The Marcum Construction Summit is an annual “must” for construction contractors, and finance and accounting professionals. The summit provides business-critical updates on the state of the industry from the country’s preeminent construction economist.

Join us as we pivot from a planned in-person construction event in the Northeast to a national virtual event.


Anirban Basu, Chief Economist, Marcum LLP, ABC & CFMA


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Surety Outlook 2021 and Beyond


Joseph Natarelli, National Construction Services Leader, Marcum LLP

Surety Panelists

Bruce Bergstrom, Head of Contract Surety, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Matthew Cocco, Contract Surety Advisor, Smith Brothers
Nathan Carlone, VP, New England Surety Division, Arch Insurance
Scott Bengston, Managing Account Executive, Travelers Insurance

2:45 PM - 2:50 PM
2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
Optimizing the Coming Wave of Infrastructure Construction

Steve Jones, Senior Director, Industry Insights Research, Dodge Data & Analytics

There will be significant increases in federal and state infrastructure construction programs over the next few years. But traditional projects have been plagued by cost and schedule overruns, quality and safety challenges, and high risks for design and construction practitioners. The worst outcome would be to spend all this new money delivering projects in the same old ways, with the same sub-optimal results. Dodge Data & Analytics studies both the construction economy and the practice, technology and project delivery trends that are improving project performance across the industry. Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights Research for Dodge will share their forecast for the infrastructure market and highlights of their research on how leading companies are successfully deploying new approaches.

3:30 PM - 3:35 PM
3:35 PM - 4:30 PM
Keynote Presentation: Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data

Anirban Basu, Chief Construction Economist, Marcum LLP, ABC & CFMA

At last, 2021 is here.  This presentation supplies economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and then supplies a forecast for the post-pandemic one.  Among the areas of focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade and government finances. 


Keynote Speaker

Anirban Basu

Chief Construction Economist, Marcum LLP

Anirban Basu is Marcum’s Chief Economist and the Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy, supplies, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.

Guest Speaker

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Senior Director, Industry Insights Research, Dodge Data & Analytics

At Dodge Data & Analytics, Steve Jones focuses on how emerging economic, practice and technology trends are transforming the global design and construction industry. In addition to hundreds of speaking engagements around the world and numerous articles in industry publications, Steve produces Dodge Data & Analytics’ SmartMarket Reports on key industry trends, which are read by millions worldwide and frequently cited as authoritative references. Steve has a track record of active leadership in many industry initiatives and serves as a judge for numerous industry awards.

Surety Panelists

Scott Bengston

Managing Account Executive, Travelers Insurance

Scott Bengston has been with Travelers for over 10 years and currently manages the Connecticut Field office for Construction Services, which also includes responsibility for parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.  Scott is actively involved in the industry and currently serves as Vice President of the Connecticut Surety Association. He is a graduate of Providence College and resides in Wethersfield, CT.

Bruce Bergstrom

Head of Contract Surety, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Bruce Bergstrom, Head of Contract Surety, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Bruce leads the contract surety team at Nationwide, which includes fifteen offices throughout the United States.  He oversees underwriting, profitability, agency relationships and strategic direction.  Bruce has spent over 30 years in the surety industry.  Prior to Nationwide, he worked for several major surety carriers handling middle market and large contract surety.  His roles ranged from home office underwriting to regional leadership positions. 

Bruce grew up in Connecticut.  He attended the University of Connecticut where he graduated with a BS in finance.  He also has an MBA from the University of Hartford with a concentration in finance.

Nathan Carlone

VP, New England Surety Division, Arch Insurance

Nathan Carlone is the regional VP – Surety for Arch Insurance. He handles the northeast region including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. He has been in the surety industry since 2006 in positions on both the agency and company side.

Matthew Cocco

Contract Surety Advisor, Smith Brothers

Matt has been in the surety industry for over 15 years. Throughout his career Matt has worked on numerous surety related issues with various stakeholders throughout the industry. He worked alongside key surety and construction leaders on the repeal of Nullum Tempus, and has advocated on other important surety and construction related matters. In his current role, Matt is a producer at Smith Brothers Insurance. Prior to moving to Smith Brothers Insurance, Matt worked at Liberty Mutual Surety and Travelers in leadership roles. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.


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