The Great Lakes Design and Construction EXPO will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at the Suburban Collection Showplace.  Visiting the exhibit hall and attending the Educational Workshops is FREE.

The CAM 137th Annual Meeting and the Economic Forecast Breakfast are ticketed events which require advance registration.

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Free Workshops

9:00AM - 10:00AM

Lien Law

Presenter: Tyler Phillips, Kotz Sangster


Michigan’s Construction Lien Act is one of the most effective tools you can use to get paid! In this course, learn the details of Michigan’s Construction Lien Act including: what notices to send; when to send them; and what benefits you can receive by ensuring your lien rights are properly secured. Attendees will receive a free form book full of useful tips to help them navigate the day-to-day responsibilities of securing their lien rights.


Financial Wellness

Presenter: Doug Featherstone & Austin Brown, CG Financial


In this informative session you will learn why it is important to save for retirement and how you can meet your retirement income goals, how much should you have saved, how you can leverage your retirement plan/financial tools and how to ensure you are ready to retire.


10:00AM - 11:00AM

When MIOSHA Visits: Current Trends & Issues

Presenter: Jim Getting


Find out about the common hazards and violations resulting in both violations and injuries. Emerging issues will be discussed, along with ideas for mitigating them.  There will be opportunity to ask questions


Public Sector Procurement and Contracting

Presenter: Heather Calahan, Calahan Consulting


This course provides an overview of public procurement and contracting, from the solicitation process to contract management.  The training will explain the difference between an RFP, RFI, ITN and an RFQ and how to navigate through the solicitation process. We will briefly walk through how to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in preparing a competitive proposal.  Additional topics will include negotiating the government contract and general contract management practices.


12:00PM - 1:00PM

A Builders Guide to the Proposed Energy Code

Presenters: Don Nelson & Keith Nelson of D.R. Nelson & Associates


This session will explain proposed residential code changes with an emphasis on the energy code, and where those changes are in the state’s code promulgation process. The session will count toward a builder’s 1 hour code requirement for continuing competency.


2:00PM - 3:00PM

Legislative Update

Presenter: Dawn Crandall, EVP for Government Relations, Home Builders Association of Michigan


This session will provide attendees with an overview of the new makeup of the state legislature and the potential impact on the construction industry. Legislative priorities of the Home Builders Association of Michigan will be explained, along with the importance of grassroots involvement in the process.


Structural Protection: Uniflex Roof Systems & Firetex Intumescent Coatings

Presenter: Sherwin Williams


This course will focus on educating individuals on the unique liquid roofing solutions and patching components of the Uniflex line of coatings, giving participants an opportunity to get hands on with our coatings. Our intumescent portion will be driven around an informative introduction to our intumescent line of coating with a wide variety of segments and advantages.


Ticketed Events

Economic Forecast & State of the Industry Breakfast

Daniil Manaenkov
Daniil Manaenkov

The Construction Association of Michigan and the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan have hosted an annual Economic Forecast since 2010.  We will address GDP Growth, Inflation, and the Construction Outlook, followed by Q&A.  Advanced registration is required.  Registration includes breakfast, the presentation, and post-meeting presenter meet-and-greet on the EXPO show floor.

Advanced registration required.


Dr. Daniil Manaenkov has been engaged in tracking and forecasting the U.S. economy for almost 20 years. He has been leading RSQE’s national forecasting team since 2013. Prior to joining RSQE, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he managed the bank's macroeconomic forecasting model. Daniil testifies regularly in front of the Michigan Legislature and briefs the Governor of Michigan annually on RSQE's national economic outlook. Governor Rick Snyder sent Daniil a personal thank-you letter for his contributions to the state budget process. Daniil frequently shares his views on national economic conditions with various media outlets, with the list of recent interviews featuring CNBC, CGTN America, WXYZ-TV Detroit, NPR's Marketplace, and the Wall Street Journal. Daniil also leads RSQE’s development and adoption of cutting-edge time series and machine learning forecasting methods and contributes to RSQE's forecasting project with the City of Detroit. Daniil’s main areas of expertise are macroeconomics, monetary economics, and applied econometrics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota, and holds a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Daniil recently coauthored The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2022–2024, and The Detroit Economic Outlook for 2022–2027.

CAM 137th Annual Meeting: The Challenge of Change

Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner, EDSI
Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner, EDSI

The CAM 137th Annual Meeting takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Design & Construction EXPO. The Annual Meeting will include the CAM Annual Report, induction of new board members, presentation of the CAM Magazine Special Issue Project of the Year Award, and a keynote address focusing on The Challenge of Change.

Each CAM member firm is provided with one free pass to the CAM annual meeting. Additional tickets may be purchased for $80 each. Information about utilizing the free pass will be sent via USPS to the company's main point of contact and emailed to that main contact person as well. Online pre-registration is required, and no walk-ins will be allowed.

Keynote Presenter

Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner, joined EDSI in 2008 to lead its management consulting division.  He has 34 years of corporate leadership and management consulting experience. Today, Jim is responsible for EDSI’s national consulting operations.  He is currently spearheading EDSI’s efforts to help clients optimize their organizations to support growth, diversification, and cultural improvement. As a part of these efforts, Jim has authored the new book, “Unquittable”. Jim is also a seasoned trainer and speaker.  He is regularly rated as the top speaker at events.  As a prior Divisional President and COO, Jim provides real world examples, as well as deep subject matter expertise as a trainer or speaker. Prior to his consulting career, Jim spent 11 years as an executive with profit and loss responsibility leading both domestic and international business units for multi-national corporations such as Flint Ink and Gibson Musical Instruments.  Jim holds his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

For registration assistance, or to reserve a full table or multiple tickets, please contact us at (248) 972-1000 or via email CAM@BuildwithCAM.com.

CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards

CAM magazine special issue logo

During the CAM Annual Meeting luncheon, the Construction Association of Michigan will recognize this year's Special Issue Outstanding Project Finalists and award Project of the Year.

Project of the Year Finalists:

  • Auto-Owners Insurance Group South Campus Expansion (Lansing)
  • Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education (Sault Ste. Marie)
  • Clinton-Macomb Library North Branch (Macomb Twp.)
  • McLaren Greater Lansing Replacement Hospital (Lansing)
  • Ford House Visitor Center and Administration Building (Grosse Pointe Shores)
  • The Hawk: Farmington Hills Community Center (Farmington Hills)
  • Mercedes-Benz Financial Services HQ (Farmington Hills)
  • Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing (Lansing)
  • General Motors Factory ZERO (Detroit-Hamtramck)
  • KLA Copr. Second HQ and Research & Development Center (Ann Arbor)
  • DTE Blue Water Energy Center (East China)
  • Livonia Medical Center (Livonia)


Over 1200 Attendees in 2022!