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ISSUE 2 2017

MICHIGAN

A PUBLICATION OF ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF MICHIGAN

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LEADERSHIP EDITION

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CONTENTS ISSUE 2 — 2017

FEATURES 12

2017 Michigan Construction

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Beating Travel Stress

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Making the Transition

by Randy Goruk

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Leadership Tips

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Leadership Summit Program

by Jerry Teplitz, JD, Ph.D.

by Randy Goruk

DEPARTMENTS 4

Executive Perspective

by Jeff Wiggins

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Components of a Quality Project Safety Culture by George Cesarini and

Steve Buonpane

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Advertiser Index

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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE

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fter two long years of waiting, the Michigan Construction Leadership Summit has returned for its second biennial event. The planning has been going on since wrapping up the successful 2015, inaugural event, and we are beyond excited to bring this event to you, our members. This special edition of the magazine doubles as both the program for attendees, and a little taste of the summit for those unable to attend.

JEFF WIGGINS State Director ABC of Michigan 2017 BOARD of DIRECTORS Mike Houseman, Chairman Wolverine Building Group Western Michigan Chapter Corey Hannahs, Vice Chair Consolidated Electrical Contractors Dave Sheffield, Secretary/Treasurer Onslow-Sheffield, Inc. Southeastern Michigan Chapter Dan Murphy, Immediate Past Chair MAG Insulation Greater Michigan Chapter Chris Beckering Pioneer Construction Western Michigan Chapter Jim Cripps Cripps Fontaine Excavating, Inc. Western Michigan Chapter Rick Jackson Jackson Associates, Inc. Southeastern Michigan Chapter Bill Molnar Wm. Molnar Roofing Co., Inc. Southeastern Michigan Chapter Brian Stadler Wolgast Corporation Southeastern Michigan Chapter Ed Tanzini Tancor Corporation

The 2017 Michigan Construction Leadership Summit has brought in some top-notch speakers and sessions all profiled in this edition. Our keynote speakers range from a lieutenant colonel to a college dropout turned career expert. We’ve listened to your needs and have focused this event and issue on leadership, workforce development, and safety. Additionally inside this edition, we have some great articles from this year’s speakers surrounding topics we know are important to you. Flip through the pages for some great tips on leadership, a look at creating a positive culture of safety in your business, and much more. This event would not be possible without our sponsors, and we thank them for their generous support to help make this possible. Take a look at those businesses on page 18.

Use your company vision, mission and business values as your guiding light to decision making!

—Leadership Tips, Page 10

For those of you unable to attend, we hope this little taste will spark your interest to join us in 2019. And for those who are here on this beautiful island, in the historic Grand Hotel, we hope these days are ones filled with learning, networking, and fun! Yours for the merit shop!

Mike Waalkes Lighthouse Insurance Group Western Michigan Chapter Andy Weisbrodt Bouma Construction

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BEATING TRAVEL STRESS: THE ART OF SURVIVING ON THE ROAD by Jerry Teplitz, JD, Ph.D.

Whether for holidays or business trips, traveling can grate on the nerves of even the most patient soul. From security checks to winding lines to time zone changes, today’s traveler faces countless aggravations and inconveniences. Don’t let travel stress dampen your spirits and ruin your voyages! If insomnia, travel burnout, or jet lag plague you as you zip from city to city, all is not lost. By employing several nutritional, physical, and mental strategies, you can relax your body and relax your mind. You’ll soon see that touring can indeed be an enjoyable experience, even if unexpected snarls creep into your travel plans. SLEEPING ON THE ROAD Overstuffed pillows. Cardboardstiff sheets. Saggy mattresses. The discomfort of hotel hopping can challenge the most otherwise indiscriminate sleepers. If you find yourself struggling to catch a few elusive Z’s, a few simple techniques will quickly and effectively help you fall asleep.

For the Mind Never underestimate the power of the body to heal the mind. One technique for helping you sleep on the road is a progressive relaxation exercise that will stop the chatter of your mind. Start by closing your eyes and breathing deeply and regularly. Tense and relax your muscles, starting at your feet for a few seconds. Continue this tense/relax pattern through each part of your body, working up to your head. If necessary, repeat the process a second time. This simple process will force all tension from your body, allowing your mind to shut off while you settle into a comfortable slumber. Another effective strategy is listening to relaxation tapes. Rhythmic music, often in combination with nature sounds, synchronizes with your breath, allowing you to release stress and fall to sleep. Musician Steven Halpern, Ph.D., for example, has developed a series of compositions called, appropriately, Effortless

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Relaxation and Sleep Soundly. Pop them in the CD player, and let the soothing begin.

For the Body You can further decrease the probability of tossing and turning in your stiff hotel bed with some help from Mother Nature. Several herbs and other natural over-the-counter remedies may help alleviate your situation. Valerian Root is probably one of the best herbs for letting the body go night-night. Another is Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the brain’s pineal gland, which controls the body’s reaction to the light-dark cycle. Many health food stores sell Melatonin as a natural remedy for jet lag. You may consider taking a sleeping pill for the first night of your trip, but be careful of taking sleeping pills regularly, as you can become dependent on them. If all else fails—and you’re not lactose intolerant—a nice glass of warm milk may also do the trick, as it contains L-Tryptophan, which has a great calming effect on the body. ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE Lost luggage and unheld reservations can drive a travel-weary person to the edge. With waning energy, your frazzled nerves can easily get the better of you. When you find yourself tempted to curse out a rude taxi driver or read the riot act to a clueless desk clerk, it’s time for you to take a step back. Pause for a moment and consider the following mind and body solutions for diffusing tension while you’re on the road.

