ECC 2011 Mid-Year Meeting prepares for the ‘Journey’

By: Eric K. Rodriguez

The Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association held its 2011 Mid-Year Meeting in Houston on March 9 and 10. The meeting kicked off with a networking reception at the Yard House restaurant, giving existing members a chance to catch up with old friends and new members, such as myself, an opportunity to meet other professionals within the industry.

The following day, ConocoPhillips hosted the group at their corporate headquarters.  The daylong meeting included a workshop led by Jim McCloskey of S & B Engineers and Constructors, titled Building Better Relationships Through Better Communication. Prior to the workshop, the attendees all completed the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, in order to better understand their own personality types. Mr. McCloskey highlighted the importance of understanding your own personality type as well as the different personality types you encounter on a daily basis. Through this increased awareness, Mr. McCloskey showed how you can communicate more effectively with others.

I also joined the ECC Future Leaders group and formed three teams that will be responsible for separate events during the 43rd Annual ECC Conference, which will be held in September in Phoenix, Arizona. One team will organize the Pre-Conference Future Leader Workshop, while the other two teams will develop and present two forums. One forum will feature recent exceptional engineering projects; the other will examine the issue of a dwindling workforce in the engineering industry. The conference, “Journey into Uncharted Territories,” will be attended by Frank Adams, Christopher Sullivan, Peter van der Schans, and me.

The ECC teams have done a wonderful job preparing for this journey, and I am excited to reach the destination in September.

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