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Popular Construction Leadership Institute 2017 Registration Opens Nine-week Friday program scheduled to begin Jan. 13


Success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and communication skills.  The innovative Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) has packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville announced today that it is now accepting registrations for the 2017 session of this highly popular program.

Over the course of its 14-year history, CLI has seen many of its more than 300 graduates advance to prominent positions across the building industry..

“Our mission is to improve the processes and outcomes of the building industry by preparing the next generation of leaders.  ,” said Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction in SIUE’s School of Engineering.  “In pursuing its mission, the Construction Leadership Institute has prepared professionals from over one hundred firms to serve in leadership roles across the St. Louis regional building industry.”

The 2017 CLI will convene on nine-consecutive Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 through March 10 on the SIUE campus. CLI is a joint program of the SIUE School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction.

The curriculum is designed to develop and hone leadership as well as effective communications skills.  Other segments focus on crucial professional skills such as strategic thinking, networking, negotiation, finance, construction contracts, insurance and bonding, risk management and conflict management.  The instructional team includes building industry professionals and subject matter experts.

Attendees also will explore innovative project delivery approaches and become attuned to emerging opportunities and challenges impacting the industry.  The final session of the program features a panel of building industry leaders sharing their strategies for success.

“This program provides skills and experiences necessary to advance as an emerging leader in the industry,” said Kristine Jarden, co-director of the CLI and director of Executive Education in SIUE’s School of Business.

Early registration is available through Nov. 18, at a cost of $2,950. After Nov. 18, registration is $3,150 per person. A $200 discount per person is given for multiple company registrations.

To register, call Kristine Jarden at 618-650-2668 or visit:

CLI 2017 Program Announcement


Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Youth In Need


On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $15,000 donation to Sabrina Kuznecoff, grants manager for Youth In Need, and Rob Muschany, chief development officer for Youth In Need.

The donation will be used to make major renovations and improvements at Youth In Need’s Transitional Living Program group home. The shelter improvements will address health, physical and psychological safety, and security concerns, as well as help enhance the home-like environment for runaway and homeless youth. The Transitional Living Program is a residential program that operates a group home and several independent living program models designed to provide runaway and homeless youth with a continuum of individualized and strength-based services.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.


Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Living Well Village


On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $15,000 donation to Jean Huelsing, founder and CEO of Living Well Foundation (Camp Jump Start).

The donation will be used to install gutter guards on the camp’s 26 on-site buildings. Living Well Village is a 250-acre modern camp for a day, weekend, week or longer that teaches people of all ages how to lead healthy, happy, productive lives and avoid or reverse preventable illness like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer. The gutter guards will decrease the manpower in gutter cleaning throughout the mostly forested camp. The mission of Living Well Village is to create healthier individuals and families through experiential learning across the life cycle. Living Well Village is also a licensed American Red Cross facility and will house incoming residents if there is a disaster.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.


Lambert Airport Business Diversity Development Success Story

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Will Sanders, Owner, A-Plus Contractors, LLC

Will Sanders is living proof of how MBE/DBE certification and the support of the Lambert St. Louis Business Diversity Development (BDD) office can be instrumental in helping a young business take-off and thrive. His family business, A-Plus Contractors LLC, was founded in 2009 and certified in 2014. The company is on track to do $500,000 in business this year, and Will is setting his sights on reaching $1 million in contracts for 2017. Will credits Amber Gooding, Airport Assistant Director of Community Programs & Business Diversity Development with playing a major role in the company’s success story.

In 2014, Will attended an informational meeting conducted by the Airport for new businesses interested in obtaining certification. “That meeting proved to be invaluable,” he said. Up to that point he had been running A-Plus in addition to holding down another full-time position. He had just decided to leave his full-time job to devote all of his time and energy to growing A-Plus.

The decision to devote full-time to the fledgling business required a leap of faith from Will and his wife, Kadee. In their humble beginnings they were concerned about how the young business would weather the winter months, when work typically slows for a business that specializes in hauling, excavation, and mobile power washing. While in the process of seeking his certification, Will got an idea. He figured that snow removal at the Airport would require some hauling, so he asked Gooding about the contractor performing this service for the Airport. Gooding immediately put him in touch with Tom Green at Midwest Landscape, a certified prime contractor. Green readily agreed to bring A- Plus on board as a tier 2 supplier.

