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Maxwell Systems 2012 Annual Conference Sparked Conversations and Progress for Construction Professionals Using Business Management Software

Maxwell Systems, Inc., a provider of complete construction business management software solutions, today announced the resounding success of its 2012 Annual Conference, held March 12-14 in Las Vegas, Nev. Hundreds of contractors attended the event to participate in training, hands-on labs, networking activities, expert consulting sessions, and more. Maxwell Systems hosts this exclusive conference to help construction professionals to best use construction management software in order to maximize productivity and increase profitability.

“At the 2012 conference we gathered with contractors to focus on the theme Building for the Future to help prepare our customers for greater success by effectively managing day-to-day tasks, improving communication and workflow, and making it easier to work with speed and accuracy,” said Jim Flynn, President & CEO of Maxwell Systems. “Our mission continues to be helping construction companies achieve the best productivity and profitability possible. Our annual conference is a great experience for us and our customers to actively partner, exchange ideas, and participate in valuable training and education.”

The 2012 Annual Conference featured many training and networking opportunities for the attendees, which included construction company owners, presidents, managers, accounting staff, project managers, IT managers, and estimators using Maxwell Systems solutions, including ProContractorMX™, American Contractor™, Management Suite™, StreetSmarts®, and Estimation®. Attendees were able to take advantage of more than 160 educational sessions and hands-on labs, as well as participate in 
one-on-one consulting sessions and peer networking opportunities.

The feedback from attendees was very positive:

“Nice job! Valuable information,” said Jeff Garber, CFO, Sunset Air, Inc.

“The breakout session lineup was great! We are going home with several ideas and features to implement,” said Jane Pringle, Controller, Bayer Construction Co. Inc.

“Well worth the time spent. Very professional staff,” said Sharon Weber, Internal Auditor, Gateway Building Systems.

“Maxwell employees are very engaged and it is clear that the company culture shows a very positive attitude from the top down. Very impressive!” said Cindy Blair, HR Manager, Borland Construction.

“I truly learned more than I ever expected to. I did not know how powerful [my Maxwell software] really is! Excellent experience,” said June Woodard, Controller, Maynard Select.

“One-on-one training was very beneficial. I was able to get all my questions answered and trainer was very friendly and knowledgeable,” said Tammy Clark, Office Manager, Rick’s Electric, Inc.

“First time! I learned new things and I was reminded of things I had forgotten,” said George Weber, Senior Estimator, G.M. McCrossin Inc.

“Great educational conference, very professionally done, and very worthwhile,” said Kenneth Muchmore, President, Anderson Bros. Electric, Plumbing, & Heating, Inc.

“It is an awesome event to learn new tricks and tools of our accounting and estimating software as well as meet and network with fellow users,” said Rhonda Lewis, CPA, Vice-President, Tezak Heavy Equipment Co. Inc.

ABOUT MAXWELL SYSTEMS

Maxwell Systems is a provider of complete construction business management and property management software solutions and services. To deliver true end-to-end control of critical business processes, the company’s product offerings include: ProContractorMX™, American Contractor™, Management Suite™, StreetSmarts®, and Estimation®. To further help customers grow their business while maximizing the return on their technology investment, Maxwell Systems provides comprehensive support and maintenance, training, and consulting. The company’s headquarters are in King of Prussia, Pa., with offices in Baltimore, Md., Fort Collins, Colo., Santa Cruz, Calif., and Sarasota, Fla. More information is available at www.maxwellsystems.com.

 

Dexter + Chaney Launches New Construction Operations Software

Dexter + Chaney (www.dexterchaney.com), makers of Spectrum® Construction Software, launched Venture™ Project Collaboration Software – a new web-based software product targeting the needs of construction operations professionals at this years’ World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas Jan. 24 – 27, 2012.

Venture is the first product release from Dexter + Chaney’s newly formed Operations Group.  “Our product line delivers a new approach and a new platform for collaboration across the entire lifecycle of a project,” said Mark Reich, senior vice president, Operations Group.  Venture addresses the needs of construction operations professionals, uniting the management of project documentation, people, and communications on one easy-to-use platform.  Venture keeps the threads of communication and information flowing between all team members throughout a construction project. “There are too many starts, stops, and restarts in today’s typical construction project,” said Reich. “Venture facilitates the sharing of documents and information throughout the entire project lifecycle.”

Venture’s many features work together to help operations professionals assemble bid teams, share and manage documents, control versioning, automatically send alerts and create project logs, take control of issue management, and much more.  “Contractors we’ve worked with as we developed Venture were typically using four or five different applications to manage all the information and people associated with a project,” said Reich. “With Venture, they have one product that does it all and that keeps their information flowing seamlessly across all the phases of a project.”

Venture saves contractors money by reducing the number of software applications they need and by providing web-based access to all of its features.  “Venture is a complete hosted solution that is ready to use. To get started, just open a browser and log in,” explained John Chaney, Dexter + Chaney co-founder and president. Venture is also “free-to-play” for all project team members.  “If you use Venture, your subs and vendors pay nothing to access and use Venture for your projects as well,” said Chaney. “This gives Venture users a competitive edge in building stronger teams and streamlining project execution.”

ABOUT DEXTER + CHANEY
Dexter + Chaney has been providing complete construction management software for over 30 years. From the office to the field, from accounting to project management, Dexter + Chaney software is used by over thousands of companies. Their clients come from all segments of the industry – heavy highway & utility, general contractors, electrical, mechanical, and specialty subcontractors – and companies of all sizes, from locally owned subcontractors to some of the world’s largest construction firms. Every client is different, and the modularity and flexibility of Dexter + Chaney software allows customers to create a software solution that suits their needs and works the way they do. For more information about Dexter + Chaney’s products and services, contact Wayne Newitts, Director of Marketing, Dexter + Chaney, 9700 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98115-2347; phone: 800-875-1400; e-mail: info@dexterchaney.com www.dexterchaney.com