DCA Professional Development Conference Termed A Success

December 2011, Vol. 66 No. 12
Attendees listen to opening remarks from Wally Adamchik, FireStarter

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) held its first Professional Development Conference (PDC) Nov. 2-4, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX.

The PDC focused on senior and middle-management within DCA member organizations with the objective of enhancing business skills and enabling them to view the bigger picture.

The event kicked off with a Networking Reception held on Nov. 2 where owners, managers and other attendees could network with other DCA regular and associate members.

Facilitator Wally Adamchik makes a point to Kevin Miller and Scott Miller of Miller Pipelines.

The conference’s first day agenda was packed with several informative sessions. During an interactive session on effective communication, attendees learned their own behavioral style and how to interpret that of co-workers. Attendees had completed the DiSC profile prior to the conference and several attendees mentioned what an eye-opening experience it was. They learned how to understand the value, pros and cons of each behavioral style and how to interact with each variation.

There were several break-outs requiring interactive discussions. Among those pictured are: Gary Lawson, Ditch Witch; Jeff Gabrielse and Will LeBlanc, Hammerhead; Brock Wilson; and Blake Culp

The Principles of High Production was an exciting hands-on session. Attendees were put in teams and told to figure a time and money estimate for building a project. The winning team built a house out of pipe while racing the clock and received the money bid for the job.
Other sessions included Leadership vs. Management, Business Development and Essentials of Motivation.

On the conference’s second day, small groups were formed where attendees exchanged best practices and learned from each other on issues relevant to their own companies.

Attendees emphasizing different perspectives. Pictured are, left to right, Jon Heinen, Vermeer; Grady Bell, Laney Directional Drilling; and Adam Hamman, H&H Enterprises.

Facilitators of the session were Wally Adamchik, president of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting; Ullie Munroe, a corporate trainer and employee development professional; David Stone, founder and president of Stone and Company; and George Berg, a certified project management professional.

After the success of this year’s event, DCA management is planning on making the conference an annual event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

DCA, (972) 680-0261, www.dcaweb.org