial
    • Burton Construction
    • Clearwater Construction & MGMT LLC
    • COBRA Building Envelope Contractors
    • Dew Drop Sprinklers & Landscaping
    • Dix Corp
    • Drywall Specialties Inc.
    • Federal Engineers & Constructors
    • Frank Gurney Inc.
    • Loon Lake Sand And Gravel
    • Lydig Construction Inc.
    • N A Degerstrom Inc.
    • Northwest Fence Co. Inc.
    • Performance Contracting Inc.
    • Steelhead Mechanical LLC
    • TW Clark Construction LLC
    • Williams Bros. Construction LLC
    • WM Winkler Co.
  • June 02, 2014 9:26 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Heavy Highway Project Superintendant needed for $10-$30M dollar projects in the northwest.  Need 5-10 years experience managing large projects.  Construction management or related degree is required.  Must be willing to travel.  Must be proficient in written and verbal skills, must understand scheduling and cost control, must be able to read and understand owner specs. and plans, must have a general knowledge of safety requirements and must perform as a productive member of a management team.

    Wage DOE, paid family medical, retirement, 401(K)

    Send resume to: M.A. DeAtley Construction, Inc. PO Box 490, Clarkston WA 99403, Fax to 509-751-1922 or email to deedee@madcon.net

  • May 29, 2014 9:55 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    AGC Retro just received a whopping 42% Group Refund and over half of the members in the program are earning 54% refunds their workers compensation premiums as a result of a performance based refund distribution designed to reward safety and light duty efforts!

     

    Van Hardy, Chairman of the program said, “I could not be more pleased with these outstanding results.  Year over year we continue to be a top performing construction Retro group.  I see competing plans elevating their penalty risk to percentage levels that can only be described as dangerously aggressive and twice as high as AGC is willing to risk on behalf of our members.  I am reminded that sticking to our core principles which include consistently well thought out policies and processes is the right way to operate and is of great benefit to our member companies.  How are we able to produce long term results that exceed our competitor Retro groups with less risk, lower administrative expenses and a much higher percentage of total refunds returned to our members?  We have the best design, the strongest and most capable staff, the most committed participant companies and a member staffed Retro Committee that never deviates from our mission of making sure everything we do is in the best interests of our participant companies.”

    Learn more or get your free analysis today.

  • March 24, 2014 8:10 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    by Tyler S. Waite, Campbell & Bissell, PPLC

     

    In an effort to move toward an international standard in the classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals, OSHA’s “Hazard Communication Standard” (HCS) has been revised to align with the international “GHS” system.  Once this transition is complete, the new standard should make the workplace safer through communicating better information to workers and by providing emergency responders with consistent standardized information.  Additionally, the change is expected to ease international trade barriers associated with existing inconsistencies in chemical labeling and classification. 

     

    What is “GHS”?  GHS is an acronym for the “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.”  At least sixty-five other countries have already adopted, or are in the process of adopting the GHS system.  GHS provides a comprehensive scheme to define and classify physical and environmental chemical hazards as well as a universal method of communicating hazardous information and protective measures through universal labeling requirements and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  SDSs will include new information and look different than the current MSDS sheets.  The new SDS sheets will include things such as pictograms, signal words and hazard statements. 

     

    What this means for contractors/businesses: The GHS aligned requirements will be phased in over the next three years.  OSHA set a December 1, 2013 deadline for employers to train workers on the changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (in other words, if you have not completed the training, you are already 4 months past the deadline).  By June 1, 2016, employers are required to be in full compliance with all provisions of the updated standard, and distributors will not be allowed to ship products using the old HCS labeling system after December 1, 2015.  Hazard communication infractions result in frequent OSHA citations, and OSHA intends to review companies’ plans and records for hazard communication procedures during site inspections. 

