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The Arizona Builders’ Alliance exists for the purpose of advancing the productivity and profitability of our members and the industry.


It accomplishes this purpose by helping create and educate a more productive workforce and management, and by proactively promoting and protecting free enterprise and merit shop principles of the freedom to choose. As an advocate for its members, the Alliance provides a network association which will result in a more cohesive, productive and profitable industry.

ABA Executive Letter

READY FOR THE REBOUND! By ABA Executive Director Mark Minter and ABA President Rob Caylor


s the U.S. and Arizona markets improve, commercial contractors remain optimistic about the pending rebound. In anticipation of that growth, the Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA) has retooled its strategic plan to focus on a more modern, streamlined approach to membership services. Founded in 1994, by the merger of the Building Chapter of the Associated General Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors, ABA has focused on management education, craft training and government relations since its inception. Last year, the ABA’s board of directors spent six months developing a more modern approached to services. While the core of services has not changed, the delivery system, approach and coordination of programs and events has undergone a radical transformation. Recognizing the need for a more effective system of delivering educational programs the ABA is now using webinars for programs on a monthly basis. The webinar format

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allows presenters and attendees to be located anywhere and still able to participate in a program. Employees on remote job sites, offices in other towns and anybody not wanting to fight cross town traffic can now participate in events. Attendance at events is up and more members and different levels in firms are involved. Craft training is on the rebound as specialty contractors rebuild their workforce. More emphasis is now being placed on recruitment and retention. An open house last fall at GateWay Community College exposed more than two dozen contractors to the classroom training efforts of ABA. Individual visits with contractors are getting the word out on craft training. ABA has begun to coordinate workforce development efforts with its member firms. Individual ABA members are “adopting” neighborhood high schools and spending time there in the classroom, lecturing students or taking students on tours of nearby job sites. In the government relations arena, ABA recently hired one of Arizona’s top lobbying firms to represent it with state and local government. Triadvocates is now

Mark Minter

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representing ABA and the timing of its hiring turned out to be perfect. Triadvocates helped pass legislation in the 2014 session that will assure Arizona retains control of OSHA inspections and not lose that authority to the federal government. With all the new activities and approach also comes a new look: The ABA’s website has been retooled and brought up to date. There is now more information in a more presentable format. The new website allows members to register and pay for events, download old webinars, research legal issues and follow trends. Follow the commercial construction industry by visiting




PRIZED PROJECTS The Arizona Builders’ Alliance is a partnership between the Arizona Chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Building Chapter Associated General Contractors (AGC). It represents more than 350 contractors, suppliers and professional service firms in the commercial construction industry. Every year, the ABA highlights its members’ projects throughout Arizona that are submitted or nominated by other members.

1. 5060 Building Renovation Owner: Alliance Project Advisors General Contractor: DPR Construction Architect: RSP Architects, LTD Location: 5060 N. 40th Street, Phoenix Size: 16KSF Value: WND Start/finish: January to July 2013 2. Arizona State Prison Complex Lewis Facility Expansion Developer: State of Arizona General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Architect: DLR Group Location: Buckeye, Ariz. Size: 110KSF Value: $50M (design & construction) Start/finish: April 2013 to 4Q 2014 Subcontractors: No subcontractors selected by press date


Architect: MultaTech Location: Gilbert, Ariz. Size: 79,835 SF Value: WND Start/finish: WND Subcontractors: WND 4. The Colonnade Senior Living Campus – Bldg. 3


3. AutoNation Chevrolet Gilbert General Contractor: Johnson Carlier, Inc.


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Owner: Sun Health Services General Contractor: The Weitz Company, LLC Architect: Orcutt | Winslow Location: 14764 W. Goldwater Ridge Dr., Surprise, Ariz. Size: 92KSF Value: $7.93M Start/finish: December 2014 ends October 2015 Subcontractors: Hilty’s Electrical, RKS Plumbing, K.C. Air Conditioning, Self Performing Framing, Maximum Fire Protection, Southwest Integrated Solutions, Pete King





