Message from the President

This month’s spotlight is on Steve Butler and Dynamic Fastener. Steve has been a true friend to our Association for many years. They have been a Member since 2006, Conference Exhibitor for several years before that and Conference Sponsor since 2007. When we created the MBI Quality and Craftsmanship DVD Series, Steve stepped up and agreed to promote and sell the series. Dynamic Fastener has been a huge supporter of getting this important training out there. Thanks to their efforts, hundreds of DVD’s have trained thousands of young erectors to become Quality Assured Craftsmen.
Steve has represented the MBCEA at builders’ meetings, advertising for us at his booth. He has been actively involved in the Midwest Chapter for many years and is currently working to revive it.  Sasha always reports how helpful Steve is. He is one of the first people she calls when she opens up the Conference.
People like Steve Butler and Andy Lee (highlighted last month) are just two of the MBCEA’s go-to-guys. There are so many of you out there working diligently to promote the MBCEA and Metal Buildings, and ensuring we have quality educational programs highlighting safety and training. The Association could not run without these hard-working, committed volunteers. This spotlight feature may highlight a few special individuals but know that every member is special and your efforts on behalf of our industry is truly appreciated.
Speaking of hard-working members of the MBCEA, we are currently accepting proposals for speakers for our 51st Annual Conference to be held May 7-9, 2020, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado.  Our conference offers classes focused on the needs of Contractor/Erector owners as well as field operations. Your topic should be at least 30 minutes and no more than 60 minutes. If you have an idea you would like to present please send Sasha a note detailing your idea and your credentials. If you have a topic you would really like covered, please let Sasha know that as well. To review the post-conference survey results where attendees shared the topics they would like to see covered please click here and see if you can fulfill any of the requests.
Most of you know that attracting young people to our industry is one of my areas of focus. This month I had the pleasure once again of representing the MBCEA at New Hampshire’s Construction Career Days – see note below. Addressing our labor shortage and developing tomorrow’s builders will only be accomplished when we all engage and commit.  Paul Deffenbaugh at Metal Construction News is our friend, partner and ally in this cause. He is starting a new feature called “Site Scene” that showcases people working on jobsites. He wants to give more recognition to the people in the trades to help in some small way to attract more young people to construction. He has made it very easy but it depends on you to participate. Click the link now or share with your team: Click here
Thanks and Stay Safe!
Keith Wentworth
President, MBCEA
Vice-President, Dutton & Garfield, Inc.
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