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2019 Spring Conference

Join us at our 2019 Spring Conference in Asheville, North Carolina! Below you will find hotel information, speaker details, activities available and any other pertinent event details!

5/1/2019 to 5/3/2019
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
1:00 PM
Where: The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina  28804
United States
Contact: Allison Wieland
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Conference sponsors:




Group Rate: $249.00

Reservation cut-off date is March 29, 2019. All reservations made after this date, will not be eligible for the group rate.

Booking Your Reservation:

Book your reservation by calling the Central Reservations Office at 800-438-5800 or use the information below to book online.

How to Book Online: Click the link below. In the new window, click book now, which will bring you a page where you can enter your booking information. In "Where are you going?" type in Omni Grove Park Inn and select the hotel. From there, enter your check in and check out dates, as well as how many rooms you will need. Next, click on "Use Your Free Nights & Special Rates" and then click on "Choose a special rate". This will bring you to a drop down menu. Select "Group Code", and enter the group code found below. Lastly, click "Check Availability".

Online Booking Link:

Group Code: 043019ESICASPRI

One night’s deposit at time of booking is required to confirm all reservations. The Grove Park Inn’s cancellation policy is 7 days prior to arrival date. Deposit will be forfeited if reservations are cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival.

*Please Note: Approximately two-thirds of the hotel was recently renovated. In order to ensure that you will be placed in a renovated room, the hotel requires that you chose a Premium room. If you would instead like to book a Deluxe room, you can call the hotel to request a renovated room, but it is not guaranteed.

schedule of events:

Wednesday, May 1st

1:00 - 5:00 PM Registration

2:00 - 5:00 PM Executive Board Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 PM Associates Cocktail Reception

Dinner on your own


Thursday, May 2nd

7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 AM Opening Session

8:30 - 9:30 AM Strategies for Innovative Succession Planning

9:30 - 9:45 AM BREAK

9:45 - 11:00 AM Innovate Like a Boss!

12:00 PM Golf Tournament at the Grove Park Golf Course

12:00 PM Tour of the Biltmore Estate

7:00 Dinner


Friday, May 3rd

8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 AM Breakout Meeting: Contractors

8:30 - 10:30 AM Breakout Meeting: Associates

10:30 AM Board Meeting Recap



Registration Fees:

Early Registration:

(Before 3/29)

Late Registration:

(After 3/29)

Contractor Member $675 $725
Associate Member $800 $850
Guest $200 $200
Non-Member $875 $925
Sponsorship Credit -$125 -$125

Unregistered Guests and/or Children

(Attending Final Dinner Only)

 $150 $150


 Activity Fees:

 Golf Tournament

(Includes Lunch)


($75 rentals to be paid at course - includes 2 sleeves of balls)

 Tour of the Biltmore Estate

(Includes Lunch & Transportation)


Optional: Antler Hill Village & Winery - $15/person



Cost: $625

Includes Sponsor's name displayed through the conference and acknowledgement in our newsletter. Sponsors are given the opportunity to make a 3-5 minute presentation at the event. All attendees from a Sponsor company receive a $125 credit off of their registration.


Keynote Presentation - Building Your Human Capital: Strategies For Building Your Innovative Succession Plan

Thursday, May 2nd - 8:30 AM

With a new generation, a new economy, and a new competitive landscape, it’s time for an innovative approach to how we attract top talent, engage this workforce and build a succession plan that creates the leaders of the future. The time to start building your succession plan is now! The last of the Boomers (ages 55 to 70) are reaching retirement age, GenX (ages 36 to 54) is not a big enough generation to fill the void, leaving Millennials (ages 21 to 35) as the generation challenged to lead our teams and take our companies forward.

And this is a generation where traditional strategies just won’t cut it. Today’s workforce has different expectations; they are  facing new challenges to organizational growth, competition and technology. It’s a new world, and it calls for an innovative approach to how we identify top talent and build a succession plan.

In this powerful, high-energy and highly interactive keynote, Meridith Elliott Powell shares the proven strategies you need to tap into your greatest competitive advantage – your human capital.  You’ll dive deep into what it takes to build a strong talent pipeline, develop future leaders, and ignite the passion your team needs to take your organization next level. You’ll leave this session inspired, motivated and more importantly armed with a plan of action that you can execute effectively and get instant results!

About Meridith --- Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, and one of the Top Sales Experts To Follow by Linked In. Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate leadership and sales, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from entry-level to earn her position in the C-Suite. She is a Master Certified Strategist, Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. In addition, Meridith is an invitation-only author for LinkedIn, having published more than six courses on their prestigious education networks.


Innovate Like a Boss!

Thursday, May 2nd - 9:45 AM

As the industry is now in the middle of an ongoing transformation in people, process and technology, it is even more important for companies to establish their vision and supportive structure for to innovate. FMI will share with you best practices of the most innovative companies in the industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to create a culture of innovation
  • What support structure is necessary for innovation
  • How to set expectations
  • When to know when you are successfully innovating

Russ is a senior consultant and leads FMI’s technology partnering program, having worked with tech partnering programs his entire career. Russ also provides experienced consulting to stakeholders in the E&C industry, enabling them to maximize the benefits of technology solutions in their business.

