An intimate four-day summit ( with pre-party activities starting the day prior) hosted by AFT Construction from Scottsdale, NS Builders out of Boston, and construction2style from Minneapolis - this conference is geared towards General Contractors.

Nick, Brad, and Morgan come from different segments of the construction industry, ranging from high-end luxury builders to interior residential remodelers, designers, and media companies. This diversity suggests that attendees can expect a well-rounded perspective on various aspects of the business.

They have spent a combined 40+ years in this industry investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to be able to get their brand and companies where they are at today. They will leave nothing off of the table at this intimate summit and are confident that you will get your value within the first hour.

Wondering how to address contracting systems, create organizational charts, billing, scaling, creating AIA docs, contracts, subcontracts, cost-plus percentages, scheduling, expansion on sales beyond the construction business, how to produce multiple streams of revenue through the construction industry, secure brand partnerships, or simply how to run a profitable construction business? We got you.

By addressing these topics comprehensively and offering tangible takeaways, the Contractor Coalition Summit aims to equip contractors with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in the construction industry and elevate their brands. Providing networking opportunities and including food and drinks adds value to the event and enhances the overall experience for attendees.
Minneapolis, MN
May 15 - 19, 2024
This four-day conference is focused on the Construction Industry towards General Contractors, Nick, Brad, and Morgan are three individualized brand founders, ranging from high-end, luxury builders to interior residential remodelers, designers, and media companies. The founders have experience spanning from the East Coast to the West Coast and the Midwest. This geographic diversity can bring regional insights and experiences, which can be particularly valuable in the construction industry, where local conditions and practices often differ.

The founders emphasize that they've not only experienced the highs of running a profitable company but also the challenges of being non-profitable. This suggests that they are open about sharing their successes and failures, providing valuable lessons for attendees.

Attendees can expect to learn about the strategies and steps required to scale a construction business successfully and explore ways to generate multiple streams of revenue. This is particularly important in an industry that often requires significant upfront investment. They've invested substantial amounts in their own companies indicating a commitment to their businesses and a willingness to share their insights and best practices.

The founders advocate for a sense of community and collaboration within the construction industry, rather than seeing others as competitors. This ethos can foster a positive and supportive environment for all attendees.

Overall, this conference offers a unique opportunity for those in the construction industry to learn from individuals with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Attendees can expect to gain practical knowledge, insights, and a sense of camaraderie within the construction community.

Who's ready to take their construction brand to the next level?!

This Summit includes all food and drinks. And we'll make sure you are wined and dined. Hotel and flights are not included. Space is limited as we want this to remain intimate for personal interaction.
A look into the minds behind the Contractors Coalition Summit. 
Brad Leavitt
Brad is the President and Founder of “A Finer Touch Construction” - a Scottsdale based luxury residential and commercial builder. AFT Construction, as known throughout the industry, is an award-winning construction firm and has been nationally published in magazines such as: Fine Home Building, Luxe Interiors and Design, and Professional Builder.

Brad Leavitt is an energetic public speaker and ambassador for many national brands including Kohler, Pella, Subzero-Wolf, Cambria, Elkay and Post-it Notes. Brad completed a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from BYU in 2005 and worked on notable projects around Phoenix, including the Omni Montelucia in Paradise Valley.

His Podcast, “The AFT Construction Podcast”, is focused on bringing value to its listeners, no matter their industry. The topics are focused on marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, organization, building science and construction. AFT has continued to exceed industry standards and create strong client relationships based on integrity, reliability and quality.

Brad is married to Ashley Leavitt. Together, they have 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy. Brad is active with all 6 of his children, serves in his local community, and loves all sports.
Nick Schiffer
FOUNDER, NS Builders
Nick started NS Builders in 2014, fulfilling his lifelong dream to build amazing houses. Applying his education from Fitchburg State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Technology/Management and drawing from his real-world experience in building and construction management, Nick made the leap from employee to employer. And what began as a small carpentry company eventually earned a stellar reputation for premier home building and large-scale renovation projects, custom cabinet millwork, and even a digital media company.

Nick realized early on that surrounding himself with the right people—dedicated, talented craftsmen who shared his vision for NS Builders—would be one of the wisest investments he could make. And that decision has undeniably paid off. He generously shares his expert advice and first-hand knowledge of building and managing a construction business across multiple social media platforms, including the hugely popular Site Visits. Nick has a firm grasp on how to harness the power of social media, connecting with his followers on a personal level, and providing trustworthy advice, practical tips, and solutions to help anyone take their business to the next level.

