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?
I am a member of the CCYC, Membership, and Political Action Committees, and always a willing attendee to the social events.
Why did you decide to become involved with ABC/CMEF?
For two reasons, 1) ABC’s mission & membership aligned with Gallant’s goal of growing our Industrial Division and the industry as a whole with the focus on workforce development, and 2) and more personally, my Dad worked for Brown & Root for over 20 years and was fairly active within ABC back in the ’80s. It was B&R that gave my dad his first construction job and brought he and my mom to Texas from Alabama, and therefore I basically owe my native Texan/Houstonian status to Brown & Root and to ABC for helping them continue to flourish in the Houston market, and so with that, it was always a goal to give back to an organization (ABC) that has given my family so much.
What’s your greatest achievement (personal or professional) and how has it shaped the person you are today?
Greatest personal achievement is becoming a dad almost 4 years ago (and #2 any day now). It really clarifies your focus on what’s truly important, motivates & teaches you to serve others & challenges you to continuously work hard to leave some semblance of a legacy (and a few bucks) with your children. Professionally, I have had a few milestones throughout my career that I am particularly proud of, but I’ll tell you this VIP parking spot thing ranks pretty high on the list!!
What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer for someone new to the industry?
Be prepared & willing to listen intently, learn continuously, & serve tirelessly. All the rest will work itself out.
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
December 2018 – Kandrekia Bryant, Oxford Builders
November 2018 – Luis Rivera, MEMCO
October 2018 – Sarina Landers, Karsten Interior Services
September 2018 – Ed Hoffmann, Function-4
August 2018 – Lhoren Morris, Occucare International
July 2018 – Matthew Knight, Aggregate Technologies
June 2018 – Pat Stepanski, Holes, Inc.
May 2018 – John Glaze, Fast Track Specialties
April 2018 – Jon Parow, Comfort Systems USA South Central
March 2018 – Lee Aitkin, Holes, Inc.
February 2018 – Danny Myers, Lighthouse Video Surveillance
January 2018 – Mark Rush, Ham, Langston, & Brezina