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ACRA 17th Annual Conference

September 8 - 11, 2011
Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa
St. Charles, Missouri


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 7

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ACRA Board of Directors Meeting

7:00  PM

ACRA Board of Directors Dinner
Thursday, September 8

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast (Workshop Attendees ONLY)

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Workshop:  Environmental Conflict Resolution Skills for Cultural Resources Professionals

The workshop has been developed in conjunction with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution ( and will be taught by staff from the Institute and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Dispute Resolution Service ( This training is intended for cultural resource professionals and others working with Section 106 and the National Historic Preservation Act and focuses on conflict resolution and intercultural communications. 

This highly participatory and interactive course will help develop awareness of many facets of conflict resolution: protocol, communications skills, collaboration, and interest-based negotiation. This training exposes participants to a broad range of concepts and skills to effectively work with others in any context.

The learning objectives for the workshop will include:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practice of Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR)
  • Know how to systematically analyze a situation and identify an appropriate conflict resolution process
  • Learn effective conflict management concepts, particularly Interest-Based Negotiation (IBN)
  • Develop basic communication skills that help foster long term relationships and help to better manage and resolve conflict 
  • Recognize the importance of intercultural communications, including transparency and protecting cultural/religious/sacred sites information
  • Practice essential communication skills of listening, questioning thoughtfully, restating so everyone understands, and asserting appropriately
  • Discern the significance of non-verbal communication
  • Recognize cultural differences in communication and behavior, and different meanings associated with the same action

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to tell the differences and similarities regarding how culture informs the decision-making process in terms of:

  • Engaging one another
  • How information is shared
  • How decisions are made
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Capital And Corps Tour

The "main” tour of the conference will visit the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers archaeology facilities. However, just like a Rock concert, we have a teaser tour to start us off. On Thursday at 9 a.m., tour participants will be driven about three-quarters of a mile to the First Missouri State Capitol for a one hour tour of the still-standing and wonderfully restored, early 1800s commercial building complex. Participants will then be taken to downtown St. Louis to visit the Veterans Curation Project Laboratory. We have all heard about this project and now we will have a chance to see one only three labs for this program. There may or may not be a class of veterans in the lab. Regardless, you will get to meet a graduate of the VCP program (he now runs the lab) and see and hear what they do as rehab back into everyday life. After seeing the VCP lab, you will have lunch in the Federal Building cafeteria (hopefully with some Corps personnel who deal with contracts as well as some archaeologists). After lunch, you will be taken to the Corps’ Center for Mandatory Excellence lab next to the famous St. Louis Arsenal. See where the Corps has dealt with some of its more famous projects (Iraqi mass burials and the African Cemetery, to name two).
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

St. Charles Architecture Tour

Take a guided walking tour of the residential and commercial architecture of the Old Main Street area. You will walk along approximately one mile of historic buildings. After the tour, which should last between 1 to 2 hours, stop at many of the shops, restaurants, or museums along the way back to the venue. This tour will also be offered as a self-guided, walking tour option any time you like. 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch at Landmark Buffet (Workshop Attendees ONLY)

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Friday, September 9

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

General Session: Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

"Historic Preservation in the Decade Ahead"  
Keynote Speaker: Milford Wayne Donaldson, Chairman of the ACHP and California SHPO
"ACRA and Government Relations" – Marion Werkheiser, Cultural Heritage Partners, LLC

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Business Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

"Managing the Issues of Professional Liability" (Bob Garcia, Charles L. Crane Agency)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Awards Luncheon

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

"Leverage Technology and Spend More Time on Your Business" (Steve Turner)


Steve Turner is the CEO and Founder of Turner Time Management, LLC.  TurnerTimeSM training, coaching and website tutorials provide time management tools, techniques, tips and strategies for effectively managing e-mail, tasks, and projects.  Our proven ability to assist business professionals in leveraging technology (including desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, et al) is of great value to anyone in need of greater sales and/or productivity results.  TurnerTimeSM offers training on-site, via webinar and via our website,  Most people who take TurnerTimeSM training and coaching save between 2½ to 10 hours per week (per employee).

Steve Turner is the former Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Clover Technologies Group (, the technology leader in compatible imaging supplies and innovative environmental solutions. An integral part to taking Clover from $44 million to $265 million in just over four years, Steve and his groundbreaking strategies for time management and productivity helped rocket Clover to the industry’s #1 position. A large part of the effort was working with independent sales agencies. His proven ability to leverage technology (including desktops, laptops and mobile devices) is of great value to anyone in need of greater sales and/or productivity results. TurnerTimeSM is time management tools, techniques and tips to effectively manage e-mails, tasks and projects.

Have you read the training manual or taking training for your computer, software or smartphone? Most of us have to answer "No”, which is why there is TurnerTimeSM! We show you how to be more productive/organized/efficient so you can spend more time on your core business. The TurnerTimeSM Management session will demonstrate how you can leverage technology to become more productive and effective using your computer/mobile device. Topics covered include:

  • Avoiding technology "information overload”
  • Time saving smartphone shortcuts you can use every day
  • The most efficient way to process and organize e-mails
  • Quick search tools you can use on your computer to find things faster


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Corporate Culture (Jonathon Jones)

5:00PM +

Dinner on your own
Saturday, September 10

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

"Human Resources for Dummies” (Carie Lewis)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

ACRA Business Meeting

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

ACRA Board of Directors Meeting

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

"Protecting Your Corporate Gold: Wellness and Insurance Programs" (Cinder Miller)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Past Presidents Lunch (invitation only)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

"Native American Consultation Issues" (Ben Rhodd)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

"The Data are In: The Successful Completion of a GSA Schedule MATOC” (Susan Malin-Boyce)

5:00 PM+

Daniel Boone Dinner Includes Tour of Daniel Boone Home and 
Enjoy a catered gourmet meal
Busses Depart at 5:15PM


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