Nick’s mission: “To expand the potential of not only myself and my company, but to share my expertise with others. The construction business is always evolving; knowing how to adapt is the key to longevity and success.”
Morgan Moliltor
CO-FOUNDER, construction2style
Morgan is the other half and co-founder of construction2style, alongside her husband Jamie. For 10 years, they’ve been tearing houses apart and creating new dream spaces not only for their clients but for themselves; starting off as a DIY home improvement blog in 2012, they quickly transitioned into a full-service interior residential design + build company in 2015. Her husband Jamie went to school for carpentry and is the talented GC behind c2s.

They started c2s from the ground up. With now over 1.7M + monthly website impressions, and 150K+ social media following, Morgan now teaches their readers how they can implement various marketing strategies and produce multiple streams of revenue through the construction industry.

MN-based, but nationwide, Morgan graduated from college in Long Beach, CA with a fashion merchandising and marketing degree. Morgan has now taken that creativity and knowledge to use within their client’s homes and websites.

Morgan oversees all content creation, manages the brand partnerships, is the writing guru, and lead designer. She also heads up their online education courses and in-house monthly marketing workshops.

You can always find an infectious smile on Morgan’s face and hear her contagious laugh. She’s a forward thinker, risk-taker, and nothing makes her happier than when she gets to play a small part in making people’s lives thrive.
Hotel TBD

We're in the midst of locking in our conference hotel - we look forward to hosting you in Minneapolis!

All hotel rooms are at the expense of the attendee.

12 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 15
Golf & Brand Tours

Let's tee up together before the official event agenda begins. Or take a tour of some of our favorite brand partners within the metro and get to know them more personally.

Details to come!

*Note this is an optional pre-conference activity. If you bought a full-price ticket and would like to attend, please email [email protected].
9 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 16
Home Tours with Local Builders

We've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to connect with local builders in Minneapolis who are opening up their doors for our crew to have a first-hand look at a few of their in-progress or completed favorite projects that will be sure to educate and inspire you to become better.

Meet the Builders: TBD, currently locking in details. 

*Note this is an optional pre-conference activity. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected].

6 - 9:00 pm
Thursday, May 16
Welcome + Happy Hour

Join us for an evening of networking + kicking off the fifth Contractor Coalition Summit event.

Meet and greet to get to know one another, going over what the next few days will entail.

7 - 8:00 AM
Friday, May 17
Breakfast + Networking 
We'll be meeting to kick off the morning together fueling our body for a full day ahead. Please take this time to be intentional, network, meet other people in your industry, share your goals, inspire others, and be inspired. This industry is so massive that there is room for everyone at the table, and together we can achieve greatness. However, none of this can be done on an empty stomach - breakfast will be served. 
8 - 9:45 AM
How to Structure Costs & Prices to Achieve Profitability
Construction is a complex business. By the end of this session, you will know how to price in your market, how to bill fees and pay your employees, how to job-cost and track payroll and know your costs. We will teach you the best method to immediately increase your profit and bottom line. It will help you understand how to bill for overhead, insurance, warranty, and incidentals. Pricing is a significant concern, especially with inflation and fluctuating price points during the pandemic. Understand how to protect yourself and your company moving forward.
Snacks + Beverages Break
We'll have snacks and drinks set up in the back of the meeting room for the duration of the meeting to keep you fueled, hydrated, and energized all day long. No need to bring a thing.
10 - 11:45 AM
Construction Business Management: Contracts

Contracts are an essential part of your business. We will teach you how to properly contract your clients and sub-contractors and protect yourself from potential litigation. In addition, we will spend time discussing escalation clauses. How do pay apps, pay cycles, and lien waivers play a role? What is a pre-construction lien? NDA’s and Photo approval when the project is complete—the pros at the Contractors Coalition Summit will share some of their experiences and show you their contracts used to get you from start to finish.
12 - 2:00 PM
Lunch + Learn 
Any dietary restrictions - we got you. All food and drinks hosted throughout these four days.

