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

The Rising Star Program provides a focused track to develop and hone leadership skills, and empowers 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.

"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 Program Includes the Following:
  • Orientation & Board Meet & Greet: September 26, 2018 | 4:30 pm Orientation | 5 pm Board Meet & Greet
  • All enrolled students will be invited to an orientation, 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.
  • Team Building Kick Off Event, Adventura, Woodinville: October 4, 2018
  • 3:00 - 6:15 pm Team Building | 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm Social at Redhook Brewery, Woodinville
    Get to know your classmates! 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 you will 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 class will plan and execute their own networking mixer at a location of their choice staying within a given budget.
  • Graduation Celebration: February 7, 2019 | 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 18, 2018: Intro to ABC: Government Affairs 101
    • November 1, 2018: The 1-Minute Manager & Knowing & Using Resources
    • November 15, 2018: Communicating & Understanding Skills
    • December 6, 2018: Planning & Controlling the Group/Team
    • December 13, 2018: Effective Teaching & Representing the Group
    • January 10, 2019: Evaluating & Sharing Leadership
    • January 24, 2019: Counseling & Setting the Example
Special Programs (Included in Price):
  • Enrollment in ABC’s Toastmasters Fife Chapter: Ongoing
    Develop and polish your presentation and networking skills! We’ll pay your membership fee for 6 months! You may begin Toastmasters during or immediately after you complete the Rising Star classes.
  • 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 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 rock star you’ve identified on your team that you want to develop? Invest in them, and they will put their new skills to use at your company 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 Person 
Contact Victoria Klyce at 800.640.7789 if you have any questions about this program.

Download the 2018-19 Rising Star Program application here.

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

This program instills a way of seeing things and conducting yourself with other people that is not taught or often not highly valued even though it is critical to not just being successful but being able to work with people in a healthy and productive way.
~Ted Marx, Saybr Contractors, Inc.