Industry Education • Premium Networking • Great Times! 2023 MID-YEAR MEETING Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa October 1 - 4, 2023
Southern charm meets modern luxury as APCA heads to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, a four-diamond resort hotel on the iconic Savannah River in Georgia, for this year’s Mid-Year Meeting. The resort sits on a prime location just across the Savannah River from world-famous River Street. We’ll be close to fantastic shopping, nightlife, and all the action but just far enough removed to enjoy tranquility, natural wonders, and a bit of escape. A free water ferry service runs between the resort and River Street. The Westin Savannah Harbor’s latest top-to-bottom renovation took inspiration from the hotel’s expansive original art collection, existing architectural details, and the surrounding natural environment. The lobby features breathtaking views of River Street and the Savannah Harbor through dramatic floor-toceiling windows, and a delightfully peaceful riverside area offers hammocks and chairs for relaxing amidst seasonal chimineas. All new guest rooms, meeting rooms, and public spaces feature state-ofthe-art amenities while still retaining their Old South charm. The resort also boasts The Club at Savannah Harbor with an 18-hole championship course designed by renowned architect Robert Cupp in conjunction with the legendary Slammin’ Sammy Snead. Named one of the “Top 60 Golf Resorts in the United States” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and awarded a “Four Star Highly Recommended Places to Play” by Golf Digest, The Club offers unparalleled views of historic downtown Savannah while gently winding its way through tidal wetlands. It also has four Har-Tru tennis courts and a fully loaded fitness center with steam rooms and sauna. The luxurious Heavenly Spa by Westin offers the ultimate in relaxation and renewal. The spa has been named a “Top Resort Spa” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Heavenly Spa provides authentic, memorable experiences based on unique treatments and quality products delivered with care by skilled therapists. You will also find blissful repose at the riverfront heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a true outdoor oasis. With beverage and lunch service from the Escape Pool Bar & Grill, you can spend the day in the privacy of your very own poolside cabana (available for rent) or enjoy ghost stories and s’mores by the harbor-side fire pit and watch the sun set over Savannah. Dining options are practically limitless across the river, but guests can also stay onsite to enjoy southern coastal delights or contemporary cuisine. The resort features the vibrant Aqua Star Restaurant, the classic Legends Bar & Grill, and Escape Pool Bar & Grill. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa 1 Resort Drive Savannah, GA 31421 (912) 201-2000 www.westinsavannah.com Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
As soon as you take your first leisurely steps in Savannah, you are struck with the unique allure of antebellum America. You step unevenly on the cobblestone streets, the gaslight lamps flicker on, enticing you to continue your journey through the low-hanging veils of Spanish moss that bedeck the cozy lanes. A combination of the climate, amiable locals, and regal architecture beckons you to forget your fastpaced life. As seamlessly and gracefully as Savannah preserves a bygone era, so does the city prompt you to bring life down to a slow and comfortable drip. Founded in 1733, Savannah became the colonial capital of the Georgia colony in 1754 and developed into one of the most significant ports on the South Atlantic coast. British and Loyalist forces controlled Savannah during the Revolutionary War and repelled American and French forces during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. The city would not be forcefully taken until 1864 by Sherman’s men at the end of the Civil War. After the war, Savannah again evolved and grew into a major player in the cotton industry, ushering in a new era of prosperity, whose fingerprints on the city are still evident today. The Historic District of Savannah is the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks drizzling with silvery Spanish moss. The area is abuzz with art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants, and true Southern hospitality. The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah contains more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments, and famous forts of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. The APCA hotel is directly across from Savannah’s famed River Street, a glittering, multi-faceted gem along the broad Savannah River. With its earthy brown bricked wharf buildings, that thousands of sailors, longshoremen, merchants, and laborers once called home, River Street emanates the appeal of an honest, hard-working age. The century-old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, unique nightspots, elegant inns and hotels. Visit the area at night and you might meet a few of the oldest locals, as some people believe the area to be frequented by ghosts. Don’t leave Savannah without being greeted by Waving Girl, a statue of Florence Martus, a local resident who for years greeted ships. According to legend, she didn’t miss one in 44 years on watch. Locals say that no monument exists in Savannah that is more iconic or more representative of their Southern charm and hospitality. Savannah