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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 5/17/2019


2019 Craftsmanship Award Nominees


Eight individual craftsmen and 12 crews have been nominated for the 2019 BX Craftsmanship Awards. This annual award recognizes those who exhibit skill, expertise and artistry through their work, which exceeds industry standards.

A panel of industry professionals will begin the judging process this month. Winners will be announced in July and receive their award at the BX Annual Meeting in November. The nominees are:

Individual Awards:

  • Jim Culbertson (The Superior Group) for the electrical installation at The Ohio State University Cannon Drive Pump Station; nominated by Jon Schiff (The Superior Group)
  • James Fleshman (Kirk Williams Co., Inc.) for the cooling tower installation at the Greater Columbus Convention Center; nominated by Joe Williams (Kirk Williams Co., Inc.)
  • Andy Huff (M-M Masonry, LLC) for the exterior and interior masonry at the Canopy by Hilton; nominated by Mike Rodriguez (M-M Masonry, LLC)
  • Martin Jones (Jones-Schlater Flooring, LLC) for the flooring installation at Mount Carmel East Hospital; nominated by Michelle Cleland (Jones-Schlater Flooring, LLC)
  • Don McNeal (Bruner Corporation) for the mechanical and piping modification work at LBrands; nominated by Brian Caton & Alex Grant (Bruner Corporation)
  • John Peden (Mid-City Electric / Technologies) for the electrical installation at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Dublin Branch; nominated by Damon Clement (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Willie Raptis (M-M Masonry, LLC) for the exterior masonry at 711 N. High Street; nominated by Mike Rodriguez (M-M Masonry, LLC)
  • Dave Russell (Fortin Ironworks) for the custom metal fabrication work for the Columbus Blue Jackets; nominated by Tom Fortin (Fortin Ironworks)

Crew Awards:

  • Aaron Claytor, Jeremy Donahue, Guy Johnson, Earl Raber and Chris Wildenthaler (Anderson Aluminum Corp.) for the unitized curtainwall at Nationwide Children's Hospital; nominated by Taylor Anderson (Anderson Aluminum Corp.)
  • Jamie Crouse, John Mirgon, Darren Ouellette and Ason Sunkle (Corna Kokosing Construction Co.) for the decorative cast-in-place concrete work at First Community Church; nominated by Daelann Farnlacher (Corna Kokosing Construction Co.)
  • Dante Aguilera and Kevin Smuck (Hilliard Glass & Service) for the installation of exterior and interior glass at The Ohio State University Pomerene Hall; nominated by Darren Taylor (Hilliard Glass & Service)
  • Randy Ater, Frank Lunsford, Myron Manack, Luis Rosas and John Stamper (Martin Painting & Coating Co.) for the decorative painting at Saint Mary's Catholic Church; nominated by Tyler Link (Martin Painting & Coating Co.)
  • Chris Fooce, Bruce Hilton, Steve Hirby and Jeff Johnson (Mid-City Electric / Technologies) for the site utility relocation and generator installation at Madison Health; nominated by Jeff Carius (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Steve Driver, Riley Fetherolf, Jack Hickman, Paul Poklinkowski and Tom Rathbun (Mid-City Electric / Technologies) for the electrical installation and upgrades at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; nominated by Dave Anderson (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Jim Allen, Mike Dotson, Bruce Frebualt, Jacob Fromerth and Jessie Webb (Mill Tech, LLC) for the architectural woodwork at the OSU Schumaker Student-Athlete Development Center; nominated by Kevin Henderson (Mill Tech, LLC)
  • Nick Bowman, Scott Cameron, Mike Clark, Craig Holsky and Duane Murray (Mock Woodworking Co.) for the architectural woodwork at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel; nominated by Cole Tomplait (Mock Woodworking Co.)
  • Chris Block, Donald Detlor, Cameron Gessner, Jeremy Rickard and Mike White (Settle-Muter Electric, Ltd.) for the electrical installation at the Covelli Center and Jennings Wrestling Practice Facility; nominated by Mark Muter (Settle-Muter Electric, Ltd.)
  • Levi Harper, Jeremy Miller and Doug Neese (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.) for the exterior wall system installation at the Moxy Hotel; nominated by Kris Edwards (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.)
  • Adam Arnold, Mike Carver, Lester Grennell and Rob Krejeci (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.) for the metal ceiling installation at The Ohio State University – Stadium; nominated by Kris Edwards (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.)
  • Ben Arnold, Patrick Barret, Josh Snyder and Todd Taggert (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.) for the metal framing and drywall of exterior soffits at Eldorado Scioto Downs; nominated by Patricio Martinez (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.)

