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Welcome to our Annual Summit


ASPE is excited to announce this year’s annual conference: The Steel City Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (June 27 thru June 30, 2018). The theme is an empowering one: Developing the Next Estimator.


Estimators face new and diverse challenges daily. Technical obstacles range from BIM and other software trends to a lack of standards facing the estimating industry. Other trials include soft-skill challenges ranging from professional team development, practical business presentation skills, and maximizing productivity and efficiency in an ever-chaotic workday, all while developing your successor. The goal of ASPE is to equip estimators with the skills, knowledge, and tools to face and master these very challenges.


Having identified experts in these fields and beyond who will offer insight and practical implementation tips to support and enhance an estimator’s skillset, we invite you to join us in Pittsburgh for an exciting and engaging Summit!

Registration Deadline and Pricing

Early Bird Registration

$ 850

Deadline: April 31st

Regular Registration

$ 950

Deadline: May 31st

Late Registration


Deadline: June 10th

2018 Steel City Summit


Included with your Summit Registration ….

Attendance at all Educational Sessions, Demonstrations + Events

Daily (Thursday / Friday / Saturday):  Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments between Educational Sessions

June 27 - Wednesday:  Welcome Reception + Open Bar

June 29 - Friday:  ASPE Award’s Dinner + Open Bar

June 30 - Saturday:  President’s Party at the PPG Aquarium + Open Bar, including scheduled transportation to / from PPG Aquarium



Not included with Registration ….  

Transportation:  To / From Airport

Hotel Accommodations

Dinner:  June 28 - Thursday Evening

Guest Attendance



Included with your Guest Ticket purchase (Ticket price $100) ….

June 27 - Wednesday:  Welcome Reception + Open Bar

June 29 - Friday:  ASPE Award’s Dinner + Open Bar

June 30 - Saturday:  President’s Party at the PPG Aquarium + Open Bar, including scheduled transportation to / from PPG Aquarium



Hotel Accommodation Pricing …

Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh

$170       Per Night:  Single / Double – ASPE Room Block Deadline May 31, based on availability

$279       Per Night:  Single / Double – Outside Room Block

$  35       Per Night:  Parking – Valet, if available


 Online Reservations:  Visit ASPE’s group booking webpage.  ( )


Reservations by Phone:  Call 412-391-4600, request In-House Reservations, and reference the “American Society of Professional Estimators “ room block when making your reservation.Do not use ASPE



Speakers in Attendance

Mark Breslin

Breslin Strategies

Mark Breslin is the fourth generation of a blue-collar family. His great-grandfather, grandfather, and step-father were all contractors. Mark started his career working in the field. From the field, he attended college, and then worked his way up to become the CEO of United Contractors, a large contractors' association representing heavy civil contracting firms in the Western United States. Mark became the chief executive at the age of 26. Mark is noted as the number one industry speaker in the nation on change management, leadership, strategy and labor-management relations. He is also the author of five bestselling books. He has spoken to more than 300,000 people. Mark focuses on personal and organizational change, and how to inspire action to get it done right. His style of leadership and presentation has been described as direct, blunt, provoking, and insightful. Mark is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and has also taught at Golden Gate and Sonoma State Colleges.


Brian Wright, CPE


Brian Wright is the Chief Estimator & Coach Trainer at JLL for an over 60 person Construction Team covering a Worldwide High Tech account with his territory of North and South America. Brian holds 2 training sessions a month for his entire Team. As the Chair of the ASPE National Education Committee, Teacher at ASU, Certified Professional Estimator, Mechanical Engineer & Sr. PM, Brian Has real world current experience Performing, Coaching, Mentoring and Communicating with all aspects of Teams within the construction community.


Brent O'Bannon

Strengths Coach

Master coach Brent O'Bannon is a world renowned coach, speaker, and workshop leader. His latest book, Selling Strengths, is about helping professional coaches use their unique strengths to get paying clients. Selling Strengths, has been hailed by industry experts as a breakthrough in the art of turning unused talents into business revenue. The book challenges you to take a look at what you are especially good at, then actively insert those God-given talents into your selling process. Stop hiding your genius. In fact, stop selling in the traditional sense. Instead, do more of what comes naturally and watch your client acquisition rates soar.

Scott Lesnick

Successful Business Solutions

Scott Lesnick is a high content international keynote speaker who is motivational, instructional and educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and interactive breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott is a professional member of the National Speakers Association as well as the Dean of the Academy for Professional Speakers. He received its “Rising Star” award! He is a graduate of The University of Miami, Florida. His memoir, “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” was recently published to critical acclaim. In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at Shaw Industries a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company. Scott’s motivational, educational and inspirational messages center around topics including: mentoring, increasing productivity, succession planning, HR, generational and cultural inclusion, excellence in leadership, administrative excellence, and healthcare professional development. Additionally, maximizing performance, maximizing operational performance and excellence, and managing change through great leadership.


Evans Nwankwo, CPE

President and CEO, Megen Construction Company

Evans Nwankwo founded Megen Construction Company, Inc. in 1993, and has successfully led the firm in its 20-plus year history. Evans is a Certified Professional Estimator, and has over 35 years of construction experience with a strong emphasis on preconstruction services including estimating, value engineering, cost benefit analysis and constructability. Evans’ specific industry experience includes education, healthcare, sports, religious, retail, and government facilities. Evans’ personal involvement on Megen projects ensures a very high level of client satisfaction. He is very active in the Greater Cincinnati Community, and is a member of over 10 boards including Artwave, CincinnatiUSA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati State Foundation and Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati. EDUCATION: B.S. Building Construction Engineering Texas A&M University, 1982.

