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, and House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels.

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, Mike Rogers, and Terri Sewell.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Special Recognition

9:45 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



Bridges of Faith International Children's Fund Founder


Tom Benz is the founder and director of Bridges of Faith International Children's Fund in Millbrook. Originally ordained as a United Methodist minister, Benz pastored in the United Methodist Church and a trans-denominational community church in Kentucky. In 1999, he founded the organization now called Bridges of Faith, a ministry targeting orphans and children in need in Ukraine. Several times a year, BOF hosts Ukrainian orphans at BridgeStone, a rural retreat in Central Alabama, for a Christian camp experience.


Fred Blackwell Roofing, Certified Trainer


Fred Blackwell has spent decades building bridges to help communities develop their capacities. In this effort, he has partnered with community leaders, educational entities, governments, and faith-based organizations. He is a certified trainer and has spoken throughout the country both in secular and church settings. Fred is a long-time leader in Alabama’s business community and in the leadership of the BCA.


House Minority Leader


Anthony Daniels is a Huntsville businessman with his wife, Dr. Teneshia Daniels, and represents Huntsville in the Alabama House of Representatives. As House Minority Leader he leads his party in the House. The Florida native graduated cum laude from Alabama A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and earned a master’s degree in special education, 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. He was named Alabama 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 polar explorer, mountaineer, best-selling author, business executive, and public speaker who draws relevant, authentic parallels between mountaineering and business. She captained the first American women’s Mount Everest expedition and has completed the adventure grand slam – reaching the highest peak on every continent and skiing to both the North and South Poles. She spent four years teaching United States Military Academy cadets about making life-and-death decisions in extreme environments. She speaks at perhaps 100 conferences a year through her company, Daredevil Strategies.


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 of Madison County is the speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. Elected in 2006, the former Huntsville law enforcement officer was chosen speaker during a special session of the House in 2016. His goal is “to work with every member of the House.” McCutcheon is a farmer and associate pastor.


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.


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.




© Copyright 2018 Business Council of Alabama. All Rights Reserved

FRIDAY 8.10.18

SATURDAY 8.11.18

SUNDAY 8.12.18