Executive & Field Leadership Programs Accepting Applications


This fall, the BX will again offer the BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) and BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex). Both programs are currently accepting applications for the Class of 2020, with the limited number of seats to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

BXLX runs from September through May and features nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. Previous classes have included company presidents, vice-presidents, operations managers, project executives and project managers. | Application |

Topics include:

  • The Essentials of Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Financial Management for Construction
  • Making Your Message Memorable
  • Developing Your Next Generation of Leaders

BXFlex takes place from October through February and is designed to transform top field force managers (foremen and superintendents) into high-impact leaders. | Application |

Topics include:

  • Coaching and Motivation
  • Presentation Skills
  • Business Writing Essentials
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution

For more information on either of these construction-specific leadership programs, contact Deb Murphy.

Save Money When Adding Fleet Vehicles


Companies that have fleet vehicles tend to drive them until repairs can no longer be justified.

Through the new BX/Enterprise Fleet ManagemEnterprise Fleet Management photoent program, members can reduce the expense of holding onto vehicles too long by allowing Enterprise to assume all of the fleet management responsibilities. This includes determining the right time for replacement, whether to buy or lease and tracking maintenance needs.

Participating BX members will receive:

  • Special pricing
  • Hands-on management
  • Award-winning technology
  • A tailored program designed around your specific needs

To learn how a fleet management program can save your company time and money, contact your BX/Enterprise representative, Jeremy Baldwin at 513.314.9633.

BX Job Board Summer Special = 2 Weeks FREE!




Are you looking for a project manager, an estimator or maybe an office assistant? Take advantage of the summer special and let the BX Job Board help fill your job openings.

Simply post your open positions at now through July 31 and automatically receive two additional weeks FREE!

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.


BX Job Board Rates:

  • 2-week posting: $105 for BX members; $205 for non-members
  • 4-week posting: $130 for BX members; $230 for non-members
  • 6-week posting: $155 for BX members; $255 for non-members

Contracts and Insurance Polices – Read Them Both, Carefully


Reading & Understanding the Fine Print
June 13 (8 - 10 a.m.)


$39 per employee of BX member firms
$50 per person for non-member firms


A typical commercial general liability policy applies to property damage caused by an “occurrence.” While there is a standard insurance definition for an occurrence, it can be amended through a simple endorsement that changes your policy and your coverage.

Join risk management experts Hansel Rhee (Ice Miller LLP) and Brad Stammler (Leavitt Group) as they walk through a project case study examining the contract, job specs, insurance policy and endorsements.

You’ll gain an understanding of what may be hiding in the fine print and how your company could be at risk if you don’t make sure the coverage matches the contract specifications.

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.



Hansel Rhee (Ice Miller LLP) headshotHansel Rhee (Ice Miller LLP) is a trial lawyer and focuses his practice on all aspects of construction law as well as general business litigation matters. He has tried cases before state and federal courts as well as arbitration panels and other dispute resolution forums. He also counsels and advises construction companies, businesses, and individuals regarding various risk management issues. Rhee has a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
Brad Stammler (Leavitt Group) headshotBrad Stammler (Leavitt Group) has more than 35 years’ experience with insurance agency/broker organizations. He services large commercial accounts and manages captives. Stammler has a bachelor’s degree in business administration – finance & risk management from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Xavier University. He has earned multiple insurance and surety designations, including: CPCU, ARM, APA, AIM, AFSB and CRIS.


Safety Advisory Council - Q2 Meeting


Safety Advistory Council - Q2 Meeting
June 19 (7:30 - 9 a.m.)


FREE for BX member firms; not available to non-member firms.


This quarterly breakfast meeting is an informal roundtable discussion. It's a great opportunity to network with your safety community to discuss current construction safety trends and happenings!

Contact Shane Van Bibber with topic suggestions and questions.

Meet Our Rising Leaders Institute Participants


Matthew Langel (Robertson Construction Services, Inc.) headshot Matthew Langel, project manager
Years in the Industry: 12
Robertson Construction Services, Inc.

Matt Patton (R.W. Setterlin Building Co.) headshot Matt Patton, project manager
Years in the Industry: 15 
R.W. Setterlin Building Co.

Brandon Pitrone (Construction One, Inc.) headshot Brandon Pitrone, pre-construction manager
Years in the Industry: 8
Construction One, Inc.

The Rising Leaders Institute is an intensive program that includes classroom lecture and discussion, case studies, projects for application of learning and networking events. The class of 2019 is the 13th year for this prestigious program, with 32 future industry leaders.

For more information about the Rising Leaders Institute, contact Deb Murphy.

Local Project Leads of the Week

Courtesy of BX Business Services Partner Dodge Data & Analytics


Subscribers to the Dodge Global Network have full access to reporting details and plans (if available) for the projects listed. To learn more about accessing this detailed project information, contact Stacy Sleeper.