5. Friendship House at Royal Oaks Memory Care Facility Developer: Royal Oaks A Lifecare Community General Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc. Architect: Todd & Associates, Inc. Location: 10015 W. Royal Oaks Rd., Sun City Size: 53KSF Value: $13.6M Start/finish: Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2015 Subcontractors: JFK Electric, JD Sun Mechanical, AmFab Steel, RKS Plumbing, MKB, Brothers Masonry, Jones Concrete


6. Harley Davidson Developer: YAM Holdings General Contractor: hardison/downey construction Architect: K/G Architects Location: Northsight Boulevard & Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Size: 150KSF Value: WND Start/finish: May 2014 to February 2015 Subcontractors: Dickens Quality Demo, Blount Contracting, Hersey Aerni & Associates, Native Resources, Apache Pipelines 7. Horne Kia Owner’s Representative: Tally CM General Contractor: Johnson Carlier, Inc. Architect: John Mahoney Architect, LLC Location: Gilbert, Ariz. – San Tan Motorplex Size: 55,181 SF Value: $6.2M Start/finish: June 2014 to February 2015 Subcontractors: WND 8. Maricopa Community College Chandler-Gilbert Coyote Center Developer: Maricopa Community College General Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc. Architect: Dick & Fritsche Design Group Location: 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler Size: 75KSF Value: $21.6M Start/finish: March 2013 – July 2014 Subcontractors: Comfort Systems, Echo Canyon Electric, Complete Fire Protection, Foley Masonry, Sunland Asphalt, KT Fabrications, Kovach, Milling Machinery, Sundt Concrete, NKW, Nickle Contracting

9. McCord Hall at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business Owner: Arizona Board of Regents General Contractor: DPR Construction Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates | RSP Architects Location: 450 E. Lemon Street, Tempe, Ariz. Size: 129,245 SF Value: $41M Start/finish: October 2011 to June 2013 Subcontractors: Dickens, North Star, Ace Asphalt, Suntec, Rhino Masonry, Bel-Aire, Kearney, Walters & Wolf 10. Phoenix Fire Dispatch Center Developer: City of Phoenix General Contractor: FCI Constructors, Inc. Architect: HDA Architects, LLC Location: 2425 W. Lower Buckeye Rd., Phoenix


Size: 40KSF Value: $9.6M Start/finish: 2010 to Oct. 2013 Subcontractors: JFK Electrical, MidState Mechanical, J+S Glass, G+G Enterprises


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11. Phoenix Sky Train - Stage 1A Developer: City of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport General Contractor: McCarthy Kiewit JV Architect: Gannett Flemming Location: 3400 Sky Harbor Boulevard, Phoenix Size: 2,992 linear feet extension of Sky Train Guideway system from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3, Terminal 3 station 37,500 SF and Terminal 3 connector bridge over Sky Harbor Blvd., Core Network Bldg – 5,100 SF; Terminal 3 Renovation 15,000 SF, Nine CIP retaining walls totaling 2,795 lf, Two 80 lf taxiway bridge extensions. Value: $124M Start/finish: October 2011 to July 2014 Subcontractors: McCarthy/Kiewit JV, Malcolm Drilling Co., Inc., CSW Contractors, Case Foundation, Suntec, TPAC, Schuff Steel, Progressive Roofing, Kovach, Walters & Wolf, NKW, ThyssenKrupp, Midstate Mechanical, Delta Diversified, TP Acoustics, ISEC, Rolling Plains, Jones Concrete, Endo, Michael Valente, Sun Valley Masonry, Rite Way Thermal, AK&J Sealants, Aero Automatic, WJ Maloney, Rhino Contracting, Bell Steel, Misc T Metals, Phoenix Pipelines, Straightline Utilities, Rural Electric, USA Shade, Advanced Concrete Cutting, American Cleaning Systems, Apache Concrete Cutting, Arizona Desert Brooms, Arizona Restaurant Supply, Atlas Construction, Altered Element Tint, Buesing, Century Sign Builders, Classic Roofing, Compass Dartez, Corradini Corp., Creative Paving Solutions, DH Pace, Dickens Quality Demolition, Diversified Interiors, Falcon Contracting, Firestop SW, Glassco Milam Glass, Graef Construction, Ikon Steel, ISEC, K&F Electric, JL McDaniel, L&L Asphalt, Landscape Forms, M&P Trucking, Miner SW, Mountain States Specialties, Off Site Sweeping, Overhead Door, Oxford Electronics, Paul M Wolf, Pegasus Utility Locating, Performance Contracting Inc., Pete King, Phoenix Fence, Raven Concrete, Roadsafe, Roadway Electric LLC, Sentinel Fence, SGSI Glass & Glazing, SKF Tile, Smithcraft, Specialized Services, Sunburst, TF Valdez, The Ground Level 12. Pima County Downtown Courts Complex Developer: Pima County General Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc.