2:00 - 3:45 PM
Time is money: Build a pull plan and control the process, enhancing subcontractor participation, profitability, and customer success!
Whether you are an experienced contractor, project manager, or a newbie, construction projects are never easy. Think of all the moving parts – employees, sub-contractors, equipment, materials, delays, and don't forget about expectations. But, if any project needs a well-thought-out execution plan and carefully mapped schedule, it's a construction project. No stone will be left unturned during this session. Learn how to involve your trade partner base to ensure success!
4- 5:00 PM
Growth Mindset, Strategic Planning | Panel Discussion 
Scaling from Local to National: Insights from Influential Entrepreneurs

Panelists: Finalizing panelist details but will be entrepreneurs with national brand recognition.

Discussion Topics will include the initial challenges they faced when trying to scale their businesses beyond the local level. Exploring specific strategies and tactics panelists used to expand their businesses nationally. Discuss marketing, distribution, partnerships, and funding.

Building Brand Identity: How they built and maintained a strong brand identity during the scaling process. Customer Acquisition: Explore how they acquired and retained customers as they expanded their reach.

Within this discussion, we will also discuss the importance of market research and understanding consumer needs when expanding to new regions. Overcoming Setbacks by sharing stories of setbacks and failures and how they overcame them on the path to national success.

Scaling Culture: Discuss how they maintained their company culture as they grew, and how it influenced their brand's success. Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Panelists will offer their top pieces of advice for entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses nationally. And lastly - Future Trends: We will explore their insights into emerging trends in entrepreneurship and brand scaling.
7:00 PM
Dinner at TBD 
Join us for dinner at a TBD location. 

7- 8:00 AM
Saturday, September 16
Breakfast + Networking
By now, you've probably formed some friendships or working relationships. So let's build on that foundation, network, reflect on all the content, and learn other perspectives on strategies.

We'll be meeting to kick off the morning grabbing a bite together.
8 - 9:45 AM
How to Setup, Maintain, and Elevate Vendor Collaboration
Have you ever noticed how some companies don't experience product delays? Have you asked yourself why? This is because they know how to nurture their relationships with vendors. They have been developing them for years, they have direct contacts, and that's why they receive excellent customer service.

It's vital to build strong relationships with vendors and treat them with utmost loyalty and respect. As a result, your strong collaboration will always create significant value and bring returning income sources for you.
10 - 12:00 PM
How to Build an SEO and Social Content Strategy to Drive Sales
This session will dig deep into various ways to use social content to drive traffic to your blog, website, online shop, and podcast to create and grow your revenue. Also, we will cover additional topics like search engine optimization (SEO), what it is, and how you can use it to grow your business and drive traffic from Google.
12 - 1:00 PM
Lunch + Learn
Lunch is SERVED!

Any dietary restrictions - we got you. All food and drinks hosted throughout these four days.
1:15 - 2:30 PM
Managing Client Expectations
We live in a different world today than we have ever lived before. We are adapting, catching up, and managing client expectations daily. During this session, we'll teach you how to attract an ideal client, set up those appropriate client expectations from the start, establish proper regular communication, go over documentation to use, and more.

Being authentic and transparent about the process and realistic about pricing and timelines, defining goals, and inviting your client into decision-making process can be vital.

Learn to think like a customer!
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Producing Multiple Streams of Revenue Beyond Construction within the Industry
This session is going to be jam-packed because there are so many different revenue streams available and all you have to do is leverage your current business. We are going to discuss ad revenue, affiliate links, vendor and brand partnership referral bonuses, online retail and brick & mortar shops, courses and workshops, social media coordinating and website SEO, and the list goes on and on.
4 - 5:00 PM
The Importance of Building Science to your Business | Mark LaLiberte with Construction Instruction
Our industry is always in a state of change. Supply chain issues, labor challenges, interest rate hikes, evolving codes, increased client expectations, new materials, weather stresses, and the impact of physics…the only influence that doesn’t change. You are here because you are investing in your business. You need to be an expert or know experts in all these areas to run your business efficiently and profitably. Building homes is a tricky business.

Mark Laliberte will provide an overview of the challenges we will face if we don’t take the time to study and implement the details that will influence our homes longevity, satisfaction level, and risk. Each climate has various levels of complexity. Heat, cold, wind, rain, sun, humidity, and snow all influence the durability and success of the business.

