ABC Names Finalists for Craft Professional, Instructor of the Year Awards

Pictured: William Fuller, Craft Instructor of the Year for 2018 from Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF)

Associated Builders and Contractors has named the finalists for the 2019 Craft Professional and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. The winners of both awards will be announced at the Careers in Construction Awards on March 28 during the ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.

“The finalists for the 2019 Craft Professional and Craft Instructor of the Year awards showcase the best of the best in our industry,” said 2019 ABC National Chair Tony Rader, telecom vice president of National Roofing Partners, Coppell, Texas. “Each of these individuals possess an outstanding commitment to world-class craftsmanship, education and leadership, and we are fortunate to have their contributions to the merit shop construction sector.”

The 2019 Craft Professional of the Year finalists are:
• Joel Newton, Windemuller, ABC Western Michigan Chapter
• Shaun O’Brien, Buist Electric, ABC Western Michigan Chapter
• Adrian Rios, McCullough Construction, ABC Northern California Chapter
The 2019 Craft Instructor of the Year finalists are:
• Joseph Fentross, Rancho Pacific Electric, ABC Southern California Chapter
• Clemon Prevost, Fluor, ABC Greater Houston Chapter
• Fernando Sanchez, TIC/Kiewit, ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter

ABC presents the annual Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professional who excels in his or her field while also demonstrating a commitment to safety, education and the merit shop philosophy. Craft Instructor of the Year is awarded to an educator who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through communications skills and innovative teaching that promotes lifelong learning to the future construction workforce.

Tradesmen International, North America’s premier craft professional staffing resource, and NCCER, the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction industry, are the co-sponsors of these awards.


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members nationwide. Locally, ABC Greater Houston was founded in 1969, and today serves several hundred commercial and industrial contractors, suppliers and construction associates in the Greater Houston area. Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston represents the interests of merit shop contractors and its employees in the policy making process of the government, protects and enhances the free enterprise system within the construction industry, and provides educational, marketing, and informational programs for the benefit of members and their employees.

Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) is the vehicle through which industry and craft professionals in the Houston area receive formal training. Our goal is to recruit new entrants and retain existing workers through a variety of programs focused on assessment, training, and continuing education. We believe that a community approach to training is fundamental to developing a skilled and educated craft workforce within the entire industry.

Lauren Harrell

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