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Updated: 5/19/2017

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2017 BX Craftsmanship Award Nominees


Eight individual craftsmen and 18 crews have been nominated for the 2017 Builders Exchange Craftsmanship Award. A panel of industry professionals have begun the judging process, winners will be announced in July.

This annual award honors local tradespeople who exceed industry standards on work performed within the past year in the central Ohio area. The 2017 nominees are:

Individual Award:

  • Rick Killilea (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
    Nominated by: Max Combs (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Jeff Lacey (The Superior Group)
    Nominated by: Mark Goldbach (The Superior Group)
  • Cody Larrison (The Superior Group)
    Nominated by: Ryan Adams (The Superior Group)
  • Matt Pettet (Spectra Contract Flooring)
    Nominated by: Jason Woehrle (Gilbane Building Co.)
  • Willie Raptis (Miles-McClellan Construction Co., Inc.)
    Nominated by: Ted Tinkler (Miles-McClellan Construction Co., Inc.)
  • John Stamper (Martin Painting & Coating Co.)
    Nominated by: John Pritt (Martin Painting & Coating Co.)
  • Jeremy Whitely (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
    Nominated by: Blake Scipio (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Troy Wilburn (Limbach Company, LLC)
    Nominated by: Jason Ziegler (Limbach Company, LLC)

Crew Award:

  • Sonny App, Jim Brumfield, Quincy Jones, Mike Pepper and Jordan Sturgill (Anderson Aluminum Corp.)
    Nominated by: Robert Anderson (Anderson Aluminum Corp.)
  • Mark Behr, Mike Cundiff, Tom Duckworth, Jim Pierson and Cody Smith (Bruner Corp.)
    Nominated by: Dan Spurgeon (Bruner Corp.)
  • James Blevins, Mark Heinmiller, Jake Henry, Rick Owens and Frank Schneider (Bruner Corp.)
    Nominated by: John Herold (Bruner Corp.)
  • Jon Adkins, Marvin Baily, Casey Shade and Dave Strickland (Converse Electric)
    Nominated by: Chris Converse (Converse Electric)
  • Rob Miller and Rex Stewart (Elford, Inc.)
    Nominated by: Brian Boost (Elford, Inc.)
  • Jay Fausnaugh, Brandon Foor, Cory Gregory, Ben Howard and Joseph Oaks (Kirk Williams Co., Inc.)
    Nominated by: Steve Betsko (McDaniels Construction Corp., Inc.)
  • Jeremy Ayers, Bob Christensen, Chuck Kennedy, John Obert and Art Wallace (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
    Nominated by: Dave Novotny (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Bill Allmon, Steve Engle, Doug Hawes and Tim Mackley (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
    Nominated by: Kipp Criswell (Mid-City Electric / Technologies)
  • Jim Allen, Lee Collins, Rodney Credico, Andre Ordonez and Dan Walpole (Mill Tech, LLC)
    Nominated by: Ted Tinkler (Miles-McClellan Construction Co., Inc.)
  • William Brown, Jeremy George, Demetrius Taylor, Eric Thomas and Steve Wiwi (Ohio Heating & Refrigeration)
    Nominated by: Ben Pesich (Ohio Heating & Refrigeration)
  • Ron Bohlen, Steve Miller, Edward Payne, Troy Payne and David Shenberger (Pymer Plastering, Inc.)
    Nominated by: Sherry Pymer (Pymer Plastering, Inc.)
  • Hunter Brown, Iaian Bush, Alex Casebott, Cory Douglas and Shane Skillman (Settle-Muter Electric, Ltd.)
    Nominated by: Andy Forvargue (Construction One, Inc.)
  • Marc Dickerson, Todd Hawes, Dennis Hemming, Jayson Messmer and Sakda Singratsomboune (Speer Mechanical)
    Nominated by: Adam Grabfelder (Speer Mechanical)
  • Alfredo Ferraras and Jimm St. Cin (The Durable Slate Co.)
    Nominated by: Garrett Anderson (The Durable Slate Co.)
  • Jeff Bartz and Jim Thornsley (The Painting Co.)
    Nominated by: Jason Woehrle (Gilbane Building Co.)
  • James Click, Rob Danko, Donny Griffith, Craig Grunkemeyer and Jeff Whaley (Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.)
    Nominated by: Chris Miller (Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.)
  • Jack Buntemeyer, Rob Conkle, Dave Myers and James (Rick) Watson (Turner Construction Co.)
    Nominated by: Jim Moyer (Turner Construction Co.)
  • Pat Barrett, Mike Carver, Rob Krejeci, Luke Willis and Pete Yarger (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.)
    Nominated by: Corbin Pratt (Valley Interior Systems, Inc.)