1. What can we learn from the failures of the past? Do they have a story, or were they just a casualty of poor workmanship or craftsmanship?
2. Managing and understanding the Control Layers in our homes is necessary to meet the engineering challenge the above-mentioned conditions create.
3. How can we distinguish between product hype and product application, longevity, and installation? Do we experiment, verify with colleagues, or read articles? Research seems like our job.

Material Science:
*Materials science studies solid materials' properties and how a material's composition and structure determine those properties.

Are the products we buy tested and designed as a complete system? Have you considered compatibility issues, installer training for the application, exposure limits, and availability?

This session encourages you to ask questions, learn new methods and improve your homes.

About Mark:
Mark LaLiberte is the president of LaLiberte Consulting Inc. In 2010, he co-founded Construction Instruction, an industry-leading company focused on improving the construction industry. He has dedicated over 38 years to the building industry. Through his lectures, site assistance, Building Better Homes video series, and mobile App, he provides builders, architects, and manufacturers with an in-depth look at the current and future state of housing. His work has earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), where he co-developed the highly acclaimed Houses that Work lecture series. The HTW Series has been delivered over 20 years by the Ci team in 100’s of North American cities.

He was the 2013 Building Science co-chair for the Hanley Wood Vision 2020 project. He has provided technical assistance and a voluntary board position to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, for over 22 years. Mark also helped develop the training curriculum for the 2012 Repair Corp Project for Habitat for Humanity, which assists in improving existing housing for our Veterans. He currently works with Rancho Cielo in Salinas, CA to help at-risk young men learn a trade or craft.

He works with various manufacturers to assist in developing products and services for the next phase of efficient homes. Mark is the co-creator of the Ci App and animation studio, which developed the number one mobile App in the construction industry and builds realistic state-of-the-art contextual animations on building science concepts and technical installation practices.

His passion for educating lies in knowing how vital the building industry is. Building healthy, safe, durable, and efficient homes affects the buyer, the builder, the economy, and the planet.

Expertise: Ci’s events are more than just presentations; they provide real solutions contractors can implement the day they meet our team. We present real-world applications gleaned from thousands of site visits from all over the world. Audiences can learn the best techniques for building better buildings through our hands-on, casual, yet informative discussions.

Mark also assists the Ci’s Team in providing the next level of training at Ci Live in Denver, CO. This facility incorporates classroom, mock-up walls, and lab experimentation over a two-day course to define best practices of entire building systems from framing to advanced HVAC. He currently consults with builders and Architects nationally to develop a structure around integrated communication, trade execution, and quality workmanship using animations, mock-ups, and site consulting. Mark lives in Cave Creek, AZ, where he completed his Net Zero home, recognized by Professional Builder and Iconic Life Magazine as demonstrating exemplary construction practices.

7:00 PM
Dinner at TBD
Join us at a TBD location for dinner. 

8 - 11:00 AM
Sunday, September 17
Breakfast + Coffee Chats with Event Hosts
Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.

Then, we'll be wrapping up the conference with some 1:1 time with your event hosts for the week. Sit down and ask us questions that hadn't been covered in the content, specific issues you're going through with your company that you'd like advice on solving, or just to chat more about life with any of your event hosts.
11:00 AM
We've loved hosting you at our fifth bi-annual Contractors Coalition Summit. We'll be coming to Boston this October 2024. Be on the lookout for details! 
* Please note: The agenda is subject to be updated & changed at any time prior to the event.
We are constantly working on bringing fresh ideas & content to our events.
Q: I'm hoping to bring a significant other with me for the trip. Are they able to attend the event with me?

As much as we'd love to include everyone in the meeting space, we're unable to extend the invite for that portion of the conference. However, we'd be more than happy to extend a guest pass to your guest for the evening functions at $200/event per person. If you're interested in this, shoot us an email to [email protected] - we'll get you taken care of. All guest passes must be secured one month prior to the event in order to provide accurate guest counts to our meal vendors. 
Past Events
This is what our attendees had to say about our first Contractor Coalition Summit in Nashville TN early 2022.
What others are saying about Contractor Coalition Summit
​​​​"Imagine an event that would change the direction of your business forever! The Construction Coalition Summit hosted by @construction2style@nsbuilders @aft_construction was one of those events! We are forever grateful for the relationships we made this week." 
- Fine Point Homes | Forth Worth, TX

