Last week, COAA held the 2017 Spring Owners Leadership Conference in St. Louis. It was three days of insightful and compelling speakers and presentations. Nearly 200 design, planning, and construction industry professionals were in attendance. Key speakers included Joe Takash, Anna Leavey and Steve Jones.

2017STL_COAA_DWP©17_-3383During the three days there were educational sessions including Smart Buildings Make Smart Cities: Opportunities for Better Communities led by Paul Doherty from The Digit Group. Doherty discussed the importance of technology in design and the Smart Cities movement. Other noteable presentations included A3s and More: Start Your Lean Journey led by John Bechtel and Jack Mumma andTruth Owners Seldom Hear led by Joe Takash of Victory Consulting just to name a few.

Attendees were able to re-connect with colleagues and discuss in great detail relevant technological advancements and state of the industry. Along with the great speakers and exhibits, The Spring Leadership Conference saw the first ever appearance of the COAA Conference App and charging stations sponsored by Clayco.

2017STL_COAA_DWP©17_-3188Last week was not just about honoring those who currently work in the industry, but to also take the time to support future construction owners. COAA awarded this year’s Albert E. Phillips Scholarship to two deserving students, Saul Lopez and Curtis Lucas. These students from Texas are currently in Construction Management programs and COAA is excited to help them continue their educational journey.

Our Spring conference was a great success, and we are looking forward to our Fall Conference in Tampa in November.

Look for a full review and pics in the next issue of Owners Perspective.