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2022 Annual Conference
Friday, March 18, 2022, 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 20, 2022, 2:00 PM CST
Category: Events

RCA’s Annual Conference
March 18 - 20, 2022
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX

We will abide by all current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines that are in place at the time of the conference. All event registrants must acknowledge an assumption of risk.

Thank You to Our 2022 Underwriters








Underwriter opportunities are available to RCA member companies. Click here for more information (login required). 


RCA Member Companies: One free registration, $199 each additional attendee
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. Use code SP22C to get the conference rate.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, March 18, 2022

6:00pm–8:00 pm | Vineyard Terrace 
Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 19, 2022

8:00–8:30 am | Texoma 1-2-3
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 
Make Some Noise: Open the Throttle & Dominate Your Marketplace
Ken Schmidt, Customer Loyalty Expert, Former Director of Communications Strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Author of ‘Make Some Noise,’ and Co-Creator of Torque Sessions

Ken Schmidt will share a fascinating story of how businesses of any size and scope can—by focusing on understanding and harnessing the most basic drivers of human behavior—improve their competitiveness and avoid margin-killing commoditization in even the most difficult marketing environments. The road to building a fanatically vocal customer base, creating a passionately loyal corporate culture, and developing leaders who inspire and motivate starts here. Schmidt challenges audiences to consider what they are willing to do today that is different than what they did yesterday, for the people who can put them out of business tomorrow.

The first 100 people to register will receive a copy of Ken’s book, “Make Some Noise: The Unconventional Road to Dominance.”

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
Construction Markets Overview
Mike Clancy, Partner and Strategy Practice Leader, FMI Consulting
Construction activity has recovered more quickly than most expected. And although industry stakeholders are optimistic about continued demand, there’s a palpable level of anxiety surrounding supply shortages, inflation, and other emerging risks. This presentation will share many of the underlying reasons why such optimism exists and the rewards they offer. However, like any market, bulls and bears coexist. As new risks are introduced as a result, learn what others are preparing for to best position their organizations for the next cycle.

Two learning goals: 1) Identify economic and industry metrics to forecast likely demand scenarios, and 2) Prepare for emerging trends that will impact everyone.

11:15–11:30 am
Business Meeting
Ray Catlin, RCA President

  • Introduction of 2022-2025 Board Members
  • State of the Association
  • Recognition of New Members
  • Overview of New Member Benefits

Lunch Buffet


Carmen Ciricillo, The Construction Comic®

12:45–2:00 pm
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.

2:00–3:00 pm
The 5 C’s of Safety: A New Framework for Building a Strong Safety Culture
Tim Sheehan, Owner and COO, OSHA Environmental Compliance Systems (OECS), and Tim Peterson, Vice President of Operations, OECS
Struggling with safety? Frustrated with your staff and results? Not sure where to start or what to do? Or perhaps you want to move from good to great? Maybe even wrestling with how to maintain a great safety track record? Wherever your company stands today, this session can help you energize your team’s safety efforts. Hear about the 5 C’s of Workplace Safety:

  • Commitment: Starts at the top with leadership
  • Compliance: Setting the foundation for safety success
  • Culture: Understanding how you build a strong culture
  • Champions: Finding and empowering them
  • Costs: Getting the facts on the business case for safety

It takes a commitment from leaders to ignite this change. As a result, your company can reap the enormous benefits from a strong safety culture, including a reduction in injury and illness, higher employee retention, cost savings, and bottom-line growth.

3:00 pm

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

Closing Remarks
Ray Catlin, RCA President

6:00–10:00 pm
Dinner & Casino Night
Cocktail reception, buffet dinner, and entertainment. 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 20, 2022

7:30 am arrival; 8:00am tee time (brunch served after the tournament)

Golf Tournament @ Cowboys Golf Club (1600 Fairway Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051)
Transportation to Cowboys Golf Club 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 / Brunch Only: $35

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COVID Protocols and Notices

The Retail Contractors Association will not ask attendees for information regarding vaccination status. The guidelines, protocols, notices, and waivers below apply to all event attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

By registering for this event, you affirm that you understand the following Notice of Risk. If you are registering on another’s behalf, ensure that the terms are acknowledged by attendee; you assume full responsibility for their acceptance of this notice.

The “Retail Contractors Association” (which includes Retail Contractors Association, Potomac Management Resources (PMR), and all their affiliated entities) cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending its events and/or entering onto premises where Retail Contractors Association’s events are held. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend an event organized by Retail Contractors Association and enter onto premises where its events are held, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

By registering for this event, you agree to abide by any Safety Protocols in place at the time of the event. If you are registering on another’s behalf, ensure that they agree to abide by these terms; you assume full responsibility for their acceptance of these terms. Failure to comply with these regulations may be cause for removal from the event.


SPECS Information

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.

RCA members receive an Advance Member Rate (by February 4, 2022) for the first registration of $1,899. SPECS is offering an additional second and third person rate of $1,799 each. In order for RCA members to receive the SPECS 2022 registration rate, they must register at the same time, be a verified member of the RCA, meet the SPECS criteria for GC attendees*, and stay at the event hotel during the SPECS event. After February 4, the rate is $2,299 per person. Registration fees include all meal functions, sessions, exhibits and evening receptions. These rates compare to the non-RCA registration rate of $2,699 (by 12/17/2021), $3,199 (by 2/4/2022), and $3,799 (after 2/4/2021), with only one additional person allowed from each General Contractor.