By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA’s 2020 National Convention opens Monday, Oct. 19, on a versatile and interactive digital platform deployed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This technology will enable us to broaden our reach within the membership and deliver a program full of the substance you expect,” ARTBA Chairman Steve McGough said.

The virtual conference room will open up at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, and the first session begins an hour later.

First-day highlights include keynote speaker David Wilcox, who spent 17 years as a top economist and senior advisor to three successive Federal Reserve Board chairs. He will focus on the broad economic impacts of the pandemic and what to expect in the next six months to a year.

Trimble Senior Vice President Cyndee Hoagland will moderate a panel on “What’s Next for Digital Construction,” and Martin Marietta Chairman and CEO Ward Nye, who also serves as ARTBA senior vice chairman, will moderate the popular CEO panel.

More industry panels, plus a market update and a discussion on grassroots advocacy led by ARTBA senior staff, are scheduled for Oct. 20. The convention concludes Oct. 21 with a talk by Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the nation’s 34th president and CEO of The Eisenhower Group, Inc., a Washington-D.C. consulting firm. She will discuss her new book, How Ike Led. Copies will be made available to attendees.

The ARTBA Award and other industry recognitions will be announced. Several online trivia contests interspersed through the agenda will offer an opportunity to “Win McGough’s Money.”

Visit the 2020 convention website to see the full agenda and register. Be sure to check our more than two dozen great sponsors, whom we thank for their support.