2018 BX Annual Meeting
The Builders Exchange Board Nominating Committee will introduce five approved candidates for open positions on the board of directors at the 2018 BX Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15. Their terms will be for two years, from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2020.The five candidates represent a wealth of service to the Builders Exchange, the industry and the community. They are:
ERIC BULL > ELFORD, INC.
Eric Bull is executive vice president of Elford, Inc. and has more than 24 years of industry experience. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Seeking his fourth term on the BX Board of Directors, Bull has been an instructor for Improving Construction Productivity and Technology in the Field courses at the BX. He has chaired the BX Cornerstone Review Committee, served as a BX Craftsmanship Awards judge and Outreach Program speaker. Named one of Business First’s “Forty under 40,” Bull has also been active with the King Arts Complex and the OSU Construction Systems Management Advisory Board.
CHARLIE EGBERT > TURNER CONSTRUCTION CO.
Charlie Egbert is vice president, operations manager at Turner Construction Company’s Columbus office and has been in the construction industry for 25 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in building sciences from Auburn University. Seeking his second term on the BX Board of Directors, Egbert is a graduate of the BX Executive Leadership Experience. He has been a BX Craftsmanship Awards judge, served as a champion for the Rising Leaders Institute and is an Outreach Program speaker. Egbert also serves on the Board of Directors for the Easter Seals of Central and Southeast Ohio.
DAN GEERS > JEZERINAC GEERS & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Dan Geers is president of Jezerinac Geers & Associates, Inc. and has been in the construction industry for 20 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Ohio State University and a master 's in structural engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Seeking his third term on the BX Board of Directors, Geers is a graduate of both the Rising Leaders Institute and BX Executive Leadership Experience. He has been a BX Craftsmanship Awards judge, and has served on the BX Cornerstone Review Committee and the BX Board Nominating Committee. He is a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and the Structural Engineering Association of Ohio.
MATT GREENWOOD > CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS, INC.
Matt Greenwood, president of Construction Systems Inc., has been in the construction industry for 18 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from The Ohio State University. Seeking his second term on the BX Board of Directors, Greenwood is a graduate of both the Rising Leaders Institute and BX Executive Leadership Experience. He has been an instructor for the Estimating and Bid Preparation course at the BX, has served as a BX Craftsmanship Awards judge and on the BX Board Nominating Committee. Greenwood is a LEED Accredited Professional through the Green Building Certification Institute, and is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Central Ohio.
JOHN HARPER > SPEER MECHANICAL
John Harper is president of Speer Mechanical and has been in the construction industry for more than 28 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Franklin University and completed the MCAA Advanced Leadership Institute at Babson College. Seeking his first term on the BX Board of Directors, Harper is a graduate of the BX Executive Leadership Experience, served as a champion for the Rising Leaders Institute and has served on the BX Cornerstone Award Committee. Harper is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ohio.
Nov. LEED Meeting
Nov. 9 (7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.)
$25 BX member firms
$45 Non-member firms
“With 85% of a company’s cost spent on salaries and benefits, even modest improvements to staff health and productivity can have a dramatic impact on organizational profitability.” – Jane Henley, former CEO, World Green Building Council
In the November LEED meeting, Tim Conway (Shaw Industries) will discuss how to utilize “healthy” building materials in order to create healthier workplaces, which increases productivity.At the end of this meeting, attendees will be able to:
This meeting is approved for 1 CE hour from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and 1 LU credit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). For more information, contact Shauna Byrne.
BX Law & Finance Group: Q4 Meeting
Nov. 13 (4:30 - 6 p.m.)
Free for BX member firms, but registration is required.
Are you interested in how local government impacts the construction market? Join former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman (Ice Miller LLP) as he explores ways in which local government interacts with and impacts the central Ohio construction market at the upcoming Law and Finance meeting.
The presentation and discussion will address how changes in Ohio’s leadership will impact real estate development and the construction industry as a whole.
The BX Law & Finance Group is an opportunity for professionals from any facet of the construction industry to network and hear about current topics that will impact your company.
For more information about this meeting, contact Shauna Byrne.
Prevailing Wage: Legal Liability and Compliance
Nov. 29 (10 a.m. – noon)
$39 BX member firms
$50 Non-member firms
Ohio’s prevailing wage laws have existed since 1931, but for contractors who don’t do a lot of public work, the law can be confusing – and costly – for non-compliance.
An expert in prevailing wage laws, Nick Nykulak (Ross, Brittain & Schonberg Co., L.P.A.), will provide your team with the legal background of the Ohio law and help them understand how the requirements impact your company.
Attendees will also receive sample forms to assist with prevailing wage calculations and reporting on public work projects.
For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.
Nick Nykulak (Ross, Brittain & Schonberg Co., L.P.A.) is a partner who focuses his practice on labor and employment law. He advises employers on personnel policies, state and federal prevailing wage compliance, construction and competitive bidding laws, state and federal wage and hour regulations, civil rights laws, ERISA and a variety of NLRA issues. Nick is a certified specialist in labor and employment law by the Ohio Bar Association.
The Craftsmen: Chris Eplin, Dwane Eplin, Kyler Ferguson, Nick Ramey and Matt Schooley of The Superior Group
The Winning Work: Electrical overhead conduit installation at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital
The Superior Group crew was responsible for the impressive electrical conduit work at the 500,000-sq. ft. healthcare facility.
The year-long project involved the installation of power from the second level electrical room to feed multiple areas throughout the building. The craftsmen’s expertise can be seen in the nearly flawless concentric bends, with each connection placed within one-inch of the original design. Limited spacing, tight schedules and extremely coordinated layouts were several challenges faced by the crew. The restrictive ceiling space often required conduit be stacked on top of another. In total, close to 30,000 feet of Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) were used in the install.
This is the second crew award for The Superior Group. The craftsmen will receive their award at the 126th BX Annual Meeting in November.
The American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, in conjunction with BX Law & Finance members, invites you to a Nov. 9 seminar on infrastructure projects to be held at Franklin University. The program is for those wanting to learn more about the design, engineering and construction of infrastructure projects such as transportation, water and wastewater, environmental and solid waste and power projects.
The ABA Forum on Construction Law is offering this program to BX members at the discounted rate of $375 by using the discount code CONSTRUCTION19 when registering.
OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
Establish a baseline of safety expectations with new employees and refresh the knowledge of seasoned staff to the most common safety risks they will face on the job in this OSHA 10-Hour Training Course. OSHA recommends current construction workers update this certification every 3-5 years. Are your employees current?
Instructor Michael Lorms (RiskControl360˚) will discuss OSHA requirement basics including compliance issues for 10 of the most common and deadly hazards in construction, including:
For more information or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Rosie Leuby.
Ask OSHA Lunch & Learn
Oct. 31 (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
This meeting is FREE, but registration is required as seats are limited.
Meet local OSHA compliance officers and ask those questions that need answers. Join the BX and the Columbus OSHA Area Office to learn about trenching and excavating compliance. After a short presentation, you will have the opportunity to get answers to your questions directly from the compliance officers.
For more information about this meeting, contact Rosie Leuby.