For the Mind

Contrary to what you may believe, negative words will not help clerks or cabbies better perform their jobs. The truth is that belligerence will not greatly improve your situation, either; rather, it will stress you. And guess what? Positive thoughts actually keep your energy at a much higher level than negative ones.

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To prevent negativity from draining your reserves, consider utilizing an “energy bubble” in stressful situations. The moment you feel yourself getting riled up, stop and take a deep breath. Imagine an invisible bubble surrounding you; consider this shield to be an extra layer of protection between you and the outside world. This has the effect of removing yourself emotionally from a charged situation, providing clarity and calm. You’ll be amazed to find that negative thoughts or situations will have a difficult time breaching your bubble and reaching you.

For the Body Holistic healing techniques reveal many of our body’s secret remedies. A little-known fact is that we have hidden “energy buttons” that help boost vitality and, in turn, aid us in dealing with inevitable travel hassles. They may sound silly, but they work! Place your tongue at the roof of your mouth, about one-fourth inch behind your front teeth. To locate another energy button, place your index finger and thumb together, forming a circle. Take a few breaths, and shortly, your body will begin to channel newfound energy. Before you know it, you’ll be refreshed and unfettered by the inconveniences that come your way. BEATING JET LAG During long-distance travels, time zone shifts can wreak havoc on your body. Differences in light throw your circadian rhythms for a loop, often leaving you yearning for bed in the afternoon and wide-awake in the wee hours. Fear not, bold voyagers! Help is readily available.

For the Mind Meditation is an effective weapon in combating jet lag. It has the power to reset your body’s internal clock, no matter how many time zones you travel through. Start by making a commitment to meditate fifteen to twenty minutes twice a day for two to three weeks. When you are flying to a different time zone, add one or two extra meditations to your day. In addition to minimizing the intensity of jet lag, physiological and psychological benefits include lowered heart and

breath rates, increased immune system response, and reduction in reaction times. An added bonus: Your quality of sleep will increase so your nightly sleep requirements may even decrease.

For the Body The New Zealand government realized that they needed to help their commercial pilots’ difficulties with jet lag, because once you fly out of New Zealand, you go through many time zones. After much research they discovered a homeopathic formula called No Jet Lag. Take it every couple of hours while you’re flying, and jet lag disappears. ENJOY YOUR TRIP! If you have no choice about the time and duration of your trip, you may as well enjoy it. Take care of your mind and body to minimize stress and maximize fun—or at least tolerance. Travel experiences can be opportunities of a lifetime. Don’t let stress prevent you from appreciating your destination and forging lasting memories. Bon voyage!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author of the books Managing Your Stress In Difficult Times: Succeeding In Times of Change, Switched-On Living, SwitchedOn Selling: Balance Your Brain Fro Sales Success and Brain Gym for Business, Jerry V. Teplitz, JD, Ph.D., is currently the president of his own speaking and consulting firm. He’s been a road warrior for 36 years and created the six CD audio album, Travel Stress: The Art of Surviving on the Road. He holds a doctorate degree in holistic health sciences. Teplitz is a former attorney who practices what he preaches to prevent travel burn-out. Contact him at 1 800 77-RELAX (1 800 777-3529), email him at info@Teplitz.com or go to www.Teplitz.com. MM

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MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM CREW WORKER TO CREW LEADER By Randy Goruk

• Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand when the crew needs your help.

Have you or anyone you’ve worked with gone from being on a crew to overseeing it? If so, you know this can be awkward—if not at first but eventually.

• Treat people like you want to be treated; speak to them like they want to be spoken to.

I’ve experienced this and so have many of my clients. It’s probably even happened to you. You were promoted to supervise those you once worked with. Or perhaps one of your co-workers was selected as your new boss or crew leader. Either way, it can be awkward. But it doesn’t have to be.

• Show your humanity by helping them grow professionally. • Practice humility and give credit where credit is due. • Use mistakes as an opportunity to teach and coach.

A new boss’s biggest obstacle is reflected in this question: “How can I be friends with workers I supervise, yet retain their respect and belief in them when I ask them to do what’s needed as employees?”

• Provide genuine appreciation and recognition for jobs well done. • Be fair and consistent in everything you do. Any perception of favoritism will tear your crew apart and negatively affect outcomes.

CONSIDER THESE STRAIGHT-FORWARD ACTIONS FOR OVERCOMING THIS OBSTACLE. First, don’t think you have to be friends with your coworkers. Yes, it’s important to have friendly, professional working relationships, but you don’t have to maintain a “best of buddies” stance outside of the office—unless you want to. (Many people who worked under me are lifelong friends to this day.) What’s best for the business may not be best for your former co-workers, so you must set boundaries on the friendship. Be clear about your expectations and remember, when it comes right down to it, business comes before personal.

It’s important that you never feel coerced into making decisions to be popular; rather, make decisions that are best for the business. Be respectful of how your decisions will implicate others, but don’t compromise your values by caring about your popularity. Getting promoted to crew leader and supervising former co-workers happens often in the construction industry. How you deal with this transition will affect your long-term effectiveness as a leader. Handle it well.

Next, remember that although you’ve been selected to be their boss, they didn’t select you. Someone else did. That means you have to earn their trust and respect every day. You do that by demonstrating exceptional leadership at every opportunity. How? Here are 10 actions you can take: • Be reliable and do what you say you’ll do and follow up. • Be available and approachable to listen, being mentally present when you do. • Set expectations on the work to be done. Give clear instructions and hold them accountable for results.

