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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 3/16/2018


Seeking Nominations for 2018 BX Craftsmanship Awards


2018 BX Craftsmanship Awards
Deadline: Friday, April 20

2018 Nomination Form


It’s time to acknowledge a craftsperson who exhibits skill, expertise and artistry through their work – someone who is considered “the best of the best.”

The BX Craftsmanship Award is one of the highest honors for tradespeople in the commercial construction industry. For more than 50 years, the award has recognized individuals who have performed the highest quality work on projects, both large and small, throughout the central Ohio area.

This year, the Exchange is launching a simpler, more streamlined process for submitting nominations and photos online. Applicants can now click on a direct link to the nomination form, once there you’ll set up an account, log in and complete the form, including uploading the required photos.

Nominations are due no later than Friday, April 20 at noon. Winners will be announced in July and recognized by the industry at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Builders Exchange in November.

For more information about the BX Craftsmanship Awards, contact Pam Austin.

Lunch and Learn About Your Member Benefits


BX Membership Lunch & Learn
April 13 (Noon – 1:30 p.m.)


There is no charge to attend this lunch, registration is required.


Join BX staff, business services partners and other members Friday, April 13 at the BX. At this informal luncheon, you’ll learn about the BX and see how participating in one, several or all of the BX-exclusive, cost-saving programs can potentially save you thousands of dollars each year.

BX staff will also provide information about marketing and networking opportunities, as well as upcoming safety, education and business development courses.

Here are just some of our cost-saving programs you can take advantage of as a BX member. Let us help you save money and time.

  • Best Courier - performs your work-related errands for you, making your business more productive.
  • CareWorks - helps injured workers recover from workplace injuries and return to work as quickly and safely as possible.
  • CareWorksComp - provides a free savings analysis to review all the BWC cost-saving programs.
  • Dodge Data & Analytics – helps you to find jobs to bid in the online PlanRoom.
  • IGS Energy – get a free quote for possible savings on your utilities.
  • Pathways Financial Credit Union - offer your employees a full array of financial services through Pathways at no cost to you.
  • Speedway - helps control your fleet fueling costs with 5 cents off per gallon and no fees.
  • Staples Business Advantage - presents a corporate pricing program (average 20%) for office, facility and promotional products.

For more information about your BX membership, contact Stacy Sleeper.

OSHA 30-Hour Training Course


OSHA 30-Hour Training Course
April 12, 19, 26 & May 3 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)


$469 BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$509 BX member firms
$809 Non-member firms


Before starting summer projects, refresh your employees’ safety knowledge in the OSHA 30-Hour Course. This four-day course will cover OSHA compliance issues, such as fall protection, electrical safety, scaffolding, trenching and the basics of OSHA.

Avoid citations by educating your employees and recommending your subcontractors to this training. For more information about this program, or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Ohio Mechanics’ Lien Law: The Paperwork Hows and Whys


Ohio Mechanics' Lien Law
May 1 (8 – 10:30 a.m.)


$200 BX member firms
$300 Non-member firms


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 complicated process need to know the requirements under the law.

Mark Decker (Decker Vonau LLC)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 forms and learn their firms' rights and responsibilities under the law.

For more information about this class, contact Deb Murphy.

Does Your Company Have an Excellent Safety Program?

2018 BX Safety Award Nominations  

Deadline: Friday, March 30

Achievement Award Application     Innovation Award Application


Recognize your company’s hard work to achieve excellence in safety - submit your nomination for a 2018 BX Safety Award! Companies may receive one or both of the following awards:

  • The BX Safety Achievement Award
    Prove your company’s outstanding safety efforts and accomplishments through statistical data analysis and excellent jobsite performance.

  • The BX Safety Innovation Award
    Showcase your company’s unique and innovative safety ideas, whether it be a new safety tool or an unprecedented safety approach.
BX Safety Awards are free and open to all BX member firms. For more information, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants


Shawn McDaniel (The Superior Group)

Shawn McDaniel

General Foreman, The Superior Group
Years in the industry: 17 

“I participated in the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series because I want to be more efficient in the field with my day-to-day tasks of leading on the jobsite. I think it’s important for leaders to continue to learn and become an asset to their company and the industry."



Zach Miller (Landfare, Ltd.)

Zach Miller

General Manager, Landfare, Ltd.
Years in the industry: 20 

“The BX Executive Leadership Experience is an opportunity for me to step outside my comfort zone and be challenged in a growth zone. Bold, passionate leaders can change the world for the better. While we 'build things' for a living, we can elevate those around us during the process through our leadership."

James Peck (Quandel Construction Group, Inc.)

James Peck

Self-Perform Manager, Quandel Construction Group, Inc.
Years in the industry: 26 

“I enrolled in the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series to become a stronger, more effective leader within our company. It’s important for leaders to continue to learn and develop so we can help those under our direction develop into leaders and advance their own careers within in the industry."





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 2018 is the fourth year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

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

For more information about either BXFlex or BXLX, contact Deb Murphy. 

Basic Jobsite Safety: OSHA 10-Hour


OSHA 10-Hour Course
March 27 & 28 (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


$169 for BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$209 for BX member firms
$369 for non-member firms


Take two days to train new hires and refresh seasoned employees on jobsite safety in the OSHA 10-Hour Course. Participants will learn OSHA requirement basics including solutions to common compliance issues they will face on the job. 

Brian Basbagill (Safex, Inc.)Instructor Brian Basbagill (Safex, Inc.) will discuss fall protection, electrical safety scaffolding and trenching safety as well as other topics to help your employees stay safe on the job.

For more information about this course, or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Shauna Byrne.