2022 MCAO Conference Save the Date




MCAO would like to give a huge Thank You to all of
2021 Convention & Tradeshow Sponsors and Exhibitors!
This event wouldn't have been a great success with out you! 


Air Control Products
Acorn Engineering

Allied Supply Company, Inc.
Apollo Valves

ASC Engineered Solutions

BWA South

Campbell Equipment Company, Inc.

Cochrane Supply & Engineering

Contractors Choice

DeWalt Industrial Tool Company


Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.

John W. Danforth Company

MCA of NW Ohio

Midwest Spec

Milwaukee Tools


Piping Industry Professionals & Employers

Preferred Sales

Propak Solutions

Siemens Industry, Inc.

SMACNA - Cleveland Chapter

UA Local 50 Plumbers & Pipefitters

Victaulic - Temp Hold

Winsupply, Inc.


2021 Save the Date

Register Here to Attend, Sponsor or Exhibit!


Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
444 North Summit St.
Toledo, OH 43604
Group Rate: $134.00 + tax/Group Name: MCAO Meeting
Room Block Cut-Off Date: August 18, 2021

To book your room over the phone, dial PH: (419) 244-2444 and press “1” for reservations.
To book your room online, Click Here!


Schedule of Events                       

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  Exhibitor Registration and Setup                                               
Renaissance Toledo

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                  MCAO Trustees and Delegates Meeting                                
Chop House       

Thursday, September 16, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                Exhibitor and Contractor Registration                     
Renaissance Toledo Foyer

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                Exhibitor Setup
Renaissance Toledo Ballroom

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.               Opening Address and Biennial Business Meeting
Renaissance Toledo Ballroom

Join the MCA of Ohio Trustees, MCAA and SMACNA Representatives and UA and SMART Leaders to kick off this annual assembly. The MCAO will recognize their volunteer leaders and pass the gavel in preparation for another successful year of strong partnership and industry advocacy

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm.            Opening Keynote Address with Lt. Governor, Jon Husted                               
Renaissance Toledo

Lieutenant Governor, Jon Husted will present the Opening Keynote Address for the Convention. Husted will highlight Ohio’s innovative programs for workforce development and the administration’s continued work to support and grow Ohio businesses. (I HR OCILB CEU)

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.               Exhibit Grand Opening and Walking Luncheon
Renaissance Toledo

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                 General Session I: Mike & Mike: On Pension
Renaissance Toledo Ballroom

Trust Fund Attorney, Mike Ledbetter of Ledbetter Parisi and Mike Rust, Fund Actuary of Cuni Rust and Strenk make up Mike & Mike: On the Fringe – the successful webinar series launched in 2020 exclusively for signatory contractors on trust fund topics regarding health & welfare plans, apprenticeship programs and pension funds.  This session will focus on three key pension plan areas: pension relief in the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA); understanding withdrawal liability; and new trends in alternative pension plan design. (1 HR OCILB CEU)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Field Leaders & Project Managers Program: Foreman’s Impact on Profitability
Imagination Station Theater        (Special Field Leaders/PM Program Registration Required)

Mark Rogers will be presenting the Field Leaders & Project Managers Program for 2021.  Rogers is an MCAA Past President and President of West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Aston, Pennsylvania. This two-day series of sessions will focus on how improved communication and cooperation among foremen, superintendents and project managers are critical for project success and a productive workplace culture. The first session will focus on how foremen and their teams impact the company’s profitability and ability to compete for more manhours in today’s marketplace. As a contractor who came up through the ranks himself, Rogers speaks to this topic with a personal passion and a practical, no nonsense approach. This session will show current and future field leaders and their project managers how their interactions with coworkers, other tradespeople and the end users can help (or hurt) the direct cost of union tradespeople. This session will show how their actions and their decisions impact safety, insurance, profits and overall company culture at every level of a project. (3HR OCILB Available)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                     IT Specialists Breakout Track: A Walk Together Through the Dark Web:
Renaissance “The Heights”           Hacking the Hackers (Special IT Track Registration Required)

This special track of education for IT Specialists will feature Nick Espinosa the Chief Security Fanatic of BSSi2.  In this special small-group section, Espinosa will so a deep dive into what, exactly, the Dark Web is! How we get there, what information can we find, and how to defend ourselves from this menace is all covered.  Nick will walk the group through actual live Dark Web websites and takes them to Identity Theft sites, ransomware leak sites and more! Espinosa is highly regarded across the country for his cybersecurity expertise and his ability to help companies better defend themselves from the next cyber attack. Don’t let your IT professional miss this unique opportunity to have special access to one of the top cybersecurity experts in the US! (1 HR OCILB CEU)

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                  Exhibit Break for All Attendees

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                General Session II: Developing an Internal Workforce Development Model
Renaissance Toledo Ballroom

Bill Elliot has enjoyed his career journey in education and workforce development.  As co-founder and executive director of Cleveland Builds, Elliot has consulted with many businesses and as a Workforce Development Director he worked with over twenty trade unions on their workforce development needs.  Elliot will lay out the steps for a true internal workforce development and retention model that incorporates all aspects of your business: human resources; labor; sales; marketing and recruitment. (1 HR OCILB CEU)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                  Field Leaders & Project Managers Program:
Imagination Station Theater        Foreman’s Impact on Profitability – Part II