Will took advantage of this opportunity, making sure that his company performed at a high level, and advanced to tier 1 status. “That contract was paramount,” he exclaimed. “We would not have gotten that work without Amber.”

As a result, Will to this day is one of BDD’s biggest boosters and is a strong proponent of the certification program. “The MBE and DBE programs get us a seat at the table,” said Will. “It makes us visible to prime contractors.” When the Sanders’ were developing the first marketing plan for their business, they realized that most of their competitors were certified. “I needed to get on equal footing with them,” explained Will. The certification process took about three months.

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Will on the job at Lambert Airport

After landing that first snow removal contract with the Airport, Will was able to build on that success and quickly grow his business. He noted that he purchased his first dump truck for A-Plus in 2014 and that the company now owns four trucks and two trailers and is looking to purchase two-three more trucks this year. The company has also grown from a one-man operation (Will) to a staff of four full-time and one part-time employees. A-Plus currently is a sub-contractor on another Lambert Airport contract to reconstruct the F and J runways. The scope of work involves tearing out the old concrete, using some of the broken concrete as a base, hauling dirt and old concrete, and laying new concrete. Will estimated that the project has yielded A-Plus about $45,000 thus far, and when work is completed in October, the total contract will probably wind up at about $90,000.
Will credits his two stable Airport sub-contracts – the snow hauling and the taxiway reconstruction – with legitimizing his business. “They have enabled us to keep cash flow moving, and the runway work helps us stabilize revenue,” he notes.

His advice for other companies considering certification is to “pre-plan and get your paperwork in order. You have to understand your business,” he said. “The Airport is here to assist you, not to do your work for you. You have to be willing to help yourself.”

Will Sanders has big plans for A-Plus. “I’m looking to grow to be a mid-size company of 40-50 employees over the next seven years,” he said. “I have a strategic plan that looks to elevate our business beyond DBE/MBE status.”  Will wants to be an example in the community of a successful minority business. By all accounts he is doing just that.


Tyson Townsend
Tyson Townsend, Owner, Top to Bottom Cleaning Solutions and Landscaping

Tyson Townsend is a success story in the making. In just two years this enterprising 27-year-old has grown his business, Top to Bottom Cleaning Solutions and Landscaping, LLC, from push mowing five residential lawns in his neighborhood to currently maintaining up to 60 residential properties. The Festus-based business now has two full-time employees and Townsend is poised to take his business to a whole new level. As a result of earning Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification this past December, Townsend just landed his first commercial contract with the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to perform sodding restoration work.

“I wouldn’t have gotten this job without the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification,” he explained. “They found my company on Lambert Airport’s Business Diversity Development (BDD) website.” He noted that MSD offers a lot of jobs for landscapers to restore lawns following sewer work. Townsend hopes that the successful completion of this first commercial job will lead to many more. He is also looking forward to bidding on work at the Airport.

Townsend was advised to apply for MBE certification by one of his previous employers. “They told me about all of the opportunities at the Airport for minority companies,” heexplained. The prospect of increasing the visibility of his business and getting opportunities to pursue commercial contracts appealed to Townsend so he researched the process, completed the paperwork, and earned his MBE certification within a few short months. He noted that Pamela Paulette, BDD Contract Compliance Officer, was very professional and helpful in guiding him through the process. “There is a lot of paperwork,” said Townsend. “Pam was great about answering any questions I had.” The BDD Office has streamlined the certification process.

Townsend attributes his early success to hard work and an insatiable desire to learn new things about his field. Prior to starting his own business in 2014, he gained valuable experience working for three other lawn and landscaping companies, where he focused on learning everything he could about all aspects of the business. He picked up new knowledge and skills with each company, working his way up to management and supervisory roles. Those experiences include supervision over a large project for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) to cut down more than 400 trees.

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Tyson Townsend and his wife, Nikki.

