Rising Star Program

2015-16 Rising Stars

The 2015-16 Rising Star group at the orientation event.

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

Our Instructors
Greg Tozer, Express Construction Co., Inc
Mike Gonzalez, Express Construction Co., Inc
Travis Hull, Mechanical & Control Services, Inc
Jason Wandler, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP
Amanda Grindle, Saybr Contractors
Ryan Haggard, Haggard Electrical Contractors

The Path to Leadership
What is the Rising Star Program?
ABC's Rising Star Program is a structured program that brings together the skills required for executive leadership. Individuals selected for this program are often sought out as "rising stars" in their companies, with distinct qualities of character, command and intelligence. Rising Star graduates develop fundamental skills that bring great value to the individuals and their employers. 

The program helps participants: 
  • Further their leadership skills and professional development
  • Learn more about ABC and increase their involvement in the association
  • Demonstrate their desire and ability to serve as a leader of our industry
Throughout the 6-month cycle, program participants take part in both required coursework as well as special events and team building activities to earn their Rising Star certificate of completion.
People may either be nominated by their companies for the Rising Star Program, or they may take the initiative and 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 28, 2016 | 4 pm Orientation & Social | 5 pm Board Meet & Greet
    All enrolled Rising Stars and those interested in finding out more about the program will be invited to a private orientation and social. Come learn more about the Rising Star Program, afterwards meet the instructors and ABC board members! 
  • Rising Star Team Building Kick Off Event, Adventura, Woodinville: October 6, 2016 | 3 - 6:15 pm Team Building | 6:15 pm - ‘til Social at Redhook
    Get to know your fellow Rising Stars! Includes team building activities and post-social at Redhook Brewery.
  • Intro to ABC: Government & Labor Affairs 101 - October 20, 2016 | 3 - 6 pm, ABC, Bellevue
  • Networking Mixer: Date & location TBD
    Rising Stars will plan and execute their own networking mixer at a location of their choice staying within a given budget, mid-way through the series.
  • Beers with Bosses: March 2, 2017 | 4 - 6 pm | Location TBD
    Celebrate your graduation by inviting your supervisor or boss to your graduation 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. 
    • November 3, 2016: Leadership Defined & Skills Required
    • November 17, 2016: Communicating & Understanding Skills
    • December 1, 2016: Planning & Controlling the Group/Team
    • January 12, 2017: Effective Teaching & Representing the Group
    • January 26, 2017: Evaluating & Sharing Leadership
    • February 9, 2017: Counseling & Setting the Example

Special Programs (Included in Price):
  • Enrollment in ABC’s Toastmasters Chapter: Ongoing
    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!
  • Enrollment in ABC National’s Young Professionals Group
    The Associated Builders and Contractor’s (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 and to learn from different perspectives. Through this program, participants will be provided the resources and skills necessary to succeed as the industry’s future leaders. By participating in ABC events, young professionals have the opportunity to be a part of the association as they move forward in their careers.
  • Ongoing Mentorship:
    As part of the Rising Star program, you will be paired with a current board member to act as a resource.
  • Give back to the community and put your leadership skills to the test! 
    The Rising Stars will select a mutually-decided upon community service project to coordinate and complete by the end of this Rising Stars Program Series. You will assign project leads and work on the project as a team. Use time after class to do planning.

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.

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. Limited to 20 attendees!

This class is full. Watch this page for 2017 class registration dates.

Questions? Contact Victoria Klyce at 800.640.7789.