Recognizing members that stand out, go above and beyond normal volunteer activities to enhance the reputation of ABC.
Do you know a fellow member who goes above and beyond normal volunteer duties? Maybe a member who has done something particularly notable to advance the message and mission of ABC/CMEF? Or, a member who has a well-rounded knowledge of ABC/CMEF and its benefits and shares that knowledge with members and non-members alike? Maybe you know of a member who seems to be at every event or training opportunity ABC/CMEF offers? Then, nominate that member for ABC Idol!
Members with the highest level of nominations will be named ABC Idol for the month and be presented with the ABC Golden Hammer until a new ABC Idol is named!
Members who win ABC Idol receive special perks such as:
- Recognition opportunities on the ABC website, e-news, and at the ABC Office
- Special reserved VIP parking at the ABC office
- Recognition at an ABC event
Tell us about your involvement with ABC/CMEF?
My involvement with ABC has grown exponentially over the last year. I started by becoming involved with LOGIC through meetings and events. After a little time, I was made chairwoman of a subcommittee in charge of planning socials for networking opportunities, which I continue to serve as. I also joined PAC and was recently made the chairwoman of the Christmas Party committee for 2020. I try to go to as many ABC events as I can and make sure Griffin Dewatering is helping and sponsoring where we can. Griffin and I look forward to my continued involvement and growth at ABC.
Why did you decide to become involved with ABC/CMEF?
I initially became involved in ABC because my company, Griffin Dewatering, wanted to see what kind of opportunities ABC had. After the first couple of events and meetings, Griffin Dewatering and I both realized that ABC could be a huge benefit to the company and myself. We have made several wonderful connections and are excited to make more.
What’s your greatest achievement (personal or professional) and how has it shaped the person you are today?
My greatest achievement is my bachelor’s degree. When I first started college, my parents were paying for almost everything and I took advantage of the opportunity by blowing off my responsibilities and dropping out on academic probation with a 1.76 GPA. I later realized the mistake I made and went back to a Jr. college to raise my GPA (since no university would accept me). After two years of a 4.0 GPA and applying to the University of Houston every semester, I got accepted. I continued my 4.0 GPA and graduated University of Houston Cum Laude with a cumulative 3.65 GPA and several other honors. From the Jr. College on, I did not accept help from my parents; I felt I had something to prove to them and myself. Though I later went on to get my MBA, my bachelor’s degree has always meant more to me. Going back to college and earning my degree taught me several lessons but the one I value the most is it’s never too late to fix your mistakes and become a better person.
What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer for someone new to the industry?
The best piece of advice I have to offer someone new to the industry is to always give it 100% and when you think you are done, give more. It took me applying five times to UH to get accepted but it was worth the fight and wait. Giving up will not solve or better anything but fighting will make it that much sweeter when you achieve your goals.
January 2020 – Robert Burelsmith, E.E. Reed Construction, L.P.
December 2019 — Jeff Tarpinian, Commercial Southwest Team – Amegy Bank
November 2019 — Carla Thompson, Workforce Development Manager
October 2019 — Scott McAlister, Owner & President of Coastal Ice
September 2019 — Zeke Smith, Director, Strategic Pursuits – Gallant Industrial
August 2019 — Bobby Gonzales, Gonzales Commercial Electric, Inc.
July 2019 — Terry Buza, Slack & Co. Contracting
June 2019 – Amber Goss, Baker Concrete
May 2019 – Nancy Cagle, EyeSite Surveillance
April 2019 – Edwin Brink, Jacobs
March 2019 – Dwayne Boudreaux, Ref-Chem L.P.
February 2019 – Sara Bongard, SpawGlass Construction Corporation
January 2019 – Minora Monsivais, MEMCO