Prior to his time with FMI, Russ utilized his strong background in technology partnerships, combined with his entrepreneurial experience to, start one company and significantly grow three technology companies for acquisition. He helped run and grow LTech, a cloud technology integrator and consultancy. In this role, he helped Google Enterprise and Amazon Web Services provide sophisticated technical solutions to enterprise clients. Russ spent seven years on Google’s Partner Advisory Board advising, helping Google grow to a $100 million enterprise, offering and speaking for Google to Fortune 500 clients and audiences up to 25,000 people. More recently, Russ ran the global partnership team for Bronto, a technology company that was successfully acquired by Oracle in 2016. In this role he helped build long-term, strategic technology and implementation partnerships to drive over 70% of the companies’ revenue, primarily in North America, EMAE and APAC regions.

Russ holds a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and has active roles in a number of charities and on boards that match up with his professional or personal interests. In his role working with Google, he was able to build free Google products and services for educational charities in Guatemala. Russ also served on the Harrington Grove Swim and Racquet Club Board for eight years, a 1,200-plus home community in Northwest Raleigh.


GOLF TOURNAMENT at the Grove Park Golf Course:

Thursday, May 2nd - 12:00 PM

Donald Ross originally designed this historic course in 1926, and it was overhauled in 2001 to keep the same feel and spirit. It has since earned nods from Conde Nast Traveler (Top 20 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts in 2011) and North Carolina Golf Panel (Top 100 Golf Courses in the State). This historic course has consistently been acknowledged as one of the Top Resort Golf Courses in North Carolina by Golfweek Magazine.

tour of the biltmore estate:

Thursday, May 2nd - 12:00 PM

There’s a reason more than a million people flock to Biltmore Estate every year—it’s simply the closest you can get to a fairytale castle. Constructed between 1889 and 1895, this colossal estate outside of Asheville, NC, seems like a fantasy, but it is very real. The word ‘Biltmore,’ however, is pure invention. When it came time to name his estate, sophisticated bachelor George Vanderbilt combined ‘Bildt’—his ancestors’ Dutch surname—with ‘more’—the Anglo-Saxon word for rolling, open land, coining a charming name for what would eventually become an international tourist destination and million-dollar brand.

Approaching Biltmore, the largest privately-owned home in America, is not unlike approaching the great cathedrals of Europe. The scale of the east façade, bristling with gargoyles and clad with gleaming Indiana limestone, is staggering. Biltmore encompasses 175,000 square feet—35 bedrooms, 46 bathrooms, a cavernous indoor swimming pool, and an indoor bowling alley (among other charming amenities). Biltmore’s immensity is matched only by the thoughtfulness and attention to detail of the three men responsible for its design and construction: George Vanderbilt, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted.

George Vanderbilt’s legacy isn’t the house, although it’s certainly easy on the eyes; it his dedication to improving the lives of the hundreds of people who lived and worked at Biltmore above all else. With a dairy farm, a railway station, a church, and a school, the estate functioned as a self-supporting agrarian village, and provided jobs and a regular wage for people who desperately needed it. Generations of people in Western North Carolina benefited from Vanderbilt’s philanthropic vision—a tradition that continues to this day.

Optional Addition for Friday, May 3rd: Tour participants have the option of purchasing a ticket to the Antler Hill Village & Winery, which can be used on Friday, May 3rd. The cost of $15/person is for the ticket only. Other accommodations, such as travel, must be arranged by the attendee. 

spring Conference mobile app:

Be sure to download the official Spring Conference Mobile App sponsored by Owens Corning and Owens Corning Foamglas. This app will keep you informed of the conference schedule, activity information, speaker bios and much more! Here's how to download the app.

  1. Visit on your device and follow instructions on page.
  2. You’ll be asked to install Yapp from the app store (if you don’t have it already).
  3. Open Yapp and tap “Download an existing Yapp” and your app will appear.

Don’t have an iOS or Android device? You can view this app from your desktop browser by clicking the URL above.

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The ESICA Board of Directors adopts the following policy pertaining to peer interaction activities, including, but not limited to entertainment, meetings, programs, and events.
1. ESICA members and all ESICA meeting attendees shall not organize or offer any form of peer interaction activities for convention attendees during scheduled ESICA Annual Convention peer interaction activities, including, but not limited to ESICA scheduled golf tournaments, sessions, programs or other events.
2. ESICA members and all ESICA meeting attendees shall not organize or offer any entertainment of “blocks” or large gatherings during the open evening.  Dinner gatherings of the normal size (a 6 to 1 ratio) are encouraged in order to develop camaraderie and encourage peer interaction.
3. ESICA members and all ESICA meeting attendees shall not participate in gift giving or the issuing of promotional materials at the national convention that is not authorized by ESICA.
Any ESICA member or ESICA meeting attendee observed violating this policy will be asked to cease the activity. If the ESICA member or ESICA meeting attendee refuses to refrain from violating this policy they will not be provided the opportunity to participate at the next ESICA sponsored meeting.