Signatory contractors should plan on being at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida from April 25-28, 2023 for the FCA Signatory Contractors Conference! This event is signatory contractors’ opportunity to expand their business network while networking with an independent, united community of likeminded peers. The 2023 event will provide contractors an opportunity to hear from and speak directly to industry decision makers.



Learn how an architect turned developer approaches real estate development of historic buildings from conceptualization and vision, through financial projections and financing, and finally design and construction. See how the interconnection of design and construction cost is linked to financing and value, and how the sub-contractor can play an increasingly valuable role in the process.

About the Speaker

Steve Smith co-founded the Lawrence Group in 1983 and as its CEO, grew the business over a 20 year period into an international architectural design firm with multiple offices around the country and design assignments around the world. Beginning in the early 2000’s Smith expanded the firm into real estate development, consulting and construction management services. Smith also began to personally invest in real estate developments in St. Louis and Florida. Over the ensuing 10 years, Smith became one of the largest developers in the City of St. Louis. To date, Smith has created a diverse portfolio of healthcare, hospitality and commercial developments. Leaning on his passion for the unique and thought provoking, these projects stand out for their ease of use, attention to detail and innovative design.

Having a fully funded pension plan or having no intention to withdraw can still carry liabilities for your business. See what every contractor should know about the impacts of unfunded and withdrawal liability on your business based on the way they are calculated. Also gain a clear understanding of how the PBGC Proposed Withdrawal Rule could affect your business.

About the Speaker

Ben Ablin is a consulting actuary in the Washington, D.C. office of Horizon Actuarial. Ben has experience in multiemployer pension plan funding, plan design, actuarial valuations, and projections under PPA. He also has experience with multiemployer health and welfare plans, and he has developed tools for annual rate projections and utilization reviews. Ben currently serves on the Actuarial Standards Board’s Pension Committee. Ben is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA.
This presentation will supply in-depth analysis of the major factors shaping economic outcomes, including central bank policymaking, worker attitudes, business confidence, and geopolitics. It will then turn toward a forecast for the year to come, highlighting the major risks that economic stakeholders will likely encounter.

About the Speaker

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., a Baltimore-based economic and policy consultancy he founded in 2004. He serves the Chief Economist function for many organizations. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. In 2022, he entered the Daily Record newspaper’s Circle of Influence. He is the Distinguished Economist in Residence at Goucher College, where he teaches History of Economic Thought. He holds four graduate degrees, including a J.D. and a Ph.D.

Learn how to avoid going “personal” and your options to do so without jeopardizing business opportunities. Understand how to limit the scope and impact  with reasonable limitations when a personal guarantee cannot be avoided.  

About the Speaker

Steve Yoch enjoys helping clients avoid and solve problems. His extensive business, transactional, and litigation experience allows him to assist clients in evaluating all the alternatives when facing legal challenges. 


What will the weather be like?

Historically, Clearwater Beach’s average temperature in March is highs in the upper 70’s to low 80s and lows in the upper 60’s to low 70’s.

What airport do I fly into?

Either the The Tampa International Airport (TPA) or St.Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). The Sandpearl Resort is 23 miles from the Tampa Airport, and it is 15 miles from the St. Pete-Clearwater Airport.

What are my parking options for the event?

The Sandpearl Resort is a valet parking only property. Valet parking is available for $15 (plus tax) per night. (Make sure to mention you’re with the FCA Signatory Contractors’ Conference group or else it will be $30/night!)

What is the attire for the event?

This is your event so you can wear what you want to. It’s not required but you won’t go wrong with business casual for the networking events.

Will you make a special accommodation for me?

We will do our best. Please contact us with any special accommodations you may need.

What’s the refund policy?

Contact us within 30 days of the event to get your full refund.