Attorneys to present March webinar series on construction business profitability

Webinars offer guidance on dealing with delays and other job-site issues

February 26, 2009

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announces that Mary Jones, Esq., and attorney Charles Carson will join William Dexter in presenting the March Webinar series, "Creating and Maintaining Profitability in Your Construction Business." The series will offer guidance on dealing with delays, differing conditions, changes to the work and unauthorized communication on the job site between sub-tier contractors and owners.

The interactive telephone/Internet sessions are scheduled between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. EST on March 5, 12 and 24. Participants can view the session materials and ask questions of the instructor in real-time during each of the 90-minute classes:

Thursday, March 5 – This session will discuss the effect of contract language on profitability; how to identify historical risks and address them in the contract; and the risks and rewards of various project delivery systems.
Thursday, March 12 – This session will address managing the risks associated with code compliance, specification and industry standards; managing communication and documentation to keep the owner aware of the costs throughout the project; and avoiding confrontation after delivering the final invoice.
Tuesday, March 24 – This final session will cover the latest information on alternative dispute resolution; establishing internal policies regarding dispute negotiations; and transferring costly risks away from your company.
A thorough knowledge of the industry and mastery of technical skills are no longer enough to build a successful contracting business. High-quality project management is a critical component to operating a successful business in today's marketplace.

Participants can earn 0.45 CSI CEUs, 4.5 AIA LUs, HSW for completing the entire series. Discounts are available to students (proof of student status is required).

Bill Dexter will lead the three-part educational series. Dexter is a renowned risk management consultant and trainer. He has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry as a craftsman, business owner, contractor, consultant and educator.

Charles Carson will join Dexter for the March 5 and March 12 sessions of the series. Carson has specialized in dispute resolution and civil litigation involving serious injury and death, insurance claims and coverage, and defective construction cases for more than 25 years.

Mary Jones will join Dexter for Part 3 of the series. Jones has practiced law in California for more than 25 years. Since 1994, she has devoted her practice principally to alternate dispute resolution. Jones is a frequent presenter for the California and Nevada Contractors State License Boards on topics of Alternative Dispute Resolution and creating effective contracts for residential and light commercial projects.

CSI Webinars are designed to be convenient and affordable. One fee covers the registration for all participants at a single site. Participants can register for an individual session, or save money and guarantee a seat by registering for the entire three-part program for one fee.

To register for this series look for "PACKAGE: CSI Webinars - Maintaining Profitability in Your Construction Business" in CSI's Event Registration.

About CSI

CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. The organization is unique in the industry in that its members are a cross-section of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors and building materials suppliers. The organization has 146 chapters and nearly 15,000 members. Monthly Chapter meetings allow members the opportunity to communicate openly with their counterparts and exchange information for successful project management. CSI is renowned in the industry for its rigorous certification programs for professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of accurate and concise construction documents. CSI provides continuing education, professional conferences and product shows. For more information, visit, or call 800.689.2900.

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