BCA 2018 will be August 10-12 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. The conference will begin on Friday night and conclude Sunday morning.


This annual conference, which routinely attracts more than 500 guests, is always a favorite summertime gathering for lawmakers, business leaders and governmental affairs professionals. The weekend provides a unique networking opportunity to discuss politics and policy with friends and colleagues in a beautiful, informal and relaxed setting.


In addition to breathtaking bayside surroundings, we promise a world-class conference of both current topics of interest and outstanding, nationally relevant speakers.



*Noon – 6 p.m. – Registration


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

ProgressPAC Board of Directors Meeting - Beachside Room

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

BCA Executive Committee Meeting - Magnolia 1

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

BCA Board of Directors Meeting - Salon AB

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Networking Reception - Grand Ballroom

With a quarter of Alabama lawmakers retiring this year, there will be many new faces in the Legislature in 2019. This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with these candidates as well as visit with incumbents seeking reelection.

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast buffet opens - Grand Ballroom

8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Program - Grand Ballroom

A Panel Discussion with State House Leadership

Featuring Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, and Senate Minority Leader Billy Beasley.

Guest Speaker


Israel’s Consul General

Congressional Forum

Featuring a discussion with members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation. Confirmed attendees: U.S. Reps. Bradley Byrne, Gary Palmer, and Mike Rogers.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Special Recognition

10:00 a.m.

Feature Presentations - Magnolia 4

Leadership Matters: A Blueprint for Reinventing Schools for Student Success

Joe Morton, Ph.D., Chairman and President, Business Education Alliance of Alabama

Austal, Redefining Maritime Excellence

Craig Perciavalle, President, Austal USA

Governor’s Address

Governor Kay Ivey

Keynote Speaker


Author and Adventurist

Special Presentations

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Networking and *Complimentary Refreshments - Grand Hotel Pool Area

*Wristband Required

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Interfaith Service - Lagoon Room

Tom Benz

Bridges of Faith International Children’s Fund Founder

Fred Blackwell

Fred Blackwell Roofing, Certified Trainer; BCA board member, BCA Governmental Affairs Co-Chair

9:00 a.m.

Farewell Breakfast Buffet - Grand Ballroom



Alabama Senate Minority Leader


State Senator Billy Beasley of Clayton served three terms in the Alabama House and was elected to the Senate in 2010 and reelected in 2014. The Auburn University graduate is a businessman and pharmacist. Sen. Beasley served as a captain in the United States Army, Medical Services Corps, and is past president of the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association and Clayton Rotary Club.


U.S. Representative, 1st District


A Mobile native, Rep. Byrne, R-Fairhope, was elected to represent the First Congressional District in 2013 and reelected in 2014 and 2016. The Duke University and University of Alabama law school graduate practiced law in Mobile for more than 30 years. He was elected to the Alabama state school board, the state Senate, and served as chancellor of the two-year college system. Rep. Byrne serves on the House Armed Services, Education & the Workforce, and Rules committees.


Bridges of Faith International Children's Fund Founder


Tom Benz of Billingsley was ordained as a United Methodist minister and pastored in the United Methodist church for five years. He founded and pastored a trans-denominational community church for 10 years in Kentucky and served as Southeast Regional Director for International Bible Society. In 1999, he founded the organization now called Bridges of Faith, a ministry targeting orphans and other children in need in Ukraine. Tom earned degrees in religion and philosophy, music, and non-profit management.


Fred Blackwell Roofing, Certified Trainer


Fred Blackwell has spent decades building bridges to help communities develop their capacities, partnering with community leaders, educational entities, governments, and faith-based organizations. Blackwell is a certified trainer who speaks in both secular and church settings. He and his late wife co-authored “Skills for Success,” which teaches job search and life skills for women who are dependent on welfare. Blackwell, a member of the BCA board of directors and chair of the BCA Governmental affairs committee, retired after a business career in human resources and governmental affairs.


House Minority Leader


Anthony Daniels of Huntsville represents the 53rd District in Madison County. The Florida native and cum laude graduate of Alabama A&M University is a small businessman with his wife, Dr. Teneshia Daniels, a dentist. Rep. Daniels earned a master’s degree in special education, and he completed a certification in education fundraising from Dartmouth College in 2012 and a certificate from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business’s Executive Education Program in 2015. Rep. McDaniels was named State Legislator of the Year in 2015 by his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus.


Israel’s Consul General


Lior Haiat is Israel’s Consul General to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. He previously served as the Department Director of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Haiat also served in other Israeli embassy and ministry capacities. Haiat served as a captain and artillery coordinator in the infantry unit with the Israeli Defense Forces. He is a graduate of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.


Governor of Alabama


Kay Ivey is one of the most prepared governors in Alabama history, having worked as a teacher, in business, and in several elected positions. A Camden native, the former banker served as State Treasurer from 2003 to 2011 and lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2017. She became Alabama's first Republican female governor and second female governor last year.


Author and Adventurist


Alison Levine is a best-selling author, a polar explorer – both of them – a mountain climber, and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy. Her careers in the medical and pharmaceutical industry and on Wall Street and her extraordinary feats make her an in-demand keynote speaker. Ms. Levine has been to the top, literally – she has climbed Mt. Everest and the highest peaks on every continent, not to mention the corporate ladder. The Duke University MBA graduate also has political experience, serving as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful California gubernatorial bid.


Alabama Senate President Pro Tem


Del Marsh of Anniston is the Alabama Senate president pro tempore. First elected in 1998, Sen. Marsh is a businessman and entrepreneur. His interests are keeping Alabama competitive, improving children’s education opportunities, and working to create economic opportunities for all Alabamians.


Speaker of the Alabama House


Mac McCutcheon, a Madison County Republican, was elected to the House from District 25 in 2006 and was elected speaker by House members two years ago. The retired Huntsville police officer earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Trinity University. He also has worked as a farmer.


U.S. Representative, 6th District


A native of Hackleburg, U.S. Rep. Palmer, R-Hoover, was a walk-on member of the University of Alabama football team and served as president of the Alabama Policy Institute for 24 years. Rep. Palmer was elected to Congress in 2014 and reelected in 2016. He serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Budget Committee.


President of Austal USA


Craig Perciavalle is president of BCA-member Austal USA in Mobile, a 4,000-employee wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian shipbuilding company, Austal Limited. Austal USA provides state-of-the-art high-speed ships to the U.S. Navy. With 25 years in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry, Perciavalle held various leadership positions over both commercial and government programs before coming to Austal in November 2007. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate and U.S. Naval Reserve veteran was named president in December 2012.


U.S. Representative, 3rd District


Rep. Rogers, R-Saks, is a sixth-generation native of east Alabama who grew up in Calhoun County. A former Alabama legislator, Rep. Rogers was elected to represent Alabama’s Third Congressional District in 2002 and has been reelected seven times. The Jacksonville State University and Birmingham School of Law graduate is a former small business owner. Rep. Rogers serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Homeland Security committees.


The Business Council of Alabama thanks the following companies for their generous support and sponsorship of BCA 2018. Creating a conference that is educational, entertaining, and beneficial to all Alabama companies, takes hard work and support from our membership. These companies have not only made an investment in this conference, but also in the future business climate of Alabama.




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