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Architect: AECOM Location: 240 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, Ariz. Size: 290KSF (building) & 243KSF (parking structure) Value: $90M Start/finish: Feb. 2012 to April 2015 Subcontractors: Sun Mechanical, RG & Sons Plumbing, Walters and Wolf, Kovach, Wilson Electric, Cascade Electric, Pete King, Coreslab, Sundt Concrete, Able Steel, Blount Excavation 13. Precision Toyota Owner’s Representative: Tally CM General Contractor: Johnson Carlier, Inc. Architect: M3 Engineering Location: 700 W. Wetmore, Tucson, Ariz. Size: 130,533 SF Value: $14.4M Start/finish: March 2014 to September 2015 Subcontractors: WND 14. River View Hotel & Convention Center Developer: River View Hotel, LLC General Contractor: The Weitz Company, LLC Architect: Eric Miller Architect Location: 860 N. Riverview, Mesa, Ariz. Size: 158,885 SF (Hotel: 128,275 SF; Convention Center: 30,610 SF) Value: $18,529,000 Start/finish: April 2014 to February 2015 Subcontractors: Sun Valley, SECON, Tempe Mechanical, JBS Plumbing, Hobbs Masonry, ALR Construction 15. Sagewood — Casitas Developer: L.C.S Development, LLC General Contractor: The Weitz Company, LLC Architect: SmithGroupJJR Location: 4555 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Value: $5.2M Start/finish: February to September 2014 16. Sierra Vista Regional Health


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ABA Center Replacement Hospital Developer: RegionalCare Hospital Partners General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Architect: Gould Turner Group Architects Location: State Route 90 and Colonia De Salud in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Size: 175KSF Value: $55M Start/finish: Dec. 2013 to 1Q 2015 Subcontractors: Advanced Technology Group, Inc., All Commercial Floors, Inc., Architectural Millwork Design, Inc., Desert View Painting, Hardy Hole Drilling, Nexus Steel, Old Dominion Firestopping, Re-Create Companies, Sun Mechanical Contracting, Suntec Concrete, Teldata Corporation, Wilson Electric, Wylie Steel Fabricators, Inc. 17. Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center Owner: City of Scottsdale General Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction, a Balfour Beatty Company Architect: Populous, Inc. Location: 16604 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Size: 310KSF Value: $47M Start/finish: Completed Dec. 23, 2013 Subcontractors: Arizona Corporate Builders, LLC, Castle Steel, Inc., Anchor Contracting, Mark’s Valley Grading, Suntec Concrete, Stone Cold Masonry, Rosendin Electric (Phase I), Wilson Electric (Phase II), Coleman Plumbing (Phase I), Masseur Plumbing (Phase II), Comfort Systems, Aero Automatic Sprinkler Systems (Phase I), Complete Fire Protection (Phase II), Metal Works, Inc., Norcon Manufacturing, Cookson Manufacturing

Value: $4,953,000 Start/finish: April 2013 to Dec. 2013 Subcontractors: Newgaard Mechanical, Comfort Systems Southwest, Landmark Metal Builders, Inc., Magnum Paving, Kelly Energy, Geronimo Limited, Eagle Roofing, Nelson Greer Painting, Avila Concrete, Kerr Masonry, Hallmark Landscape and Design, Wall Systems, A-AAA Fire Protection, A&M Fencing, IFS Flooring, American Made Acoustics, LA Force and Gen3 AZ 19. University of Arizona Old Main Renovation Developer: University of Arizona General Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc. Architect: Poster Frost Mirto Location: 1200 E. University Blvd., Tucson, Ariz. Size: 12KSF Value: $10M Start/finish: Feb. 2013 to Aug. 2014 Subcontractors: Sturgeon Electric, Sun Mechanical, Cox Masonry, MKB steel stud, drywall, stucco and plaster, Le Blanc Wood Framing, Kovach Metal Roofing



