Message from the President

“Do as I say, not as I do” vs “Walk the walk and talk the talk”

As a parent and coach we understand the folly of “do as I say and not as I do”.  It is well understood that kids are sponges who mimic our behavior. Who hasn’t laughed when little Johnny repeats a bad word cause daddy uses it. We know if we want to encourage healthy behaviors and have our kids grow up to respectful adults, we have to always be on our best behavior. We should not complain about eating our vegetables, treat mom with respect, make homework a priority, etc.  We try to do the right thing at all times because our little ones are always watching and learning from us.

But does this translate to the work place as well?  If your safety manager occasionally looks the other way to cut a corner or make a deadline, what does this tell the crew? If your foreman walks the roof untethered because he is “just doing a quick check” what do the rest of the guys on the roof learn? To instill a culture of safety, you need everyone to act safe at all times and you should not tolerate occasional breaches. In other words, all company leaders need to walk the walk and talk the talk, always.

I assume most agree that this makes sense when it comes to safety. It is easy to understand that no safety infraction is acceptable ever.  But what about training? Do we impose the same discipline? Do we make it a priority or an after-thought? Do we mention to our team, I would like to attend that conference or that training session but we’ll have to see if I can make the time.  Do we cancel and reschedule our in-house training, only to reschedule again? Not making training a priority rubs off. If it is not important to you, it won’t be important to them.

There is a reason continuing education is required for workers to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies; that many professions require annual CEU’s. To compete in today’s fast moving world, we need to stay fresh, stay current, learn new skills, and new ways of working. We demand this of our workers but do we impose the same discipline on ourselves?

For those of you that are not active in a MBCEA chapter, please read the Chapter News section of our monthly e-newsletter for all of the exciting training opportunities we offer. Check out the METALCON schedule. (And then use this link for discounted registration!) Stay tuned to this newsletter for information on our Annual Conference which is easily the most important training symposium you will ever attend.  Make a plan to attend this year, and stick to it.

We are so committed to training, we are just about to unveil the new Metal Buildings Institute website and learning portal.  The old site ( has served us well but was in much need of an overhaul and update.  The new site is your one-stop shop for all things connected to metal building training! The original Quality and Craftsmanship series is there and get this – it is free to all active members of the MBCEA! The long-awaited IMP training video is there and MBCEA members can purchase it for 50% off.  We will soon be adding more training and more benefits so stay tuned.  Details and specifics will be sent shortly direct from the MBI. Any questions, contact Sasha.

Joining the MBCEA is an important first step in your commitment to training and personal development, now make sure you are taking advantage of your membership.

Thank you and Stay Safe!


Keith Wentworth
President, MBCEA
Vice-President, Dutton & Garfield, Inc.