12 October 2018

Miss Us Yet? Your 2018 User Conference Round-up

With a new week upon us and the last bits of Foundation-branded cookies disappearing from the kitchen, it’s time to officially say goodbye to another year’s user conference.

Held again at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, this year’s conference became a home away from home as well as a classroom for 350+ FOUNDATION clients. For three days, between Oct 3 and 5, conference goers from across the U.S. were privy to their pick of educational sessions (26 to be exact) in six tracks led again by our experienced Foundation staff, including:

ADVANCED
JOB COSTING & G/L

Scott Kern
Senior
Consultant

BUILDING YOUR FOUNDATION CORE

Scott Odachowski
Consultant & Field
Trainer

MASTERING
YOUR PAYROLL

Bronwyn Betts
Implementation
Coordinator

MANAGING
THE PROJECT

Ryan Czaplenski
Consultant
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ADDITIONAL TRACKING &
BILLING

James Draeger
Integration
Specialist

DISCOVERING
FOUNDATION TOOLS

Denver Sperry
Consultant & Field
Trainer

In addition, attendees were able to get their more-detailed questions answered with one-on-one support from client services, product development and tech staff in the Support Bullpen — or satisfy their curiosity about different products with live demonstrations of additional modules and mobile apps in the Demo Room. And, new this year, attendees could also take a break and recharge themselves as well as their devices between a few games of an Ohio favorite, corn hole, inside the Recharge Room.

The one-on-one with Foundation staff, it’s been awesome.”

This year’s conference also had the bonus of an enhanced vendor pavilion, with booths from HCSS, CICPAC, ProEst, LaborChart, PeerAssist, AboutTime, Contractor Compliance, CrewTracks, Dynamic Systems, ExakTime, hh2 Cloud Services, mJobTime, WCOE and the Contractor’s Plan. These 14 partner vendors took the floor for live presentations and tech demos aimed at helping users amplify their FOUNDATION use. Some vendors even held their own educational sessions — covering industry-related topics like planning and scheduling for a crew, integrating payroll, creating winning estimates, and boosting worker safety.

Their sessions coupled with keynote addresses from Jim Lundy (Marcum LLP), who spoke about Tax Planning Strategies: What to Do While You Still Have Time! and Tony Stagliano (CBIZ), who spoke about Implementing the New Revenue Recognition Standard Through the Eyes of the Contractor, which made for a packed schedule.

Which is why after a full day stuck indoors both attendees and staff were looking to hit the town and unwind.

And the city of Cleveland was there to provide.

“For someone who’s never been to one of these before, I think it’s a good balance of learning everything throughout the day, but then also good breaks and time to meet with other people. It’s still fun in the evening.”

With an evening taste tour and a day-two bowling and billiards excursion, the downtown sites of the city of rock ‘n’ roll were on full display for any attendees hoping to explore — and explore they did. Wednesday and Thursday saw both conference goers and Foundation staff set off to the heart of downtown on East 4th Street, to test out the local cuisine at celebrated venues like Zocalo, Hodges, Picwick & Frolic and more.

The relaxing nights were the perfect bookend to the busy days, and Friday’s half-day wrap-up was a great lead out to the official 2018 Foundation Software User Conference end.

Thank you again to everyone that attended and made this event a success. Can’t wait to see you all next year!

*Media credit and a special thanks to Breakwall Media and Justin Ketchum Photography