Metal Construction Industry Summit

Attract and Train: Developing a Workforce for the New Metal Construction Industry

Metal Construction News will host an industry summit meeting in Chicago on April 11-12. We're gathering industry leaders to face off on one of the biggest challenges contractors face: Finding and training skilled labor.

Beginning with a reception Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday, this event will help you learn more about the best practices other contractors are using to attract and train quality workers. In addition, we will discuss what the industry can do to improve its ability to attract the best talent. We will report the results in a special issue of Metal Construction News in July. 

Highlights of the event will include:

    • An industry expert keynote
    • How to work with millennials
    • Best practices for attracting the best talent
    • Training programs that work
    • Small learning sessions where top contractors can learn from each other
Registration Closes April 3. Act now to reserve your spot!

Conference Registration 

To register for the Metal Construction Industry Summit, go here. Full conference registration includes the Hall of Fame Luncheon. 

To attend only the Metal Construction Hall of Fame Luncheon, go here.


All events will take place at the

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, 71 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 346-7100

Room Block Sold Out

Unfortunately, the room block at the Wyndham has sold out, and there are no rooms available at the hotel. However, there are many hotels in the immediate vicinity. Check out these options.

The Club Quarters (right next door to the Wyndham)
75 E Wacker Dr.
(312) 357-6400
Check Availability Here

Hilton Garden Inn (right behind the Wyndham)
66 E Wacker Place
(312) 920-6666
Check Availability Here

Hotel Monaco (across the street from the Wyndham)
225 N Wabash St.
(312) 960-8500
Check Availability Here

There are many other hotels nearby. If you need help, please contact us.

Celebrate the Metal Construction Hall of Fame honorees at our gala luncheon during the Metal Construction Industry Summit. Please join us in honoring the pioneers and innovators of our industry.

The Metal Construction Hall of Fame was founded in 2012. The goal was to recognize those individuals who have made a significant impact on the industry through their innovation, effort and leadership. Nominees are selected based on their unique contributions, body of work, legacy, integrity and longevity.

The 2017 honorees who will be inducted at the luncheon are:

  • Leo Neyer, Building Research Systems Inc.
  • James D. Murphy, American Buildings Co.
  • Gene McNichols, McNICHOLS CO.
  • Scott Knepper, Schwob Steel Structures
  • Mark Engle, Metal Construction Association
  • Kelly Burk, Burk Erectors Inc.



Keynote Address

William A. (Bill) Good

Good retired in 2017 after serving as CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) for more than 29 years. During his tenure at NRCA, the association more than doubled in size; opened an office in Washington, D.C.; and created a permanent endowment fund of more than $10 million for its related foundation – the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. In 2001, Bill led NRCA’s effort to restore the roof of the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks of September 11, resulting in a unanimous resolution of commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Most recently, Bill was appointed Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor at the Baker School of Business at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  His volunteer activities include serving as president of the Association Forum of Chicagoland; as a board member of the National Chamber Foundation and as national board chairman of Rebuilding Together, an organization that rehabilitates more than 10,000 single-family homes for low-income homeowners and veterans each year.

Rick Lochner is the President of RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. where he helps business owners, corporate and non-profit leadership teams and individual professionals make leadership a way of life. As a certified veteran-owned business, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. helps its clients align their businesses to enjoy sustainable success on their terms.

Rick is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and spent his 11-year military career leading soldiers in challenging environments around the globe. After leaving the Army, he spent the next 18 years in corporate leadership positions ranging from front-line management to senior executive management. He successfully led organizations in Fortune 100 corporations and privately held entrepreneurial ventures in a variety of industries both for-profit and non-profit.

In addition to his undergraduate studies, Rick holds both an MS and MBA. He is an Adjunct Professor at Aurora University teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate topics including leadership, organizational communications, managing conflict in the workplace and strategic management.

Rick is the author of several books including, "The Missing Piece for Corporate Leaders" published in November 2017, "The Missing Piece for Non-Profit Leaders" published in May 2016 and "The Missing Piece for Entrepreneurs" published in May 2015. He is also the author of “I’m Just Sayin’… - Revelations for Making Leadership a Way of Life” published in 2014. 

How to Attract Great Workers

Tim Seyler, S&S Structures

Tim Seyler started S&S Structures in partnership with his late father in 1986. The core business has been built on providing erection services for the metal building and conventional steel markets throughout the multi-state northeast region. The company also offers furnish and erect services for clients with unique projects in the metal building market.

Tim is a director and past president of the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association. He has been a member of the builder committees for both Nucor Buildings and A&S Building Systems.

A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Tim enjoys the support of his son, who has now joined the firm to continue it into a third generation.

How to Attract Great Workers

Jim Tuschall, Tuschall Engineering

Jim Tuschall has been president and CEO of Tuschall Engineering where he has worked for 43 years. The company was started by his father 80 years ago and specializes in metal wall panel installation for high-end architectural driven projects.

Jim  is a board member of the Metal Construction Association and chairman of the organization's metal wall panel committee. He also sits on the board of Metal Wall Inc. and is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Finally, Jim is a member of local 265 of the Sheet Metal Workers Union.

How to Attract Great Workers

Todd Miller, Isaiah Industries Inc.

Todd Miller is president of Isaiah Industries Inc., a manufacturer of specialty residential metal roofing systems. A 30+ year industry veteran, Todd has served on the boards for both Metal Construction Association and Metal Roofing Alliance. He works closely with hundreds of contractors from across North America, helping them to greater levels of success with improved business systems. 

Establishing Effective Training Programs

Gary T. Smith, Thomas Phoenix International

Gary Smith founded Thomas Phoenix International Eric T. Kay and Sean T. Smith in 1999. The vision was to create a company that would provide something more than just jobs, but the opportunity to make a career out of pre-engineered building erection. 

To support that, in 2005 Gary created an apprenticeship program that was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor. The program is now managed by the Metal Building Institute (MBI).

Gary is a 2016 honoree of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, past president of the Metal Buildings Contractors & Erectors Association, and chairman of MBI.