RCA’s Annual Conference
March 17 - 19, 2023
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX

Thank You to Our 2023 Underwriters









 Underwriter opportunities are available to RCA member companies. Click here for more information. 


RCA Member Companies: Unlimited, no-charge registration (does not include golf event)
Retailers: No charge
Architects: First registration from each organization, no charge; additional registrants $199

Refunds: Refunds will be made for any cancellations received on or before March 10. Substitute names may be provided at any time. No refunds will be given for golf if the course decides to cancel the event for weather-related reasons.

Note: The RCA Annual Conference is open to member GCs, prospective members, retailers, architects, and developers. Our only vendor attendees are our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsor opportunities, you can view them here or contact [email protected]


Reserve through the SPECS room block. Click here for venue information.
You must be registered for the conference to get the group rate. Access code for the room block rate will be provided in your event confirmation email.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, March 17, 2023

6:00pm–8:00 pm 
Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 18, 2023

8:00–8:30 am
Hot Breakfast Buffet & Networking

8:30–8:45 am
Welcome Remarks
Ray Catlin, RCA President
Introduction of Board of Directors, Past Presidents, and Advisory Board; Recognition of Underwriters

8:45–9:45 am 
Keynote Remarks
John O'Leary
In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given less than a 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival (first showcased in 2008 with his parents acclaimed book Overwhelming Odds) has never felt more relevant than as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Today, John is the author of the #1 National Bestselling books ON FIRE and IN AWE. The latter released in May 2020 with many saying it is the message we all need right now. John is the host of the top-rated Live Inspired Podcast and a live and virtual event speaker teaching more than 50,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired. John’s emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each presentation unforgettable. John’s genuine, collaborative approach to partnering allowed him to understand early that clients’ biggest pain point in the wake of the fallout from the pandemic is team “burnout.” To address this, John expanded his Live Inspired Coaching program to bring his keynote from inspirational to transformational.

9:45–10:00 am
Recognition of Sponsors
Justin Elder, RCA Secretary/Treasurer
An overview of the companies that sponsor RCA and offer special programs and discounts for members. Attendees will have opportunities to meet with sponsor/member benefit provider representatives throughout the day.

10:00–10:15 am

10:15–11:15 am
Economic Update
Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc.

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.

In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission (2014-2021). He serves as Chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors, the Chief Economist of the Maryland Bankers Association, and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves or has served similar functions for Visit Baltimore, Maryland Realtors, and Marcum, LLP.

He has lectured at Johns Hopkins University, most recently in Global Strategy, and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore. In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

11:15 am–12:00 pm
Advisory Board/Member Panel, Topic TBD

12:00–12:30 pm
Lunch Buffet

12:30–12:45 pm
Business Meeting
Ray Catlin, RCA President

  • Introduction of 2023-2026 Board Members
  • State of the Association
  • Recognition of New Members
  • Overview of New Member Benefits

Greetings from SPECS
Deena M. Amato-McCoy, SPECS Program Director, Chain Store Age

12:45–1:45 pm
Keynote Remarks
Charles Marshall, author of The Seven Powers of Success
Charles Marshall is one of the most popular humorous motivational speakers speaking today and has over 20 years experience speaking to audiences all over the United States. Each year, Charles travels 100,000 miles to perform in over 100 corporate and civic venues from New York to California. His animated delivery and original observations have captivated over 1,000 audiences over the past two decades, including many Fortune 500 companies.

He is the author of several books including: The Seven Powers of Success and I’m Not Crazy But I Might Be A Carrier. He also has produced and performed two full-length comedy videos, Fully Animated and I’m Just Sayin’!

1:45–3:00 pm
Afternoon Beverage Break followed by Roundtable Discussions
A series of interactive discussions amongst attendees, moderated by RCA Board members and Advisory Board members. Topics will include the labor force, diversity, subcontractors, adaptation, succession planning, training, legislative issues, and more. This is a great opportunity to meet other members, make connections, share experiences, and learn best practices.

3:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Ray Catlin, RCA President

6:00–10:00 pm
Dinner & Casino Night
Cocktail reception, buffet dinner, casino nights & prizes. Dress your Texas Best!
RCA will provide shuttle service to/from Cowboys Golf Club.

  • 6:00 Cocktails
  • 7:00 Dinner
  • 8:00 Casino Night

Sunday, March 19, 2023

9:30 am arrival; 10:00am tee time)

Golf Tournament @  Grapevine Golf Course
3800 Fairway Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Transportation to Golf Tournament is individual responsibility. Scramble format with prizes for top foursome, closest to the pin, longest drive, and more. Additional fee to register. Foursome and individual registration are available. Retailers can register at no charge. Registration includes breakfast buffet, snacks and soft drinks on the course, and lunch. Rental clubs available for an additional fee (payment is made direct to course on day of event).


Individual Golfers: $150 / Foursome: $600

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Information about the SPECS conference can be found at specsshow.com. Registration for the RCA Conference does not include registration for SPECS, and vice versa.