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The award-winning CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast has been featuring deep dives into construction equipment and technology since its launch in 2016 with host Peggy Smedley.

Our new series “Contractor Conversations” is hosted by Missy Scherber and features boots-on-the-ground perspectives and stories from construction business owners about their successes, challenges and whatever else on their minds. Consider them your own personal mentors on workforce development, technology implementation, equipment solutions and more, enabling you to apply their expertise to your business.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio releases one new episode each month. CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcasts are brought to you by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

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Under Stacey Tompkins’ leadership, Tompkins Excavating out of Putnam County, New York has grown from a lawn mowing service provider to a woman-owned and family-operated, full-service commercial and residential excavation and landscape construction company. When she’s not dealing with dirt, she’s an active volunteer and mentor in her community and has been honored with numerous business and leadership awards. 

Stacey and host Missy Scherber discuss:

  • Investing in machine control technology
  • Developing a strong corporate culture
  • Increasing revenue 8x in six years
  • Balancing family and business  

Stacey will be participating in an influencer panel discussion and meetup taking place on Wednesday, March 11, as well as an executive leadership panel taking place on Friday, March 13 at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

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Stacey Tompkins

While Chris Lane’s company employs more than 430 West Virginians and Pennsylvanians, he says their goal isn’t to be the biggest, just the most complete pipeline contractor in the region. The 27-year-old of vice president, Ronald Lane Inc. say creating a turnkey experience for clients has been the secret to their success. The company has 13 locations, over 500 pieces of equipment and handles every aspect of pipelaying including clearing land, processing trees, directional drilling, painting, welding, backfilling and hydrotesting.

Chris and Guest Host Dusty Weis also discuss:
- The pros and cons of a family business
- The importance of having dedicated safety staff
- Installing environmental controls
- Digitizing asset management
- Taking pride in your people
- Road tripping to CONEXPO-CON/AGG Listen Now

Chris Lane

He goes by “Chief Dirt Nerd” and he’s taking the construction world by storm with his unique ability to tell stories about the hard-working men and women mining for our materials and building our communities. While Aaron Witt hasn’t taken a traditional path into the industry, it’s one he loves, and one he thinks others should love too.

His goal as President of BuildWitt Media Group is to inspire others to think about construction and mining as a way of life through his photography, videos and lighthearted approach.

Aaron and Host Missy Scherber discuss using social media to educate and inspire your current and future workforce.

They also cover:

  • Taking responsibility for the changes happening in the industry
  • The biggest mistakes construction companies make when it comes to marketing
  • The importance of being authentic and vulnerable
  • Considering the safety implications of your employee’s mental well-being
  • Aaron’s first trip to CONEXPO-CON/AGG and how it helped launch BuildWitt
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Aaron Witt BuildWitt

With more than three decades of heavy civil construction experience, Don Swasing knows a thing or two about building high performance teams. As Chief Operating Officer at Schlouch Incorporated, Don has developed safety and leadership training programs and built a culture of open communication.

Don will be presenting three education sessions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 on profitabilityconflict resolution and fleet management.

Don and Host Missy Scherber dig into the topic of “crucial conversations” and why you need to master your interpersonal skills to drive better results. Once you learn how to effectively navigate high-stakes conversations, you’ll build credibility and strengthen relationships with your customers, peers, direct reports and superiors.
They also cover:

  • The "Gray Tsunami" and the impending skills gap
  • When to say "no" to work
  • Coaching and facilitating conversations to strengthen your team
  • Providing authentic care, trust and help to your employees
  • Reflections on 20+ years of attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG
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Don Swasing, Schlouch Inc.

Armed with a Blackberry and mad operating skills, Scott Colclough started PushySix® in 2012 as a YouTube channel affectionately named after his Caterpillar D6. Scott has grown PushySix® into a globally recognized brand with a mission of inspiring the next generation of heavy equipment operators. Scott joins host Missy Scherber to talk about his passion for equipment and technology, as well as his vision for workforce development.

They also dig into:

  • The most critical factor for successful technology implementation
  • The technologies that will bring the most dramatic change to the industry in the next five years
  • The untapped talent pool you’re overlooking
  • How your managers and corporate culture are driving away good employees
  • Tips for your trip to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
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Scott Colclough, PushySix

Are your legacy operators hesitant to use machine control? Are you worried the barrier to entry is too high? Ryan Goodfellow, owner of Rock Structures Utility & Excavating, joins Host Missy Scherber to talk about what technology to take advantage of now to increase productivity for your business.  

They also cover:

  • Mastering the groundwork to move from laborer to operator
  • Building your clientele and repeat customers
  •  Persevering through times of economic turmoil
  • Investing in your staff for improved performance and morale
  • Planning your trip to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
  • And six things you didn’t know about Ryan from his first job to his gas station guilty pleasure!
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Ryan Goodfellow, Rock Structures

Are you losing bids or struggling to recruit new employees? Is new technology passing you by? It’s time to channel your energy into the right areas to supercharge your business. Keaton Turner, president of Turner Mining Group, joins Host Missy Scherber for the inaugural episode of “Contractor Conversations” on CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio.  

They discuss:

  • Taking the leap into starting your own business
  • Where the mining industry is headed in the next 24 months
  • Estimating, bidding and dealing with losses
  • What technology and equipment is changing the game for Turner
  • Using social media to tell your story and recruit your workforce
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Keaton Turner, Turner Mining Group

With the emergence of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics, wireless connectivity is the foundation that is needed to make all these connected strategies successful. Host Peggy Smedley and Marc Eisenberg, CEO, ORBCOMM, discuss how the industry is continuing to evolve, the different types of wireless connectivity available today and still emerging for the future, and trends that will continue to drive automation and digitization forward in construction. Listen Now

construction digitization

Fred Fakkema, vice president, compliance, Zonar, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to dive into the topic of telematics—and how it can help improve safety and compliance on construction projects, answering if digital records do in fact help with audits. Fakkema and Host Peggy Smedley dig into the top areas that telematics can help a construction fleet become safer, as well as the barriers to adoption. They also identify what a construction company should look for when investing in a telematics solution. Listen Now


No matter the size of your aerial fleet, managing equipment is a priority. This podcast digs into how telematics can help monitor how equipment is performing, how often a piece is being used, where each unit is located, and if it is ready for maintenance. Host Peggy Smedley and Christine Zeznick, Genie Senior Product and Business Development Manager, Terex AWP, talk about telematics and the company’s new Genie Lift Connect. They also discuss how we are moving from a world where information is currently descriptive to one that is more predictive and prescriptive. Listen Now

genie lift connect

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