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For leadership assessments, coaching or workshops visit Randy Goruk at www.LeadersEdge360. com. Sign up for his Leadership Tip of the Week or pick up his book Sparks–A Business Fable: Leadership Actions That Will Ignite Your Organization. Randy can be reached at randy@LeadersEdge360.com or 1.800.308.4002. MM

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LEADERSHIP TIPS

©Copyright Randy Goruk. All Rights Reserved. FINE TUNE YOUR DELEGATION SKILLS BY FOLLOWING THIS 5 — STEP FORMULA FOR DELEGATION SUCCESS.

REINFORCE ATTAINMENT OF YOUR GOALS. Once you establish your goals, keep them visible and organize your time / energies around achieving them.

• Carefully select the right person (skills and capabilities) to complete the task you are delegating.

PREVENT AN EROSION OF YOUR LEADERSHIP CREDIBILITY. Look around your organization and ask yourself if you are holding others accountable for their results, behaviors and performance. When holding someone accountable, it’s critical you conduct yourself in an appropriate professional manner—if not, you could be causing irreparable damage to your credibility.

• Make sure they understand the importance and relevance of the task. • Let them select the deadline to complete the task. • Follow up on an agreed upon schedule — hold them accountable. • Appreciate and recognize their successful completion of the task. MASTER DECISION MAKING. YOU CAN BECOME GROUNDED AND CONSISTENT IN YOUR APPROACH IF YOU FOLLOW THREE SIMPLE GUIDELINES: • Use your company vision, mission and business values as your guiding light to decision making. • Position yourself to think things through in advance. • Never play favorites . . . remember it’s always business never personal. INITIATE A FORMAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A MENTOR. CONSIDER THESE 3 — FACTORS WHEN ESTABLISHING THE RELATIONSHIP: • You must absolutely trust the mentor you select . . . you want them to give you honest feedback not what they think you want to hear. • The mentor must have the time and interest in helping you . . . they have to be there for you when you need them. • You must agree on working guidelines for the relationship that work for both of you . . . it’s important that these be established at the beginning so each of you know what to expect from each other.

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MASTER THE CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES. When you implement a competitive strategy, or a policy change, or an organizational change you can use communication as a strategy to achieve thorough understanding and ‘buy-in’ of your decision by stakeholders — customers, employees, shareholders. DEVELOP THE DISCIPLINE OF FOCUS. Utilize a timer. Setting a time frame (30 minutes to 90 minutes) to solely concentrate on a single task or activity brings a certain level of discipline of focus and productivity. REFLECT ON YOUR CONSISTENCY. People want to work for someone they trust and respect. How consistent are you in your decisions, in how you treat people, in your communications, in how you acknowledge and recognize people, in your focus on goals, in how you behave. Exceptional leaders consistently demonstrate their true character in their words, actions, and behaviors. SCRUTINIZE YOUR LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS. Ask yourself this question: Are you focused on running the business and developing a plan for the future, or are you too busy putting out fires and dealing with problems? APPLY NON-MICRO-MANAGEMENT SKILLS by staying focused on the big picture, listen to what your team has got to say, find ways to develop your people, learn to trust, learn to delegate.

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ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS. Every leader has a different set of distractions and only you know what distracts you. Be diligent in identifying what they are and eliminate them so you can stay focused on achieving your goals and priorities. REFINE YOUR AUTHENTICITY. Never waver from doing the right things for the right reasons. Leading with authenticity and unwavering character will help preserve a long lasting career in leadership. Plus you will sleep better at nights. ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS. Ensure all of your meetings contain a meaningful purpose, an objective and a timeline. REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF EMBRACING ACCOUNTABILITY. If you don’t hold yourself and / or others accountable for performance, actions or behaviors, it’s unlikely anyone else will either. PREVENT MICRO-MANAGEMENT FROM ENTERING YOUR ORGANIZATION. Micro-management is not healthy for business. It will stifle creativity and productivity, drain energy and cause workplace stress, cause confusion, cause others to fail and not develop, destroy employee engagement and loyalty. REINFORCE THE VALUES OF YOUR ORGANIZATION IN YOUR WORDS, BEHAVIORS AND ACTIONS. By doing so, you protect your organizations culture and your leadership credibility. There will be many times in your career where you will be challenged to make a difficult decision about personnel, a product, a service or a process. It’s always easier to take the emotion out of the decision by looking to the values that make you who you are as an organization and as a leader. INVEST IN A WAY TO MEASURE THE HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT OF YOUR TEAM. If your team isn’t happy and fulfilled at work, you are headed for turmoil and disruption. There are many things a

leader can do to achieve an organization that is fully engaged. Here are three suggestions to get you started; • Show a genuine interest in your teams career goals and help them achieve them. • Elevate your level of sincere recognition/ appreciation for accomplishments and effort. • Greatly improve the frequency and quality of communication. MM

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Welcome to the 2017 Michigan Construction Leadership Summit! Thank you for joining us on Mackinac Island. We are excited to present a full line-up of engaging speakers, educational sessions, and other fun events! We’re looking forward to an excellent three-day conference and hope the experience is both enlightening and of great value to all attendees. We want to give special thanks to our Signature Sponsor the ABC of Michigan Self-Insured Workers Compensation Fund. Also, thank you to the long list of other sponsors who allowed us to make this a high-quality event at a special and unique destination. Without all our sponsors, this summit would not have been possible. With a great event comes great planning, thank you to all the member company volunteers and chapter staff who put in their time and effort into planning the programming, finding the sponsors and speakers, and ensuring our sessions would be valuable to everyone attending. We offer our deepest gratitude to these task force members. It’s our goal to make these three days the best it can be. As we plan future events, we value your feedback to help us find ways to make these experiences even better. Please take some time to fill out the evaluation form at the end of each session as well as the electronic survey that will be sent out at the end of the summit. This feedback is appreciated and will be a great help to us as we plan future events. I sincerely hope you enjoy the next few days, can make some great connections, and find time to celebrate with your peers and industry leaders. Thank you for joining us at the 2017 Michigan Construction Leadership Summit!