Steel City Improv Theater

Corporate Training

At the Steel City Improv Theater (a.k.a .The SCIT), we believe in Applied Improvisation. We know that improv classes make you more than just funnier. By applying the principles of improv to your life, you can become a better parent, mentor, entrepreneur, employee and friend. It teaches you to deal with the unexpected in this increasing VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world we live in. You become a better listen, more positive person and improve your ability to truly live in the moment. We have combined the best of the improv training found at New York, Chicago and Los Angeles improv theaters into the SCIT Philosophy: Organizations all around the world are learning the value of improv training for a thriving corporate culture. Our instructors have taught over 2,000 people in Pittsburgh and around the country the art of improvisation. With SCIT, your team receives training that enhances their listening, presentational skills, problem solving skills and so much more.

Ujjval Vyas

Principal of Alberti Group

As principal of Alberti Group, Ujjval K. Vyas possesses a unique combination of experience and strategic vision, connecting people and developing new ideas with the power to change clients’ businesses. Prior to founding Alberti Group, Dr. Vyas was an attorney representing contractors, design professionals, and others in the construction process, with special focus on issues related to sustainable design, building performance and technology. In addition to consulting in matters related to sustainability and risk management in construction, insurance and real estate development, Dr. Vyas is actively engaged in entrepreneurial ventures related to emerging technologies and new product development in the built environment. Before becoming an attorney, Dr. Vyas taught architectural history, theory, design and ethics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the United States and Canada. He also served as director of the Institute for Architecture and the Humanities in Chicago. Dr. Vyas has lectured and published extensively on sustainable building and construction risk management in both the United States and Canada.

James Benham


James is now the Chief Executive Officer of JBKnowledge, Inc. James has led JBKnowledge to become a premier provider of technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries, with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. JBKnowledge is the also the maker of the SmartBid, SmartCompliance and SmartInsight cloud and mobile solutions. As a rapidly growing business year after year, JBKnowledge is a seven-time recipient of the Aggie 100 award, six-time Newman 10 recipient, and was recently named to the LSU One Hundred for the second time. The company, and James, are headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX with offices in North America and South America.

Steel City Summit Agenda

03:00 – 06:00

Event Registration

06:00 – 08:00

Welcome Reception

08:00 – 09:30

Building a Career of Building Others

Presented by Mark Breslin

This program is built around the idea of having a legacy career. The central concept of the program is for an individual work in a manner that is transformational, not transactional. In society today, transformational thinking and behavior accounts for rapid change and development in the individual, the teams, and the organization where one works. Transformational thinking occurs when serious thought is invested in the ripple effect that one has on fellow workers, work procedures, productivity, and profit. A legacy is built on the long term accounting that comes with the awareness and attention placed upon it; the transformational nature that it generates when goals are aligned with it. For many industries that are mostly transactional – where compensation and opportunity are traded for time and talent – this is a more powerful motivating force that brings purpose into the sphere of influence for workers who may never have even thought of it:

Key components and deliverables for Legacy include:


  • Creating an acute awareness that personal and professional decision making will define opportunity, earnings, growth and one’s career legacy.

  • Understanding self-directed behavior and how to create your own direction, even when challenged by a culture that does not always support it.

  • Utilizing positive communication in the enhancement of teamwork and improvement of processes and productivity.

  • Promoting mentorship and generational informational exchange; especially in different phases of one’s career.


    09:30 - 10:30

    Quantity Surveying: Introduction

    10:30 - 11:45

    Quantity Surveying: Architectural + Structural

    12:00 - 01:00

    Quantity Survey: MEP

    02:30 - 03:45

    RACI: Taking a Project from Conceptual Estimate to Completion

    Presented by Brian Wright, CPE

    “RACI”, A Responsibility Matrix is the foundation for our training and change management”. Understanding hands on is how we learn, Brian will take you through a real example session creating a RACI responsibility matrix that you can take back to implement immediate culture change in your company.

  • Creating a Responsibility Matrix for education and process improvement

  • Change Management

  • Creating a High Performing Team

  • Culture Change



    04:00 - 05:30

    To Be Announced

    08:00 - 09:00

    Strengths Finder

    Presented by Brent O'Bannon


    Discovering Your Strengths

  • Learn to appreciate & value your personal and professional genius.

  • Learn to drive the right strength, at the right speed, at theright time.

  • Learn to craft your leadership brand promise statements & how to promote yourself.

  • Learn how to form complimentary partnerships & grow strong teamwork.

  • 09:30 - 10:30

    Building a Succession Plan

    Presented by Scott Lesnick


    Developing Future Estimators

  • Start early! The need to plan early and the benefits of doing so.

  • Develop your future leaders before their manager retires.

  • Be flexible. Succession planning is not carved in stone. It a continuing conversation.

  • Understand the importance of a structured transition plan and how to build one.



    10:45 - 11:45

    Mentoring Your Replacement

    Presented by Scott Lesnick


    Building Talent, Supporting Staff, and Growing Productivity

  • Uncover the importance of Mentoring - Why it works.

  • Discover and understand the Mentoring process.

  • Discover the 4 main benefits of Mentoring.

  • 5 things your Mentoring program must have.



    12:30 - 02:00

    Keynote Speaker

    Presented by Evans Nwankwo, CPE

    02:00 – 04:30

    Improv Skills for Workplace Communication + Team Building

    Presented by Steel City Improv Theather

    06:00 – 10:00

    Awards Dinner: Celebrating ASPE

    09:00 - 10:00

    Fiduciary Responsibility in Estimating

    Presented by Ujjval Yvas

    10:15 - 11:15

    Closing Keynote Speaker

    Presented by James Benham

    11:30 - 12:30

    State of Society Address : Board of Directors

    01:30 - 02:30

    Regional Breakouts

    06:00 – 10:00

    President's Party @ PPG Aquarium

    Shuttle Service to President's Party runs from 6:00 - 7:00