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ABC’s Young Professional Of The Year Exemplifies The Value Of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

  When Brooke Wenger started at Triad Engineering, Inc., Hagerstown, Md., as a marketing coordinator nearly a decade ago, she was terrified of going to networking events. She let nerves and the fear of not knowing anyone get to her, not to mention the idea of having to talk in front of a crowd. 

ABC’s 2017 Young Professional of the Year Finalists Named

  In preparation for the upcoming Future Leaders Lab, ABC named the three finalists for ABC’s 2nd annual Young Professional of the Year Award who were selected among a group of nominees representing 20 ABC chapters across the country. Finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for future industry enhancement. 

YP Spotlight: Andrew Lopez

  Andrew Lopez is vice president for Cajun Constructors, LLC, an ABC member and nationally recognized construction leader headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., that provides a broad range of services as a specialty contractor to a diverse group of markets. Lopez started his career with Cajun while obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Louisiana State University in 2000. He is the founding executive and business unit leader of the recently created industrial building specialization where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations and direct oversight of all major business components of the division.

Meet the Young Professional of the Year Winner and Finalists

  As the three finalists for ABC’s first-annual Young Professional of the Year award, Chris, Greg and Shon have proven that finding something you’re passionate about, working hard and sharing your knowledge with others can lead you down a path to success both professionally and personally.

Out of 108 nominations from more than 80 different companies, the following three young professionals were chosen by a judging panel to represent the top emerging leaders in the association. On Nov. 11 during ABC’s Leadership Conference, Shon Smith of ACI Mechanical in Ames, Iowa, was selected as the winner of the 2015 Young Professional of the Year Award.

Three Finalists Chosen for ABC’s Young Professional of the Year Award

  Chris Beckering, Greg Schniegenberg and Shon Smith all come from different states, work for different companies, and represent different roles in the construction industry, but on Nov. 11, they will all have one thing in common. During ABC’s Future Leaders Awards Ceremony, Chris, Greg and Shon will stand on stage in San Diego as a finalist for the first-annual ABC Young Professional of the Year award.

ABC Young Professionals Featured in Construction Executive

  For those of you who haven't seen this month's issue of Construction Executive, pick up your copy or head over to the digital version to see three of your fellow Young Professionals provide their perspectives on leadership and career advancement.  Scott Cox, Brooke Wenger and Jake Williams talk about stepping into a leadership role for the first time, the resources they've used to hone their skills, and the kind of leaders our industry needs to grow to succeed in the future.

If you are interested in showcasing your leadership, please make sure to check out ABC's Young Professional of the Year Award.  ABC's Young Professional of the Year will win a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque and a feature in Construction Executive magazine. All finalists will receive a free registration to the Young Professional Leadership Development Track during ABC's Leadership Week Nov. 10-12 in San Diego, Calif. 

YP Member Spotlight: Dan Forget

Dan Forget, a member of the ABC National Young Professionals Program, is a senior project manager for Sieve Contractors, an ABC member company specializing in pre-engineered building erection, standing seam roofs, plant maintenance, crane services, and general contracting in Washington, Mo. Forget has been with Sieve for seven years and currently works on project development with owners, estimating, and managing the field crews. Forget is involved with the ABC Heart of America Chapter and is the National Grassroots committee’s 2015 national chairman. He graduated from Missouri State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and is on the board of Gateway Trout Unlimited. 

YP Member Spotlight - Chris Carvelli

Chris Carvelli, an account executive for Enterprise Fleet Management, has been with Enterprise for more than 10 years since graduating from LaSalle University. Carvelli has been involved with the ABC Delaware Chapter for four years and has served as the chapter’s young professional committee co-chair for two years. With the committee co-chair Brian Martinenza of Services Unlimited, Inc., Carvelli and the committee have built a strategic plan for 2015 for the group whose goal is to add value to the young professionals and to chapter members in order to better themselves and ultimately their businesses.

ABC Florida Gulf Coast Names Their YP of the Year

  Scott Cox, vice president and director of preconstruction services for Cox Fire Protection, Tampa, Fla., was named ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Young Professional (YP) of the Year during their 2015 Excellence in Construction awards. Cox was recognized for his role in co-founding and co-chairing the chapter’s NexGen program, serving on the chapter’s marketing committee and for his position on ABC’s National Young Professional Committee.

Young Professional Spotlight: Brooke Wenger

  Brooke Wenger is the Business Development Leader for the Eastern Region of Triad Engineering, Inc., a multi-discipline engineering firm with offices across the mid-Atlantic region.  She earned her Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Management degree from Penn State University. As an active member of ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter (CVC), Brooke contributed to the formation of their Young Professionals Group and serves as chair. Brooke is a participant of the ABC National Business Development Peer Group. She is also President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). 
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