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From the category archives: Leadership


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 2016 Future Leaders Lab Recap

  ABC’s Future Leaders Lab held Nov. 15-17 in Dallas, TX, brought together a group of more than 30 young leaders from around the country to expand their leadership development skills. The course, led by Young Pro Elite Founder, Blake Cavignac, covered six topics including a self-assessment, vision & goals, productivity, core beliefs & values, personal branding and adverse management.

LSU Construction Management Students Gather Real-Life Experience from ABC Young Professionals

Many young leaders in the industry can relate to construction management students who are trying to gain a competitive advantage as they prepare to enter the real world. At the ABC Pelican Chapter, they saw this as an opportunity to connect their young professional group with the ABC Student Chapter atLouisiana State University (LSU) to mentor them in hopes to bring home a win at the 2016 ABC National Construction Management Competition.

About ABC Iowa’s Merit Shop Emerging Leaders Academy

  The ABC Iowa chapter is in its third year of hosting the Merit Shop Emerging Leaders Academy and recently held the group’s graduation for its 22 participants. Ranging from business owners and presidents to managers and foremen, the group meets for four day-long sessions from February through August. This year, the classes focused on self-awareness & emotional intelligence, leadership development, what ABC can do for young professionals, and technology in construction—a few of the main topics identified as important to the members in Iowa. 

ABC Young Professionals Take Capitol Hill

Members of Congress aren’t experts at construction and the issues that affect it. That’s where professionals in the industry come into play. While our congressmen and women are there to advocate for us, how do they know the significance of what they are advocating for if we don’t tell them? It is our job to tell our stories and be heard.

That’s what ABC Young Professionals learned June 22 during the first annual YP Symposium at ABC’s Legislative Week. 

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. 

7 Ways to Turn Your Employees into Leaders

  Organizations looking to gain a competitive advantage in their industry and increase their bottom-line metrics can look to investing in one thing—their people. In fact, a study titled “Global Leadership Forecast” cited that “companies with quality leaders are 13 times more likely to outshine the competition.” The same study also found that only 18 percent of responders reported strong bench strength, meaning they believe only 1 in 5 leaders can meet their future needs. Instead of waiting to see which employees become leaders, create an environment that develops them into the leaders they need to be.