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Gifts to BX Foundation Help the Future of our Industry

2022-23 BX Scholarship RecipientsStaples contributed nearly $11,000 to the BX Foundation this year, which is a percentage of every dollar purchased by BX members through the endorsed Staples Business Advantage plan in the past year.

 

 

 

Each of us has an opportunity to improve the future of our industry through a contribution to the Builders Exchange Foundation!

In May, 49 area high school seniors and current college students who are pursuing a construction-related degree received a record $141,000 in scholarships from the BX Foundation.

BX Foundation logoEstablished in 1999, the Foundation supports professional development of future – and  current – employees in the local construction industry through:

  • Workforce development
  • Industry image enhancement
  • Expanded employee education  
  • Improved business practices

Because the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible. As we approach the holidays, please remember that a contribution to the Builders Exchange Foundation is an excellent way to support the future of the construction industry!

MAKE A DONATION NOW

For more information about the BX Foundation, contact Executive Director Mary Tebeau.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants

 

Craig Byrne (Thompson Concrete Foundations, Ltd.) headshot Craig Byrne
Foreman
Years in the Industry: 4
Thompson Concrete
Foundations, Ltd.

BXFlex

Chad Holmes (The Superior Group) headshot Chad Holmes
Foreman
Years in the Industry: 23
The Superior Group

BXFlex

Mike Winters (Singleton Construction, LLC) headshot Mike Winters
Senior project manager
Years in the Industry: 8
Singleton Construction, LLC

BXLX

 


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 2023 is the ninth year of the program, with 33 field leaders from BX member firms.

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program that accepts a small group of senior-level construction professionals who are educated and coached by nationally recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. This is the 12th year of the program, with a class of 24 local industry leaders.

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

Seeking Nominations for 2023 Cornerstone Award

2022 BX Cornerstone Award Recipient

Pictured from left: BX Cornerstone Board Liaison Charlie Egbert (Turner Construction Co.), BX Board President Greg Schmitt (Lincoln Construction, Inc.), Executive Director Mary Tebeau (BX) and 2022 Cornerstone Award recipient Kathy Gatterdam (ReadingRock+CCL).

 

2023 Cornerstone Award Nomination Form
                   Deadline: Friday, Jan. 20

 


Do you know someone who exemplifies long-time, outstanding service and commitment to the local construction industry and the community? Nominate them for the 2023 BX Cornerstone Award!

Eligible nominees will be evaluated by the BX Cornerstone Review Committee on the following criteria:

  • BX involvement
  • Community & industry involvement
  • Industry impact
  • Years of service to the industry
  • Professionalism & ethics

If chosen as a semifinalist, the nominator will be contacted to provide further details. The committee will forward their final recommendations to the BX Board of Directors for confirmation of the 2023 Cornerstone Award winner.

For more information on nominating someone for this prestigious award, contact Pam Austin.

Save the Date for the 2023 Ohio Construction Conference

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When:  Wednesday, March 15 | 7 AM – 5 PM    
Who:  Industry leaders from the commercial construction community – owners and facility managers, architects and engineers, contractors and suppliers, and service providers
What:  A local professional development and networking event with a great mix of programs exploring cutting edge trends and practical applications
Where:  The Ohio Union | Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom (1739 N. High St., Columbus 43210)


 

Ohio Construction Conference logoThe Conference features a full day of programming that will include general and breakout sessions examining the latest trends impacting the industry, and best practices being adopted locally, regionally and nationally. Detailed program information and online registration will be announced soon.

For more information on the OCC or sponsorship opportunities, contact Deb Murphy.

BX HR GROUP: 2023 PLANNING SESSION

 

BX HR Group Meeting
Jan. 19 | 7:30 - 9 AM
Builders Exchange

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Free for employees of BX member firms; not available for non-member firms.
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to access this member-only meeting.


Each January, the BX HR Group meets to discuss hot topics for human resources professionals. The group uses this conversation to guide their meeting topics for the rest of the year.

