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December 2016 | Issue 17
All-Affiliates Meeting Set for June 2017
ACE National will convene a meeting in Kansas City, Missouri on June 26-27 (Monday and Tuesday), 2017 for leaders and interested mentors from all affiliates. In addition to an extensive rollout and training for the new ACE database, the program will feature sessions on several other topics of special interest to affiliates. Participants will enjoy many opportunities to share ideas and experiences, including an “activities fair,” which was well received in the 2014 conference in Chicago. The final half-day will include breakout sessions for regional groups of affiliates.

The National office recently sent affiliate leaders a survey to collect ideas for sessions. Be on the lookout during early 2017 for more program and logistical details.
ACE Convenes First National Board Meeting on the West Coast

On October 31 the ACE National Board convened in La Jolla, California in conjunction with the fall conference of the Construction Industry Round Table. The major items of business were:

Approval of two amendments to the By-laws, extending the board members' term limits to three consecutive terms and removing a fixed maximum number of members (previously set at 33).
Approval of the auditor's report for 2014 and 2015. It gave ACE a clean bill of health.
Election of members of the Executive Committee and National Board.

On the Executive Committee, Peter Davoren (Turner Construction) and Anthony Guzzi (EMCOR Group) were re-elected as First and Second Vice Chairs, respectively, and Ross Myers (Allan Myers, Inc.) was elected as Treasurer.

New members elected to the Board are: David Gaboury (Terracon), Lamar Johnson (M.A. Mortenson Co.), Doug Mailbach (Barton Malow Co.), Gene Postma (APi Group, Inc.), Ray Rhees (Oldcastle Building Solutions), and Gavin Keith (DPR Construction). Paul Bonington (Digital Prism Advisors), Michael Choutka (Hensel Phelps Construction), and Wayne Crew (The National Academy of Construction) were re-elected to second terms.

As part of its first meeting west of the Mississippi, the Board shone the spotlight on several affiliates in the Western region. Alan Hanson (a founding member and secretary of the Nevada affiliate) explained the early successes of his young affiliate. An hour-long panel of leaders from Southern California affiliates was the highlight of the meeting. The chairs of three affiliates -- Chris Day (ACE San Diego), Jay Higgins (ACE Los Angeles), and Dan Benner (ACE Inland Empire) – reviewed the evolution and accomplishments of their affiliates. Jose Bojorquez (San Diego affiliate) shared his experiences as a former ACE student and now mentor. (See photo of panel above.)
ACE Welcomes New National Sponsors
In the last half of 2016, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services became a new national sponsor, and three former sponsors – Terracon, HOK, and the Forum on Construction Law of the American Bar Association – rejoined as sponsors.

For 2017, the Construction Management Association of America, the National Bath and Kitchen Association, and Otis Elevator have signed sponsorship agreements.
New Honors
The Greater San Antonio affiliate earned the San Antonio Business Journal’s inaugural nonprofit award for a mid-sized organization. In addition, Mary Stewart, secretary of the affiliate board and a mentor since 2008, was named a finalist in the Business Journal’s nonprofit volunteer competition.
Rob Turner, chair of the Greater Charleston South Carolina affiliate and active mentor, recently received an award from AIA Charleston for his outstanding service to the community and design profession. He was featured on a radio broadcast by 94.3 WSC-FM.
In its “2016 Thankful Edition,” the Omaha World-Herald profiled Mike McMeekin, founding chairman of the new Omaha affiliate, as one of several volunteers who make significant contributions to the community.
Affiliate Roundup
The Charlotte, NC affiliate organized its first trades day on October 29 at Central Piedmont Community College, which co-sponsored the event as well as Vannoy Construction. Thirty-three ACE students engaged in activities organized by several local trade and craft organizations. The affiliate plans to repeat the program next year.
Welcome to ACE’s newest affiliate – Midlands, South Carolina – based in Columbia. It will start mentoring students next fall. The following firms are taking the lead in establishing the affiliate: LS3P Architects, RB Todd Consulting Engineers, Buford Goff & Associates, Gilbane Building Company, and M.B. Kahn Construction.
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