Welcome to Ilume, a podcast for bright minds on risk, brought to you by Kraus-Anderson Insurance. Listen and learn about current strategic business risks from industry experts and insight leaders as we strive to meet your greatest risk challenges with innovation and depth of knowledge. Our co-hosts, Seth Hausman and Heather Burmeister are looking forward to bringing you insightful conversations and practical ideas, in a light, friendly, and fun format.
Building Safer Roads
Did you know that in addition to a significant investment in our roads, the new infrastructure bill also includes a major commitment to making certain that those roads are safer? Join us this month to learn more about what to expect regarding the coming innovation in highway safety and financial commitments for both workers and users of our roads from Stacy Tetschner, President and CEO of the American Traffic Safety Services Association.
Where is residential construction heading?
In many neighborhoods and in many cities, single-family and multi-family homes seem to be getting built at a record pace. Is that really true? What is different about today's construction practices? What are the new risks and insurance industry challenges? Katie Beck, Head of Home Builders for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance joins us to take us through these and other questions, while sharing her outlook for the industry. Listen here or follow us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify
Proactive Supply Chain Risk Management Moves to the Forefront
No risk management conversation in 2021 is complete without a discussion of the risks, impacts, and mitigation factors related to supply chain management. No businesses are immune from the impact, yet only some understand the complexities and fewer are actively taking steps to manage the risk. We are thrilled to have Mark Meier from C.H Robinson join us for this episode of ilume. Mark is the Global Customer Operations Leader and works everyday with customers around the world to create proactive solutions to supply chain challenges and risks. Mark shared his insights on the current state of the supply chain across the globe, the current and future impact on business operations, and some practical solutions for businesses of any size.
From Architect to Strategic Partner
What's your new office or facility normal? Businesses are not going back to anything. Businesses are going forward to a new way of working which includes a new use of space. The role of the architect in physical space planning had started to evolve prior to 2020, but is now seeing a rapid transformation. Architects are certainly responsible for designs and specifications, but often, the architect is now the chief asker of the 'why' and 'how' questions. Jon Buggy, a partner and director at RSP Architects, is one of the leading voices in architectural strategic thinking. Please join us this month and hear directly from Jon about the changing role of the architect and his vision for the positive impact that architecture can have on a business.
ACE Mentor Program - Successfully Building Diverse Industry Talent
For over 25 years, the ACE Mentor Program has been living the mission to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and continued support for their advancement into the industry. Join us this month on ilume to listen to a few stories of success from students, mentors, and business leaders. Our guests are Monica Worheide, Khalil Berryhill, and Saura Jost. Monica is the National Director of Affiliates for ACE. Khalil is currently Director, Regional Programs (Central); and has experiences as both a former mentor and student in the ACE program. Saura is a Structural Engineer with Meyer Borgman Johnson, a current a board member of the Twin Cities affiliate, and long-time mentor in the program.
Stay Ahead of the Digitization of the Construction Industry
The construction industry is the latest example of an industry that is amid a digital transformation. Out of the need for improved collaboration, improved data evaluation, and process consistency to reduce project risk, many in the industry have already experienced the benefits of this transformation. Change is always hard, but also imperative to continue to thrive in a rapidly evolving and complex industry.
In our ilume podcast discussion this month, we spoke with Brian Moore, President of Kahua; a leading software platform to provide improved process management and collaboration for all partners in the construction process. Brian and his business partner, Scott Unger have founded several construction software companies. Join us and learn ways to think about increasing innovation, decreasing risk, and improving profits in your business through digital processes, data analytics, and improved collaboration.