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2021 is almost over, and the Houston chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is looking forward to the year ahead. In January 2021, ABC/CMEF Board members took on the responsibility to set policies and goals that will guide the association, ensuring those policies are carried out by the board, staff, and committees, and making sure there is adequate funding for programs and events.

As covid numbers began to decline in February, events started to open back up for ABC Greater Houston and for many in the construction industry. The association held its annual golf tournament in March, which had the highest number of attendance to date. The entire association learned to develop virtual events and activities to keep members engaged, including hosting Peer Group Calls to discuss the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked about his favorite highlights of the year, 2021 Chairman Sam Craig with Craig & Heidt.

“My fondest highlight during my tenure as chairman was to shepherd the association out of the covid pandemic, and not only survive, but emerge stronger than before,” says Craig. “Membership growth, retention, and participation have exceeded all goals and expectations. The emergence of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee into a growing and vibrant part of ABC has been a source of immense pride as well.”

In 2022, the Houston Chapter will welcome incoming chair, John Glaze with Fast Track Specialties, at the January 13th Inaugural Celebration. The event will honor the new board of directors and committee chairs.

The role of the chair is mainly oversight. The chair must ensure that the chapter is running as smoothly as it can and achieving the goals set out by the membership each year.  The chair has a duty to remove roadblocks that are may be stopping ABC staff and volunteers from being as successful as possible. The most important role of the Chair is stewardship of the associations finances.  Financial mismanagement is the top factor in non-profits failing and so the chair and the finance committee must be vigilant in their management of the dues and sponsorship resources so gracefully provided by the membership.

“We are open for business and open to all that believe everyone should have the opportunity to better themselves, and there is no better pathway but the free enterprise and merit shop way to do so,” says Glaze. “If you don’t like the way the future workforce looks, then do your part and get involved with ABC.

Glaze is looking forward to the opportunity to chair the association in 2022. “Together, we can reach out to our high school students, diverse members of our committees, veterans, kids who aged out of foster care, or even your own child who needs some direction,” continues Glaze. “Just think, they could be a carpenter, plumber, pipefitter, superintendent, project manager, or business owner. We also have our state of the art Construction and Maintenance Education Founadation (CMEF) training center where you can learn pipefitting, instrumentation, welding, and how to operate a crane right here in the Houston area, plus many other training opportunities. 2022, here we come.”

The 2022 ABC Board of Directors include:

Rusty Barnhill, Force Corporation; Sara Bongard, TDC Construction; Dwayne Boudreaux, S&B Engineers and Constructors; Robert Burelsmith, E.E. Reed Construction LP; Bill Brown, Austin Commercial; Nancy Cagle, Eyesite Surveillance; Robert Collins, Worley Field Services; Joe Cotten, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing; Darlene East, Holes Incorporated; Stuart Folse, Cajun Industries LLC;  John Glaze, Fast Track Specialties; Joe Glowacki, Turner Construction; Peyton Hill, TDIndustries Inc; Mike Holland, MAREK; Elaine Howard, Andrews Myers PC; Jeremy Huntley, Ref-Chem LP; Robert Kasubinski, Austin Industrial; Sarina Landers, Karsten Interior Services; Michael Luck, Locke Solutions Precast Division; Brandon Mabile, Performance Contractors Inc; David McCleskey, Brown and Root Industrial Services; Joe Mendyk, SpawGlass Construction; Nick Morgan, Adaptive Construction Solutions; Darryl Samuels, D. Samuels & Associates LLC; Scott Sanders, Harvey Builders; Aaron Shermer, Bayou City Industrial; Zeke Smith, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc; Wendell Rychlik, W.T. Byler Co.; Dennis Yung, Skanska USA; Silvia Zurita, SOCOTEC USA.

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