October 2017 Print

Executive Director's Report

Are you Smiling and Feeling Positive right now?  If you were with us on Tuesday, you might be.  President Rebecca Price introduced Dr. Jerry Teplitz, who provided 65 members and 15 GC project managers the opportunity to make their lives more enjoyable by developing some scientifically proven (but seemingly hokey) techniques for being positive.  At the end everyone was hugging someone and did not feel too uncomfortable doing so.  Thanks to the Four Outstanding GCs who attended this unique but valuable event:  Balfour Beatty, Henley, HITT and Whiting-Turner.   

SUBBY Nominations are Necessary  – Why have you not submitted a nomination from your company?  So far only seven nominations have been received.  Every member reading this needs to submit a nomination for this year’s SUBBYs.  Click here to begin your nomination.  In these busy times it is important to recognize the GCs, Project Managers, Superintendents and others who are exceptional team members and leaders in our industry.  To continue with President Rebecca Price’s theme of Our TEAM, Learn and Build, a GREAT TEAM award will be given for the project where a high performing team produced extraordinary results.  Awards will be presented at the 54th Annual SUBBY Awards on Feb. 24th.

PM Workshop open to first 25 to register – Click here for more information.  This popular workshop will be held in Vienna, VA to accommodate those members who do not want to drive across the Wilson Bridge as they did last year.  Last year there were more registrants than there were openings, so be sure to register early. 

No Response from Turner/MWAA – Another email was sent to MWAA’s Deputy VP of Engineering asking if the change order mark-ups will be increased.  He indicated in a Sept. 11, 2017 email that we could expect his response in a few weeks.  If there is no response, we (ASA and ACE) will send a letter to the MWAA board asking to meet with them to discuss our issues with OCIP deductibles and mark-ups. 

Do you know how to address OCIPs / CCIPs and other insurance issues?  Get a lesson from a non-insurance person.  Jonathan Mitz handles risk management for Ennis Electric and has a keen insight into what subs should know about risk management before they bid.  Join us for a Breakfast with Benefits on Nov. 2nd in Vienna.  Click here for more information.

Need Workers in DC? – There is a program in DC called Project Empowerment that promises to get you the workers you need.  I talked to Michael Skinner who is an Account Executive and specializes in construction.  If you have an opening, he will obtain individuals for you to interview and provide assistance with supporting their employment.  He is at micheal.skinner@dc.gov or call 202/698-5760.  Here is a site that explains the program.  There is a flyer more applicable for employers that I will be glad to send if you send a request in reply to this email. 

The Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association – held an impressive Gala at the NHAB building honoring Fort Myers Construction, Monumental Concrete and Roubin & Janerio.  If you are interested in supporting Hispanic contractors, you should join this group.  Click here for more information.

Also, if you are interested in helping the people of Puerto Rico rebuild their devastated country, go to Bike to Brooklyn on Facebook.  Jose Ortiz with All State Floors is organizing this event.  

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Advocacy Issues

The ACE Coalition is an important vehicle for supporting the advocacy efforts of all the areas subcontractors, specialty contractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers.

  • District – ACE is seeking ways to improve First Source requirements that DC places on contractors doing projects for DGS.  Adam Grunley, President of AGC of DC met with ACE to discuss ways to work together.  Your suggestions are welcome.  Additionally, ACE and ASA will testify in favor of bills that member, Calvin Reid with Atlas Manufacturing was instrumental in getting introduced by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie. 

  • Maryland – Matthew S. Helminiak has been appointed the Commissioner of Labor & Industry at DLLR replacing our own Tom Meighen.  ACE is seeking a meeting with him next month.  Please reply to this email if you have any issues with the department.

  • Virginia – Are you working on any projects for the Commonwealth?  If so do you have any payment issues to report?  Please send your information to ike@asamw.org.  A State Delegate is considering legislation in Virginia to improve payments for nursing homes and wants to know if construction should be included.  

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Member Updates

  • Welcome to BSA Construction in Springfield. We are glad to add this fine company to our growing list of the BEST Subcontractors in the DMV.  Look for Hugo Sanchez and his team at a future event. 

  • Thanks for helping ASA of Metro Washington grow.  You can do your part.  Just ask another contractor if they would allow Ike Casey to visit them to discuss the value.  Click here to add a potential member  and we will take it from there.

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