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Fall 2020 Conference Sessions - Monday



8:30 AM - 9:00 A M

Opening Address by Peter Franchot, State of Maryland Comptroller

SPONSORED BY: This session is generously sponsored by VIRCO,

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


TITLE: Which construction delivery method is right for your school system—CMa, CMr, GC or DB? And might your preferred delivery method need to change during the COVID pandemic?

DESCRIPTION: Join our panel as we discuss considerations that surfaced during the current COVID era:

  • Certain products and materials need longer delivery times.
  • Legal implications and precautions for builders and school systems.
  • Since the virus is airborne and temporary partitions cannot stop the travel of airborne particulates,
  • during a renovation, if a construction worker, school staff or student tests positive:
  • Does the jobsite and school have to shut down?
  • Who is responsible for disinfecting the school, the owner or builder? 
  • Are the responsibilities different depending on which delivery method you use?


  • Doug Eder, President Oak Contracting, LLC
  • David Tremblay, Associate, AIA, LEED AP, Project Development Manager, Keller Brothers, Inc.
  • Kenneth W. Wingate, President, North Point Builders of Maryland, LLC
  • Mick Rayburn, CCM, LEED AP BD&C, Senior Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Inc.
  • Lori Walls, Director of Client Relations, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh Architects – Moderator


SPONSORED BY: Havtech, Inc.,

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


TITLE: Internal Controls: Prevention, Detection and Problem-Solving Tools

DESCRIPTION: Internal controls are at the backbone of everyday entity policies and procedures.  This course will provide an overview of internal controls using the COSO model, and relay that to high risk areas within a school system.  The course will look at preventative, detective and problem-solving skills and controls.  

PRESENTED BY: Tricia Griffis, CPA, Frederick County Government

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM



TITLE: Reopening Schools, What's Working?

DESCRIPTION: September is here and some Maryland schools are learning virtually, while others are providing face-to-face instruction. Wouldn’t you like to hear from your peers to gain insight into what worked for either strategy? If so, than you should  join LEAs as they discuss their reopening strategies and share what has worked, what hasn’t and the adjustments they made during the first few months of school in order to keep their students, staff and communities safe. This will be  an interchange of information, and you are invited to share what your school system has found helpful as well. 

Facilitated by: Lori Walls, Director of Client Relations, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates

AIA Credits will be issued

SPONSORED BY: Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, Inc.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


TITLE: (pre-recorded)  Thriving While Surviving. 7 Ways to Grow Personally and Professionally During Difficult Times

DESCRIPTION:  In this current time of uncertainty, it sometimes feels like the best you can do is survive from day to day.  No doubt we are all experiencing unprecedented change in our routines, habits and experiences.  However, there are ways to adjust to what is happening around you that puts you in a position and mindset to not only make it through this time but improve in the process.  This workshop will present 7 ways to grow that will help you thrive while you survive.

PRESENTED BY: Joel McKenzie of American Fidelity