Webinar Series to Provide Tips to Gain a Competitive Edge

BCA Insurance Group, a property/casualty insurance and surety company serving the construction industry, among others, has partnered with accounting firm Avrio Solutions and TD Bank for a Fall webinar series to help contractors maintain profitability and find continued success through the pandemic and beyond. The three part series, “Succeeding in the Construction Business Today: The New Reality,” kicks off Oct. 21, 2020, with additional webinars in November and December.

Featuring experts in contractor underwriting, risk management, surety and finance, the webinars will address maintaining profitability during COVID-19, navigating the potential minefield of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and a look forward at what to expect in the industry post-pandemic and post-Election Day.

“Contractors remain very much in business through these trying times despite having to adapt to some new realities, like PPE and dealing with employees who become infected. They’ve survived an unprecedented situation, and now we want to help them gain a competitive advantage and become even more successful on the other side,” says Lawrence D. Cohen, executive vice president of BCA Insurance Group. “These one-hour webinars will give them the strategies and tools they’ll need moving forward.”

The upcoming webinars are:

Oct. 21, 2020: Maintaining Profits During a Pandemic

Presenters: Steven F. Beppel, CPA, founder, Avrio Solutions; and Lawrence D. Cohen, executive vice president, BCA Insurance; Moderator: Gregory Carlisle, market vice president, TD Bank, South Jersey/Coastal New Jersey

  • How to position your business to your best advantage.
  • Are your financial statements hurting your company?
  • Exploring job costing and how it will impact profits
  • Understanding your business risks

Nov. 12, 2020: Financial Implications of PPP 

Presenters: Lisa A. Post, director of Surety, BCA Insurance; and Steven F. Beppel, CPA, founder, Avrio Solutions; Moderator: Rob Curley, market president, South Jersey, TD Bank

  • How to avoid the impending PPP Loan crisis 
  • PPP –  is it a windfall or a problem?
  • Ins and outs of PPP forgiveness
  • How to relate your PPP plans with your surety provider

Dec. 10, 2020: What Does the Future Look Like for the Construction Industry?

Presenters: TD Bank economist; Steven F. Beppel, CPA, founder, Avrio Solutions; and Lawrence D. Cohen, executive vice president, BCA Insurance; Moderator: Rob Curley, market president, South Jersey, TD Bank

  • What does the election mean for contractors?
  • Expert responses regarding taxes, insurance and lending
  • What strategies should you be implementing now?

Each webinar begins at 8 a.m. EST. Read to learn more and to register.

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Presenter Biographies:

Lawrence D. Cohen, Executive Vice President and Partner, BCA Insurance Group: Lawrence Cohen has been executive vice president and a partner at BCA Insurance Group since 2012. An expert insurance services executive, Cohen has delivered solutions for his clients worldwide for the past 30 years. He navigates the intricacies of complex terms and policies and provides risk management advice that helps his clients reduce costs, while offering effective coverage and services. As a partner in the BCA Insurance Group, he is responsible for attracting and retaining middle market clients by taking growth initiatives, such as the recent strategic affiliation with Saratoga Benefit Services. Cohen has a proven track record of scaling up organizations. Since joining BCA, the firm has more than doubled their client base. Cohen shares his expertise serving on two boards: The Advisory Board of Stockton University School of Business and the New Jersey Carnival and Amusement Safety Board.

Steven F. Beppel, CPA, Founder and CEO, Avrio Solutions: Avrio Solutions Founder and CEO Steven Beppel, CPA, learned early on the work ethic it takes to run a business and keep it thriving at the same time. As an accountant and business owner for the past 30 years, he’s been helping his clients maintain that same balance – many of whom are still with him today. Beppel understands the challenges his clients face within the transportation and construction industries. As such, he has crafted and sustained a successful business model for how to help these clients conquer the myriad of complications that stem from running a business in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has assembled a team of experts who help Avrio’s clients with the intricate details of accounting, Department of Labor regulations, risk assessments, pricing, cost analysis and more.
Over the past three decades, Beppel has built a solid practice based on relationships. His goal is to help his clients meet their goals and reach their dreams – and beyond. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Lisa A. Post, Director of Surety, BCA Insurance Group: Lisa A. Post serves as director of BCA’s Surety Division. As the former owner and president of Post Surety Bonds, Lisa brings more than 30 years of experience in surety bond services, with a focus on the construction industry. As director, Post implements and oversees all bond services for BCA’s clients, including contract bonds, probate/court bonds, site performance bonds and commercial surety bonds. She has built and maintained a depth of strong relationships with underwriters and construction organizations. This gives her unmatched abilities to get deals done on behalf of her clients. From Fortune 2000 companies to small, emerging contractors, Post has earned their trust in spades.  She is a member of the Associated Building Contractors New Jersey, Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey, Philadelphia Surety Claims Association, the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association and other professional organizations. Post is also a proud veteran of the Army Reserve and the Women’s Army Corps, retiring as a Captain by direct commission in the Medical Service Corps. She has served on the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee (BCMAC) since 2002, including roles as chair, executive director and treasurer. Post was the former mayor of Medford, N.J., and has served on Township Council throughout the early 2000s. Very active in the community, Lisa has been involved in the Cultural Arts Liaison, Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT), Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF), and YMCA Camp Ockanickon. She has volunteered for American Red Cross Burlington County Chapter, American Cancer Society,  Mount Holly Bicycle Race, and BCMAC Armed Forces Freedom Ride and others.

Rob Curley, Market President, South Jersey, TD Bank: An experienced market leader and strong finance professional with a history of working in the banking industry, Rob Curley is skilled in commercial and small business analytical skills and deal structuring, retail banking, team building, and community engagement/fundraising. As Market President, South Jersey/Coastal New Jersey for TD Bank, he is responsible for the leadership and growth of a 100 store retail bank network, retail lending, government banking, and corporate giving as well as direct management of commercial and small business lending teams throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

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