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21. West Valley Hospital Patient Tower Expansion and Renovation Owner: Vanguard Health Systems, an affiliate of Abrazo Health Care General Contractor: DPR Construction Architect: Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. Location: 13677 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear, Ariz. Size: 63,038 SF Value: WND Start/finish: September 2012 to September 2013 Subcontractors: TD Industries, Enterprise Electric LLC, Sun Valley Masonry, Accel Fire Protection, Diversified Interiors, Jones Concrete, Saguaro Steel


18. Tucson Subaru Developer: DiChristofano Real Estate Group, LLC. General Contractor: Concord General Contracting, Inc. Architect: Acorn Associates Architecture, LTD. Location: 4901 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, Ariz. Size: 30KSF


20. Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) Northeast Campus Developer: Western Maricopa Education Center General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies Architect: DLR Group Location: 1617 W. Williams Drive, Phoenix Size: Remodeling 84KSF; Adding two buildings totaling 40KSF Value: $20M Start/finish: October 2013 to July 2014 Subcontractors: Hawkeye, Irontree, S+H Steel, Stone Cold Masonry, Progressive Roofing




ABA Members of the Alliance The Arizona Builders’ Alliance has members from more than 350 contractors, suppliers and professional service firms in the commercial construction industry. Its members are among some of the most experienced professionals in their respective fields. Whether they’re attending a mixer, chairing a committee or exchanging ideas at the annual conference or in a leadership class, every ABA member agrees you get what you put in — and then some!

Ruth Brown

Project Development Manager, Hensel Phelps Years in commercial construction: 30 Why did you get involved with ABA? ABA is obviously the most visible voice and advocate for Arizona’s construction industry. The culture of the ABA, including membership diversity, representation in local and state issues and community interests are a fit for our organization. We chose to participate in the ABA to foster our industry relationships and contribute the strength of Hensel Phelps leadership to support the goals of the ABA and influence matters of importance in our industry. Have you participated in any leadership programs or classes? My primary leadership role in the ABA was as 2010-2011 Chairman of the southern Arizona chapter. I am entering my third year representing Hensel Phelps as a director on the ABA State Board. I grew personally and professionally through this leadership experience in the valuable input and mentoring from our more tenured leaders. Twenty-ten was one of many economically devastating years for the construction industry in Arizona. The opportunity and challenge to lead an organization and encourage membership

Bryan Dunn

Senior Vice President, Adolfson & Peterson Construction Years in commercial construction: 18 Why did you get involved with ABA? The ABA has an exceptional reputation. They do an excellent job advocating and educating the construction industry. Have you participated in any leadership programs or classes? If so, why is it important to take a leadership role with ABA? I have participated in the Leadership Development Forum (LDF) and the Senior Executive Program (SEP). The ability to work collaboratively with industry peer groups is invaluable.

during this time; while furthering the goals of the ABA was a character building experience. Hensel Phelps also endorses participation in the ABA LDF program. The result for Hensel Phelps is a more defined and refined future leader for our organization. How important to the success of the business is being an ABA member? The third word in the ABA name is “alliance.” Alliance represents strength in pursuit of common goals. Being a part of an alliance creates a vehicle to influence issues that affect success of our industry in Arizona; this influence is not attainable autonomously. Success for our industry affects opportunity and profitability for construction related firms. What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? One of the obstacles for the construction industry, specifically in Arizona, is the lack of prospects and opportunity in commercial building. It can be overcome by: • Our state and cities creating economic incentives for out-of-state corporations to relocate their operations and personnel • State and cities allocating more funds promote the obvious industry development potential for aerospace and defense, solar, healthcare/bioscience partnerships and border corridor manufacturing with Mexico (Much like San Diego in the Otay Mesa industrial development) • Alliance organizations such as ABA create and endorse legislation for tax-base funding geared toward economic development • State and city governments to eliminate or revise onerous development, environmental and building mandates and restrictions • Support bonds and funding for capital improvement programs for Arizona’s largest employer, the universities.

