ATLANTA - The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin and six other leading construction professionals, companies and chapters were recognized today for developing successful training programs, the Associated General Contractors of America announced. The construction craft, supervisory and management programs received the first-ever Education Excellence Awards as a result, the association noted.
"Having all the construction expertise in the world doesn't matter unless you have an effective way to share it with colleagues and co-workers," said Ted Aadland, the association's senior vice president, who announced the winners during the AGC HR and Training & Development Conference in Atlanta today. "There are no better examples of how to educate and improve construction professionals than these programs."
The AGC of Wisconsin won the project & executive management training award for chapters based on its Leadership AGC program, which helps individuals from member firms develop an effective leadership role in their company, community and the industry. Since the program began in 2004, more than a quarter of its graduates have been promoted to company ownership or key leadership positions and two now serve on the chapter's General Board of Directors.
Established in 1935, the AGC of Wisconsin is the leading professional trade association for the commercial construction industry in the state of Wisconsin.
New York City-based Turner Construction was named the grand award winner for its company-wide training program. The instructor of the year award went to Paul Stout for his work for the AGC of San Diego chapter. Tempe, Arizona-based Sundt Construction received the project & executive management training award for member companies for its Leadership Excellence Accelerates Performance program.
Mascaro Construction of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania received the supervisory training award for its Feedback for Performance Workshops. The award for chapter craft training program went to the Kansas Contractors Association for its Construction Industry Training Program. And the award for best craft training program by a member company went to Pizzagalli Construction of South Burlington, Vermont.
Aadland noted that the winners were chosen by a 12-person judging panel made up of industry professionals. The judges evaluated nearly 40 different training programs that were nominated for the award. The Education Excellence Award is the only national program that recognizes construction industry training for all levels of the profession, from managers to craftsworkers, Aadland added.