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BX Helps Students with Rising Tuition


          Deadline: Friday, Feb. 21


If you know a student pursuing a construction-related degree, encourage them to apply for a BX Scholarship!


The steady increase in costs for college can be a financial burden without the help of outside resources. Since 1959, the Builders Exchange has helped defray these expenses through the BX scholarship program.

High school seniors, students enrolled at a four-year college or in a two-year program are encouraged to apply for a scholarship for the 2020-21 school year. Applications, along with all required documents, can be submitted online.

BX Foundation LogoApplicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Community and school involvement
  • Financial need
  • Relationship of the student’s field of study to the construction industry
  • Potential future impact of the student on the central Ohio construction community
  • Quality of the application

Applicants will be notified of their award status in May. For more information about BX scholarships, contact Pam Austin.

Rosie Leuby Promoted to Director of Safety Education


Rosie Leuby (Builders Exchange of Central Ohio) headshotThe Builders Exchange is proud to announce that Rosie Leuby has been promoted to Director of Safety Education. Rosie is looking forward to this new opportunity to help members with their safety training needs.

Contact Rosie today to schedule your training during the cold winter months.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants


Heather Cassady (Turner Construction Co.) headshot Heather Cassady, senior project manager
Years in the Industry: 18
Turner Construction Co.


Shane Parmer (Claypool Electric, Inc.) headshot Shane Parmer, crew leader
Years in the Industry: 14
Claypool Electric, Inc.


Tim Thompson (Robertson Construction Services, Inc.) headshot Tim Thompson, superintendent
Years in the Industry: 21
Robertson Construction
Services, Inc.


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 2020 is the sixth year of the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. This is the ninth year for the program, with a class of 24 local industry executives.

For more information about BXFlex or BXLX, contact Deb Murphy.

Online Safety Training - Just A Click Away


Check out hundreds of different safety courses offered in multiple languages. Companines can set up a business account and purchase the training programs you need for your employees. You can track their progress, print reports and have a complete history of your employees’ online training.

Don’t let jobsite demands keep you from the most up-to-date, OSHA-authorized training. Use the new BX online safety training, when you just can’t make it to an in-person class.

To learn more about this new training option, contact Rosie Leuby.

Conference Focus: Connecting the Industry


Ohio Construction Conference LogoOhio Construction Conference
March 11 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Ohio Union (1739 N. High St., 43210)


$270 per person for full-day
$175 per person for half-day
Group Discount: 3 full-day registrations for $585

Fees will increase after Feb. 28. Register today at the early bird prices!

Construction Trends, Expectations & Data Analysis

You can’t see the future, but you can prepare for it. The Ohio Construction Conference opens with an overview of the current economic environment along with emerging construction trends.

The research team at Dodge Data & Analytics provides forecasting and market reports designed to keep you connected with issues impacting the AEC industry. Industry Insights Research Director, Donna Laquidara-Carr will share the trends they’re seeing and what you can expect in 2020 and beyond.

In a morning breakout session, Laquidara-Carr will address the power that data analytics has to transform your company, market, people and projects. This deep-dive will explore a top industry trend from the morning keynote and you’ll discover the key to unlocking efficiency, reducing risk and improving safety.

For more information about the conference, contact Deb Murphy.


About the presenter:

Donna Laquidara-Carr (Dodge Data & Analytics) headshotDonna Laquidara-Carr is Industry Insights Research Director at Dodge Data & Analytics, where she provides editorial direction to the SmartMarket Report Series, covering such diverse topics as World Green Building Trends, Business Value of BIM, Managing Risk in the Construction Industry, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings, Building a Safety Culture and Lean Construction. Her insights on these topics have been published in numerous industry publications, and she regularly conducts webinars and speaks about this research at events for diverse organizations, including Greenbuild, the inaugural WELL convention, Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure International Conference and the American Institute of Architects’ National Conference






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Become an Inclusive Leader, Reap the Benefits


Leading With Inclusion: Beyond Diversity
Feb. 4 | 8 a.m. - noon


$369 per employee of BX member firms
          OR members may send 3 for $999
$469 per employee of non-member firms

Designed for leaders at all levels, this half-day workshop led by Steve Francis (Franchise D&I Solutions LLC) will go beyond diversity alone and demonstrate the value of inclusive leadership

When employees work with inclusive leaders, there are high-impact benefits, including: improved collaboration, performance, productivity, creativity and more!

Whether you’re on a jobsite or in the office you can improve operational effectiveness by recognizing the potential of each employee and leveraging their knowledge, experience and perspective.

Participants will:

  • Be challenged to think differently about their role
  • Discover how they can provide an inclusive and welcoming environment
  • Recognize the value of including team members in decision making, problem solving and innovation
  • Understand the difference between being “managers” of people and “leaders” of people

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.



Stephen Francis (Franchise D&I Solutions LLC) headshotStephen Francis is president of Franchise D&I Solutions LLC. He has more than 35 years experience as a diversity and legal professional in both the public and private sector.


Feb. BX Young Professionals Event: Topgolf


Feb. BXYP: Topgolf Columbus
Feb. 6 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Topgolf Columbus (2000 IKEA Way, 43240)

Registration closes 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.

$75 per employee of BX member firms
$85 per employee of non-member firms

Come have an un-fore-gettable time at the February BX Young Professionals networking event at Topgolf! Join fellow industry peers for a night of high-tech golfing, while making new connections. Your registration includes light refreshments, a drink ticket, at least one (1) hour of golf and valuable networking!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for this popular event? Contact Caroline Whitaker.


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Estimating & Bid Preparation Basics


Estimating & Bid Preparation
Feb. 18, 20, 25 & 27 | 4 - 6 p.m. each day


$360 per employee of BX member firms
$460 per employee of non-member firms

Interested in learning all things estimating and bid? Let us help! Experienced estimators share the fundamentals of job cost estimating – from beginning to end - and cover the steps needed to prepare a clear bid.

This course will take you back to the basics with organizational tools to meet today's short deadlines, reduced margins for error and ongoing competition. Course instructors include:

  • Chris Bendinelli (Star Consultants Inc.)
  • Alice Dean (Gilbane Building Company)
  • Dexter Housman (Elford, Inc.)
  • Mark Setterlin (Setterlin Building Company)
  • Phil Stafa (Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.)
  • Ben Stickney (Elford, Inc.)

For more information on this course, contact Caroline Whitaker

Advanced Safety Training with OSHA 30-Hour


OSHA 30-Hour Training Course
March 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


$469 per employee of BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$509 per employee of BX member firms
$809 per employee of non-member firms


Spring into action by educating your employees with this advanced safety course. Along with industry-expert guest speakers, instructor Brian Basbagil (Safex, Inc.) will provide detailed information and a variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards. Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • OSHA’s focus four hazards
  • Confined space
  • Tools
  • Ladders
  • PPE

Participants will receive a current OSHA code book, a course completion card and lunch is included. For more information about this course or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Rosie Leuby.


About the instructor:

Brian Basbagill (Safex, Inc.) headshotBrian Basbagill (Safex, Inc.) is a Certified Safety Professional® (CSP) with more than 20 years of construction and manufacturing safety experience. In addition to his thirteen years of safety consulting experience, Brian has worked in manufacturing as an EHS leader and performed various safety roles in construction.

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Local Project Leads

Courtesy of BX Business Services Partner Dodge Data & Analytics


Subscribers to the Dodge Global Network have full access to reporting details and plans (if available) for the projects listed. To learn more about accessing this detailed project information, contact Stacy Sleeper.