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2017 Fall Northeast Conference

Consulting Estimators Round Table Presents its 2017 Fall Northeast Conference

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Meeting the Challenges of Estimating Consulting in a Changing World

Consulting estimators face significant challenges in their practice today, from client demands and competition to cost pressures and professional liability for their services. Attend the CERT fall conference where CERT members, professional estimators, industry colleagues, state officials, attorneys and others will share their experiences on these issues and more. Dynamic programs will be presented by interesting speakers on a range of topics, including:

  • Professional liability insurance for consultants
  • Construction law and policy for estimators
  • Construction claims valuation and forensic analysis for estimators
  • Using Excel in your estimating practice
  • Best Practices roundtable discussion
  • And more…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport
28 Day Hill Road
Windsor, Connecticut
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $150 per member.
Registration required by Tues., Oct. 17, 2017.

Best Practices Conference Call

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Topic: Teaching, Learning, and Presenting: How Sharing Our Knowledge Makes Us Better Estimators and Better Business Owners
Moderated By: Dan Frondorf, CPE, CDT, President and a CERT Founding Member, DG Frondorf and Associates LLC, VCEF Construction Estimating Consultants

Sharing knowledge and experiences are great ways to give back to the profession, increase your status as a subject matter expert, promote your business, and increase awareness of the importance of estimating as a necessary and meaningful part of the design and construction industry. There are many opportunities for CERT members to teach, author articles, present seminars, and to gain knowledge and grow professionally. Join us as we discuss how CERT members have availed themselves of the opportunities in the past, and how to do so in the future.

This Best Practices Conference call is presented by the CERT Education Committee. It is open to all members.

April Best Practices Conference Call

When: Friday, April 21, 2017
Topic: Responding to RFPs, Writing Proposals, Establishing Fees and Other Non-Revenue Work
Moderated By: Dan Frondorf, CPE, CDT, President and a CERT Founding Member, DG Frondorf and Associates LLC, VCEF Construction Estimating Consultants

Please join your colleagues as CERT examines those tasks that estimators must perform in order to get  work “in the door” before we start – much of which is unrecoverable if the work is not awarded. We will discuss the best methods to determine if a RFP is a good fit for your firm, shortcuts to establishing fees and determining time commitments, and ways to minimize lost revenue when “estimating the estimate”.

March Best Practices Conference Call

When: Friday, March 24, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
Topic: How Estimators Can Meet Challenging Client Expectations
Moderated By: Dan Frondorf, CPE, CDT, President and a CERT Founding Member, DG Frondorf and Associates LLC

Keeping clients happy and meeting their expectations is another of the ongoing challenges faced by consulting estimators. Often, these expectations cause the estimator heartburn for many reasons, including having to provide additional services, working longer hours, putting other projects aside, and unrecoverable revenue. Join us as we discuss the different categories of unreasonable client expectations, and share your own stories and lessons as well as learn from those of your fellow CERT members.

CERT Members to Present at the Dallas Build Expo in March

CERT members David Battle, CPE and Daniel Frondorf, CPE, CDT will be presenting estimating seminars on consecutive days on March 15-16, 21017 at the Dallas Build Expo. Please consider attending this two-day event that will feature several other construction related seminars as well as an exhibit floor where hundreds of construction-related vendors, suppliers, and service providers will be set up to demonstrate and discuss their offerings. Here is a link to the event:

February Best Practices Conference Call

When: February 24, 2017, 2 pm EST
Topic: Getting Paid
Moderated By: Jerry Mollenhauer, VP, LEED, AP, CPE, Reliance Estimating Inc.

Learn proven, effective methods and techniques about how to collect bills, invoices and past due payments that you can use in your estimating consulting practice. Experienced industry professionals will share creative tools that work in reducing accounts receivable without alienating clients. Discuss with your colleagues payment challenges you encounter and how to confront them.

CERT Webinar: An Introduction to Cellular Concrete and Advanced Engineered Foam Technology

Please join CERT for a best practices webinar on Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, at 11 am EST concerning the features and benefits of using cellular concrete in various applications, presented by Nico Sutmoller of Aerix Industries.

The program presents a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the features, benefits and cost savings of using cellular concrete and foam technology for a variety of projects.

Participants will be eligible for professional development hours.

Please see Aerix Presentation Abstract and register for the webinar today.

Attend CERT’s 2016 Southeast Conference, Nov. 10-11, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia!

The program will provide dynamic presentations, significant industry speakers and lively discussions of timely issues and topics affecting consulting estimators. It is an ideal opportunity to gather and network with your industry peers and colleagues from throughout the country.

Please attend this important, reasonably priced program at the conveniently located Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway.

Please register today to learn about best practices, professional liability and other important issues affecting professional estimators!

Please note: Conference participants can qualify for continuing professional development credit!

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The CERT Will Be Presenting at Build Expo NJ

We are pleased to announce that CERT members will be presenting two great estimating seminars at the BuildExpo in Secaucus, NJ on August 17 & 18.

The Expo and seminars are free, but space is limited. Registration will guarantee you a seat. You can register here:

Fundamentals of Construction Estimating
9:30am – 11am :: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Presented by Daniel Frondorf — CPE, CDT, Owner :: Cincinnati, OH based DG Frondorf and Associates LLC, Past President of CERT – Consulting Estimators Round Table

The Essentials of Estimating Civil/Sitework and Erosion Control
9:30am – 11am :: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Presented by Rifka Malik, CPESC — Sitework Estimating Services :: Board member of CERT – Consulting Estimators Round Table