The HR Group gathers up to nine times a year to provide education and networking. The 2023 planning session will be held January 19, with all participants encouraged to share an HR topic they’d like to learn more about. Current members are also asked to invite a prospective new member to attend.

Employees of BX member firms who are human resources professionals – or who include HR among the many hats they wear – are invited to join this BX member only group.

For more information about the BX HR Group, contact Deb Murphy.

Introductory Blueprint Reading Course

 

Construction Drawings 101
Jan. 24 & 26 | 4 - 6 PM
Builders Exchange

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$199 BX Members
$299 Non-Members
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.



Blueprint reading is a fundamental skill crucial to the industry, and it's important that your entire staff understand the basics.

Through lecture and interactive work with commercial drawings, this introductory course provides the fundamental knowledge of reading and understanding blueprints, so your entire team will be ready for anything.

Taught by industry veterans Brandon Hedrick (Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.) and Mike Kray (Turner Construction Co.), this course is ideal for office personnel, field employees, new employees or anyone who is looking to learn and refine their blueprint reading skills.

For more information about this course, contact Deb Murphy.

 

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

Brandon Hedrick (Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.) headshotBrandon Hedrick
(Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.)
Mike Kray (Turner Construction Co.) headshotMike Kray
(Turner Construction Co.)

Managing from the Middle Filling Fast for 2023

 

Managing from the Middle Series
April 4, 8 & May 2 | 8 AM - NOON
Builders Exchange

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$1,700 BX members
$2,000 Non-members
Group Discount: Send three BX member employees for $4,500
Tuition fees are non-refundable; however, they are transferable to another member of your firm with no penalty.



Middle managers are the fabric of a company’s leadership pipeline and require the same access to professional development as the team members they’re supervising and reporting to. In this three-part series, participants will explore the key attributes of middle management MUSCLES:

Motivation  Understanding  Strategy  Communication  Leadership  Empathy  Success

The series provides a deep dive on each of the middle management concepts that comprise the acronym. At the end, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the attributes of the MUSCLES method for Middle Managers
  • Identify the "exercises" needed to build their own strength
  • Build upon each session to extend their MUSCLES for the future
  • Develop tools for personal growth and development
  • Create a leadership path for next step managers

The Class of 2023 is already more than half full. Make sure your entire middle management team is prepared to lead - send three participants and receive a group discount! (Must register together to receive discounted pricing.)

For more information about this course, contact Deb Murphy.


MEET THE INSTRUCTOR:

Marc Ankerman (Ankerman Training Solutions) headshot
Marc Ankerman
is president and CEO of Ankerman Training Solutions and specializes in employee retention, assimilation and onboarding and creating customized training solutions for his clients. He has designed, developed, and implemented a variety of educational sessions including motivation, time management, supervisory and leadership development seminars.

2023/24 Scholarship Application Online!

BX Scholarship Applications online

2023/24 Scholarship Application
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 24 | NOON

 

If you know a student pursuing a construction-related degree, encourage them to apply for a Builders Exchange Scholarship!

The application is open to all high school seniors and individuals pursuing a two-year or four-year undergraduate degree or enrolled in an Ohio Technical Center certificate program. Applications, along with all required documents, can be submitted online.

For more than 60 years, the BX Scholarship Program has been providing tuition assistance to students in need. To date, more than $1.9 million has been awarded. Will your student be included for the 2023/24 school year?

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Community and school involvement
  • Financial need
  • Relationship of the student’s field of study to the construction industry
  • Potential future impact of the student on the central Ohio construction community
  • Quality of the application

Applicants will be notified of their award status in May. For more information about BX scholarships, contact Pam Austin.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants

 

Drake Fleming (Claypool Electric, Inc.) headshot Drake Fleming
Journeyman electrician
Years in the Industry: 8
Claypool Electric, Inc.

BXFlex

Dan Pisut (Turner Construction Co.) headshot Dan Pisut
Project executive
Years in the Industry: 18
Turner Construction Co.

BXLX

Ben Ryan (cHc Manufacturing, Inc.) headshot Ben Ryan
Field superintendent
Years in the Industry: 15
cHc Manufacturing, Inc.

