Rising Star Program

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The 2016-17 Rising Stars Team Building Event, October, 2016 at Adventura.

2017-18 Rising Stars
Dennis Aguilar, AM Contracting, LLC
Troy Bushmeyer, Compass General Construction
Travis Ferrell, VanWell Masonry
Kathryn Horwitz, Saybr Contractors, Inc.
Keegan Kutschia, Rafn Company
Jason Lange, AM Exteriors
Theodore Marx, Saybr Contractors, Inc.
John Merrill, Mechanical & Control Services
Sergio Osorio, VanWell Masonry
Daniel Radthorne, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP
Esteban Reyes, Compass General Construction
Krista Rongve, Olympian Precast, Inc.
Brady Rutherford, VanWell Masonry
David Rynearson, VanWell Masonry
Megan Smothers, Mechanical & Control Services

2016-17 Rising Stars

The 2016-17 Rising Stars Team Building Event, October, 2016 at Adventura.

2016-17 Rising Stars
Andrew Bales, Electri-City Inc.
Jeremiah Brown, Marpac Construction
Cam Christensen, Olympian Precast
Adam DeBruler, Neeley Construction
Josh Dunham, Global Metal Works & Erectors
Derrick Eberle, Bruce Dees & Associates
Nathan Eisenhauer, Peterson Sullivan
Josh Griesse, Washington Commercial Painters
Matt Hancock, Global Metal Works & Erectors
Shaun Helm, Peterson Sullivan
Doug Jamieson, Olympian Precast
Jordan Korneliussen, Washington Commercial Painters
Rachel Lingard, Bruce Dees & Associates
Gerardo Martinez, VanWell Masonry
Doug Mitchell, VanWell Masonry
Taras Monich, VanWell Masonry
Art Salas, Rafn Company
Joey Smith, Marpac Construction
Thomas Spaulding, Spaulding Construction Consulting, LLC
Joe Whitfield, Redhawk Group

2015-16 Rising Stars

The Rising Stars Team Building Event, October, 2015 at Adventura.

2015-16 Rising Stars
Justin Richardson, Electri-City Inc.
Bjorn Nalum, Electri-City Inc.
Tak Stoutah, Express Construction Co., Inc.
Kevin Kuntz, Express Construction Co., Inc.
Bryden Mathis, Express Construction Co., Inc.
James Lawrence, Global Metal Works & Erectors, LLC
Greg Moody, Global Metal Works & Erectors, LLC
Doug Jones, Haggard Electrial Contractors
Bill Derbes, Mechanical & Control Services
Jerry Michaelis, Mechanical & Control Services
Bryan Haithcox, Mechanical & Control Services
Eric Forner, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP
Qasim Gill, Olympian Precast Inc.
Mike Yore, Olympian Precast Inc.
Nicholas Bilotta, Peterson Sullivan LLP
Brian Perry, Peterson Sullivan LLP
Erin Nakasone, Peterson Sullivan LLP
Roberto Valtierra, VanWell Masonry
Omar Valtierra, VanWell Masonry
David Christensen, VanWell Masonry

The Path to Leadership

What is the Rising Star Program?
The Rising Star Program was developed by ABC’s Leader Development Council to provide member employees a focused track to develop and hone their leadership skills, and empower graduates with the tools necessary to become a better leader within their companies. The skills taught are ones that graduates will be able to use throughout their lives, both personally and professionally, and that may be passed on to their fellow employees. People may either be nominated by their companies to enroll, or they may sign up on their own.

"After being a Project Manager/Estimator in the Construction Industry for 9 years the Rising Star Program helped to reinforce leadership skills I already had, and also taught me a lot of new leadership and communicative skills that I have been able to incorporate into my day to day work."

Mike Yore, 
Olympian Precast, Inc.

The Rising Star Program Includes All of the Following:
  • Orientation Social & Board Meet & Greet: September 27, 2017 | 4:30 pm Orientation & Social | 5 pm Board Meet & Greet
    All enrolled Rising Stars will be invited to a private orientation and social, where we will go over the course syllabus and the commitment required, and answer any questions about the program. Afterwards they will enjoy food and drinks while socializing with the course instructors and ABC board members.
  • Rising Star Team Building Kick Off Event, Adventura, Woodinville: October 5, 2017 | 3 - 6:15 pm Team Building | 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm Social at Redhook Brewery, Woodinville
    Get to know your fellow Rising Stars! Includes team building activities on the ground, followed by a how-to and safety lesson for safely having fun on the high ropes course. Students aren’t required to do the high ropes course, but it is encouraged for the sense of achievement students experience, and as it’s a continuation of building the new team. We’ll walk over to Redhook afterwards to celebrate!
  • Mid-Point Mixer: Date & location TBD
    The Rising Stars will plan and execute their own networking mixer at a location of their choice staying within a given budget.
  • Graduation Celebration: February 2, 2018 | 4 - 6 pm | Location TBD
    Celebrate your graduation by inviting your supervisor(s) to a social at a local pub. Class instructors and the ABC Board of Directors will also be invited.
  • The 11 Points of Leadership: Each class will run on Thursdays, from 3 to 6 pm at ABC in Bellevue. (Dates subject to change depending on speakers’ schedules.)
    • October 26, 2017: Intro to ABC: Government Affairs 101
    • November 2, 2017: Leadership Defined & Skills Required
    • November 16, 2017: Communicating & Understanding Skills
    • December 7, 2017: Planning & Controlling the Group/Team
    • December 14, 2017: Effective Teaching & Representing the Group
    • January 11, 2018: Evaluating & Sharing Leadership
    • January 25, 2018: Counseling & Setting the Example

Special Programs (Included in Price):
  • Enrollment in ABC’s Toastmasters Chapter:
    Develop and polish your presentation and networking skills! Your choice of either the Tacoma or Bellevue chapter. We’ll pay your membership fee for 6 months! You may begin Toastmasters either during or immediately after you complete the Rising Star classes.
  • Enrollment in ABC National’s Young Professionals Peer Group: The ABC National Young Professional Peer Group provides young leaders the opportunity to network and build relationships with peers, industry experts and association leaders across the country. 
  • Mentorship: As part of the Rising Star program, you have the option of being paired with a current board member to act as a resource.
  • Community Service: Give back to the community and put your leadership skills to the test! The Rising Stars will select either one or multiple community service project(s) to coordinate and complete by the end of the series.

Invest in Your Future By Investing In Your People!
Do you have a Rising Star you’ve identified in your company? Invest in them, and they will put their new skills to use and show you an immediate ROI.

ABC is Offering Two Diversity Scholarships for the 2017 Rising Star Program!
Each scholarship is for any individual who meets the requirement of a diverse background (woman, minority, disadvantaged, and/or disabled) and who works for an ABC member company. Please download the application form to apply.

Pricing: $499 Per ABC Member 
Membership in ABC is by company, so all employees of a member company are eligible to receive ABC member pricing. This program is not open to non-members.

Contact Victoria Klyce at 800.640.7789 if you have any questions about this program.

>>Download the 2017-18 Rising Star Program application here (pdf).<<

Our Instructors:
Greg Tozer, Synergy Construction, Inc
Travis Hull, Mechanical & Control Services, Inc
Jason Wandler, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP
Amanda Grindle, Saybr Contractors
David Christensen, VanWell Masonry
Nick Bilotta, Peterson Sullivan LLP
Brian Perry, Peterson Sullivan LLP
Erin Nakasone, Peterson Sullivan LLP
Bill Derbes, Mechanical & Control Services
Chris Hebert, Snyder Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Josh Griesse, Washington Commercial Painters