IMPACT Courts Contractors and Ironworkers with Value-added Breakout Sessions and Courses

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The Iron Workers and IMPACT are pleased to announce never-before-offered breakout sessions on important industry issues and cutting-edge construction technologies at the 2012 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference. Contractor Courses, provided free of charge to partner organizations, represent an educational opportunity worth more than $10,000.

We know contractors and Ironworkers would have to pay hundreds—sometimes even thousands—of dollars to attend workshops and breakout sessions like the ones the Iron Workers Union offers at our annual Conference."

Seldom do conference attendees have the opportunity to choose from as wide a variety of breakout sessions, focus groups and workshops as do attendees of the 2012 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference in Las Vegas. The Conference, scheduled Jan. 29 – February 1, 2012, consistently features commentaries from contractors, owners and construction employer groups of all sizes and stripes from across North America.

“We know contractors and Ironworkers would have to pay hundreds—sometimes even thousands—of dollars to attend workshops and breakout sessions like the ones the Iron Workers Union offers at our annual Conference,” said Eric Waterman, CEO of IMPACT. “We’re pleased to offer all of them free of charge.”

Of particular importance this year is an exclusive discussion with contractors and owners (Jan. 30), moderated by IMPACT Co-Chair William Brown, joined by General Officers Walter Wise, Eric Dean and Ed McHugh, in addition to all Iron Worker District Council Presidents.

A number of Conference breakout sessions also highlight the impressive advances in 3D building modeling and mobile technologies over the past year.

What the Hell is BIM? introduces contractors and Ironworkers to the 3D world of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Harvey Swift, Assistant Director of Education and Training, will moderate a breakout session on iPhone and iPad apps in the construction industry, while Brennan Gamwell, Communications Specialist for the Iron Workers and IMPACT, will moderate “I’m Already Online…and I Didn’t Even Know It,” a session focused on taking control of branding conversations on the Web.

The Iron Workers will also showcase their Online Project Tracking Systems, valuable search tools designed to help partner contractors locate and bid jobs in their region. A breakout session on the Steel Supply Chain, hosted by Erin Conaway of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), promises value in the form of Continuing Education Credits for all contractors and Ironworkers who attend.

Transparency in the Glazing Business, a special breakout session focusing on ornamental ironworking, is moderated by General Secretary Eric Dean, joined by Lyle Hill of Keytech North America.

Also offered in conjunction with this year’s Conference are “Effective Project Management” (Feb. 1) and “Getting Paid” (Feb. 2), two contractor courses designed to help contractors improve efficiency and money flow within their business, the end result being to maximize profits and grow market share.

“It is exciting to see my colleagues benefit from such amazing programs,” said William Brown, IMPACT’s Management Co-Chair. “To be able to host a breakout session for contractors and Ironworkers—and learn from others—shows just how important it is to both share with and listen to colleagues.”

Look elsewhere to pay thousands of dollars for similar breakout sessions, focus groups and workshops. The Iron Workers, through IMPACT, are proud to offer all of these sessions free of charge to contractor partners and Ironworkers.

The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust ( was formed in 2003 under Section 302(c) 9 of the Labor-Management Relations (Taft-Hartley) Act. IMPACT is a non-profit, tax-exempt labor-management trust under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary mission of IMPACT is to expand job opportunities for union ironworkers and their signatory contractors through progressive and innovative labor-management programs, training and safety. IMPACT is governed by a 26-member Board of Trustees. Each of IMPACT’s 10 regions is represented by one labor trustee and one management trustee.


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