ABA New Member Spotlight

Tom Canada Senior Electrical Project Manager, RP Companies Inc. Joined ABA: April 2014

Why did you get involved with ABA? I was involved in the ABA from 2006 to 2012 with another company, and I personally attended many mixers, seminars, president’s dinners and conventions. I am an LDF graduate as of 2009. The ABA is a great organization, and being part of the ABA contributed to my personal and professional growth. I exposed my new company to the ABA, so it can be part of this great organization. Do you intend to participate in any of the programs, committees? At this moment, the company is just getting its feet wet with its first mixer. I’m sure that we will be participating in some of the programs.

How important to the success of your business is being an ABA member? The ABA has been pivotal in developing some of our top leaders for the past decade. Graduates of the ABA programs excel in leadership roles at Adolfson & Peterson.

Has being a member already contributed to the success of your business? It’s too soon to tell, but, from my past experience, being a member of ABA will contribute to the company’s success as long as we take advantage of what the ABA has to offer.

What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? The recession was much longer than all experts predicted. This lag has created subcontractor failures, labor shortages and cost escalations. These factors have created an immense amount of risk in our industry. This can be overcome by improved consumer and investor confidence in the Arizona market. Once this happens for a sustained period, it will force companies to begin hiring and investing back into the market.

What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? I will tell you that in today’s market and economy, key relationships are vital and continuing to make new relationships a must if you want to survive in this industry.

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Thank you Arizona Builders Alliance for providing the tools and resources to build a better, more qualified construction community.

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ABA Terry Keenan

President, Climatec Years in commercial construction: 30 Why did you get involved with ABA? I initially got involved with the ABA through the Leadership Development Program (LDF) which really opened my eyes to the organization. Even before completing the program I decided to get more involved in ABA functions and participated in mixers and larger events, training programs and really got committed after convention the first year. After LDF, I joined a couple of committees, participated in community outreach and judging LDF. In the end, I got involved to take my career to another level and it worked! Have you participated in any leadership programs or classes? If so, why is it important to take a leadership role with ABA? I’ve graduated from LDF, SEP and participated in numerous classes over the years. ABA has given ABA New Member Spotlight

Pat Johnson

President, Chestnut Building & Design, Inc. Joined ABA: 1999 Why did you get involved with ABA? My previous experience with the ABA has been rewarding throughout the years. There are unlimited educational benefits to a construction company’s entire staff. The community involvement is personally rewarding and the ABA’s ongoing political involvement has maintained the integrity of our industry. Do you intend to participate in any of the programs, committees? Safety, business and legal seminars as well as Volunteer Day. Has being a member already contributed to the success of your business? Absolutely. Being affiliated with such a reputable organization gives recognition to my own company’s integrity. What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? I have concerns related to the TPT changes planned for January 2015. What’s in store for Chestnut over the next 12 months? Growth and community involvement!

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tremendously to our industry, the industry has given to each of us, and we have a responsibility to give back as much time as we are able to give. How important to the success of your business is being an ABA member? First and foremost, ABA has helped our company grow and develop leaders. Solid leadership is the foundation of our culture that is largely formed on skills developed, and relationships built through involvement in ABA. What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? Construction backlogs are still not at healthy levels in the Arizona and we have not experienced the growth some larger markets are beginning to see. We have to continue to be innovative and look for opportunities outside of traditional new construction that keep us active until we begin to rebound.

