Viva Las FCA! The next in-person FCA International Leadership Council is headed to Las Vegas’ Wynn Hotel from March 23-26, 2022! 

(See below for: event registration and hotel, speakers, other agenda topics, event details and FAQs. Speakers and presentations are subject to change)



Joe Hernandez - Negotiating Your Future

Joe Hernandez - CEO, Lionshare Negotiations

Joe Hernandez, the CEO of Lionshare Negotiations, is an international authority on high value negotiations skills and techniques. Joe developed what many consider the world’s most proven negotiation system, and he’s going to share his system’s approach relating to acquisition, contract and labor negotiations. Joe is a professional negotiator and coach who assists CEOs, senior executives, sales professionals and buyers in preparing for their most important deals. As one previous attendee put it, Joe’s presentation was “one of the most valuable I’ve ever attended. No bull, just actionable information.”

J.C. Maldonado - Building Wealth through Aquisitions

J.C. Maldonado (Chief Executive Officer) and Erin Crawford - Bizgro Partners

BizGro Partners’ J.C. Maldonado and Erin Crawford will help attendees learn about the value of acquisitions and how signatory contractors can qualify. Attendees will learn about growing company value through acquisitions and board level entrepreneurships 

Bernard Baumohl - The Secrets of Economic Indicators

Bernard Baumohl - Chief economist, the Economic Outlook Group

Recognized by the Wall Street Journal as the “Best Economic Forecaster” in 2019 and the author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators, Bernard Baumohl has a unique ability to translate complex economic concepts into plain English. Mr. Baumohl will teach attendees the hidden clues to future economic trends, as well as discuss the opportunities and risks ahead for investments.

Karalynn Cromeens - Quit Getting Screwed

Karalynn Cromeens - Attorney and CEO - The Subcontractor Institute | and Author of Best-Selling Book Quit Getting Screwed

To put it bluntly, signing a bad contract can screw a business. Attorney, CEO of the Subcontractors Institute and best-selling author Karalynn Cromeens will show ILC attendees exactly what they need to look for and understand in a contract before signing to best protect their business.

Jim McBrayer - The 6 Levers to Strengthen Your Grip on Business Growth

Jim McBrayer - CEO, McBrayer & Associates

Every business leader has experienced it: everything is proceeding along according to plan until boom – you hit a ceiling. Things suddenly seem more complex and chaotic; it can be overwhelming. Jim McBrayer (CEO of McBrayer & Associates) is an expert in revenue growth and sales. Jim will share the six levers your organization can utilize to strengthen your grip on business growth and break through that ceiling. Jim has a proven track record of helping those in the finishing industry to meet and exceed their revenue goals. Attendees will walk away from this presentation with tangible strategies they can implement to start working on their business instead of in it.

Missy Waites and Neil Shah - Scale Your Business through Lucrative Tax Incentives

Missy Waites (Director of Industry Partnerships & Alliances) and Neil Shah (Technical Director), The alliantgroup

The alliantgroup is one of the industry’s most recommended tax consultants, and they have helped more than 20,000 business claim over $13 million in tax credits and incentives. Missy Waites and Neil Shah will share lucrative tax incentives available to your business and how you can claim them for years to come. The alliantgroup will also be providing free consulting to ILC attendees at the event. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on how to book your free private consultation!

Bob Swanson - Tackling Mental Illness as an Industry

Bob Swanson -FCA International

The construction industry is one of the industries that is hit hardest by suicide. Bob Swanson is a retired contractor who was the past president of Swanson & Youngdale and the first Chairman of FCA International. Bob will provide attendees an update on the impact various efforts in the finishing industry are making with mental health awareness, and he will also discuss the potential signs of suicide and poor mental health that we all should be aware of.


  • Streamlining the Contractor-Owner Project Experience: attendees will learn about a new digital tool signatory contractors can utilize to enhance and streamline the project experience for their customers and their company.
  • FCA International Update: attendees will get the latest on what their international contractor community is doing to support signatory contractors.
  • FCA International and FCIF Annual Business Meeting: attendees have the opportunity to directly shape their international contractor association.
  • Business Owners’ Symposium: A moderated discussion of business owners, executives, industry leaders and stakeholders on the similar challenges we face and how we can, as an industry, innovate and grow. Discussions will focus on supply-chain, workforce, workforce safety and emerging technology.


Click here to download the Schedule of Events!

  • Wed., 3/23 | 6:30 PM | Welcome Reception Kickoff
  • Thurs., 3/24 | 7:30 AM-4 PM | Programs and Networking (Open Night or Mystery Dinners in the evening)
  • Fri., 3/25 | 7:30 AM-4 PM | Programs and Networking (Industry Recognition Dinner starting at 6:30 PM)
  • Sat., 3/26 | 7:30 AM-12 PM | Breakfast and Business Owners Summit


What will the weather be like?

Historically, Las Vegas’ average temperature in March is highs in the 70’s and lows in the mid to upper 50’s.

What airport do I fly into?

The Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran Airport). The Wynn Hotel is about 3.2 miles from the airport, and the ride from the airport should take 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

What are my parking options for the event?

Valet parking is available. Valet is $25/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.