The 2016 Board of Directors for the MBCEA has had its first meeting. I am thrilled to confirm that Jeff Chastain of Silvercote, Steve Moore of MMS Northeast, Art Hance of Hance Construction, Jim Place of Therm-all, John Iveson of Package Steel Systems, and Andy Lee of SFS Intec have been elected to the Board. Click here to view the Board organizational chart. I remind the Chapters that your President has an important seat on our governing body. Chapter Presidents not only are voting Board members but are deemed vital to bringing local issues and opportunities to the Board's attention. Know that we are committed to the success of this organization. I am very excited to lead this group and work for you. I am always open to hear from you and to learn from the Chapters.
Our Conference is really coming together. Like last year we will have a fantastic line-up of education, networking and discussion opportunities. This is a great event to learn from the best, meet old friends, make new contacts and soak up some Florida sunshine.
Congratulations to Merit Builders and Thomas Phoenix International, the first two members to become accredited. As we roll-out AC478, we continue to learn, continue to see areas for fine-tuning. We know there is still confusion about what it is and what it isn't. I urge our contractor/erector members to speak up and ask questions. Chapter meetings, suppliers and particularly manufacturers are great resources to help you understand.
I got involved in this program because I want to raise the bar for our trade. I'm proud of my work, my team and my colleagues. We are highly skilled craftsmen yet erectors continue to be viewed as just another "construction worker." I want to change this and believe AC478 is an important tool. We also need to continue to develop robust training programs, to focus on safety and quality. It is also important that you stay active in associations like the MBCEA.
One final thought, we know our erectors need access to robust training yet there is not a lot out there that is applicable or specific to what we do. I don't want to recreate any wheels. If you know of or have something, let us know about it so we can all benefit. Jackie and Sasha are adding resources to our newsletter and to our website regularly. Help them out and share your sources. Suppliers, please offer training at our Chapter meetings. Manufacturers Technical Field Personnel, you see all the problems: tell us what we can do; how can we train so we avoid or eliminate these issues. Bottom-line, we are stronger together!
PS So far only 54 members have responded to our request for some basic data. We know the MBCEA is a force to be reckoned with, but it would be nice to have some numbers to prove how powerful we are. No-one but Jackie will see your responses, she is an independent agent that will keep your responses private and secure. It should not take you more than 5 minutes to complete but it will help the MBCEA manage our reputation and strength within the industry. If you have not already done so, please do it now: 2015 Data Collection