Welcomes You! Additional Details Transportation All major airlines have service to Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), with many direct flights arriving daily. The Westin Savannah Harbor is just a 25-minute drive from the airport, with car, cab, and car service readily available. Weather October is a great time to visit Savannah, as the weather remains fairly warm but without the extreme heat and humidity typical of the summer months. Average temperatures in early October are 78 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. What to Wear We have received a few questions about the dress code for APCA meetings, and while there are no actual rules, here are a few suggestions: APCA meetings are largely business casual. For men that includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or polo, and loafers or dress shoes. For women, that includes dress, skirt or slacks, and a blouse or nice top. At the evening events people get a little dressier. Many men wear sport coats. Pre- and Post-Convention Rates The Westin Savannah Harbor will honor the discounted APCA room rate for three days before and three days after the convention, based on availability. Registration Please complete the registration form (back page) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preliminary Schedule Sunday, October 1 12:30 - 5 pm Board of Directors Meeting Includes lunch. Open to APCA Board of Directors only. 6:30 - 7:30 pm APCA Welcome Reception Come enjoy a beverage with fellow APCA members. 7:30 - 9:30 pm Welcome Dinner APCA President Roy Weaver welcomes fellow APCA members to Savannah, Georgia, and the 2023 APCA Mid-Year Meeting at this casual dinner on the Harbor Lawn. Catch up with friends and colleagues, old and new, while enjoying delicious food and cool beverages. Monday, October 2 8 - 9 am Member & Spouse Breakfast Everyone is invited to this tasty breakfast. 9 - 10 am Opening General Session: If Laughter Is Healthy, Why Aren’t We All OK? With Greg Schwem In post-Covid America, as companies are struggling with topics such as wellness and worker retention, people are talking about the role of humor in the workplace and the definition of “funny.” What Gen X finds uproarious, Gen Z might find offensive or inappropriate. Who is correct? In a hilarious yet thought provoking-presentation, Greg Schwem challenges you to realize that curtailing humor in the workplace also stifles creativity and teamwork. For those who say, “we aren’t a funny company” or “this isn’t a good time for us to be laughing,” Greg disagrees. Using real-world examples, he explores how companies have increased sales and overcome negative publicity through humor. A 30-year standup comedy veteran, he offers suggestions for how to navigate this slippery slope while laughing the entire time. Greg Schwem is more than a comedian; he is a motivational corporate comedian. And the corporate world has taken note. His take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, Comedy Central, and the pages of Exceptional People Magazine. Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, TV Travel host, award-winning greeting card writer, and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2020. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Keith Urban. In addition to his hefty speaking schedule, Greg writes a biweekly humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS (Business Stories) From a Corporate Comedian. 10:15 am - Noon Government & Industry Relations Panel Led by the APCA Government and Industry Affairs team Jaime Steve and Zack Perconti and the APCA Government & Industry Affairs Committee, this session details the committee’s recent initiatives, maps out its upcoming activities, and asks members about the issues that are affecting their businesses. Representatives from government and industry will provide brief reports on issues relevant to the pipeline construction industry. All APCA members are encouraged to attend and to participate in the discussion. We want to hear from you! 1 - 6 pm APCA Golf Tournament Hit ’em far, straight, and not too many times during the APCA Golf Tournament at The Club at Savannah Harbor’s highly rated and impeccably maintained Troon-managed championship course. Former home to the PGA Champions Tour Legends of Golf Tournament since 2003, the course was named a “FourStar Highly Recommended Place to Play” by Golf Digest and one of the “Top 60 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. $200 includes greens fees and box lunch. $70 extra for rental clubs (comes with 2 sleeves of balls). 1 - 5 pm The Historic District/Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour This leisurely trolley tour covers a lot of ground as you explore the city’s architectural gems and historic landmarks as well as the sights made famous (or perhaps infamous) by the bestselling novel and hit movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Savannah Story. We learn about the Mercer House, an elegantly restored historic house featured in the book; the breathtaking 19th century Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; and the Bonaventure Cemetery, a hauntingly beautiful,