Thanks to the experience he gained working for others, he can provide a wide variety of services to his customers, including installation of retaining walls, tree cutting, sodding, and lawn mowing. When he first started his business, Townsend explored the possibility of including janitorial services in his business model. He subsequently decided to focus exclusively on what he knows best, lawn care and landscaping.

As he looks to expand his business, Townsend is focusing on gaining new knowledge and skills. “If you’re not learning every day, you’re not doing something right,” he declares. Long-term, he would like to branch out and offer additional services, such as sewer work. He would like to do more concrete work, excavating, and grading. Recalling his humble beginnings, Townsend also wants to contribute to the economic success of the community. His growth model includes providing employment for people who may not have the opportunities afforded to him. With Townsend’s drive to succeed and thirst for new knowledge, there’s no doubt that his business will soar.

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Legislation Helping Missouri Contractors Control Workers Comp Insurance Costs To Become Law August 28


Legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year to help Missouri employers control their workers’ compensation insurance rates while ensuring injured workers receive the treatment they need to recover and return to the workforce is set to become law on August 28. July 15th was the final day for Governor Jay Nixon to act on legislation approved in this year’s legislative session, and he allowed Senate Bill 700 to become law without his signature or his veto. Senate Bill 700 passed overwhelmingly in both chambers, with no dissenting votes in the Missouri Senate.

The bill allows an employer, particularly a construction contractor, to pay up to 20 percent of an injured worker’s medical expenses if the injury does not require more than three days of lost time from the job.  Otherwise, the medical costs are covered under workers’ compensation insurance.

“This legislation provides employers in the state’s construction industry with another tool to use in helping contain their workers’ compensation costs,” said SITE Improvement Association Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “In the competitive construction industry, every dollar saved helps.”

Senate Bill 700 was SITE’s top legislative priority in this session of the general assembly. SITE helped lobby to get this bill approved. Senator Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, sponsored Senate Bill 700.  Why is this legislation so important?

“Every time an injury claim is filed under workers’ compensation, it affects the employer’s experience modification (MOD) rating,” said Briggs. “The MOD is used by workers’ comp insurance companies to establish an employer’s premiums for insurance.  The higher rating, the costlier the insurance will be.  It also is used by some purchasers of construction services, such as owners, to determine whether or not they want to allow a contractor to bid on their work.  A lower MOD rating can help a contractor be eligible to bid and perform work on construction projects that they otherwise would not be able to do if their mod rating was high.”

Briggs noted that S.B. 700 contains many safeguards to ensure the injured employee receives the necessary medical care to recover from the injury.  In addition, employers must continue to report such incidents to the state so that workplace injuries are tracked.

Other features of the bill include:

  • Allowing a contractor to pick the calendar year quarter in which to base the contractors’ premium adjustment credit.  Current law restricts contractors to only use the third quarter of the calendar year to base their credit;
  • Allowing volunteer fire protection associations to apply for grants from the State Fire Marshall’s Office to help them offset some of their workers’ compensation costs.  The amount of funds available for grants is subject to legislative appropriations. Once the appropriated funds run out, no more grants are available.

SITE Improvement Assn LogoSITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE is celebrating 50 years of continuous operation in 2016.  For more information, visit


Osha Delays Effective Date For Enforcing Employees’ Rights To Report Workplace Injuries, Illnesses


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin Nov. 1, 2016.

Under the rule, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit


Synergy Group Receives Two Awards From Society For Marketing Professional Services

Sandy Flees and Rachel Brown
Sandy Flees and Rachel Brown

Synergy Group has received two of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis’ top honors, the “Award of Excellence,” for construction industry client projects.

Synergy Group has received two of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis’ top marketing honor, the “Award of Excellence,” for client website and rebranding projects.

Synergy Group received an “Award of Excellence” in the Website category for design and development of a new website for Wiegmann Associates, a leading national design/build HVAC and energy solutions mechanical contractor. Synergy built and customized Wiegmann’s modern, new mobile-responsive website and crafted all content.

“Our new website is modern and intuitive, and effectively demonstrates our strengths through content, personal testimonies, original Wiegmann photography, and project profiles,” said Steve Pearce, Vice President of Wiegmann Associates.

