AIC Constructor News - November/December 2014
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Twenty Construction Professionals Awarded the CPC Designation

The AIC Congratulates the following individuals who recently earned the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designation.  

Joe Burgett, CPC
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Zachary Burrow, CPC
Miller-Tippens Construction Co.
Oklahoma City, OK

William Carpenter, CPC
Mesa, AZ

Christopher Ellis, CPC
Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc.
Baytown, TX

Joseph Fontaine III, CPC
The Matthews Group
Gainesville, VA

Jaime Foster, CPC
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

Gregory Fulaytar, CPC
Seneca, SC

Bryan Grabowy, CPC
Caliente Construction
Tempe, AZ

Andrew Kleimola, CPC
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
Chula Vista, CA

Guy Pardew, CPC
Olympus Construction
Jonesboro, AR

John Paszkiet, CPC
Biggerstaff Construction Company
Bozeman, MT

Gary Plemons, CPC
Pillar Contracting, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

Matt Richards, CPC
EDG, Inc.
Metairie, LA

Eric Schottgen, CPC
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Erik Simon, CPC
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA

J Douglas Smith, CPC
AMG & Associates Inc.
Gardnerville, CV

Jared Sulak, CPC
Miller-Tippens Construction Company, LLC
Oklahoma City, OK

Chris Watts, CPC
Black & Veatch
Reynoldsburg, OH

Jim Weaver, CPC
Mirage Plastering, Inc.
Tucson, AZ

James Williams, CPC
Luminant, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Click here to read the full press release. 

CPCs In the News

Congratulations to Eric Vechan, CPC on being named to the Top 20 Under 40 list by ENR Southwest.  Eric is a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) and is currently serving on the AIC Constructor Certification Commission Board of Governors. Eric is an Assistant Project Manager with Archer Western Contractors.  Read More...

Join the fun at AIC Annual Forum 2015

Registration for the 2015 AIC Annual Forum is now open!  Make your plans to join us April 13-16, 2015 in the City of Cowboys and Culture, Fort Worth, Texas.  The 2015 Annual Forum is going big, featuring more content and and more fun.  Attendees will not only hear from industry experts on the latest in lean and green construction practices, they will enjoy some Texas sized fun!  While in Fort Worth we are heading to Cowboys Stadium to take a VIP tour of the facility.  We will also head over to the Ft. Worth Stockyards and experience the Ft. Worth Herd Cattle Drive.  While at the Stockyards we will have a special reception.  The fun is not just for the attendees, spouses will have plenty of fun as we will have several activities for any spouses attending the conference.  

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth!  Ready to learn more?  Check out the conference website at

Mr. Ethics in ASA's Contractors Compass Magazine


Mr. Ethic's recently published an article in the American Subcontractors Association "Contractors Compass" Magazine.  The article, Current Trends in Construction Ethics.  Click here to read the full article. 

Read more on the Mr. Ethics Blog

AIC Member News

Congratulations to AIC Board Member and Certified Professional Constructor, Saeed Goodman, CPC, on his recent Commissioning in the United States Navy! 

AIC Education Foundation names Michael Laskowski First Recipient of the Francis Dugan Scholarship

The American Institute of Constructors Education Foundation named Michael Laskowski as the first ever recipient of the Francis Dugan Scholarship. 

The award was established in early 2014 to honor Francis Dugan.  Fran is a founding member of AIC, joining in 1971 and continues to attend the AIC Annual Forum each year.  His contributions to the AIC and the AIC Education Foundation have been tremendous over the years and this award embodies the spirit he has shown in supporting AIC, the AIC Education Foundation and its mission.  

Laskowski was selected by the AIC Education Foundation Board of Trustees after reviewing many exceptional applications.  Laskowski is currently enrolled at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a double major in Construction Management and Architectural Engineering.

“Michael's biography is a compelling story of a hard working individual who does not give up - a person who finds a way to be successful regardless of setbacks.  His hard work in the construction industry and now in creating his next path in the industry is a testament to the kind of relentless effort that represents what The Fran Dugan Scholarship is all about.” Said Andrew Wasiniak, FAIC, CPC, of the AIC Education Foundation Board of Trustees, when asked about Michael’s selection as the scholarship’s first recipient.


ConsensusDocs Coalition Provides Nearly $250,000 in Charitable and Educational Use of Standard Contracts  

WASHINGTON – ConsensusDocs announces that since September 2007 nearly $250,000 worth of standard contracts have been donated for charitable and educational uses.
“The primary mission of the ConsensusDocs Coalition is to improve the industry,” states Brian Perlberg, Executive Director of ConsensusDocs, “Providing complimentary documents to charitable organizations, educational institutions, and others working to educate and improve the industry falls within that mission.”
More than 2,500 subscription packages have been donated to this effort, and nearly 60,000 contracts have been used for the educational and real-life projects around the nation.
“I am proud to work with a Coalition that not only provides fair and balanced contracts for ACCA members and other stakeholders, but also helps the industry and our future industry leaders,” states Hilary Atkins, 2014 Chair of the ConsensusDocs Business and Marketing Advisory Council and General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
If you know of an educational institution or charitable organization that could benefit from complimentary use of ConsensusDocs standard contracts, please fill out the ConsensusDocs online. Educators can request pdf’s of the contracts or complimentary subscriptions whereby students can access the contracts via the cloud to practice contract negotiations and project-specific modifications.
ConsensusDocs standard contracts provide a fair and balanced option, written and endorsed by 40+ organizations representing designers, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. Users receive a comprehensive set of contracts via a cloud-based technology platform that provides 24/7, anytime, anywhere access with easy editing in Microsoft Word®. Simply put… ConsensusDocs help you build a better way! For more information, visit

Upcoming Events

AIC Events
2015 Annual Forum  
April 13-16, 2015 | Ft. Worth, TX The 2015 Annual Forum theme is “Lean and Green Construction.”  Attendees will hear from industry experts on the latest in Lean and Green Construction practices.  Speakers include professionals from many of the leading construction companies in the world, including: Turner Construction, Balfour Beatty, and Sundt Construction.  In addition, we will be holding the first Annual AIC Collegiate Ethics Competition and Ethics Panel.

Upcoming Lorman Education Events Members receive a 20% discount on all orders. You may register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539. Please use Priority Code 16079 and Discount Code H1893803 when registering.  Click here to find more events.

Upcoming Webinars Hosted by the American Subcontractors Association All ASA Webinars approved for CPD Credit

2015 January Webinar: Negotiating Retainage
Date: January 13, 2015
Location: Webinar
Description: This webinar illustrates how to develop an effective strategy to convince general contractors to reduce or eliminate retainage. Learn how to broach the topic of zero or reduced retainage with your clients by negotiating from a position of strength. Learn how to modify your bid to reduce or wholly eliminate retainage, including discouraging withholding for closeout line items.

2015 February Webinar: Mechanic’s Liens: Protect and Collect
Date: February 10, 2015
Location: Webinar
Description: This webinar examines mechanic’s lien laws and how subcontractors can use them to protect themselves from losses and get paid sooner. Learn what tools are available to minimize your risk.

SUBExcel 2015
Date: March 26 — 29, 2015
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Description: Join us for SUBExcel 2015 - "ASA: We Build Excellence!" the premier national education and networking event for construction subcontractors.


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