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AG E N DA WEDNESDAY

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Registration

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Reception on the Front Porch

6:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Bob Tagatz – Grand Hotel History Part 2

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast in the Grand Pavilion

THURSDAY

Dinner in Grand Pavilion

Keynote Speaker: Lt. Colonel Robert Darling

Breakout Sessions

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

In the Terrace Room: Employee Engagement as a Strategy for Profitable Growth | Speaker: Randy Goruk

Breakout Sessions

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

In the Theater: Working Together: Effective Ways To Build Successful Teams | Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz

In the Terrace Room: Communication Strategies Construction Leaders Must Master for Improved Financial Results Speaker: Randy Goruk In the Theater: Increasing Your Leadership Power To New Levels of Excellence | Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz

Grand Hotel Luncheon in the Grand Pavilion

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Billy Riggs

Interactive Learning Session

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

In the Terrace Room: Getting Unstuck — The Practice of Mindful Preparedness for Construction Leaders | Speaker: Randy Goruk

Taxi/Walking to Stables

5:15 p.m.

Taxis will pick up on the east side of the hotel outside by Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Reception at the Stables

7:00 p.m.

Dinner in the Grand Pavilion

FRIDAY

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast in the Grand Pavilion

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Workforce Development Talk

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Derek Magill

In the Brighton Pavilion: Speakers: Jen Schottke, Jeremy Hendges & Chris Fisher

Safety Panel

In the Brighton Pavilion: Moderator: Greg Sizemore Panelists: Greg Sizemore, Tom Bielema, Nick Walters, Bart Pickelman, Kelly Juday & Scott Braak

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception in the Cupola Bar

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner in the Main Dining Room MICHIGAN MERIT • ISSUE 2 2017

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MICHIGAN CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ROBERT J. DARLING Lt. Col USMC (Retired)

In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001. In May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MBA in Financial Management and subsequently served as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations supporting the Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program. As a public speaker on crisis leadership and decision making, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government, and military organizations to include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a guest lecturer on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Bob is the author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House and the President and CEO of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, and Turning Point Crisis Management-USA, a crisis leadership, decision making, and management consulting company located in Stafford, Virginia.

BILLY RIGGS Billy Riggs has been called “The Dr. Phil of Magic,” and “a psychologist masquerading as a comedian and magician.” He was voted one of America’s Top Five Most Entertaining Speakers in a 2014 nationwide poll of conference attendees. As a highly skilled orator Billy moves audiences to action with his message of hope and inspiration. Add in his talent as a master magician, illusionist, and spellbinding entertainer, and he delivers a presentation that audiences will remember long after the event ends. Billy’s presentations change lives, improve attitudes, turbocharge sales, and inspire exceptional service. Through television, radio, books, videos, and live keynote speeches Billy continues to spread his message and currently more than a million people on five continents have benefitted from his work. In 2010, Billy made his debut on public television starring in his own special, “The Magic of Attitude.” Awarded the prestigious CSP designation in 2002, Billy’s skill as a professional speaker has been perfected over nearly 4 decades. Audiences find themselves so stirred by his sincerity and power on the platform that he caught the eye of the promoters of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table and he was invited to present as a featured keynoter for their conference this year. When Billy Riggs appears, things on stage disappear, time flies, and no one leaves the room! Using Las Vegas-quality magic and illusions to drive home his points, Billy’s presentations have transformed hundreds of otherwise ordinary conferences into events that are truly special. His quick wit and quicker hands spread laughter and raise morale as listeners learn to reshape their destinies by eliminating their “Grand Illusions” and embracing even grander realities.

DEREK MAGILL

BOB TAGATZ

Derek Magill is a college dropout, marketer, business strategist and career expert. After dropping out of college during his sophomore year, Derek started a marketing company that went on to generate million of dollars in business for clients.

Bob Tagatz is the Grand Hotel’s historian and concierge. Mr. Tagatz will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel. Enjoy information about the hotel’s celebrity guests, milestones, and the story behind the wooden structure built in 1887.

He is currently the Director of Marketing at Praxis and has consulted with companies such as Voice & Exit, the Foundation for Economic Education, Glockstore, Colliers International, Daily Caller,and Undertech. He has been a guest lecturer at the Foundation for Economic Education and has spoken at dozens of conferences and universities internationally. Derek is the author of How to Get Any Job You Want and a top writer for Quora in the College Dropouts section with over 1 million views. 14

