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Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Gerry O’Brion

Wednesday: Gerry O’Brion is a strategy and branding expert who has worked on several billion-dollar brands (including Procter & Gamble, Coors Brewing Company, Quiznos, and Red Robin) and distilled that experience into a framework that will challenge your thinking about why customers buy and how they make referrals. Participants will learn a framework in innovation and influence that will show you how to become the #1 choice in crowded industries. Gerry will show you how to create disruptive strategies and messaging to attract your ideal customers and how to leverage change to create unique competitive advantages that make you the clear choice.

Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Carol Drucker, SE, PE, P.Eng

Carol Drucker, SE, PE, P.Eng., is a principal at Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers and this year’s recipient of the AISC Speaker Award.  Engineering is continually evolving with new skills and techniques to learn. For decades Carol Drucker has been presenting at Steel Conferences. Carol will highlight her greatest hits--along with what we got right and what we learned since. Additional topics for creating success will include teamwork, mentorship, and strategies for developing client relationships.

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Friday, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Amit Kanvinde

Amit Kanvinde is the recipient of the 2022 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award and will present “Column Base Connections: Research, Design, and a Look to the Future” and will share his findings from 15 years of research into the behavior, design, and structural interactions of various types of connections, including exposed, slab-overtopped, and embedded connections. The lecture will include prospective developments in base connection design, as well as insight into a revision of the AISC Design Guide 1: Base Plate and Anchor Rod Design.