Board of Directors ‘Spotlight,’ Chairman of the Board: Matthew Bolyard

ABC

Company: Southway Builders, Inc. Job Description: Division Manager overseeing teams managing a variety of multi-family residential and commercial projects. How did you get involved with ABC?: I first got involved in ABC with the West Virginia chapter. I later became involved in Baltimore with the events committee and General Contractor’s …

Professional Development Program 2017

ABC

The ABC Young Leaders Professional Development Program is a six month-long program designed to provide a series of educational seminars, network opportunities, mentoring and community service projects for the developing young professional. Through this program the participant will: ¬Â¢ Further their leadership skills and professional development. ¬Â¢ Grow in their …

Minimum Wage Hike Falls Short

ABC

Proponents now turn their attention to the State On Monday, Baltimore City Councilman Pete Welch introduced a resolution to the Council which calls on the state legislature to pass $15 minimum wage legislation statewide a month after similar wage increases were unsuccessful in the City. This legislation was unfavorable for …

A Behind the Scenes Look at Pre-Con

ABC

9/13 network featured panel of the area’s leading GC’s Four of the region’s top General Contractors candidly provided insight on how company decisions are made during the pre-construction process. Subcontractors weighed in with many questions and walked away with a better perspective about what happens behind-the-scenes between when bids are …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Shane Carmadella

ABC

Company: Ruppert Landscape, Inc. Job Description: Business Development Manager How you got involved with ABC: Ruppert Landscape has been a national member of ABC for over 30 years. I was encouraged to get involved by our corporate leadership and joined the Baltimore Chapter in 2007. Your passion as a board …

Understanding the Labor Deal on the $1.1 Billion Redevelopment of Sparrows Point

ABC

Despite Tradepoint Atlantic’s Union Pact opportunities remain for ABC members Despite months of back and forth discussions with ABC, Tradepoint Atlantic is moving forward with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the redevelopment of the property formerly known as Sparrows Point. The developer has agreed, however, to incorporate local hiring …

New Projects in the Pipeline

ABC

The Pipeline, a joint venture between ABC Baltimore and the University of Baltimore’s Jacob Franz Center, is an on-line service that tracks development projects in their earliest stages. For more subscription information, contact Mike Henderson. – Grace Fellowship Church – West Baltimore MTA Bus Transfer Facility – Metro Heights at …

ABC Opposes ¬ËœBlacklisting’ Final Rule

ABC

New federal regulation could strip contractors of due process (Washington, D.C., Aug. 29) ABC National joined with other business organizations in opposing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule released last week by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, known by some as the ¬Ëœblacklisting’ rule because it could …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Martha Elliott

ABC

Company: CAM Construction Co Inc Job Description: Business Development ¬â€œ Using my decades of experience and connections in the construction industry my responsibility is to help expand CAM’s client base by introducing the firm to potential clients, design professionals and even government agencies whose knowledge of CAM’s capabilities is limited …

Labor Day Photo Contest

ABC

In honor of the men and women who are Building Baltimore, ABC is sponsoring a Labor Day Photo Contest. The contest will begin Tuesday, August 30th at 12 pm and will end midnight on Labor Day! The photo with the most likes at the end of the contest wins! TWO …

Inside Look at September GC Panel

ABC

Join us September 13th from 4:30 to 6pm for a panel discussion, which we are calling ‘Behind the curtain,’ where some of the region’s leading general contractors give a behind-the-scenes look at the pre-con process of selecting subcontractors. Why should general contractors attend the event? General Contractors will have the …

Construction Tech Academy is a Home-Run!

ABC

4-week program to promote construction careers funded by Apprenticeship Trust Fund contributions This past Friday, 17 Perry Hall High School students, comprised of recent grads and in-coming seniors, received their certificates of completion from the community college and ABC for having successfully completed the Construction Tech Academy. The CTA introduces …

New Projects in the Pipeline

ABC

The Pipeline, a joint venture between ABC Baltimore and the University of Baltimore’s Jacob Franz Center, is an on-line service that tracks development projects in their earliest stages. For more information on how you can subscribe, contact Mike Henderson. – Strawbridge Commons FKA McDaniels Orchard – The Shops at Kenilworth …

City Minimum Wage Takes a Step Closer to Reality

ABC

New bill includes amendments meant to protect small business The Baltimore City Council’s Labor Committee approved a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The bill has introduced amendments to protect small businesses by exempting them from the bill’s regulations. Originally, the amendments defined a …

Building Diversity in Construction

ABC

Minority and majority owned contractors met in Washington, D.C. last month to explore strategies to address the lack of diversity in the construction industry. The meeting was part of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit, held during ABC National’s Legislative Week. ABC Baltimore member Larry Lopez, owner of Green JobWorks, LLC., …

Southway Builders’ Unusual Approach to Hiring is Paying Dividends

ABC

Southway Builders, Inc., a Baltimore City-based general contractor, is taking a slightly unconventional approach in qualifying new hires on its Wyman House project. But more important than their approach, is that it is working. Southway has temporarily hired 6 JumpStart graduates to participate in very basic labor tasks, such as …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Vic Victoriano

ABC

Company: Skillforce Inc. Job Description: Director of Operations ¬â€œ I am responsible for the formation and implementation of corporate policies and strategies. I work to integrate those policies with our branches and formulate both short and long term strategies for our continued success and growth. I represent a bridge between …

Community Leaders Visit Project JumpStart

ABC

Reverend Mosley, Kate McShane, Joe Xavier, Del. Kathy Szeliga   Recently, several Baltimore City community leaders had the opportunity to visit Project JumpStart and see the program first hand. Maryland Delegate Kathy Szeliga, Reverend Mosley, Joe Xavier, and Kim Pinkey of Rosemont Neighborhood Improvement Association met with Director of Project …

JumpStart Goes to Washington

ABC

Last month, representatives of Project JumpStart made a presentation to ABC’s National Board of Directors on how they can start a program in their respective chapters. Successful pilots have already been planted in the Ohio Valley and Metro Washington Chapters. The 90-hour pre-apprenticeship program was launched 10 years ago by …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Frank Murphy

ABC

Company: Tissa Enterprises Inc. (TEI) Job Description: President/COO How did you get involved with ABC? I have been involved with ABC since 1988. I was introduced to ABC by my former boss Tom Musser (Past ABC National Chairman) What is your passion as a board member? My focus is ensuring …