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Five Reasons Why Millennials Are Great for the Construction Industry

  As we move into the New Year, we often set goals that we think can improve our daily lives. This might mean moving to a new city, starting a new job or finding ways to sneak in time at the gym during our busy 9 to 5 lives. But for many people—especially millennials—they aren’t looking for a major change, but simply an improvement such as defining and establishing a path to meaning and success in their current position.

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. 
 


Fortune Lists ABC Members on 100 Best Places to Work For Millennials

  In its inaugural list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Fortune magazine listed eight ABC member companies representing 24 ABC chapters as the best-of-the-best workplaces for young professionals. Administered by Great Place to Work Institute, more than 90,000 millennial employees from 465 companies nationwide were surveyed in order to select the top 100 winners.

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. 

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.

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.

Reducing Uncertainty and Improving Performance with BIM

  In a recent report, McGraw Hill Construction discusses the top causes of uncertainty in construction projects and their effects on the schedule and cost of the projects. Once the top causes were identified, the report dives into ways an entire team from the owner, to the architects and the contractors can improve performance.