"A huge thank you to everybody who organized, contributed, and helped make the #contractorcoalitionsummit a smashing success. I will admit that I was a little skeptical going into this - I have been building for over 17 years, have a small tight-knit group of trusted employees and trade partners, and like to think we have a pretty good gig. But, my mind was blown. My cup is full of new knowledge, inspiration, and new friendships, thanks to Morgan and Jamie (@construction2style ), Brad (@aft_construction ), and Nick (@nsbuilders ). THANK YOU for imparting your epic knowledge and experience, and for laughing with me…for four straight days. For a guy who takes extreme care to protect our nights and weekends, this was well worth it."
- Mark D Williams Custom Homes | Minneapolis, MN

"Left Nashville with a smile and about 12 pages of notes from Contractors Coalition Summit. Spent 3 full days learning from @construction2style, @nsbuilders, and @aft_construction along with 30 builders from all over the country. Now it’s time to get to work! Rising tides raise all ships." 
- Emergent Construction | Indianapolis, IN

"What a great event with some great people! @construction2style killed with the organization of the event and @aft_construction with @nsbuilders gave us some pivotal information that’s going to take our operation to the next level. Not only that, but also the great network of people we got to meet was also amazing. Some of the best builders in the country!" 
- Modern Renovations LLC | Wilmington, MA

"Three powerhouse days of motivation for Allyson! First, at the #contractorscoalitionsummit in Nashville, learning from @morganmolitor @construction2style and Brad Leavitt @aft_construction. Then it was over to @urbanlandinstitute to learn about the best and brightest new high-rise buildings in Chicago and finally to @aiachicago to learn everything about residential architecture.

What a hit! Listening to your talk really pumped me up to tackle social media even more and get serious. You are such a wealth of knowledge and an inspiration. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to see you speak and you didn’t disappoint – I hope you hear me when I say that because you are a rockstar."

- Integro Builders | Chicago, IL
"Just returned from three impactful days in the first #contractorcoalitionsummit led by three of the industry’s best @aft_construction @nsbuilders and @construction2style. Brad, Nick, and Morgan went above and beyond to share best practices with 30+ contractors, all of whom share a vision for excellence in our construction industry. Rising tides lift all ships. I am excited to be back in the office this morning with a plan to make immediate improvements with our people, our systems, and our processes." 
- Lost Creek Construction | Colorado Springs, CO

"Progress not perfection… I feel as though to be successful professionally or personally you need to invest in yourself. There is no such thing as perfect but you can always aim for it. I decided to invest in myself and my business over the last four days at the Contractor Coalition Summit in Nashville. It was an eye opening experience where I plan to implement what I learned to grow and better this company." 
- Mullen Building | Osterville, MA

"Had an amazing time the last 4 days at the #contractorscoalitionsummit learning from the building industry’s best. Huge respect and many thanks to @aft_construction @nsbuilders @construction2style for not holding back and putting everything they got into this intensive to get better. It’s great to connect with builders all around the nation and to see how much they all care for the homeowners they build for. This is why we do what we do! And we got to stay at the beautifully designed @bobbyhotel in Nashville. Can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned to OHYH."
- Our House Your Home | Richland Hills, TX

"It was truly a great event.  Very close knit bunch of builders from all over and very invested in growing the building community along with themselves.  The blend of building science and business strategies was incredible!

Honestly, probably received more communications from these 30 builders than shows we do with 2,000 people in attendance. As a sponsor, this was very well worth it.

On the execution side and involvement as a group, it was spot on! From the rooftop to the steakhouse, all was very elegant and cozy.

Coming out of this, I feel that long lasting connections were made and I have a greater understanding of the benefits of growing these events as the role of a sponsor."  

 - ROCKWOOL | North America

"What an event! 👌 Catch up on Nathan Anderson's experience at the four-day #ContractorCoalitionSummit in Nashville! It's such a reward getting to learn from other professionals in the construction industry who have taken their businesses to a whole new level. Thank you for having us @aft_construction + @nsbuilders and @construction2style"
- Rebuild the Block | Phoenix, AZ
We're in the process of planning our next round of Summit events. If you're interested in attending, drop us an email and we'll add you to our distribution list for when our next registration links go live. 
 Join us in Minneapolis, MN
May 15 - 19, 2024
We look forward to hosting you!

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