Synergy Group received an “Award of Excellence” in the Promotional Campaign category for a comprehensive rebranding for Integrated Facility Services (formerly Air Masters), a single-point resource for mechanical contracting and service including HVAC, plumbing, building automation and fire protection. The rebranding included a new website, logo, corporate materials, truck signage, internal and client communications, and a publicity and marketing campaign.

“Our rebranding was done smoothly, effectively and on budget.  We were fortunate that Synergy Group was our partner in this endeavor,” said Arthur Bottorff, sales and marketing manager for Integrated Facility Services. “The successful rebranding has increased our selling opportunities by 20 percent.”

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Mary Schanuel

The SMPS St. Louis Marketing Excellence Awards, which are held every two years, recognizes outstanding achievement in marketing communications by professional service firms in the design and building industry.  Projects are judged on marketing objectives, creativity, quality, content and results.

Synergy Group is a full-service strategic marketing communications firm providing strategic planning, brand creation, public relations, website design and development, marketing materials, digital communications, social media and business development services.  


Construction Financial Management Association Responds to CDC Report on Suicide Rate by Occupational Group


Statistics released from the CDC on July 1, 2016 show that workers in construction and extraction have a 53.3 per 100,000 rate of suicide, which is second only to workers in the farming, fishing, and forest occupational group (84.5 per 100,000). With 17 states taking part in the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), this data heightens the need to address suicide prevention and mental health promotion in the construction industry.

Recently, the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) formed the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to gather and disseminate key information and resources, share education and programming for CFMA’s 94 chapters across North America, and promote initiatives to support suicide prevention.

Stuart Binstock, CFMA President & CEO, said, “At CFMA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition, we brought the topic of suicide prevention to an audience of our nearly 1,300 attendees by offering two general education sessions and presentations to chapter leaders, providing flash drives, and introducing our new online resource at Efforts are also underway to encourage our industry partners to join the Alliance with the ultimate goal of preventing death by suicide in the construction industry.”

“As a construction company controller, I understand the importance of protecting and supporting our most valuable asset—our human capital,” adds CFMA Chairman Ken Chiccotella. “In conjunction with our conference theme of Building It Forward, ensuring not only the physical well-being, but also the mental health of our workforce must be core to our business strategies and goals.”

The newly released “Construction + Suicide Prevention” publications by Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management at Lakeside Industries and executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, mental health advocate, and survivor of her brother’s suicide, address why suicide prevention in an imperative in the construction industry and provide 10 action steps companies can take to save lives.

“Construction industry leaders are stepping forward and changing culture with a new vision around suicide prevention. CFMA has shown bold leadership in spearheading this shift in culture as a conduit in making suicide prevention a health and safety priority,” said Spencer-Thomas. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention cites these CFMA resources and website in support of the cause.


Ann Althoff, MCR, LEED AP, Associate DBIA Named Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis


St. Louis design/build project executive Ann Althoff, MCR, LEED AP, Associate DBIA, has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute – St. Louis District Council (ULI St. Louis).

Active in ULI locally and nationally for more than eight years, Althoff has helped advance the organization’s responsible land use mission by serving as treasurer, assisting with the organization’s educational programs, co-founding the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and representing ULI St. Louis nationally as chair for mission advancement. On a national level, Althoff is active in the Public-Private Product Council and is a founding member of the End-User Product Council.

In her corporate work, Althoff brings more than 30 years of experience in the real estate and design/build industry.   She currently serves as a project executive at Clayco charged with identifying, nurturing and supporting new corporate, institutional and industrial design and construction ventures. Ann also provides client relationship and business development leadership for Forum Studio, the full-service design practice and wholly owned subsidiary of Clayco.  Prior to joining Clayco, Althoff worked with HOK, as senior vice president in charge of strategy and business development, Pace Properties and Cushman Wakefield (formerly Cassidy Turley).

Althoff earned a masters degree in urban affairs from Saint Louis University and earned her business administration degree from Fontbonne University.  She holds a masters in corporate real estate through CoreNet Global. Ann Althoff is a resident of Glendale, MO

With more than 220 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

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