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Updated: 2/24/2017

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Announcing the Newest BX Business Services Partner – IGS Energy

It is with great pride that we welcome IGS Energy as the newest BX Business Services Partner!

As one of America’s most well-known and largest independent energy suppliers, we believe IGS is the best choice for BX member firms. IGS is a direct supplier of natural gas and electricity which will save you additional broker or consultant fees.

As experts in energy for more than 25 years, IGS will work with you to develop a long-term plan, not just a quick fix. By utilizing IGS as our supplier, the BX will save approximately $1,500 over the next year. How much could your company save?

To access your new BX member benefit with IGS, simply send a copy of your most recent utility bill to James Garland, your dedicated BX account manager.

Within three business days, he will give you a free cost comparison. You'll see your savings and what a customized energy plan through the BX/IGS Energy Program would look like.

For questions or more information about this new program, contact Stacy Sleeper.

Conference to Examine #SmartColumbus

Ohio Construction Conference
March 15 (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Ohio Union (1739 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215) 


$260 for the Full-day
$165 for a Half-day
BEST VALUE! Register 3 for the full-day for only $555!
Registration fee is non-refundable, but is fully transferable to another member of your firm with no penalty.

#SmartColumbusA safer, more mobile and sustainable city is the goal of #SmartColumbus, the vision that earned $50-million in Smart City Challenge grants. As innovative technologies are integrated in the local transportation system, development, building and infrastructure planning, design and construction will start to change. A panel including the City of Columbus, Clean Fuels Ohio and a local engineering consultant will share what’s being planned and what can be expected as the use of technology expands in central Ohio.

For more information about the conference, contact Deb Murphy.


Meet Rick Killilea

Foreman, Mid-City Electric / Technologies
Years in the industry: 13  

“I enrolled in BXFlex to become a better leader and amore valuable employee. The program has provided a wide range of information from dealing with different personalities and how to motivate them, to conflict and time management. Most field leaders started by working a trade, and weren’t taught the valuable skills these classes provide.”

The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex) is a five-month, eight-session program designed to transform top field force managers into high-impact leaders. The class of 2017 is the third year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

2018 Early-Bird applications are now online. For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Jim Daman

President, Lehman Daman Rudolph Libbe Group
Years in the industry: 30 

“Participation in programs like the BX Executive Leadership Experience is critical to your growth as a professional. I enrolled to keep up with current trends and information, to maximize my potential success and to continually expand my knowledge base in the industry. BXLX covers a broad base of topics that are pertinent to any small business and the opportunity to meet fellow associates in the industry is priceless.”

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.

For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.

Learn the Construction Industry in Layman’s Terms

A Layman’s Look at Construction
March 23 (8 – 11:30 a.m.)


$180 for BX member firms
$280 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellation must be made one week prior to the course.

The construction industry has a steep learning curve, and gaining a working knowledge of all the moving parts is imperative to becoming an efficient employee. Help equip your employees with the right tools in the upcoming Layman’s Look at Construction course at the Exchange. This half-day program is ideal for administrative assistants, bookkeepers, marketing professionals and any other staff wanting to learn the responsibilities and roles of the construction office. Attendees will leave the program better able to facilitate office routines and with an improved overall understanding of the construction industry.
A Layman’s Look at Construction will emphasize these topics:

  • The phases of construction
  • The relationships between parties involved in a project
  • Planning, scheduling and procurement
  • Project management and accounting
  • Completion and close-out

For more information about this course, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.

Meet the instructors:
Chris Bendinelli (PRIME AE Group, Inc.), Mark Klingler (Bruner Corp.), Mike Heit (Corna Kokosing Construction Co.), George Janco (transFORM Construction) and Mac Ware (The Ohio State University).

Learn to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

DFSP Employee Education
March 9 (8 - 9 a.m.)


$40 BX member firms
$60 non-member firms

DFSP Supervisor Training
March 9 (9:15 - 10:15 a.m.)


$60 BX member firms
$80 non-member firms


Having a drug-free workplace isn’t just a BWC requirement, it’s necessary for the safety of you and your employees.

One accident due to an employee’s impairment in the office or on the jobsite, can cost your company thousands of dollars in lost wages and mental anguish that could last a lifetime.

To ensure everyone’s safety, the ability to recognize signs and symptoms of substance abuse is a must for employees, managers and supervisors. During a one-hour class, employees will receive education on their company’s policy, their responsibilities, rights and resources available to them if they need help. Supervisors will review and update necessary procedures during their one-hour session.

Both the Employee and Supervisor class meet the one-hour training component of the BWC Drug-Free Safety Program and is OCILB approved for one hour in Health and Safety. Discounts are offered for companies sending five or more participants, contact Lisa Graham for details.

Two Minutes Can Save a Life

Standard First-Aid/CPR/AED
March 24 (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)


$45 for BX Workers' Comp Group Firms
$65 for BX Member Firms
$95 for non-members
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.


CPR is administered in two-minute cycles, are your employees trained in this essential skill?

Standard First-Aid/CPR and AED training is the first, and most important, training to offer your employees. Prepare them to administer first aid, CPR and properly use an AED by sending them to the next BX Standard First-Aid/CPR class. The life they save could be yours!

For more information about this class or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Paige Endicott.

Member News


Doug Suter headshotHahn Loeser & Parks, LLP contratulates Senior Litigation Partner Douglas J. Suter on his professional achievements. Suter has been named to the list of the Top Five SuperLawyers in Columbus and one of the Top 100 Ohio SuperLawyers for the third consecutive year. He has also once again been named to the list of Best Lawyers in America for 2017 as well as Columbus C.E.O. magazine's 2017 list of Top Attorneys in Columbus.



Matt Greenwood HeadshotConstruction Systems Inc. (CSi), is pleased to announce that Matt Greenwood, LEED AP, has been named vice president of the company and added to CSi’s board of directors. In addition to his new role as an officer of the company and member of CSi’s board of directors, Greenwood will continue to serve as general manager of CSi.











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Qualified Rigging and Signaling Training at the BX

Qualified Signal Person and Rigging Training
March 8 (8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)


$220 per person
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.


This course will benefit your employees by helping them master all qualification requirements under the current standard. The course will cover topics such as:

  • Proper usage of below-the-hook devices
  • Chain and wire rope slings
  • Shackles and eye bolts
  • Load weight calculation procedures
  • Necessary requirements to make a safe lift
  • Other required topics

As part of this course, attendees must successfully pass both a written and practical exam. Upon successful completion, students will be issued a "Qualified Signal Person and Rigging" certificate.

It is important to remember that OSHA recommends this training be repeated every three years. Check your company's training records to ensure everyone is current with their training.

For more information about this course, contact Paige Endicott.

BX Job Board – Your Online Employment Resource

Are you looking for an estimator, someone to work in the warehouse or maybe a safety supervisor? Post your job opening on the BX job board!

With 1,311 visits in January alone, the BX job board is the place to have your job openings seen by individuals looking specifically for construction jobs.

It’s easy to post a job opening:

  • Go to
  • Complete the fill-in-the-blank form
  • Click “submit to BX"

That’s it – your next employee may be just a click away!

Contact Sanda Elkins for more information about the BX Job Board.