Birmingham, Alabama (November 19, 2018)—Command Alkon, provider of integrated supply chain technology solutions for the heavy building materials industry, has announce that their annual ELEVATE conference was enthusiastically attended by leaders across the construction industry, from contractors to material suppliers and haulers. The media, thought leaders from the supply chain industry, and software and technology analysts were also in attendance. The event left guests with key insights for successful digital transformation in their businesses, one that delivers value to them and across the industry’s community of trading partners.

“We were all-in on making ELEVATE a high-quality, high-impact, high-value event for everyone involved,” said Command Alkon Vice President of Marketing Ed Rusch. “Mobilizers looking to create a digital movement across the industry came to be informed on innovative solutions, learn evolving best practices from peers and anticipate challenges as new methodologies or practices surface. The heightened undercurrent from attendees who were there to learn, grow and adapt was truly amazing.”  

Content from ELEVATE is now available on Mastery by Command Alkon, including keynote sessions from various thought leaders and company executives.

Keynote Session 1:

  • Seth Mattison, Luminate Labs—Presented the construction industry as being in a character-defining moment, with the two competing forces of hierarchy and network at play. Seth proposed that these forces will define the future of work. Anticipating and adapting to these changes will take people to the next level of success.  
  • ​Phil Ramsey, Emily Branum, Steve Cox and Craig Tate, Command Alkon—Shared the company’s ambitions for digital collaboration in construction at the jobsite. In an intentionally different style of presentation, they proposed that new productivity gains will unlock tremendous value.

Keynote Session 2:

  • Anne Ellis, Ellis Global—Introduced the realities of disruptive technologies which are and will be affecting the industry.  Anne expressed urgency for businesses to transform now, as 52 percent of Fortune 500 firms begun since 2000 are now gone, either from bankruptcy, acquisition or digital disruption. 

Keynote Session 3:

  • Anthony Bourke, Mach 2 Consulting—Overlapped his military experience with the business environment, suggesting that feedback loops of regular briefings and debriefings should take place within every company. Better alignment, collaboration and real-time feedback are key outcomes. 

Nearly 40 companies exhibited and sponsored the conference. There was something for everyone at ELEVATE 2018, including hundreds of break-out sessions ranging from product roadmaps, panels that addressed industry issues, “Pros that Know” advice sessions, and Solutions Labs with software and technology experts.

The Sheraton Grand Chicago will house ELEVATE 2019. For more information, visit