Interactive Sessions

The Red Metals Summit is all about engagement! During these information-packed days together, you will not be subject to “death by PowerPoint” or one “talking head” speaker after another. The program is designed for maximum interaction, which will take your networking to the next level. Expect Q&A-heavy discussions, facilitated round table exchanges and the opportunity for you to speak up on the hot topics that matter to you the most right now. This lively concept is designed for you to have an excellent return on investment. By being fully engaged, you should be able to leave with valuable takeaways that you can use in your businesses right away.

Speakers and Facilitators 


Staying Power: How to Keep Employees Longer 

Presented by Shelonda Darling

Monday, September 27, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

While some of today’s workforce is made up of deep-rooted, dependable staff, a larger number of positions are now a revolving door of employee turnover. Workforce Retention Strategist Shelonda Darling from Magnet Culture will share insight on why staffing is so challenging today and additional ways to gain greater staffing stability. Learn how to slow the revolving door, more effectively manage the impending shorter-term workforce, and maximize the time you have with each employee.

About Shelonda Darling
Workforce Retention Strategist Shelonda Darling helps organizational leaders identify what's happening with the current employment landscape and she shifts manager mindsets so they can better lead and retain today's new workforce. Her real-world, engaging approach makes managers more effective in their roles.
She has used her expertise in a variety of corporate teams: Training and Development, Employee Engagement, HR Communications, and Corporate Communications, where she has discovered the power in storytelling that gives employees a sense of belonging and pride in their company.

And as an early Millennial herself, she sits in the sweet spot for bridging the generational gaps because she can speak to both the expectations of traditional managers and the evolved expectations of today's new workforce.


ITR Economic Update: Moving Forward with Confidence

Presented by Connor Lokar

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

2021 is winding down as we prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties in 2022. There are opportunities and risks ahead and we will explore them in terms of government responses, consumer trends, market opportunities, labor issues and production costs. We will also assess business responses to the projected changes in the economic landscape. These forces will shape the trends ahead and drive our tactics and strategies. We will also:

  • Assess business demand for the rest of 2021 and for 2022.
  • Look at a system of key leading indicators that are proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy and markets.
  • Present market outlooks and discuss issues that have an impact on your profitability via resource allocation, budgets, expectations, and strategic planning.
  • Present the unintended consequences of the massive stimulus programs and infrastructure spend that will impact businesses in the years ahead.
  • Present the unintended consequences of the massive stimulus programs that will impact businesses in the years ahead.
  • Assess interest rate and other financial market trends, including the latest information on stock market performance. 

About Connor Lokar
Connor has been working side-by-side with our President, Alan Beaulieu, at various events from large association meetings to smaller business settings. His dynamic approach to a speaking engagement has been enjoyed by thousands of business leaders as he provides a fresh look on how to make economic intelligence applicable and actionable.

Connor specializes in the Construction Industry as well as his work on our monthly publication, the ITR Trends Report. Connor’s ability to relate to the next generation of business leaders, while helping current C-Suite executives has allowed attendees to walk away with a better understanding of their employees and the ability to plan for the future with confidence.


Industry Hot Topic: Financial Operations

Facilitated by John Reinhold, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

John Reinhold of UBS will facilitate a discussion on risk mitigation strategies: copper futures and hedging. John and an associate opened the Shearson Hayden Stone Buffalo office, a predecessor firm to what is now Morgan Stanley in 1976, and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. John also holds the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM designation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a designation which only 3,500 advisors in the United States have achieved. John’s industry experience and strong commitment towards excellence are key drivers to the team’s success. John’s goal is and has been to help prepare clients for their future needs, appropriately manage risk and expectations, and help create and monitor sophisticated portfolios for individuals and institutions. John’s passion for the global markets, sound insight and judgment is locally acknowledged as he currently sits on or chairs the investment committees for several organizations.



Industry Hot Topic: Government Policies 

Facilitated by Seth Waugh, Associate Vice President & Deputy Political Director at National Association of Wholesaler Distributors

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Seth Waugh of NAW will lead a discussion on Biden’s policies on infrastructure, taxes, labor and transportation legislation. Seth Waugh is a government affairs professional with more than 15 years of experience at the Federal, State and Local level. He has policy expertise in transportation, workforce, labor, infrastructure, Second Amendment, defense and biomedical research. Has been a featured speaker at colleges, universities, and political events across the country including Harvard, Oklahoma State University, University of Florida, University of Toledo, James Madison University, Miami University of Ohio, NRA's Annual Meeting and many others.