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2017 Michigan Construction Leadership Summit MICHIGAN CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP AGENDA SPEAKERS & PANELISTS SUMMIT 2017 SESSION TOM BIELEMA — As Regional Director, Mr. Bielema assists in development and implementation of comprehensive safety and health solutions to a wide variety of clientele. SCT was recognized as one of 2016’s fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio by Weatherhead 100 and in 2017 opened offices in the Chicagoland area and downstate Illinois. SCOTT BRAAK — Scott joined the York staff in 2011 as a Loss Prevention Consultant. He has over 17 years of experience in the Safety & Environmental Profession; having worked extensively with the manufacturing industry, serving in food processing with Sara Lee and most recently office furniture with Herman Miller Inc. Scott’s areas of expertise include ergonomics, safety training, risk assessments, safety program development, and environmental regulations; he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University in Industrial and Environmental Health. CHRIS FISHER — Having successfully lobbied local, state, and federal governments, Chris Fisher has generated positive results and deep rooted relationships. His focus areas include economic development, labor law, construction management, and tax reform. Before joining Midwest Strategy Group, Chris worked for prominent trade groups representing business interests before the Michigan Legislature and U.S. Congress. As the youngest CEO in the history of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Chris earned a reputation as one of Lansing’s most effective lobbyists by the MIRS News Survey. As CEO, he led industry reform initiatives, business development efforts, and statewide workforce expansion programs, resulting in the enactment of numerous public acts on behalf of Michigan businesses and contractors spanning the governmental, commercial, and industrial sectors. Prior to his business association and lobbying career, Chris worked for two Speakers of the Michigan House of Representatives and an Assistant President Pro Tempore of the Michigan Senate. Chris previously was the Director of Operations and Marketing at the Foundation for Economic Education, and Regional Manager for ABC National, working with more than 2,500 firms in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Chris is a graduate of Hillsdale College with dual degrees in history and political science. RANDY GORUK — Randy Goruk is a 26-year veteran of the construction and building materials industry, having served in key leadership positions across North America as the President of Trus Joist Canada, and Sr. Vice President of North American Residential Operations, a $750 million business unit. During his time leading a multi-million-dollar organization through many challenging times, Randy became an expert in creating teams and leaders that achieve quantifiable results. Randy’s leadership background and extensive executive management experience provide a unique backdrop for his speaking that is not typically seen in the construction industry, and he now shares his memorable and proven leadership strategies with audiences across the country. JEREMY HENDGES — Jeremy Hendges currently serves as Chief Deputy Director at TED with a focus on ensuring that people, job providers, and communities have the tools they need to succeed. He previously was deputy director of policy and legislative relations. Prior to joining TED, Jeremy worked in the Michigan Legislature for just more than a dozen years holding a variety of positions on legislative policy and process. Including director of floor operations in the Michigan Senate and Legislative Director in the Michigan Senate. KELLY JUDAY — Kelly Juday has been at Great Lakes Safety Training Center since 2006. She was named the Executive Director at Great Lakes Safety Training Center in August of 2012. As a Director for a non-profit entity, she is responsible for leading the center and directing the company’s vision as a partner for innovative safety solutions by supporting the mission: “Preparing People to Live and Work Safely Every Day”. Prior to being named Executive Director, Kelly served as the Education Manager and was instrumental in creating strong client relationships, as well as developing and finetuning education programs in preparation for the opening of the center’s Hands-On Lab in March of 2012. She has been a cheerleader for safety throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region with her countless efforts to reach out and promote safety education

to companies of all sizes. She is currently the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Safety Councils (AASC), an international association of safety professionals. She is also a proud member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and various manufacturing and safety associations around the region and nationally. Kelly is also a coalition member of the Safe Communities Committee for the City of Midland. Safe Communities America® is an accreditation program of the National Safety Council that supports and recognizes communities across the U.S. committed to improving safety at the community level. Kelly is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), an alumnus of Leadership Midland, is an avid youth sports and college sports fan and a supporter and volunteer of Relay for Life. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. BART PICKELMAN — Bart Pickelman was appointed Director of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) on October 5, 2016, after serving as Acting Director and Deputy Director. The MIOSHA program is committed to reducing fatalities, injuries and illnesses and ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. In this position, he administers and oversees all aspects of the MIOSHA program, which includes occupational safety and health compliance in general industry and construction, and the outreach activities of the Consultation Education and Training Division. He is also responsible for implementing MIOSHA Strategic Plan goals related to safety and health enforcement and outreach activities. Mr. Pickelman is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with more than 25 years of experience in occupational safety and health in both the private and public sectors. His previous MIOSHA experience includes serving as Safety and Health Manager, Ergonomic Specialist, and Compliance Officer for the General Industry Safety and Health Division. Bart has demonstrated strong leadership through his oversight and administration of the MIOSHA program, its more than 200 employees, various program areas including safety and health enforcement, consultation, and Radiation Safety. Bart has a true passion for the MIOSHA mission of helping protect the safety and health of Michigan workers. JEN SCHOTTKE — Jen is currently the Director of Workforce Development and External Affairs at Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter. Jen works closely with training and educational programs to ensure a great and safe workplace. Jen will be bringing her years of experience to a session focused on workforce development. GREG SIZEMORE — Greg Sizemore is the Vice President of HS&E and Workforce Development for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, D.C., and has over 38 years as a leader in engineering and construction industry championing organizational development and safety initiatives as well as developing and implementing competency-based professional and craft workforce development programs. DR. JERRY TEPLITZ — Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz’ background is as unique as the techniques and approaches he teaches. He is a graduate of Hunter College and Northwestern University School of Law. He practiced as an attorney for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. At that point, Dr. Teplitz’ career took a dramatic change of direction. He studied and received a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Holistic Health Sciences. He was also on the faculty of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management for nine years. Dr. Teplitz has been President of his consulting firm and as a professional speaker, he has spoken at over 1800 meetings and to over one million people. He conducts seminars in the areas of leadership, management, stress management, employee productivity and sales development. NICK WALTERS — Nick Walters is an expert in OSHA policy and compliance, he has been favorably recognized by OSHA and the Department of Labor (DOL) for sustained performance and special projects imperative to the mission of OSHA. Mr. Walters is an effective communicator and public speaker. He has conducted more than 150 public speaking engagements for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS WEDNESDAY HISTORY OF GRAND HOTEL: PART II

