The ABC National Young Professional Program was established to develop the next generation of leadership within Associated Builders and Contractors and to encourage networking between the “best and brightest” of the young professionals in construction.

In an effort to bridge the workforce shortage gap, ABC National’s program addresses the opportunities to engage both students and young professionals and assisting with leadership development at the chapter level.

The program aligns with two key objectives with the ABC Strategic Plan including:

1. To continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership.
ABC young professional/emerging leaders program are often used as a membership tool at the chapter level. If we can provide them further benefits, this will only increase.

Our program will allow our member companies to engage the top talent entering the industry to become the future of the industry and ABC. With a successful young professionals program, ABC can stand out as the top association for leadership and professional development within the industry. 

2. Be the leading force in the construction industry for Workforce Development and Training
The young professional national program will offer networking and educational events and provide resources to help the next generation of leaders excel in the construction industry.

ABC National has the opportunity to engage both the student chapters and young professionals by taking a more organized approach to assisting with their leadership development and engagement with ABC at the national and chapter levels.

Chapter Young Professional programs allow an exclusive networking group to trade ideas, best practices and educational advancement on a regular basis. On a national level, the program will focus on providing a networking group comprised of all regions and expanding the source of information while helping chapters develop their programs and sharing successful ideas from around the country.

The National program will allow those members actively involved at a chapter level to participate in events geared towards young professionals only offered at the ABC national events such as the Legislative Conference and the Workforce Development Conference.

Together, the Chapter programs and the National program will offer members opportunities only available through ABC.

To participate in the ABC National Young Professional program, individuals must:

  • Be employed by an active ABC member company or a member of an ABC student chapter;
  • Be under the age of 40 or have 0-5 years of experience in the construction industry;
  • Pay an annual $50 program fee to access the benefits of the program which are outlined below.

The ABC National Young Professional Program is an extended benefit for the chapters that already have programs in place. The program will offer comprehensive best practices from across the association and provide resources such as contacts at all chapters with existing programs.

For chapters without existing programs, the National program aims to help assist those interested in starting a young professionals or emerging leaders group and providing step-by-step instruction to doing so.

Individuals interested in participating will pay a $50 annual fee which covers event fees throughout the year along with other benefits exclusively offered to members of this program.
  • Discount registration rates at ABC National conferences 
  • Exclusive free webinar series
  • Opportunities to guest-blog 
  • Access to the Young Leaders in Construction LinkedIn group
  • Mentorship program between YP member employees and student chapter members; young professionals and experienced members
  • YP-specific events held at each national conference
  • Templates and resources for chapter programs
  • Directory of all ABC Chapter Young Professional programs
  • Young Leader of the Year award
Additional questions can be addressed to ABC National’s Public Relations Manager and National Staff Liaison to the Young Professional Committee, Mike Glavin at glavin@abc.org or (571) 218-0303.

Questions can also be directed to any of the Young Professional Committee members.