Reaching New Heights, Together

Message from the President

Happy New Year! There is so much going on I don’t know where to begin. So close to President’s Day let’s start with a quote from George Washington which sums up why we are members of the MBCEA:


“Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”  George Washington


For those of you that don’t know me, I am Art Hance, of Hance Construction, a design build GC in NJ and proud Butler builder. I am proud to serve as the MBCEA President for the next two years. First things first, on behalf of my fellow Board members, I would like to personally thank our out-going president, Keith Wentworth of Dutton & Garfield. Consider for a moment – how busy we all are – running jobs, managing our business, fighting the good fight. Now add in regular conference calls for every MBCEA committee, planning a national conference, managing Jackie and Sasha (whew!), catching up on emails and MBCEA critical issues after hours, drafting newsletters…wait a minute… what did I just sign up for?


Seriously, Keith leaves me very big shoes to fill. I consider him a “man of good quality” and perhaps most importantly, a friend. I challenge all of you to follow Keith’s lead and participate in the MBCEA just a little bit more – read our newsletters, respond to our polls, attend our chapter meetings and Annual Conference. Keith, Mike, Gary and I may look all Presidential in our suits, behind the microphone, welcoming you to Conference, but I can assure you most MBCEA conference calls happen on the jobsite, in Carharts and hardhats, with back-up alarms sounding in the background. There is always time to make time; heck, if Keith can do it, you can too!


Please join me in welcoming Bryan Hargett of Paramount Metal Systems, Jared Knott of King Construction & Overhead Door, Justin Beall of DD Construction, and John Paul Lawrence of Modern Trade Communications as incoming Directors. A full list of the Board is available on the side bar.


On to news: Marketing first. You may have noticed our new tagline “Reaching New Heights, Together”. While perhaps not as iconic as Nike’s “just do it”, we do feel it captures the essence of what the association is all about, perhaps a modern twist on George Washington’s quote. The marketing committee has also developed some identity videos to help promote the MBCEA. Check them out at our new YouTube Channel. Please subscribe and/or refer to these videos when talking to prospects, customers or colleagues. While you are at it, please follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Like and share our posts, etc. Even better, encourage your workers to like and share our posts. Regardless of your view of social media in your personal life, it is a powerful tool for attracting new workers to our industry.


The Conference agenda is finalized, registration is open, exhibitors and sponsorships are quickly selling out. The link in the upper left will take you to everything you need to know. Please make plans to attend so we can reach new heights, together! (see how easily that flows!)


One thing I would like you to consider is throwing your hat in the ring for our Technology session. We have an hour devoted to how to incorporate technology (big or small) for productivity gains. We hope to have 3-4 members present one simple thing that rocked their world. Nothing fancy, just share with your colleagues for a few minutes. Then conference attendees can ask questions, brainstorm how to apply to their situation, etc. A roundtable that is very focused on productivity and technology led by a panel of your peers. It may be an inexpensive app or a simple thing like GPS trackers on your equipment. Just because you know about it, doesn’t mean your colleagues do. Sharing is what the MBCEA does best, so please share! Please drop Sasha a line. We will select a few for the conference and highlight others in this newsletter.


I look forward to seeing you in Colorado in May and to sharing and reporting in this newsletter. I am proud to serve this 50+ year old association of more than 500 companies made up of the finest men and women in the Metal Building Industry. I know we can reach new heights, together.




Art Hance

President, MBCEA

President, Hance Construction