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October 3-5, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

Hotel Reservations

or call 877-212-​5752
$259/night until COB Mon. Sept. 17
Please contact Laina with any issues.

Meeting Registration
Taken until Wed. Oct. 4
$575 (affiliates)
$600 (non-affiliates)

ICE’s Annual Meeting is a consolidation of its Legislative Conference, Collective Bargaining Conference and Awards Program into one meeting that allows ICE members to get the best bang for their conference buck and focus on the issues most important to union masonry contractors.

Join us Wed. & Thurs. October 3-4, 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, just steps from the Smithsonian National Zoo.  We will continue to build upon the important, innovative and engaging conversations we have had at past meetings and our tradition of an always fun first-night social outing. 


The Eugene George Awards will also be our biggest celebration to date.


The meeting will culminate with a visit to the BAC/IMI John J. Flynn National Training Center for a tour, the finals of the BAC/IMI National Apprentice Contest Terrazzo Division and a chance to see IMI's new M.U.L.E. robot first hand on Friday, October 5.


ICE and IMI will also arrange for transportation for any attendees who would like to stay and attend Saturday's Brick, Stone, Tile, Marble, Plaster, Cement and PCC National Apprentice Contest Finals.


Quotes from past attendees:


The most content rich event I could possibly attend.  Each year the programming turns out to be some of the most essential information I need to understand the current issues for an IUBAC signatory contractor.  Anyone who is involved with health and benefit packages, pension funds, or the collective bargaining process should consider this conference a must go to event for the success of their companies.

- John Trendell, Trendell Consulting and Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) President


"Knowledgeable speakers that did more than inspire.  You could tell that they truly care about how contractors must succeed in today’s ever changing environment."


"Not only was the conference probably the best I have ever attended, the expertise of the attendees was tremendous."


The idea to bring BAC Executives to a private company to help motivate and train our guys in the BAC Code of Conduct came right from a table discussion between [BAC Regional Director] Ed Navarro and myself at the October ICE Collective Bargaining Conference. Ed and [BAC Executive VP] Carlos Aquin participated at our meeting and gave an enthusiastic message to members who are working in a tough, non-union market.  It was great."

- Anthony M. Marra, Executive Vice President, The Stebbins Engineering and Manufacturing Company




Tuesday, October 2   Arrival


Wednesday, October 3

8:00-9:00 - Breakfast

9:00-9:05 - Welcome

Michael Schmerbeck ICE President

9:05-10:45 - Market Forecast

Michael Mangum FMI, Inc.

10:45-11:00 - Break

11:00-11:30 - Trends in Fund Investment Programs

Susan Crotty Segal Marco Advisors

11:30-11:40 - Helmets To Hardhats 

Darell Roberts Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director

11:40-11:50 - Construction Employers of America - Media Relations 

Jack Jacobson Construction Employers of America

12:00-1:30 - Working Lunch - Legislative Update and Issue Briefing

Colin Keohan Center Hill Solutions

2:00-4:30 - Capitol Hill Meetings (arranged by ICE)

5:30 - Tour of FDR and WWII Memorials/Dinner (transportation provided)


Thursday, October 4


8:30-9:30 - Breakfast

9:30-10:00 - NLRB Developments

Peter Robb NLRB General Counsel

10:00-10:45 - Legal Trends 

Michael Harren Trevett Cristo Attorneys

10:45-11:15 - Union/Non-Union Compensation Report

Carey Peters, Ph.D. Construction Labor Research Council

11:15-11:30 - Break

11:30-12:00 - BIM/In-House Drafting 

Michael Schmerbeck Back Brook Masonry

Fred Kinateder Kinateder Consulting 

12:00-12:20 - Laser Layout 

Cory Clouser BuildingPoint NE/Trimble Systems

12:20-1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 1:20 - Laser Cleaning

Roy Ingraffia IMI Director of Industry Development and Technical Services

1:20-1:50 - The M.U.L.E. 

Sean Fitch Construction Robotics

1:50-2:10 - Dust Control Technology 

Chris VanSyckle DeWalt

2:10-2:30 - IMTEF Mentoring Program & The Masonry Partnership

David Wysocki IMTEF Midwest Regional Safety & Training Director

2:30-2:45 - Break

2:45-3:15 - IMI Strategic Planning/Contractor Services/New Materials 

David Sovinski IMI Director of Market Development

3:15-3:35 - Bologna, Italy International Tile Conference Report

John Trendell Trendell Consulting 

Lupe Ortiz IMTEF West Regional Training Director

3:35-3:55 - International Union Update 

Tim Driscoll IUBAC Secretary-Treasurer

3:55-4:25 - Open Labor/Management Discussion

4:25-4:45 - Contractor Discussion and Wrap-Up

6:00-10:00 pm - Third Annual Eugene George Awards

Entertainment by DC's own Jelly Roll Mortals


Friday, October 5

10:00-1:30 - BAC/IMI National Apprentice Contest - "Meet The M.U.L.E."

John J. Flynn National Training Center Bowie, MD (transportation provided)




Meeting/Dinner Registration, Tribute Journal Ads

Laina Aquiline, Director of Member Relations, at 202-390-3247or


General Meeting

Matthew S. Aquiline, CEO, at 202-210-6069 or


Capitol Hill appointments

Colin Keohan, Government Relations Consultant, at 202-375-9819 or

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