Rick Reichenberg

Director of Business Development, Coreslab Structures Years in commercial construction: 21 Why did you get involved with ABA? Building strong relationships is the goal of every successful company, especially for those of us in the construction industry, and the ABA provides a forum for its members to interact and to share new ideas that helps us to maintain our existing relationships and also allows us to create new relationships for the future. Have you participated in any leadership programs or classes? If so, why is it important to take a leadership role with ABA? The ABA leadership and its members understand the need for innovative collaboration between building contractors, designers and the government to provide the owners, and the developers, the best possible experience in constructing their project. The ABA is very influential in pushing that level of collaboration through education programs, industry related forums and through their legislative efforts. Several of our employees have been through the LDF class that the ABA offers and all have gained from the experience. How important to the success of your business is being an ABA member? We understand that for us to succeed, the local construction industry has to be strong, united and focused on continuous improvement. As a long standing member of the ABA, we know that the ABA is completely committed to the success of its members and to the future of the construction industry in Arizona. What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? The construction industry has always been a challenging and competitive business with many obstacles, but with the economy slowly improving, one of the more pressing challenges for us, and for the construction industry as a whole, will be in rebuilding our work force with skilled labor. The economic downturn caused many people to either leave the area or pursue another line of work and we as an industry need to come together and promote the training and career opportunities that the industry offers.


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CEO SERIES Personalized aPProach

CTCA’s new CEO says research will reduce fear for cancer patients By MICHAEL GOSSIE


ersonal experience led Matt McGuire to begin a career at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. “I’ve lost three of my four grandparents to cancer,” said McGuire, who was named CEO of CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center in January. “I remember when I was 13 years old, my mom told my brother and I that Grandma had cancer and I could just see the fear in my mother’s eyes.” To help ease some of that fear for patients, McGuire is leading CTCA at a time when the hospital is taking an aggressive role in cancer research. Most recently, CTCA was part of of study that found two cell surface receptors that might be responsible for the most common form of lung cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

What have been the biggest challenges of ctca’s increased focus on research? We had to essentially build the program from the ground up. The hiring of (Director of Clinical Research) Dr. Glen Weiss and the progress he has led has been extraordinary. We have to be more responsive to new ideas. We have 14 people now on the research team and it’s been a challenge to find those people and to learn the complexities and regularities of the pharmacy industry.

NazNeeN aziz, Ph.D Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Why did you decide to add research? The primary driver is that it brings additional hopeful options to patients. As personalized and genomic medicine takes hold as we look into the future, having the most recent targeted therapies available for our patients is so in line with our mission that we knew it was time.

What qualities does an effective ceo need to possess? Good communication skills. A clear vision and an ability to rally people around that vision. Energy and passion. The last thing is they need to be resilient. The perseverance that is needed to adapt in this ever-changing world is absolutely fundamental. I try to put relationships front and center. I want our stakeholders to know that their voice and concerns will always be heard.


SETTING PRIORITIES: “the founding principal of ctca is putting patients first in everything we do and being on a constant quest to bring them hope,” says ceo Matt Mcguire. “they push us to innovate.”

What are your goals as ceo of ctca? We have to be the leader in the delivery of personalized cancer care. We are going to be the leader in how genomics medicine will change the way we administer cancer care. With what we are starting in our research program, it’s going to be an amazing evolution about how cancer care is delivered. We have to lead in that space. I expect that 10 years from now, because of innovations that are going to come, the cancer diagnosis won’t be nearly as fearful as it is today. It will be hopeful because people will know there are places like CTCA and other cancer care providers who can help. I liken it to how the ACL injury was a career-ending injury in sports 10 or 15 years ago. Now, you have Adrian Peterson leading the NFL in rushing after an injury that would have ended his career 10 years ago. I think we’re going to look back 10 or 15 years from now and say, “Back then, cancer used to scare people.”

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ABA Mark Riggi

How important to the success of your business is being an ABA member? Joining the ABA immediately elevated our reputation. We now survive on our reputation, which brings repeat business and an increase in negotiated work.

Have you participated in any leadership programs or classes? I served as ABA’s southern Arizona chairman. It was both a duty and a honor.

What is one of the biggest obstacles for the construction industry in 2014 and how can it be overcome? Skilled labor is a constant struggle. Apprenticeship programs, getting involved in the high schools letting them know

Owner, Millwork by Design, Inc. Why did you get involved with ABA? Networking, community and volunteer work and a voice in our state legislature.

ABA New Member Spotlight

Matt Rogers

Senior Project Manager, Suntec Concrete Joined ABA: 2012 Why did you get involved with ABA? The ABA is a great organization where many of the best construction companies in Arizona come together on legislation and where there is huge focus on continuing education. The ABA has a wide spectrum of members from all aspects of the construction industry in Arizona with events that are really time well spent.

