March Membership Meeting Provides Educational Opportunities

The first membership meeting of 2019 was held on March 6, 2019 at the Tippecanoe Country Club. Members in attendance were provided a great educational opportunity about Effectively Managing Risk in Construction Contracts. The presenter Lori Wisniewski Azzara from the Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall and Furman Law Firm presented the following topics:

  • Public verse Private Contracts.
  • Types of contracts; Purchase Order, Standard Form and Company Form.
  • Non-Standard Contracts
  • Important Contract Provisions
  • Integration Clauses
  • Incorporation by Reference
  • Retainage
  • Paid if Paid
  • Paid when Paid
  • Claims and Notices
  • Default and Termination (For cause or for convenience)


During the Membership meeting Co-presenters Randy Seitz from Penn Northwest and Sara Boyarko from The Regional Chamber spoke about economic development in Mercer County and the Mahoning Valley. Randy shared his agencies plan on recruiting new company owners to the area and touched base on the 1500-2000 job fulfillment center at the I-80/Rt 19 interchange. Sara shared The Chambers strategy for bringing in new companies to the Mahoning Valley along with 2018 success stories and potential Brown Field and Green Field developmental areas for future projects. Members had the opportunity to ask questions about what was presented, and the presenters answered for their respective areas. Randy Seitz emphasized that while the Penn Northwest and The Regional Chamber have their own areas to promote economic development, they often will work together to help bring companies into the area.

If you would like a copy of Lori Azzarra’s presentation, please contact Gary Hartman at The Builders and he will arrange to get a copy to you for review.


We look forward to seeing you at the next Membership meeting which will be held at the Lake Club on May 8, 2019. Plan on getting in a round of Golf prior to the Membership Meeting