     

    Many businesses have not yet provided training concerning the new standards, and many do not realize they fall under the requirements of the new OSHA standards.  The new standards are far reaching and often apply to commonly used chemicals such as paints, as well as consumer grade adhesives and cleaning supplies.  Even cosmetologists and salons may be subject to the new GHS training requirements if certain chemicals are used in the workplace.  Employers have always been required to provide hazard communication trainings to new workers under the general industry standards but employers are now required to update their operations and retrain employees.  Under the revised GHS system, workers need to understand the new labeling scheme.  Training includes instructing workers how to read and understand the new Safety Data Sheets, addressing risks posed by hazardous chemicals, and ensuring that workers have an understanding of the new labeling elements.  

     

    Many American and foreign chemical manufactures are already using the updated GHS labeling and SDSs.  It is crucial that employers train their workers to ensure that they are familiar with the new labeling and SDSs.  This will ensure that employees understand how to use the new labeling, and access information effectively. Additional information can be obtained at: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html. 

  • March 10, 2014 11:11 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Distracted driving not only is a serious problem on the road, it is a major concern for businesses with fleets of vehicles that want to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents and control expenses.  Distracted driving can be caused by activities ranging from using a cell phone or texting to eating and drinking, grooming, reading directions, or changing a radio station or MP3 player. 

     

    Recent statistics about distracted driving related to the use of cell phones and texting are particularly alarming:

    • Regardless of the texting method – voice-to-text or manual – driver performance suffers equally, according to a study released in April 2013 by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute ( TTI).
    • The National Safety Council in a study released in May 2013 estimates that 25 percent of all crashes involve cell phone use based on data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, the National Safety Council believes “the number of crashes involving cell phone use is much greater than what is being reported (because) many factors, from drivers not admitting cell phone use to a lack of consistency in crash reports being used to collect data at the scene, make it very challenging to determine an accurate number.” 
    • Finally, a study released by AAA in June 2013 concluded that “talking on a hands-free phone isn’t significantly safer for drivers than talking on a hand-held phone and using hands-free devices that translate speech into text is the most distracting of all.”

     

    Besides the inconvenience and expense of taking a vehicle out of service for repairs after an accident, even minor injuries to a driver can become a major concern and disrupt a business’ ability to serve customers. A business often can benefit from an annual review of losses that includes cross-referencing accident reports with cell phone records for individual drivers and calculating the extra expenses incurred by not reporting small accidents to its insurance carrier. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this review is with a professional fleet management company that has the experience and expertise to evaluate the total cost of a fleet of vehicles.

     

    Businesses that don’t take seriously the problems caused by distracted driving can pay a high price.  For example, a vehicle involved in a serious accident could be required to be taken out of service during an investigation from several days to many months, while the business is still required to make payments on the vehicle.  In addition, a business involved in a legal dispute resulting from an accident may be subpoenaed to provide detailed documentation such as the driver’s statements and possible phone records if the driver is suspected of being on the phone at the time of the accident.

      

    A good place to begin to reduce risks caused by distracted driving is to develop a written policy for all drivers, whether they drive company-owned vehicles or use their own vehicles while on company business.  Sample wording may state, “Individuals are encouraged to use their cell phones only when the vehicle is legally parked.  The use of cell phones while driving is strongly discouraged in order to practice good defensive driving skills.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, compliance with state and local cell phone laws is required.”

     

    According to AAA, industry research indicates there are about 9 million cars and trucks on the road with “infotainment” systems and that will jump to about 62 million by 2018.  It’s time for everyone to face the reality of distracted driving and take necessary actions to drive responsibly.

     

     


     

    Thomas Gardner, a Director for Enterprise Fleet Management in Washington can be reached at 425-687-9826.  Gardner is supported by an experienced team of veteran mechanics and accredited Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technicians to serve the fleet maintenance needs of businesses with mid-size fleets.  In addition to maintenance management programs, Enterprise’s services include vehicle acquisition, fuel management and insurance programs, as well as vehicle registration, reporting and remarketing.  Visit the company’s web site at www.efleets.com or call toll free 1-877-23-FLEET.

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