The Mechanical Contractors of America don’t like to have just one high-profile speaker at their annual convention.
No, they seem to believe 16 or 17 is a better number. That’s how many people from the worlds of entertainment, politics and business the MCAA has scheduled for its March 9-13 conference at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Attendees will have the chance to hear from Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of cable TV network MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” at 8:15 a.m. March 10 as they discuss the issues of the day at MCAA’s opening session.
At 10:30 a.m., Jordan Belfort, aka “the wolf of Wall Street,” will chronicle his rise and fall from a boiler room brokerage career that paid him more than $50 million a year to serving 22 months in federal prison.
At 8:30 a.m. March 11, award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis will be the featured speaker at a breakfast where she will recount her life growing up as the daughter of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
John Heilemann, co-author of the best-selling political book Game Change, will appear at 9:15 a.m. March 12. He will give MCAA members an insider’s view of the 2012 presidential election.
San Francisco-based rock band Train will appear as the closing dinner entertainment March 12. In the late 1990s, songs such as “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” solidified the band’s hit-making abilities. Although the hits stopped for much of the 2000s, in 2009 the band released “Hey, Soul Sister,” which became its biggest international hit, reaching No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 1 in much of the world.
Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller will chronicle his career from starting as head of the FBI a week before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to overseeing a change in how the United States fights and finds enemies as the closing session speaker. Mueller will appear at 9 a.m. March 13.
Besides the headliners, MCAA officials have booked numerous speakers on topics such as business management, social media, sustainability, pricing and lean construction. For registration information and details, visit www.mcaa.org/mcaa2014/.