Virtual Coffee & Conversation


A virtual, interactive discussion with your fellow members:

A casual gathering for member leaders to discuss their issues and concerns, and to share solutions and guidance on how to tackle difficult problems for now and in planning for the future. We've included an additional element of bringing professionals from different sectors to help answer questions and discuss best practices on the latest trends that impact your business. These programs are designed for personnel at the C-Suite/Senior Management/Leadership levels.

Complimentary for ABC of Metro Washington Members.

Upcoming 2022 Events:

Coffee & Conversation: Insider’s Look at DOES and Wage Theft Prevention

January 25, 2022 | Time: 9:00-10:00 AM

Moderator: ​​​​​​Neil Stablow, Executive Vice President, Donohoe Construction Company

Panelist: Michael Watts, Associate Director, Office of Wage-Hour with the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)

Previous Coffee & Conversation Events:

October 26, 2021: Insider’s Look at Today's Commercial Real Estate Market: Tenant, Landlord, and Contractor Perspectives

Moderator: Moderator: Tom Bizzarri, preconstruction, Pillar Construction, Inc.

Conversation Panel Includes:

  • Drew Mucci, co-president, HITT Contracting Inc.
  • James D. Policaro, P.E., senior vice president, construction & development, Lerner
  • Mindy W. Saffer, LEED AP, managing principal, cresa

April 12, 2021: Virtual Coffee & Conversation: Supply Chain

Moderator: Leigh Press | President, PCC Construction Components, Inc | Chair-elect, ABC of Metro Washington 

Conversation Panelists Include:

  • Neil Agarwal | Vice President, G.E. Frisco Co., Inc.| Lumber Supplier
  • Gina Cowan | Appliance Business Development Manager, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. | Appliance Supplier

  • John D. Magnolia | President, Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc. | HVAC

  • Garry Spitzer | Sales and Business Development, Miscellaneous Metals, Inc. | Steel

February 24, 2021: Developer Outlook for 2021 and Beyond

Moderator: Coakley & Williams Construction: Lynn Stith Bennett | Chair, ABC of Metro Washington 

Conversation Panel Includes:

  • Boston Properties: David E. Miller | Senior Vice President, Construction
  • Foulger-Pratt: Josh Etter | Vice President, Development
  • Hoffman & Associates: Maria Thompson | Executive Vice President of Construction
  • JBG SMITH: Andrea Murray | Senior Vice President


November 4, 2020: Virtual Coffee & Conversation: General Contractors' Outlook for 2021

Panel Participants:

  • Michael Hess, HESS Construction
  • Dan Novack, Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Tom McCullough, McCullough Construction, LLC
  • Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Virtual Coffee & Conversation: Planning for the Future

August 5, 2020Construction Lending

  • Scott Arwood, M&T Bank, Relationship Manager and Eric Goodwin, M&T Bank, Senior Relationship Manager

July 30, 2020: Bonding & Insurance | Latest Trends That Could Impact Your Business

  • Janeen Stone, Senior Risk Manager, DAVIS Construction 
  • Steve Spencer, President, Marsh & McLennan Agency, known locally as Insurance Associates

July 29, 2020: Maintaining Company Culture in a New Environment

  • Tracy Camponeschi, Coakley & Williams Construction, Director of Human Resources
  • Josh Etter, Foulger-Pratt, Vice President
  • Darry Glick, Dale Carnegie Training
  • Kathy Humm, Harkins Builders, Director of Human Resources

July 22, 2020: How COVID-19 Has Affected the Design Industry and What That Means for 2021

  • Francisco Gonzalez, Managing Director & Principal, Gensler
  • Bill Zink, President, Christopher Consultants