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Do you intend to participate in any of the programs or committees? Yes. I want to be involved where I can bring the most value to the ABA and the industry. Has being a member already contributed to the success of your business? Yes, in addition to educational resources, the organization is a great way to continually network with suppliers,

TOP THREE MEMBER EVENTS Member mixers (71%) President’s dinner (60%) Annual convention (49%)

51% of respondents in a recent survey attributes ABA membership to getting new business

TOP OF THE CLASS Kortman Electric takes ABA leadership into boardroom By Amanda Ventura


he Arizona Builders’ Alliance represents the collective knowledge of more than 350 contractors, suppliers and professional service firms who work in the commercial construction industry. Membership means the ability to tap into and grow with fellow leaders in the industry. For one Arizona company, ABA’s leadership classes are a family affair. The four owners of Kortman Electric (KEI) are three brothers — Ken, Kerwin and Karl Kortman — and their brotherin-law Fran Martin. They have worked in the industry between 19 and 32 years each and have been members of the ABA since October 1995. The co-owners have made an example of enrolling in ABA’s educational opportunities to the benefit of their company as well as their leadership roles in the ABA. KEI’s owners and several employees have been through ABA’s management education classes — the year-long Leadership Development Forum (LDF) and quarterly Senior Executive Program (SEP) — and attended numerous seminars and webinars. Several of KEI’s field employees have also participated in ABA’s electrical apprenticeship training program.


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classes are offered four times a year PROJECT MANAGER seminars are held year-round ABA membership, the Kortman brothers say, has contributed to the success of the company due to employee involvement in leadership and apprenticeship programs. The networking events and the association’s commitment to advocating for members through legislation are additional benefits, they say. “I had heard about the LDF program for many years, but when I attended the first graduation luncheon back in 2007 and saw how many alumni there were,

and the impact it was having on their companies, I knew we needed to get involved in the program,” says President and CEO Ken Kortman. The LDF is a 12-week course that meets on the first Friday of every month. Enrollment is limited to 30 registrants and only one person per firm may be enrolled per year. The class is designed to prepare industry professionals for future leadership roles within their companies and the ABA. It addresses topics such as public speaking, construction finance, dealing with difficult people and legislative and political process. Karl Kortman, CFO of KEI, is currently enrolled in LDF and the only one in the family who hasn’t completed the program. Ken has worked in commercial construction for 32 years. As the mostexperienced brother, he has completed the LDF and SEP programs and is a current ABA board member. “The 2013 SEP class provided some great insight into visionary thinking, communication, delegation, leadership and succession planning,” he says. Familial competition “never” comes up. “Except bragging rights for winners of the LDF presentation!” says Ken. Kerwin Kortman, vice president and director of business development, is quick to add that he and Martin were on the winning team. “I suppose that there may be a little unspoken competition,” Karl says. “I know that both Kerwin and Fran were in the winning groups for the LDF case project. Ken’s group didn’t win, so I know win or lose, I won’t be alone.” Kerwin, who has 29 years of experience in commercial construction, completed the LDF classes in 2011 and has plans to attend the SEP program. He also served on the ABA Legislative

PHOTO BY SHAVON ROSE, AZ BIG MEDIA From left to right: Fran Martin, Ken Kortman, Kerwin Kortman and Karl Kortman

Committee and Community Services Board. Similar to Ken, Kerwin found the LDF class most useful. “The subject matter that was presented throughout the year-long class was presented in such a way that you could apply it to your own career regardless of the size or your position within your company,” he says. Martin, director of safety for KEI and member of ABA’s Safety Committee, has been in commercial construction for 19 years. He completed his LDF class in 2013 and plans to attend and SEP session. “So far, the LDF class has been the most useful,” Martin says. “It helped me understand how different personalities can shape and mold a business in their own unique way.” “KEI is much more involved in the ABA after going through the leadership class,” Kerwin says. “We recognize the more you participate serving on different boards and committees, the more you gain. Being involved in the ABA has been a great way to build long-lasting, valuable relationships with other members and we continue to benefit each year.” 95

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