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                     IT Specialists Breakout Track:
Renaissance “The Heights”           (Special IT Track Registration Required) Ransomware

Ransomware is the single largest cyberthreat to computers and companies worldwide. It cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, to recover from this kind of attack and a severe loss of revenue as reputations become damaged. In this presentation, Nick Espinosa will walk us through the ins and outs of ransomware, how it can get into your network, the damage it can do and also how to build a good cyber defense strategy to stop ransomware attacks cold! (1 HR OCILB CEU)

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                   Exhibit Break for All Attendees

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                  General Session III: CMMC Certification for Federal Contracting
Renaissance Ballroom   
Nick Espinosa Chief Security Fanatic of BSSi2, will give an overview of the federal Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and get you up to speed on what you need to know about compliance with this unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base supply chain. (1.5 HR OCILB CEU)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                  Field Leaders & Project Managers Program:
Imagination Station Theater        Foreman’s Impact on Profitability – Part III

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                    Exhibitor Reception for All Attendees
Renaissance Foyer

6:30 p.m.                                        Great Ideas Parade to Imagination Station

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                   Bright Idea Bash at the Imagination Station
                                                                featuring Stranger Than Fiction

Follow the parade to the Bright Idea Bash!  Inside the Imagination Station Science Museum, you’ll find great food, great live entertainment and the BEST patio in Toledo! Make a margarita on the Blender Bike! Try your hand at Nitro Pops or Bubble Tea! There will be fireworks shows and tons of interactive science exhibits to keep you entertained and keep the great ideas flowing!

Friday, September 17, 2021
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.                      Exhibits and Breakfast for All Attendees
Renaissance Foyer & Ballroom

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                      General Session IV: Legislator Round Table with Calfee Halter Griswold
Renaissance Toledo Ballroom

MCA of Ohio Government Affairs Consultants, Josh Sanders and Mike Bowen of Calfee Halter and Griswold will join Senator Rob McColley and Senator Theresa Gavarone to discuss industry issues pending with the legislature and the importance of being aware and involved in the legislative process. (1.5 HR OCILB CEU)

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                      Field Leaders & Project Managers Program
Imagination Station Theater        High Impact Leadership: from the Field to Office
                                                                (special PM Track registration required)

In this second day of the Field Leaders and Project Managers Program, Mark Rogers will present his widely heralded program for High Impact Leadership. The session will focus on leadership beyond the project to create a successful and collaborative culture within your entire organization. This session will help attendees understand the importance of having a TEAM effort on every project. The communication and cooperation between the Project Manager, Detailing Department (VDC) and field leadership sets the tone for the success of any organization. In many instances this chain has spent too much time pointing fingers at each other. This session will educate ALL sides on what the other is dealing with on a daily basis to better understand how their roles can be improved through leadership, communication and education. (3HR OCILB Available)

In the second session of the Forum, Mark Rogers will share key skills and effective metrics for running a project so the project doesn’t end up running you! (3HR OCILB CEU)

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                      IT Specialists Breakout Track – Securing the Mobile Workforce
Renaissance “The Heights”           (special IT Track registration required)

In the second session in our special track of education for IT Specialists, Nick Espinosa the Chief Security Fanatic of BSSi2 will provide an extensive presentation on ways to work remotely while protecting your company’s data. He will discusse best practices for working offsite, including setting up a virtual private network (VPN) and making sure that a standard set of best practices are in place to protect your company’s digital assets. (1.5 HR OCILB CEU)

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                   Exhibit Break for All Attendees

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                General Session V: Moving Forward with Confidence
Renaissance Ballroom                   

Never has it been more critical for company leaders and key decision-makers to have a clear, impartial, and data-driven perspective of how factors such as COVID-19 and oil price volatility will impact the economy moving forward, and what they should be doing in response. Lauren Saidel-Baker from ITR Economics will help you determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy - you and your business. As 2021 is winding down, we anxiously prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties of 2022. There are opportunities and risks ahead and we will explore them in terms of government responses, consumer trends, market opportunities, labor issues, and production costs. (1.5 HR OCILB CEU)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.              Field Leaders & Project Managers Program
Imagination Station Theater        High Impact Leadership: from the Field to Office – Part II
                                                      (special PM Track registration required)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.               IT Specialists Breakout Track – Advanced Cyber Security Best Practices
Renaissance “The Heights”           (Special IT Track Registration Required)

With so many choices in cybersecurity products and tactics, it's rather hard to discern the good from the bad in when trying to find the best defense for your business! In this presentation, Nick Espinosa will walk us through understanding the most advanced strategies and tactics that are currently in use from Fortune 100 to small business and also discuss how to discern good cybersecurity products from the bad. Not all IT support companies are built the same and Nick will help us understand how to weed out the bad from the good! (1 HR OCILB CEU)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Luncheon for All Attendees

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.          Closing Keynote – Maurice Clarett: A Lesson in Resilience and Leadership

OSU football star and youth advocate, Maurice Clarett will present the business and management lessons of resiliency and leadership from his experiences after his dramatic sports career that led him to a life of entrepreneurship, mentoring and community development.  Learn strategies for success in talent management, workforce retention, resilient business practices and effective management in challenging times. (1 HR OCILB CEU)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                     Exhibitor Teardown

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