6:30 - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Bob Tagatz | Grand Pavilion Bob Tagatz is the Grand Hotel’s historian and concierge, Tonight he will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. Mr. Tagatz, most recently named Historic Hotels of America 2014 Historian of the Year, is a natural story teller who will intrigue you with information about the hotel’s history and how the island and the hotel came to be what they are today. Enjoy information about hotel’s celebrity guests, milestones and the story behind the wood structure built in 1887.

THURSDAY KEYNOTE BREAKFAST

7:30 – 8:45 am

Sponsored by: Consolidated Electrical Contractors Speaker: Lt. Col. Robert Darling | Grand Pavilion Lt. Col. Darling retired from the united states marine corps in 2007 with just over twenty years of active duty service. After an impressive early career piloting attack helicopters in desert shield, desert storm, and as a presidential pilot with marine helicopter squadron one, he was handpicked in October 2000 to work for the white house military office, airlift operations department. It was in this position that, during the attack of September 11, 2001, he supported the president, vice president and national security advisor in the underground President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) and witnessed unprecedented leadership and decision making at the highest levels of our government. Lt. Col. Darling chronicles these developments in his book: 24 hours Inside The President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and shares the principles of crisis leadership and decision making with his audiences with an “edge of your seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in-place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps within their power to protect and safeguard their employees, their organizations and their communities. 9:00 – 10:15 am GETTING UNSTUCK - THE PRACTICE OF MINDFUL PREPAREDNESS FOR CONSTRUCTION LEADERS Sponsored by: Cripps Fontaine Excavating Speaker: Randy Goruk | Terrace Room We all have experienced times when we are faced with an issue or situation when we’re not sure of the correct course of action to take.

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We’re stuck. We get through it, but with a high level of unwanted stress, anxiety and negative financial consequence. To help minimize being stuck, this highly interactive session will present realistic construction industry scenarios for group discussion, debate, and best practice solutions. Come prepared to learn, while sharing your experience and offering your advice on unexpected challenges that on occasion will cause us to be stuck. WORKING TOGETHER: EFFECTIVE BUILD SUCCESSFUL TEAMS

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Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz | Theater This is a fast-moving training program designed to increase productivity and promote team building by helping your people learn more about their own and other’s work styles and overall goals. They’ll discover practical strategies that foster cooperation in both the business environment and their personal lives. And they’ll learn how people with different work styles can resolve incompatibilities and interact more effectively as a team. 10:30 – 11:45 am COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES CONSTRUCTION LEADERS MUST MASTER FOR IMPROVED FINANCIAL RESULTS Sponsored by: Cripps Fontaine Excavating Speaker: Randy Goruk | Terrace Room With all of the moving parts in the construction industry, effective communication is essential to achieve optimal financial success. This presentation will outline 5 — proven communication strategies that will enlighten construction leaders who experience individual and organizational communication challenges. Each member in the audience will go home with ‘play book’ of actionable items for each of the strategies presented. Properly implemented, any one of these strategies can result in improved financial success.

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INCREASING YOUR LEADERSHIP POWER TO NEW LEVELS OF EXCELLENCE Speaker: Dr. Jerry Teplitz | Theater Have you ever had a negative day as a leader? How did you feel at the end of it? Tired, drained...Now, have you ever had a positive day as a leader? How did you feel at the end of it? Energized. What if you could create every day to be a great day for yourself? What would that do to your abilities and Successes as a leader? In this highly interactive program, you will learn how to make every day that way through actual tools and techniques that will increase your energy level resulting in more effective leadership capabilities. GRAND HOTEL LUNCHEON

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Sponsored by: Vos Glass & Architectural Metals Speaker: Billy Riggs | Grand Pavilion How to Achieve the Impossible! Remarkably effective managers hold a set of core beliefs in common beliefs about people, about business and about themselves. Teaching these beliefs is essential to training good managers. By formulating, nurturing and communicating the proper belief system, you can achieve the total goal ownership necessary for success. In this hilarious, but provocative combination of magic, message and motivation, Billy Riggs explodes the debilitating myths that render leaders ineffective and identifies the cardinal realities of management. Managers will learn: • How to attract, retain & motivate good employees by the power of an infectious dream. • To gain momentum by nurturing the vision until it is a passionate dream for all. • How to harness the power of optimism to fan the flames of employee morale. • That good service will be forgotten. Only extraordinary service will be remembered. • To keep the passion of the dream burning by constantly painting the vision. • To inspire employee loyalty and become the employer of choice in your industry by co-creating an infectious dream. • To maintain personal integrity as the most important quality of a leader. 1:45 – 3:15 pm EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AS A STRATEGY FOR PROFITABLE GROWTH Speaker: Randy Goruk | Terrace Room What most construction leaders really want is an organization that runs smoothly and efficiently. This objective is readily achieved with fully engaged employees. Disengaged employees will generate unexpected costs and unwelcome turmoil. In today’s competitive work environment, knowing what drives exceptional performance is critical to long term success. Construction companies who want to profitably grow their business, short and long-term, should consider a well-defined and thought out employee

engagement strategy to attract and retain the best available talent. This interactive presentation, will share the key drivers for engaging employees and the strategies, techniques and tips to achieve a fully engaged team.

