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The CAWV Midyear Meeting was a great success, according to responses by members who attended this year’s meeting, held February 8 – 13 at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort. Over 250 members and guests participated in the many business sessions, networking events and local activities held in conjunction with the meeting. The General Business Sessions were overflowing as members heard informative presentations that included an update on BrickStreet’s insurance programs by Lisa Teel, Jeff Benintendi and Allen Williams from BrickStreet Insurance; “Doing Business in Grand Cayman” by John Goetz, Charleston Steel Company, who has supplied steel to Cayman projects since 1993; and major development and construction projects in Grand Cayman by Justin Howe, senior vice president of development for DART Enterprises.

“One Year Later: How the Federal Tax Bill Affects You” provided company and personal tax planning to take advantage of the federal tax legislation passed by Congress. The changes were presented by Lynn Flink, The Rodeheaver Group, Tim George, Brown Edwards & Company, and Chris Lambert, Suttle and Stalnaker. All three speakers expressed the same theme: “There is a huge change this year. If you are not planning, you are in trouble.”

A panel discussion on the CAWV’s new workforce development campaign gave members an overview of the task force’s efforts to get students, veterans and others interested in a career in construction. Members provided a lot of input and expressed a willingness to work with vo-tech schools and career colleges in their parts of the state.

A number of social events and banquets gave members an opportunity to network and renew friendships. The popular Prayer Breakfast, set outside on a beautiful morning, featured an inspirational message from Paul Reynolds, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, and special music from Hillary Kemerer. Pastor Reynolds, who spoke at the 2013 CAWV Midyear held in the Caymans, told a record Prayer Breakfast attendance that people need to identify themselves based on their core beliefs and morals and not by how other people define them.

A golf tournament, a welcome night reception and President’s Banquet, both on Seven Mile Beach, and the Highway/Heavy, Building and Utilities Division meetings were all part of this year’s meeting.

“I think everyone enjoyed this year’s meeting and I think everyone took something away from it,” said President Roger Thomas, Kelly Paving, Inc. “Everyone has gotten behind our workforce development program and I’m encouraged about how involved our members are going to be to help develop and shape the workforce of the future. This is the lifeblood of our industry and our companies.

This was a wonderful and informative meeting in a beautiful location,” said President Thomas. “It was a great opportunity for fellowship and learning. All of our speakers provided information that all of us as contractors needed to hear. I think all of us benefitted by our time spent at this year’s Midyear Meeting.”

The 2020 CAWV Midyear Meeting will be held January 24-29 at the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica.

Look for a complete synopsis of the 2019 Midyear Meeting in the March/April issue of West Virginia Construction News.



Midyear Meeting 2019 Presentations

CAWV Highway Division Meeting

General Business Session - BrickStreet

General Business Session - Brown Edwards

General Business Session - The Rodeheaver Group P.C.

General Business Session - Suttle & Stalnaker, CPA

General Business Session - Dart