There is no question that the ongoing pandemic has brought challenges to the construction industry. Through our advocacy and commitment to safety, the construction industry was deemed an essential business allowing our members to continue working and providing a high level of service and quality to our customers. With the leadership and support of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee our members have been able to adapt and innovate to ensure work continues in a safe and productive way. This dedication to the safety of our workers and customers has allowed the industry to continue to prosper as we moved into 2021.
AGC-GM saw major changes to our leadership with the retirement of Mike Fabishak after over two decades with the association and the hiring of Mark Kessenich as our new CEO in mid-2020. Mark’s background in workforce development and organizational management along with his knowledge of the industry allowed him to hit the ground running in spite of the pandemic. As we continue into 2021 Mark will work with the Board of Directors to focus on the priorities and needs of our members.
The safety and well being of our member companies and their employees is our number one priority. AGC-GM will continue to provide high quality, high impact safety services through the Rent a Safety Director program as well as the best safety education and training programs in the industry. Specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a priority that we educate our industry on the most current local, state, and national recommendations and practices on personal safety. The men and women in our industry are the reason for our success. Their safety and ability to come to work every day will support the active construction market into the future.
Workforce development continues to be a focus for AGC-GM. Now more than ever we need to focus on education and training for the young people in our community and expose them to the opportunities that a career in the construction industry can offer. Through our partnerships with WRTP | BIGSTEP and Building Advantage, AGC-GM will continue its efforts to develop a diverse, qualified workforce that will carry our industry into the years ahead. Whether linking students to our industry through youth apprenticeship and high school trade programs to transitioning individuals currently out of work but looking for a chance to develop a career, AGC-GM will be a leader in developing our future workforce.
For the young members of our industry, I would encourage you to get involved, meet new people, and build relationships. Much of what we do daily is based on the ability to work with others. Opportunities are available to do this through the Construction Leadership Council, which is a group of young professionals that are focused on education and leadership development. This is done through project tours, leadership conferences, and casual networking.
Finally, our renewed collaboration with the AGC of Wisconsin on labor relations and legal advisory services will continue throughout 2021. This partnership will provide additional resources and services to make our member companies successful and provided a unified voice for our associations on topics related to public policy and legislative action.
I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve our members. I am looking forward to a year of continued collaboration with our board of directors and industry partners to help advance our industry.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
2021 AGC-GM President
2021 Board of Directors
AGC Past President
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Findorff & Son
AGC Senior Vice President
National AGC Director
AGC Education & Research Foundation Chairman
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
AGC Labor Policy Chair
Just Construction Consulting
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
AGC Associate Director
AGC Associate Director
Sanchez Painting Contractors
2021 AGC Construction Leadership Council Chairman