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Training / Seminars

(See also Consulting services and Rates.)

J. R. Huston Consulting, Inc. can provide educational seminars and hands-on training workshops for Green Industry Contractors, Associations, Manufacturers and Vendors. We can customize seminars and workshops to your needs.

  • Support Educational/Training Goals
  • Provide Member/Customer Goals
  • Augment Membership/Customer Drive Efforts


Seminars/Workshops

Workshops (See Rates)

Estimating Workshop (two-day without computers)

A two-day workshop that trains Landscape and Irrigation contractors and/or key staff how to:

  • Prepare a general and administrative (G&A) overhead and field-labor hour budget
  • Calculate labor burden, average wage, and equipment costs
  • Price/bid projects by the lump sum and unit price methods
  • Measure, allocate, and control G&A overhead costs
  • Understand the total quality management (TQM) process as it relates to estimating
  • Understand the six most common methods of estimating used in the market today
  • And more...

Estimating Workshop (one-day without computers)


A one-day workshop that trains Landscape and Irrigation contractors and/or key staff how to:

  • Prepare a general and adminisrative (G&A) overhead and field-labor hour budget
  • Calculate labor burden, average wage, and equipment costs
  • Price/bid projects by the lump sum method
  • Measure, allocate, and control G&A overhead costs
  • Understand the six most common methods of estimating used in the market today
  • And more...


Estimating Workshop (one-day with computers)


A one-day workshop that trains Landscape and Irrigation contractors and/or key staff on J.R. Huston Enterprises MS Excel worksheets (attendees will have to have their own computer) how to:

  • Prepare a general and administrative (G&A) overhead and field-labor hour budget
  • Calculate labor burden, average wage, and equipment costs
  • Price/bid projects by the lump sum method
  • Measure, allocate, and control G&A overhead costs
  • Understand the total quality management (TQM) process as it relates to estimating
  • Understand the six most common methods of estimating used in the market today
  • And more...

Strategic Planning Workshop

A one-day workshop that will:

  • Train landscape and irrigation contractors and/or key staff on how to prepare a Strategic Plan and
  • Train contractors and key staff on how to implement the Strategic Plan as a vital and dynamic management tool.

By the end of the day, each company will have put together their own, specific Strategic Plan.

Seminars and Talks   (See Rates)
 
Estimating System Overview

Either a half-day or full-day educational event that will introduce Landscape and Irrigation contractors to the key components of an effective estimating system.

The pros and cons of each of the six most common methods of estimating used in the market today are discussed in depth.

Those who attend will be provided with a detailed explanation of the key principles involved in:

    • The estimating budget process
    • Calculating and controlling equipment costs
    • Calculating labor burden and average wages
    • Measuring, allocating, and controlling general and administrative overhead costs
    • Reviewing a bid
    • Determining general conditions costs in a bid
    • Understanding market predisposition
    • Understanding the six most common methods of estimating used n the market today
    • And more...


Attendees will also be provided with numerous handouts and visual aids.


Preparing for & Responding to a Down Economy

Either a half-day or full-day seminar based on Mr. Huston's book on survival techniques for contractors.


As he dissects and analyzes the four major functional areas of a landscape and irrigation company, Mr. Huston utilizes a unique and industry-specific approach to the philosophies, methodologies, systems, and strategies that every company needs to implement in order to survive.


Those who attend will be provided with numerous handouts and visual aids.
 

Strategic Planning for Landscape & Irrigation Companies

A half-day seminar based on Mr. Huston's first book.


The seminar will thoroughly explain the Strategic Planning process.  Material will be provided (handouts and diagrams) that will help participants to devise their own Strategic Plan for their company or division after they attend the seminar.


In addition, for a period of thirty days after the event, FREE support (via telephone) will be provided to attendees who may have further questions regarding the Strategic Planning process.


Other Seminar Topics are available.  Please contact our offices for details.


Webinars


Web-based Seminars offered online via
www.gotomeeting.com.


One Day Company Specific Estimating Webinar


Conducted exclusively with your company, one-on-one via the Internet. This estimating webinar allows you to work at your computer in your home or office to help you:

Prepare 2009 Budget
- Calculate your labor burden and crew average wage rates
- Calculate your equipment cost per hour
- Do a lump sum bid and calculate your time and material rates


You can have all your office staff participate. You’ll receive Microsoft Excel files with all of your webinar information that you can reuse in the future. You will also receive Microsoft Excel files that you can use to bid your work. This webinar is divided into four 90 minute modules. See webinar rates on the latest J. R. Huston Enterprises Rate Card.


One Day Multiple Company Estimating Webinar


This webinar allows you to work at your computer in your home or office to help you:

-    Prepare 2009 Budget
-    Calculate your labor burden and crew average wage rates
-    Calculate your equipment cost per hour
- Do a lump sum bid and calculate your time and material rates


This webinar will combine multiple (no more than five) companies on one call (one participant per company) so that everyone can learn from each others questions and answers. You’ll receive Microsoft Excel files with all of your webinar information that you can reuse in the future. You will also receive Microsoft Excel files that you can use to bid your work. This webinar is divided into four 90 minute modules. See webinar rates on the latest J. R. Huston Consulting, Inc. Rate Card.


*If either of these webinar options does not satisfy the needs of your company or association, please contact us in the office to discuss alternative options.




Call or email our office for more informaton