FRIDAY KEYNOTE BREAKFAST

7:30 – 8:45 am

Sponsored by: Kent Companies Speaker: Derek Magill | Grand Pavilion In this talk, Derek will cover not only how and why to take an alternative path to college, but how educators, parents, and professionals can help young people start building skills at an earlier age than they are traditionally taught possible. It’ll provide a look at how to “sell” young people on working in trades and in turn, how to help them sell and market their abilities like an entrepreneur. It will show how to blend “silicon valley entrepreneurship” with traditional trade fields and demonstrate why this is the best path forward for the trade industry.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Speakers: Jen Schottke, Jeremy Hendges & Chris Fisher | Brighton Pavilion In this conversational style session, Western Michigan Chapter Vice President of Workforce Development, Jen Schottke, will provide an update on the state of workforce in Michigan followed by Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development (TED), Jeremy Hendges, talking about TED’s Career Pathways Program with the Michigan Department of Education. After these brief updates, Schottke, Hendges, and Chris Fisher will start the real talk about workforce in Michigan. What can employers be doing to build relationships with school counselors? How can we get more students interested in the skilled trades? What does the legislative landscape look like now and in the future to help build Michigan’s workforce? All these questions and more will be answered in this session. Bring your questions for these experts!

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

SAFETY PANEL Moderator: Greg Sizemore Panelists: Tom Bielema, Scott Braak, Kelly Juday, Bart Pickelman & Nick Walters Safety is one of the top concerns and priorities for ABC members. How do you build a culture of safety in your workplace? What are some of the areas that you should be focusing on? A panel of safety experts will be part of a lively discussion, answering all your burning questions. Representatives from MIOSHA, former OSHA representatives, and ABC SIWCF providers will fill out this panel of experts. MICHIGAN MERIT • ISSUE 2 2017

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WOLVERINE MAKES HISTORY: GOVERNOR SNYDER, STATE LEADERS TOUR GRANDVIEW MARQUETTE Originally constructed in 1915, Holy Family Orphanage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite this distinction, the building has long been a vacant blight on Marquette’s downtown skyline. Wolverine Building Group, a company committed to preserving the building’s unique history, has partnered with Home Renewal Systems (HRS) Communities, and Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM) to renovate and redevelop the blighted structure into a new, affordable, $16 million rental housing complex.

To celebrate this achievement and promote economic development and affordable housing in Michigan, Governor Snyder and state officials got a guided tour of the site from Marquette civic leaders. Governor Snyder delivered remarks about the development during a 15 minute press conference with local dignitaries following the tour.

Truly, HRS, CAAM, and Wolverine Building Group are turning something troubled into something terrific as they transform the unused site into a welcoming home for those in need. Keeping in line with the building’s history housing the Upper Peninsula’s most vulnerable residents, orphaned children, 14 of the 56 units in the complex will be set aside as supportive housing units for formerly homeless persons and families in need. Rent, for these tenants, will be limited to 30 percent of their current incomes. Many of the structure’s historic features, including its landmark sandstone multistory front porch, have been preserved during the renovation. The original chapel has been restored for use by residents as a community space.

Governor Snyder tours the Holy Family Orphanage, the site of a renovation and redevelopment into a new, affordable rental house complex through a partnership with Wolverine Building Group, Home Renewal Systems, and Community Action Alger Marquette.

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ABOUT HRS COMMUNITIES HRS Communities is one of Michigan’s premier developers of historic properties. Visit http:// hrscommunities.com/ for more information. ABOUT CAAM CAAM works with low-income homeowners and renters to provided weatherization and affordable housing programs. They also provide assistance for veterans and homeless individuals. To find out more, visit http://www.communityactionam.org/

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By George Cesarini and Steve Buonpane onstruction workers confront dangers on jobsites every day, with roughly one in five worker fatalities in private industry occurring in construction, according to OSHA. In addition to the physical and emotional toll, accidents can lead to costly schedule delays as well as regulatory action and litigation. The statistics highlight the risks. Fatal work injuries on construction sites rose 4 percent in 2015 to 937—the highest level since 2008—primarily due to an increase in fatalities among specialty trade contractors, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. By making safety a key component of every project right from the start, companies can save lives and reduce injuries while keeping skilled workers on the job and projects on track. To reduce injuries, companies should build a robust corporate safety culture in coordination with their insurers and risk engineering consultants. The following steps can help enhance that safety culture. START AT THE TOP Safety on the jobsite begins in the executive suite. Corporate leaders should hold every manager responsible for safety, not just the corporate safety director. Project executives, managers, superintendents and foremen should be trained properly and be well versed in pre-task safety planning, communicating safety expectations, managing and reviewing subcontractors’ safety performance, accident investigation and loss analysis. Additionally, safety committees with diverse membership should be part of every project. PLAN PROJECTS WITH SAFETY IN MIND During project pre-planning, identify the means and methods to be used and the exposures they entail— from excavation to foundation, superstructure and fitout. Then, identify the controls necessary to mitigate those risks.

