(Grand Rapids, Michigan) The Associated Builders and Contractors/Western Michigan Chapter (ABC WMC) is proud to announce the top three finalists in the inaugural ABC WMC Craft Professional of the Year Award sponsored by Tradesmen International.
ABC WMC will present the Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) award during the 2015 Excellence in Construction Awards on Tuesday, September 15 to an individual who sets a high standard for professionals in their craft by exhibiting outstanding skills and leadership. The recipient of this Chapter award demonstrates a passion for the trade, taking pride in hands-on work, and the satisfaction of a job well done to benefit both the construction industry and the greater Western Michigan community.
This year’s finalists are Clifford “Kippy” LaCasse, Superintendent and Iron Worker with Moyle Construction in Houghton, MI; Mike VanBemDen, General Superintendent in Concrete with Kent Companies in Grand Rapids, MI; and Scott Walters, Superintendent and Carpenter at Dan Vos Construction Company in Grand Rapids, MI. These three finalists will take part in interviews conducted by a panel of six judges comprised of construction industry leaders. The winner will be determined by this judging panel and announced live during the Excellence in Construction Awards on Tuesday, September 15th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at New Vintage Place. ABC WMC will create video highlights of each nominee working in the field and will recognize the finalists during the awards program. The winner will be a master of skills whose commitment to excellence makes them the ultimate example of merit shop success in the field.
“Every day hundreds of craft professionals are working around Western Michigan to construct the buildings you work, learn, shop, relax and live in. Craft professionals combine their incredible handson capabilities with their highly technical and intelligent minds to take buildings from the conceptual to the actual,” stated ABC WMC Chapter President, Norm Brady. “This inaugural award will recognize the top craft professional from three finalists in our region who exemplify leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to safety and quality construction.”
ABC WMC is a non-profit construction trade association that fosters the principles of freedom of choice through the merit construction philosophy. Merit contractors and ABC are dedicated to providing Michigan with high-quality, low-cost, safe, on-time construction. ABC members build commercial buildings, industrial plants, municipal and public works projects, roads and highways, homes, and provide a wide array of construction services.