BX Executive Leadership Experience Accepting Applications


The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) will “graduate” its 6th class this week. Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2018, which begins on Sept. 12. Applications are available online.

BXLX is a nine-month program in which a small group of professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development.

Tuition is $5,500 per participant for BX member firms, and $6,000 for non-member firms. A $1,000 deposit will hold your seat and the remaining fee may be paid in two installments, one due Sept. 1 and the other in Jan.
    
For more information on this construction-specific leadership program, contact Deb Murphy.

Post A Job, Get Two Weeks FREE!

 

Are you looking for employees? Take advantage of our summer special and let the BX Job Board help you fill your open positions. April postings were viewed over 1,500 times - was your job there?

Post your job opening on the BX Job Board, bxjobs.com, now through July 31 and you will automatically receive two additional weeks FREE!

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.


Job Board Rates:

  • 2-Week Posting: $105 (BX member firms) |  $205 (non-members)
  • 4-Week Posting: $130 (BX member firms) |  $230 (non-members)
  • 6-Week Posting: $155 (BX member firms) |  $255 (non-members)

Shop Staples and Support Scholarships for Future Industry Leaders

Today, the Builders Exchange Foundation will proudly present $80,000 to 37 students in construction-related majors. Each year, the BX Scholarship Program is helped significantly by BX members shopping at Staples. Staples donates a percentage of BX member spending to the BX Foundation, this year’s donation totals over $11,700.

Staples Business Advantage LogoBy purchasing frequently used items such as office and facility supplies, business technology products, furniture, print and promotional items, BX members not only save thousands of dollars, they are also helping fund scholarships for future industry leaders. In fact, with the help of BX members over the past 11 years, Staples' contributions have totaled more than $90,000.

Remember, all of your Staples purchases contribute to the BX Scholarship Program. If you’d like to learn more about the BX/Staples Business Advantage program, contact Lisa Deley.

Meet Dave Ryan

Senior Project Superintendent, Continental Building Co.
Years in the industry: 34

“I enrolled in the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series to continue my education and leadership development. The classes provided a self-awareness of how I lead, and how others may perceive my leadership. I would recommend BXFlex to field leaders who want to learn better leadership practices and enhance their career.”


The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex) is a five-month, eight-session program designed to transform top field force managers into high-impact leaders. The class of 2017 is the third year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

Applications for the BXFlex Class of 2018 are online. For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Jimmie Hempy

Sales Manager, Ohio Concrete Sawing and Drilling
Years in the industry: 20


“Enrolling in BXLX has given me an opportunity to network with other leaders in the construction industry. We’ve been able to discuss problems facing the industry and how those issues can be resolved. The Financial Management class was one of my favorites. I haven’t had a lot of experience on that side of the business and the class interaction with my peers was a good way for me to learn.”



The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.

Applications for the Class of 2018 are now online. For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Stephen Devins

Project Manager, cHc Manufacturing, Inc.
Years in the industry: 11

“By participating in the Rising Leaders Institute, I hope to gain lasting professional relationships with others in our industry. I would strongly recommend this course for others, I believe everyone can take with them a piece of knowledge gained.”


The Rising Leaders Institute (RLI), is an intensive, 12-session program focused on building management skills and business knowledge of high potential individuals, and preparing them to serve as the future leaders of the construction industry. The class of 2017 is the Institute’s 11th year as a prestigious leadership program with a curriculum developed for the BX by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

For more information about the Rising Leaders Institute, or to be part of the Class of 2018, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Ohio Mechanics’ Lien Law: The Paperwork Hows and Whys

 

Ohio Mechanics’ Lien Law
May 31 (7:30 – 10 a.m.)

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$200 for BX member firms
$300 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellation must be made one week prior to the course.


Should you provide a Notice of Commencement? If so – when? Timelines for the processes involved in preserving lien rights can be complicated. Industry employees involved in the lien law process need to know the requirements under the law.

Mark Decker headshotIn the BX course, Ohio Mechanics’ Lien Law, Mark Decker (Decker Vonau LLC) will provide attendees with examples, information and advice on the specific requirements needed to preserve your lien rights. Each attendee will receive sample lien forms and learn firms’ rights and responsibilities under the law.

For more information about this course, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.

Get Caught Up On All the Downtown Development

 

May BXYP Event
May 25 (4 – 6 p.m.)