BXFlex

 


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 2023 is the ninth year of the program, with 33 field leaders from BX member firms.

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program that accepts a small group of senior-level construction professionals who are educated and coached by nationally recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. This is the 12th year of the program, with a class of 24 local industry leaders.

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

IT’S BX MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME

Your membership dues are an investment in both your company and your employees that yields a return every day of your membership. The BX appreciates your participation in 2022 and is looking forward to helping your business prosper Dec. 31 deadline calendar pagein 2023!

The BX membership year runs from December 1 through November 30. If you haven’t already, today is a great day to renew your BX membership before the $100 late fee kicks in on January 1, 2023.

 


2023 membership dues invoices have been mailed. If you have not seen your invoice or need another copy, contact Sean Cooper. You may also access and pay your dues through the member portal at www.bx.org.

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BX Job Board – Your Online Employment Resource

BX Online Job Board imageAre you looking for an estimator, someone to work in the warehouse or maybe a safety supervisor? Then you should post your job opening on the BX Job Board!

The BX Job Board was searched more than 1,700 times during November. Was your job posted for these individuals who were looking specifically for construction jobs?

It’s easy to submit a job, go to www.bxjobs.com and complete the fill-in-the-blank form, then click “submit to BX.” That’s it – your next employee may be just a click away!

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.

BWC SAFETY INTERVENTION GRANTS ARE BACK!

Safety equipment

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced the reopening of the safety intervention grant (SIG) program to assist employers in purchasing equipment to protect their employees.

Ohio BWC LogoBWC’s SIG program provides 3-to-1 matching funds up to $40,000 to Ohio private and public employers covered by the State Insurance Fund who wish to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation.

View Information on Eligibilty & Policies

Are You Aware of Your Workplace Hazards?

 

OSHA 30-Hour Training Course
Jan. 13, 20, 27 & Feb. 3 | 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Builders Exchange

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$505 BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$535 BX member firms
$835 Non-member firms
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.


Meg DeWerth (DeWerth Safety Services) headshot

Know the hazards around you and create a safer workplace for everyone. Construction has specific hazards and gaining a better understanding of these risks can greatly improve safety for yourself and those around you. 

Meg DeWerth (DeWerth Safety Services) will guide participants through OSHA rules and regulations and explain safety expectations all employees need to know in order to create a safer jobsite. This course will cover many different topics, including:

  • OSHA’s focus four hazards
  • Confined spaces
  • Tools
  • Ladders
  • PPE
  • and much more! 

Participants will receive a current OSHA code book and an OSHA-authorized course completion card. Lunch will be provided each day.

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

Staying on the Job and out of Court

 

Avoiding Constriction Litigation: Contracts, Shortages & More
Jan. 24 | 8 - 10:30 AM
Builders Exchange

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$55 BX Member firms
$65 Non-Member firms
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.



Do you know which contract terms are key to avoiding litigation – or how to position yourself to win if it can’t be avoided? Are you able to negotiate the best contract possible for the company? Does your project team understand how to protect the company’s rights on the job?

Construction attorneys Tom Nocar and Ryan Sherman (Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP) will address the top 10 construction contract clauses that lead to (or help avoid) disputes and help you understand how to ensure your contract is being followed and your rights are protected.

Participants will learn:

  • How to negotiate the best contract possible for the company
  • The best project management practices to protect your contractual rights
  • How to remedy common mistakes made in project management and leverage your position in the event of a dispute

New this year! An added discussion exploring how Intel and other mega projects may impact Ohio’s building resources such as the workforce and supplies and what this means for all projects going forward.

For more information about this course, contact Deb Murphy.

 

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

J. Thomas Nocar (Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP) headshot
J. Thomas Nocar
Ryan Sherman (Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP) headshotRyan P. Sherman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Thomas Nocar and Ryan P. Sherman are co-chairs of the Construction Practice Group at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. With a background in construction management and real estate development, Tom offers a practical approach to dispute avoidance and resolution. Meanwhile, Ryan has been advising owners and contractors on construction law matters for nearly 20 years.

Local Project Leads

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 Sean Cooper.

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