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Summer CFA Meeting: August 7-8, 2017 - Chicago, IL

  • 07 Aug 2017
  • 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • 08 Aug 2017
  • 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


  • Must be an employee from a CFA member company to qualify for a free attendance. CFA limits companies to having 2 company employees attend as a portion of their dues.

    Spouses and significant others as well as employees above 2 will be charged $100. We will invoice you.

    A cancellation fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled by Thursday, August 3 at Noon.
  • Sponsors are limited to 2 attendees.

    A cancellation fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled by Thursday, August 3 at Noon.

Registration is closed

August 7-8, 2017 Meeting

 Chicago Athletic Association Hotel 

Chicago, IL

August 7, 2017

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CFA Board of Directors Meeting
Evers Room

4:00 PM – 6:00 pm
General Session
White City Ballroom

SPEAKER: Angela Richie Stephens; Stites & Harbison PLLC

TOPIC:   It’s Time to Stop “Livin' On A Prayer”: Front End Due Diligence That Needs to Be completed Before You Bid and Sign a Contract.

  • Disputes often occur because the parties did not take the time to ensure their front end documents, such as bid documents, plans, specifications, and contracts were balanced or reflected the true intent of the parties. This session will cover due diligence tasks that should be completed before bidding and signing a contract, as well as looking at how to mitigate and prepare for claims after the work has begun.

  • Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn how to:

o Evaluate the Project Participants;
o How to avoid Bet the Company mistakes in the Steel Fabricator Agreements;
o Avoiding Bet the Company mistakes in downstream subcontracting;
o Prepare themselves to manage incomplete design documents and payment claims.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mill Dinner & Reception

Tanta Cocina Peruana
118 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago. IL 60654

Enjoy an exceptional dinner on the Roof Top Terrace of one the most unique restaurants in Chicago. Voted #18 out of 50 Best restaurants in Chicago in 2016.

Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, fun and casual downtown setting. We provide service that is casual yet knowledgeable, genuine and attentive, utilizing locally sourced products and vendors that are sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.

Zagat says: “Justifiably popular” for “memorable”, “amazingly delicious” Peruvian food and terrific cocktails.

Travel to Tanta Cocina is on your own.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
7:30 am – 9:45 am
Fabricator Round Tables and Large Group Discussion
White City Ballroom

Contact CFA with any topics you would like to see discussed via

10:00 am – ***11:00 am
PEER LEARNING GROUP Session (for committed members only) * Please note shortened session due to AISC Workshop. CFA will pay the AISC Workshop fee of $25 for up to 2 Peer Group participants from each company.
White City Ballroom

  • There is an additional Annual Fee to participate in the Peer Group. Unless you have paid this fee, please do not sign up for this portion of the meeting. Committed participants will receive a separate agenda and communication regarding the Peer Group session.
    Committed companies can bring up to 2 participants
    Please plan to attend the complete session until **11:00 am.

    CFA will cover the registration fee for the AISC Workshop for 2 people from Peer Group Member companies

Topic for August:
Strategic Planning Metrics & Performance Metrics

  • Keep your team focused on reaching and exceeding goals
  • Monitoring progress against company goals and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes.

11:00 am - Noon - Registration
SPECIAL AISC WORKSHOP -  Cost is $25 for CFA (sign up is through AISC) Members; $200 for Non CFA members. 
White City Ballroom
Includes Lunch

There is a separate sign up for this event - click here for the brochure with information

Sign up for the AISC Workshop using this link

Central Fabricators Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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