Tuesday, January 28
CDX: Solving Your Skills Gap

How to Attract and Retain Great Employees for Your Construction Business

From special speaker, Shawn Van Dyke, Tuesday, Jan 28, 8:30am:

You can’t find the skilled labor you need to grow your construction business. This is affecting the productivity and profitability of your construction business.

The reason the skilled labor doesn’t exist is because society looks down on the trades. Previous generations haven’t encouraged younger generations to pursue a career in the trades.

If you want to grow your construction over the next 10 years, you are going to have to attract people from outside the industry to come work for you.

If you don’t learn how to attract the next generation to come work for you, then your construction business will struggle while other businesses flourish.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop job titles and descriptions that attract the right people to their construction businesses.
  2. Use cloud-based services to automate the pre-screening and interviewing processes.
  3. Choose an interviewing process that creates buy-in from potential employees.

About Shawn Van Dyke

Shawn is a construction industry consultant, business coach, and mentor. He is a keynote speaker and travels the US working with and training construction business owners on how to streamline their businesses.

After spending nearly 20 years in and around the construction industry owning and operating several businesses, he left the “C-Suite’ to focus on his mission: TO CHANGE THE WAY THE WORLD VIEWS THE TRADES.

Learn more about Shawn at his website, or check out these links to some of his articles and sites:


The Builder Scholarship

The skills gap can be a lot like the weather – we all talk about it, but what are we doing to help?

We appreciate the forward thinking builders who are willing to take a chance on new people from outside of the industry, to help and train them. These builders are certainly doing their part to close the skills gap.

For the rest of us, a good (and easy) opportunity to do our part is to contribute to the Builder Scholarship fund through Adams 14 Education Foundation, already doing great work in this local community. 

The Builder Scholarship (learn more) aims to support residential construction and provide opportunities to local students to pursue careers in residential construction, through 

  1. Mini-grants for shop classes in the Adams 14 School District
  2. Scholarships to post-secondary training, especially lower-debt and shorter-term programs, including trades programs and construction management, leading to jobs in residential construction.

Hosted here at The Deck Superstore – join us for a deck-building trade show, including education, product exhibits, and free lunch. 

    Tuesday, January 28th, starting at 8:30am.

Just fill out the form on this page. It takes maybe 60-sec to sign up! And it’s FREE.

keynote: Solving Your Skills Gap

Looking for skilled workers? Join the club! Come hear one of the construction industry’s leading experts, Shawn Van Dyke, tackle one of the biggest challenges in construction. Learn more.

No more free estimates: Get paid for planning

(9:30-10:15am): Another hard-hitting session by Shawn Van Dyke, author of Profit First for Contractors

building code seminar: Foundations

(9:30-10:15am, 10:30-11:15am): Low-impact pin bearing foundations, by Ralph Schmidt, accredited continuing education course teacher


(9:30am-3:00pm): Meet 2020’s deck product lineup – talk with reps from 30+ product manufacturers. We always ask our exhibitors to bring what you can’t find online, including hands-on demos and giveaways!

Ultimate Taco Bar

(11:30am-1:00pm): Free lunch by El Jardín Mexican Restaurant

Note – special speaker change: Glenn Mathewson, has been a builder, an inspector, and a national speaker/educator on building codes for decks. He has also faithfully supported the CDX for over a decade. Unfortunately Glenn is not able to be with us this year, as he had to leave abrubptly to be with his father. Thank you to Shawn Van Dyke and Ralph Schmidt for filling in the 9:30 and 10:30 slots with excellent education.

Join the other builders moving forward in 2020. We look forward to seeing you there!