August 2018 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, August 10, 2018

11:15 am – 12:00 pm   Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm     Lunch & Program
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm      Networking


“Craft Labor Shortages – How Community-based Craft Training is Solving the Workforce Problem”

Current estimates place construction workforce shortages at 500,000-1,000,000 open positions. The Gulf Coast is particularly hard hit by these short falls; as one of the major economic drivers of the United States due mostly to petro-chemical projects brought on by abundant feedstock currently available to the region. As an industry we must work together to address the shortage of skilled craft labor.


Brandon Mabile, Texas Region Business Development Manager, Performance Contractors

Brandon Mabile is the Texas Region Business Development Manager for Performance Contractors. Performance is a heavy industrial general contractor specializing in Capital Projects, Turnarounds, and Maintenance. In addition Brandon Currently serves as Chair Elect of Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Houston Chapter, Chair Elect of the Construction Maintenance and Education Foundation, and Chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors National Young Professionals. Brandon has also participated on workforce development committees, panels, and task forces with NCCER, Houston Business Roundtable, The Greater Houston Partnership, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, and other associations. Brandon joined Performance Contractors 12 years ago after studying communications and political science at Louisiana State University. In his roles with ABC and CMEF Brandon uses his knowledge and passion for the construction industry to push for workforce development initiatives that benefit both potential employees, contractors and owners throughout the gulf coast region.

  • $25 per person for online registration ($35 per person at the door)
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)

Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, August 9, 2018. A boxed lunch will be served.



Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center

Detailed campus maps are available on the web at The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the across the street from the Student Center.

In the possibility the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus.

Note: In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.