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As the project progresses, each phase should be evaluated for safety. A job safety task analysis helps ensure that the appropriate safety planning has taken place and required equipment is on hand so workers don’t take unnecessary risks. Subcontractors should be prequalified for safety. Companies should review subcontractors’ experience modification rates, recordable and lost time incident rates, citation records and their safety cultures. TRAIN WORKERS FOR SAFETY Safety isn’t just common sense. Workers need to be trained on safety procedures and equipment, such as fall arrest systems. Training shouldn’t be reserved for new hires. Companies should provide orientation specific to each project that includes an in-depth review of safety requirements, evacuation plans and procedures, disciplinary actions, substance abuse testing policies and fall management procedures. When dealing with a multilingual workforce, firms need to ensure they effectively communicate safety and job expectations to workers whose primary language is not English. Safety should be an everyday topic. At the start of each shift, foremen should review the hazards associated with the specific task along with the necessary safety controls to mitigate the exposures, and make sure workers have the appropriate safety equipment and training to perform the work. Weekly project progress meetings that include superintendents and subcontractor foremen should include reviews of any accidents, near misses or safety lapses, as well as the safety issues related to upcoming work. FOCUS ON FALL MANAGEMENT AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE Falls are by far the leading cause of fatalities in construction, followed by being struck by an object,

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electrocution and being crushed. OSHA estimates eliminating these “fatal four” would save 602 workers’ lives every year. Nearly two out of five construction worker deaths are due to falls, and even a fall from a relatively modest height can result in serious injury or death.

also holding everyone accountable for safety—from individual workers to corporate executives. When safety programs and safe work habits are enforced by project management, workers recognize the company’s commitment to safety and the importance of taking safety seriously.

A successful fall management program provides uniform procedures for all workers, and is an essential part of pre-planning. Fall prevention measures should start for everyone at a minimum height of 6 feet. Companies should build in safety by reducing fall exposures through engineering controls or alternative work methods. A detailed fall management plan should be developed for each operation that carries the risk of falls from elevations. At a minimum, that plan should address each task where a fall exposure exists, the controls to mitigate the risk and the safety training needed. The plan also should include retrieval procedures for fallen workers.

TAKE A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH Proactive companies take a collaborative approach to safety with risk management professionals and their insurers from the onset through completion of the project. Construction firms should look to their insurers as a resource with substantive experience in risk management, engineering protocols and procedures that can help make their own safety efforts even more robust.

Given the risks of falls and other hazards, construction firms need to actively combat substance abuse. Testing can help identify workers with substance abuse problems before they endanger anyone and enable the company to steer them into treatment programs. REVIEW ACCIDENTS AND NEAR MISSES Accidents are not inevitable. Identifying the root causes of accidents enables companies to take corrective measures to prevent future incidents. Near misses should receive the same scrutiny. Regular accident review meetings between field managers and executives send a clear message that safety is paramount. To promote safety throughout the organization, companies should recognize safety successes, while

Building a strong safety culture takes commitment and resources, but it’s worth the effort. A strong safety culture burnishes a company’s reputation, reduces losses and lowers costs, while making the firm more attractive to potential clients and skilled workers. As companies strive to reach zero injuries, remember that safety is a job that never ends and is everyone’s responsibility. George Cesarini and Steve Buonpane are senior vice presidents at Chubb. For more information, visit chubb.com. Reprinted from Construction Executive, September 2017, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.MM

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ABC Self Insured Workers Comp Fund.......... 28

Independence Commercial Construction....... 24

Accurate Construction Services........................ 2

JBS Contracting, Inc...................................... 27

Aerotek.......................................................... 27

JE Johnson..................................................... 19

AIS Equipment................................................ 4

Jimco Fire Protection...................................... 25

Andrews Hooper Pavlik, PLC........................... 4

K&S Plumbing Co., Inc................................. 25

Arrow Concrete Cutting................................... 2

K-Value Insulation........................................... 2

Attitude & Experience...................................... 9

Laux Construction......................................... 11

BCT Benefits Plan............................................ 4

Liquid Calcium Chloride Sales......................... 9

Blackstar Building Group................................. 2

Livingston County Concrete............................ 7

Blevins Sanborn Jezdimir Zack....................... 24

Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis, Gotting........... 25

Brigade Fire Protection................................... 19

Merlo Construction......................................... 9

Brutan Electric............................................... 21

Michigan Solar & Wind Power Solutions....... 25

Capital Steel & Builders Supply..................... 21

Pamar Enterprises............................................. 7

Carleton Equipment........................................ 4

Parrish Excavating.......................................... 23

Constructive Sheet Metal............................... 25

Plante Moran................................................. 21

Covenant Occupational

PM Technologies.............................................. 2

Health & Wellness......................................... 21 Creative Window Treatments........................... 2 Crowe Horwath LLP...................................... 21 Desai Nasr Consulting Engineers..................... 9 D.J. Maltes....................................................... 9 Expert Heating & Cooling............................. 21 Fair and Square Construction........................... 2 FCCI Insurance Group.................................... 9 Fire Pros Inc................................................... 24 Fisher Companies........................................... 23 Focal 5 Group................................................ 25 Garber Chevrolet........................................... 19 Great Lakes Industrial Supply......................... 27 Guy Hurley Blaser Heuer................................. 9 HD Supply Waterworks................................. 24

RCI Electric................................................... 25 Robert Clancy Contracting, Inc..................... 23 Rock Products................................................ 23 RW Mercer.................................................... 24 Summit Electric............................................. 11 Thornview Electric........................................... 9 Timpson Transport, Inc.................................... 9 Titan Interiors................................................ 19 Tradesmen International................................... 2 Universal Spiral Air........................................ 24 V Pizzo Electric.............................................. 27 Valenti Trobec Chandler................................. 27 Valley Electrical Contractors........................... 24 Vanguard Fire Security Systems...................... 27 Wm. Molnar Roofing, Inc................................ 9


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