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NEWS FLASH!!  The National office of the American Subcontractors Association has recognized our own Mary Whitlow, who was president of ASAMW last year, with the national chapter President of the Year honor at ASA’s SubExcel convention in Denver last week.  The National office chose Mary for her superior leadership, the chapter’s membership growth, innovative programming, legislative successes, and financial stewardship.  Mary is a role model for our local chapter and for all the chapters in the country.  We already knew how great Mary is, now everyone knows!

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Project Managers Fundamentals Workshop
A tenant of ASA of Metro Washington’s mission is subcontractor education.  We offer various programs, usually on a monthly basis, that are open to members and non-members.  These topics have been varied, from technology to contracts to recruiting and retaining women in the trades.  We feel our educational programs have been successful based on attendance and feedback.  This year ASAMW Board of Directors decided to take our association’s educational offerings to a higher level.  While most of a subcontractor’s project managers are talented tradespeople who have been elevated to the office, or are smart young college graduates of engineering programs, many of these men and women have not received comprehensive fundamental training to be a high performing professional project manager. 

A task force was formed to develop a curriculum geared to the project managers of subcontractors.  In the past ASAMW offered a similar program, but times change.  So instead of adapting from the old we started anew with what is most relevant today.   That curriculum evolved into a 6-part course, with each part being about three and a half hours of instruction.  The task force determined that the instructors had to be local industry leaders who could teach from experience.  We decided to call our program the Project Managers Fundamentals Workshop.

After opening enrollment in the fall to ASAMW members and non-members, twenty-three participants, representing a wide variety of trades plus one supplier and one developer signed up.  The Workshop commenced the first week in January and concluded its final session in mid-March.  From the outset the students were made aware that the program was not for their entertainment but for serious learning.  The Workshop culminated in a grueling test that took two over hours.  Everyone did extraordinarily well and passed.  ASAMW applauds their commitment and achievement.  

ASAMW would like to thank all the instructors, the students, and a wonderful learning facility provided by Capital Tristate. We are proud to declare the Workshop as a success. 

 The Outstanding Students were:

Scott Taylor ACME Mechanical
Tien Phan Avalonbay Communities
Debbie Crawford BION
Justin Ripley BION
Nancy Frazee Capital Tristate
Paul Coviello Concreate
Marius Dumitras Engineered Services, Inc.

 

Ben Frizell Engineered Services, Inc.
John Robison Ennis Electric Company, Inc.
Chad Nelson Ennis Electric Company, Inc.
Chris Kunkel Long Fence
Phoenix DeLawder Long Fence
Keith Overdorff Mallick Mechanical Contractors
Mario Olmos Precision Wall Tech
Brian Ash Precision Wall Tech
Eric Hippler Schnabel Foundation Company
Juan Vargas Shapiro & Duncan
Jose Posada Shapiro & Duncan
Jeremy Kochel Southern Insulation, Inc.
Mark Minor Southern Insulation, Inc.
Chris Ridgley Telligent Masonry
Ricardo Sanchez Telligent Masonry
Julian Valderrama Wayne Insulation Co., Inc.


The List of Oustanding Instructors:

Jonathan

Mitz

Ennis Electric

Ron

Churchey

Shapiro & Duncan

William

Magazine

PCC Construction  Components

Steve

Groth

Chiaramonte Construction

Bruce

Spengler

Calvert Masonry

Ken

Collins

LF Jennings, Inc.

Brian

Wood

Smith Currie & Hancock

Hugh

Carroll

Insurance Associates

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

Better Construction Through Fair Construction
“American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington promotes the rights and interests of subcontractors and suppliers by building strength in community through education, legislation, networking and professional growth."