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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 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.

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. 

ABC National Prepares for Upcoming Election

  As part of ABC’s ongoing efforts to elect pro-Merit Shop candidates to elected office and maintain a majority in the US Senate, association staff is conducting their second FEA Travel Team visit of the 2016 election cycle.  Earlier this month, the team was in Florida to support the re-election campaign of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and is currently deployed to Pennsylvania to encourage ABC members to get out the vote for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA).  Funded by ABC’s Free Enterprise Alliance, Travel Teams visit ABC member contractors in targeted states to deliver important Get Out The Vote materials and encourage support for ABC endorsed candidates. Once member company offices are closed for the day, Travel Teams volunteer at local campaign offices to conduct voter outreach.  Between Florida and Pennsylvania, FEA Travel Teams will visit over 1000 member companies and commit approximately 160 volunteer hours to electing ABC-endorsed candidates.

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.

YP Spotlight: Adam Jesberger

Adam Jesberger joined DPR Construction’s D.C. Metro office in March 2016 as a project engineer and where he is responsible for project communication such as RFI’s and submittals focused on interior commercial projects. In addition, he assists with the Special Services Group/Interiors department in estimating and procurement. 

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. 

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.

Valuable Skills You Can Teach Yourself For Free

  In our jobs, we tend to take on roles and projects that might not normally come with our title. But knowing certain skills you don’t necessarily need to fulfill your role could help you execute your job more efficiently, expand your role into something bigger, and could be useful when you least expect it. Most of the time, we learn these one-off skills when something is thrown at us and we have to navigate our way through it on-the-job, but with the internet, we are able to get ahead and tackle these skills beforehand, setting us up for success when we do need them. Below are some skills to brush up on when you have free time and how you can do so on your own. Originally posted on Hubspot, they list 13 skills, but this article pulls out a few relevant to the construction industry. Like stated in the original article, the key is finding the educational material that's high quality enough to be worth your time, and this article provides you some resources that can help teach yourself these skills for free.  
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