As I write on a snowy winter day, I want you to think for a moment about sunny San Diego. Are you feeling warm?
It is also the beginning of the year so let's also think about planning the development of our key people. I urge you to consider bringing one of your foremen or a leads with you to the MBCEA Conference in San Diego. This is a powerful message and motivator. It is also a critical step in building tomorrow's leaders.
The Conference Committee is so committed to this concept that we have significantly reduced the price for 2nd and additional attendees from one company.
We have put together a stellar package of classes and speakers with an underlying focus of "best practice from the MBCEA Network". Topics will cover: IAS Accreditation and a workshop on how to prepare, Contract Negotiations, Dealing with Conflict on the Job Site, Development of an Erector from HR evaluation to Job Site Documentation, Job Management thru Communication and Documentation, Healthcare Legislation, Understanding the P&L Statement, and even Mobile Technology and how it can improve on the job communications.
Tom Gilligan from Butler (and the MBMA) will speak on the State of the Industry, Jerry Gaston from Nucor will speak on the millennial generation, Atas will educate us on Transpired Solar Collectors, Silvercote will challenge our readiness in preparing for ever changing building requirements and energy codes and Chuck Howard, of Metal Roof Consultants will speak on Re-Roofing.
What a line-up! These are all shining examples of our members coming together for the good of the MBCEA.
Speaking of tomorrow's leaders, I want to shine the light for a moment on Mike Reynolds, President-Elect of the MBCEA. If any of you have ever watched the MBI Quality and Craftsmanship Training Videos you have seen a young Mike, working as a Foreman. Today Mike leads Systems Contractors Inc., an award winning, national erector based in Colorado. Recognized throughout the industry for his extensive knowledge and expertise in both structural steel and pre-engineered building systems, Mike Reynolds currently serves on the erection and safety advisory panels for several pre-engineered building system manufacturers, as well as the Board of Directors for the Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado (SESAC), Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA), and Metal Buildings Institute (MBI).
Reynolds is a wonderful success story for our industry. At a young age, he chose to get involved with the MBCEA; to invest the time to participate, to learn, to network. The company he worked for supported and encouraged his efforts. Today he is the major owner of that company and is developing tomorrow's leaders. He frequently says "my participation in the MBCEA has brought in millions of dollars of work for my company. The return on the investment is huge."
As 2015 gets underway, I encourage you to think about what you are doing to develop tomorrow's leaders.
I hope to see you at the MBCEA Conference in San Diego. I assure you, you don't want to miss it.
If you have something on your mind, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. Your comments and ideas are always important.
Gary T. Smith
Now in our 46th year, the MBCEA is dedicated to the support of the professional advancement of metal building contractors, erectors, and our industry.
There are three levels of membership available depending on the scope of your business.