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Deadline Approaching for 2020 Craftsmanship Awards


Deadline: Friday, April 24 (Noon)

The clock is ticking for you to submit your nominations for a BX Craftsmanship Award. Craftspeople who are recognized with this honor are considered to be the best in their trade. If you know an individual, or crew, who has demonstrated exceptional work on a project within the past year, nominate them for an award!

A team of judges will conduct jobsite visits to all eligible nominees and each will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality of work/workmanship
  • Level of difficulty/complexity
  • Ingenuity/initiative
  • Coordination/time frame
  • Achievement of project goals

The nomination form and project photos can be submitted online. For more information about the BX Craftsmanship Awards, contact Pam Austin.


Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The BX Craftsmanship Award recognizes an individual or a crew for his/her work. The nomination types are defined as:
    • Individual Award - a craftsperson who actually performed with his/her “hands-on” the particular piece of work nominated. Nominations will not be accepted for general superintendents, project superintendents, or general foremen who did not play a “hands-on” role in the work.
    • Crew Award - nominees who are being considered for a crew award must be the craftspeople who actually performed with his/her “hands-on” the particular piece of work nominated, including the direct supervision of such work. A crew cannot exceed five (5) individuals.
  2. Nominations must be for work in commercial, institutional or industrial projects. Residential work will not be accepted. Work must have been completed from Jan. 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020. Previously nominated work cannot be resubmitted and will be considered ineligible.
  3. A team of judges must be allowed onsite to view all portions of the nominated work. If access to the nominated work is restricted or limited for viewing by the judges, the nomination will be ineligible for consideration.
  4. The owner of the nominated work must agree to have their name/location recognized in BX publications and the awards show video. The nominated work must be able to be photographed for public viewing or the nomination will be ineligible for consideration.
  5. The nominated work must be from a project in the central Ohio area (Franklin County or one of the six adjoining counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union.)
  6. If chosen as a winner, the individual or crew must agree to be photographed and interviewed or they will be ineligible for consideration.
  7. Providing digital photos with the nomination is mandatory. A minimum of four (4) and a maximum of 10 images are required.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants


Damon Cripps (Thompson Concrete, Ltd.) headshot Damon Cripps, crew leader
Years in the Industry: 5
Thompson Concrete, Ltd.


Tim Hovda (Construction One, Inc.) headshot Tim Hovda, superintendent
Years in the Industry: 26
Construction One, Inc.


Matt Price (Capital Fire Protection Co.) headshot Matt Price, vice president
Years in the Industry: 18
Capital Fire Protection Co.


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 was the sixth year of the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms completing the course. Applications for the Class of 2021 are now being accepted.

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. Applications for the Class of 2021 are now being accepted.

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

Meet The Rising Leaders Institute Participants


Meredith Biser (Turner Construction Co.) headshot Meredith Biser, assistant project manager
Years in the Industry: 9
Turner Construction Co.

Cory Blair (Genesis Building Systems, Ltd) headshot Cory Blair, project engineer
Years in the Industry: 10
Genesis Building Systems, Ltd.

Shawn Boysko (Equity Construction Solutions) headshot Shawn Boysko, design build manager
Years in the Industry: 28
Equity Construction Solutions, LLC

The Rising Leaders Institute has become one of most sought-after professional development programs in our community. Developed in partnership with The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, this is the 14th year for the program, with a class of 30 future industry leaders.

For more information about the Rising Leaders Institute, contact Caroline Whitaker.

Health Insurance Options: More Important Than Ever


COVID-19 has affected all aspects of our lives, especially when it comes to the importance of having a comprehensive health insurance plan. There has never been a better time to review your current and future health care options.

Whether your company is large or small, the Builders Exchange provides options to ensure your employees are given the best possible coverage.

  • For smaller companies – those with 2 to 50 employees – the BX has partnered with the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) to allow access to a health insurance program called a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA). This allows members to pool together to create buying power in order to purchase more affordable health insurance as one large group.


  • For larger companies – those with 50 or more employees – the Alliance Saver Program can have a significant impact for employers offering health insurance benefits. The Alliance Saver Program allows for premium savings through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of 1%. By adding ancillary programs such as dental, vision, life and disability options, members can potentially save up to 5%.


For more information about your health care options, contact Stacy Sleeper.

To listen to a previously recorded conference call on how Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is handling the COVID-19 crisis, call 855-859-2056 and use the ID# 5292043.

Industry Resources for Children

Families are working through a new "normal" of managing school lessons, working and entertaining children. I Build America – Ohio has gathered construction-themed activities for children of all ages to keep their minds engaged and show how cool construction can be!


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.