CAWP Annual Meeting


Paradise is Found at the CAWP Annual Meeting

The 2023 CAWP Annual Meeting was held February 13 – 17, 2023 at the Atlantis Paradise Resort in the Bahamas after three years of waiting. Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed four days of networking, educational sessions, social events and more!  

Attendees mingled together at an outdoor Welcome Reception at one of the resorts many beautiful poolside decks, complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres flanked by the Mayan temple slide and shark tank.

CAWP Annual Meeting Speakers

CAWP Working for You

CAWP Executive Director Rich Barcaskey, CAWP Director of Industry Relations Jason Koss and CAWP Director of Events Emily Marotte began the sessions with an overview of the Association’s work for the last year while highlighting initiatives that will be occurring in 2023. They also discussed updates on Workforce Development programs and ways you and your organization can get involved. 



Anthony Huey

Anthony Huey of Reputation Management provided the keynote address, Making Your Message Memorable. Huey shared the statistic that most people only take away about 20% of what is said in a conversation. By engaging the attendees and using some hands-on techniques, Huey illustrated ways to be strategic in conveying the 20% you want people to remember. He shared techniques and strategies to make conversations memorable, as well as how to respond to difficult – even angry – questions from anyone.  


Attendees received legislative updates pertinent to the heavy/highway construction industry.

The session started with an update at the state level by Rob Vescio, Principal at Dentons Cohen & Grigsby.

This session was followed by a federal level update by Jimmy Christianson, AGC Vice President, Government Relations, Alex Etchen, AGC Senior Director for Infrastructure Advancement, and Jim Young, AGC Senior Director, Congressional Relations for Labor, HR and Safety. 



Tyler Enslin

Tyler Enslin presented Mastering your Memory, the keynote address for the second day of sessions. During the information and engaging session, attendees learned actionable techniques to instantly recall names, ways to increase overall memory skills, and learned four habits to improve cognitive function and focus. During an entertaining, hands-on exercise, attendees discovered an easy to employ method to recall lists in order. 

CAWP Annual Meeting Social Functions


Cocktail Reception

In honor of Valentines Day, CAWP hosted a cocktail reception in the Café of the Great Waters. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a specialty Valentine’s themed cocktail while surrounded by beautiful aquariums in the Royal Towers lobby area. 

Group Dinner

The traditional group dinner was held at the Dig Deck on Wednesday, February 15. Following cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a delicious meal under twinkling lights and beautiful trees. Throughout the evening, guests were able to watch a cigar roller practice his trade and had the opportunity to have their hair braided. After dinner, attendees were treated to a traditional Junkanoo celebration, complete with a lesson in the history of the celebration.  

Closing Brunch 

On Thursday, February 16, attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet where attendees were able to visit with one another before enjoying the afternoon to themselves before heading home.