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$35 for BX member firms
$45 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.


Downtown Columbus is transforming in to a world class mid-sized city, embracing the idea of a vibrant city center that can truly be called a “live/work/play” community. Join us at the May BXYP Event where Marc Conte, the deputy director of research, planning, & facilities (Capital Crossroads SID | Discovery SID | SID Public Services Association), will share insight on current and future developments. We will be gathering at NBBJ (250 S High St., 43215), adjacent to Columbus Commons – one of the hotspots for the new vision for Columbus.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and the presentation is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.

Foundation Awards $80,000 to the Future of the Industry

Many of the 2017/18 BX Scholarship recipients are pictured with representatives from Staples Business Advantage who presented the program with a check for more than $11,700. In front, from left, are: Garry Ogilvie and Lisa Deley.


Last week, 37 students received a record $80,000 in scholarship support at a special reception at the Exchange. Among those who attended the reception were members of the BX and BXF boards of directors, the scholarship trustees, scholarship program donors, educators, friends and family members.

At the event, BX Partner Staples Business Advantage presented the Scholarship Program with a check for more than $11,700. In addition to offering BX members a generous discount on products, Staples donates a percentage of member spending to the BX Foundation annually. Staples Soul - the corporate responsibility program for Staples Advantage - has contributed more than $86,000 to the BX Scholarship Fund since inception. Two students also received $250 Staples gift cards to help pay for school supplies.

Since 1959, the BX Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarship awards to promising students pursuing careers in construction-related fields. For more information about the BX Scholarship Program, contact Pam Austin.

2018 BX Directory Deadline is TOMORROW!

 

Have you returned your signed Company Information Form for the 2018 BX Directory?

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity for your company to be found in the BX Directory – both in print and online. It’s not too late – return your form today!

Contact Sanda Elkins if you have questions or can't find your Company Information Form.

 

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Meet Josh Graham

Finisher, Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.
Years in the industry: 18


“The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series provided me with the opportunity to understand how I can make myself more relatable to others. I’m going to apply what the instructors taught us by remembering to step back and look at the big picture.”


The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex) is a five-month, eight-session program designed to transform top field force managers into high-impact leaders. The Class of 2017 is the third year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

Applications for the BXFlex Class of 2018 are now online. For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Leo Poupart

Director of Project Support, The Superior Group
Years in the industry: 17


Each session of the BX Executive Leadership Experience helped improve my self-awareness and skillset in different ways. The opportunity to hear from professional consultants on the various topics allowed me to identify where I can continue to develop my abilities."

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.

Applications for the BXLX Class of 2018 are now online. For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet David Horst

Snow Operations Manager, Environmental Management Services, Inc.
Years in the industry: 17

“The Rising Leaders Institute provides the opportunity to develop professional leadership skills, and allows participants to share challenges and build relationships in the industry.”


The Rising Leaders Institute (RLI), is an intensive, 12-session program focused on building management skills and business knowledge of high potential individuals, and preparing them to serve as the future leaders of the construction industry. The class of 2017 is the Institute’s 11th year as a prestigious leadership program with a curriculum developed for the BX by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

For more information about the Rising Leaders Institute, or to be part of the Class of 2018, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

June SCGC Meeting: Health & Wellness Fair


Don’t Let the Busy Season Distract You from Keeping Your Jobsites Drug-Free


DFSP Employee Education
July 12 (8 - 9 a.m.)

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$40 BX member firms
$60 non-member firms

DFSP Supervisor Training
July 12 (9:15 - 10:15 a.m.)

REGISTER NOW

$60 BX member firms
$80 non-member firms


 

It’s no secret that summer is the busiest time in the construction industry. When your workload is extra heavy, it’s easy to forget about keeping current on important matters like training your new or seasonal employees on your company’s drug-free safety policy. That’s where your BX can help, send them to the next BX Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) training.

During this one-hour class, employees will receive education on their company’s policy, their responsibilities, rights and resources available to them if they need help. Supervisors will review and update necessary procedures during their one-hour session.

Both employee and supervisor classes meet the one-hour training component of the BWC Drug-Free Safety Program and are approved for 1 hour credit in Health and Safety from OCILB. Discounts are offered for companies sending five or more participants, contact Lisa Graham for details.

BX Job Board Summer Special - 2 Weeks FREE!

 

Are you looking for employees? Take advantage of our summer special and let the BX Job Board help you fill your open positions.

It's easy to take advantage of this special, simply post your job opening on bxjobs.com and you will automatically receive two weeks free!

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.