quintessentially Southern Gothic landmark that has captured the imaginations of writers and artists for more than 150 years. This tour is the best way to see the nation’s largest urban landmark district in just a few hours. $50 per person includes transportation, tour guides, and entrance to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and Bonaventure Cemetery. 6:30 pm Free Night Savannah’s cuisine and spirits are worldfamous and extremely diverse. Sink your teeth into extracrispy fried chicken, authentic shrimp and grits, finger-lickinggood barbecue and so much more. Be sure to make reservations early at one of Savannah’s fabulous restaurants. Dining in Savannah presents the pleasant dilemma of choosing among virtually unlimited restaurants for dinner. Below is a list to help you choose, created by the Food Network’s The Best Restaurants in Savanna, Georgia. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, Husk, Green Fire Pizza, Back in the Day Bakery, Gryphon, The Deck Beach Bar and Kitchen, The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market, Rancho Alegre Cuban, Tequila’s Town, The Grey, The Wyld, The Collins Quarter, 700 Drayton, The Olde Pink House, Crystal Beer Parlor, Narobia’s Grits & Gravy, Clary’s Cafe, Elizabeth on 37th, Leopold’s Ice Cream, and Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. Tuesday, October 3 8 - 9 am Breakfast Open to all attendees. 8:30 - 9:15 am APCA Associate Member Meeting APCA’s Associate members hold a roundtable discussion on topics that affect manufacturers and suppliers in the pipeline construction industry. 9:30 - 11 am Recent Developments in Employment Law Greg Guidry, a labor attorney with years of experience representing employers in the pipeline construction industry, will update members on all of the significant labor and employment law developments of interest to employers that have occurred since the Annual Convention. Included will be federal legislation, federal regulatory and other federal labor agency actions, important court decisions, and other developments that impact the workplace. The discussion will also include practical tips for dealing with these developments, where appropriate. 11:15 am - Noon APCA Regular Member Meeting Open to APCA Regular (Contractor) members only. The meeting will be a fast-paced and frank discussion that touches on the various segments of the industry and promotes the sharing of insights and opinions from contractors working in different market sectors all over North America. 12 - 2 pm Lunch at Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons Wildly famous for her cooking shows on the Food Network that garnered her two Emmy awards and her 14 cookbooks that have sold more than 8 million copies, Paula Deen has become an international phenomenon by using what she knows best: traditional Southern cooking. And the best place to sample her cooking is the Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah. The restaurant had its humble beginnings in 1989 when Deen started a lunch-delivery service—The Bag Lady—out of her home. In 1991 she expanded to a full-service restaurant, and in 1996 she moved the Lady & Sons to its current home, a renovated 200 year-old, three-story building. USA Today named the Lady & Sons “International Meal of the Year” in 1999. We will enjoy a Southern family-style lunch, featuring 2 entrees, sides, and homemade dessert. $100 per person includes transportation, lunch, and gratuities. 7:30 - 10 pm APCA Final Banquet Join the group on the Harbor Lawn for cocktails followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Harbor Ballroom. APCA President Roy Weaver, Weaver LLC, will deliver his state of the association/industry address. The evening will conclude with the APCA Hall Fame induction ceremony, and live music & dancing. To register, complete the form on the back page and email to: email@example.com
Office Use Only Date In_ _________________ Amount In_ ______________ Confirm__________________ 2023 Mid-Year Meeting Registration October 1 - 4, 2023 The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Savannah, Georgia Registrant Information Register no more than one couple per page 1. Registrant’s Name Badge Name 2. Spouse/Guest Name Badge Name 3. Youth 1 Name Age Badge Name 4. Youth 2 Name Age Badge Name Company Title Street Address City State ZIP Phone Cell Email Registration Info • Email this registration form to registration@ americanpipeline.org OR • Mail this registration form with payment to: APCA PO Box 638 Churchton, MD 20733 Registration Fees All attendees must be registered Questions? (703) 212-7745 Room Type p Guest Room $269 | p King Bed p 2 Queen Beds Room rates are subject to taxes and service charge. Early departures will result in an early departure fee equal to 1 night’s room rate. Hotel Registration Credit card is required to reserve rooms. This is a separately charged item. Card Type: p MasterCard p VISA p AMEX Credit Card Number Expiration V-code Cardholder Name Signature Check-in Date Check-out Date APCA Payment must accompany this registration in the form of a check or credit card. Payment must be received by August 31, 2023, for early discount. p Check Please make payable to APCA p MasterCard p VISA p AMEX Credit Card Number Expiration V-code Cardholder Name Signature Credit Card Billing Address p I’m a First-time Convention Attendee Registration Category By 8/31/23 After 8/31/23 Subtotal Owner/Employee Member $750 $900 Spouse/Guest $500 $650 Youth under 10 $0 $0 Youth 10 -18 $350 $450 Optional Activities Please enter registrant’s number (1-4) from above Fees Registrant # APCA Golf Tournament (Mon., 1 - 6 pm) $200 Golf Club Rental (Mon., 1 - 6 pm) p Mens p Womens | p Right p Left $70 The Historic District Tour (Mon., 1 - 5 pm) $50 Lunch at Paula Deen’s (Tues., 12 - 2 pm) $100 Total Feeswww.americanpipeline.org