The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Former NFL wide receiver announced as Speaker for our 2017 Convention

We are happy to announce that we will have Matt DeVries and Alex Willis, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, as guest speakers at our 2017 chapter-wide convention. See more about what they will be discussing below and reserve your room at the Hilton Sandestin HERE>


Facing the Giants: Lessons of Life and Leadership for the Construction Industry

In the ever-changing diverse world of construction, we all face certain giants on a construction project. You may have to deal difficult relationships, respond to an onsite accident, overcome unexpected impacts and delays, repair a construction defect, or even fight for final payment.  Drawing on the experiences of two dynamic speakers, this morning session will provide you with some real practical lessons to effectively manage and succeed on your projects, career and life. As a former national football champion and a construction lawyer with seven kids, Alex and Matt will identify the most common "giants" faced by leaders and will equip you with the tools necessary to face those giants.  The session concludes with the top seven best practices for success.


Learning Objectives:

          The session will help you understand and discuss the range of problems that may be "giants" standing in the way of success on your project, business and life.

The session will identify practical responses to challenges and equip you to face those giants without fear, with full confidence, and a plan for success.

The session will empower and excite the attendees to make a difference in their careers and personal life, effectively helping to build a better project and business.

The session will equip the audience members with a toolbox of best practices to enable change.

Alex Willis is a former wide-receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 1996 National Champions Florida Gators, and owner of Leadership Surge, LLC focusing on leadership development in the construction industry.

Matt DeVries is the head of the construction law practice at Burr & Forman LLP, father of seven kids and founder of, one of the top construction blogs in the country.