Arizona Builders' Alliance Newsletter

Association News                                                                                                                                                                                  April 2014
In This Issue
Legislative Update
So. AZ Chairman's Installation Dinner
Apprenticeship Updates
Explorer Post 811 wins award from ABC
Senior Executive Program
FedEx Savings from ABC
AGC's Lean Education Program
Cellphones for Soldiers
Tucson's Volunteer Day
The Month in Photos

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ABA Offices:

1825 W. Adams
Phoenix, AZ 85007

1661 N. Swan, 
Ste. 144
Tucson, AZ 85712



 Statewide Calendar of Events 


Click here to apply for the Senior Executive Program (SEP)

Program begins in August




Southern Arizona Chairman's Installation Dinner & Auction
April 11

2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) Updates 

April 26 & May 3




Lunch & Learn: Contractor's Liability to Owners & Subsequent Purchasers
April 17
Legislative Update
April 22
Beware Contractors:  Changes at the Registrar of Contractors!
April 23
Member Mixer hosted by LaborMax & AZBEX at Salut Kitchen Bar
April 23


Social Media, Hiring, Firing, and the NLRB
May 6
Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chains & Assembly
May 7 (7:30-4pm)


Alternative Delivery Construction Contracting
Legal Semianr
May 8
OSHA 10 Safety Class
May 15 & 16


Member Mixer at Sundt Construction
May 15
ABA, AGC Apprenticeship Recognition Banquet
June 20


 If you have questions about anything above, please contact Erica Lange. 

ABA's Staff 
Working for you...


Mark Minter
Executive Director


Tom Dunn
Southern Arizona Director


Erica Lange
Assistant Executive Director


Debbie Carlson
So. AZ Office Manager


Gary Townsley
Director of Apprenticeship


Jenn Swanson
Director of Management Education


Dana Jones
Apprenticeship Coordinator


Nita Ornelas
Office Administrator


Mary Navarrette
Chapter Bookkeeper


Carol McMullen




Hello Valued ABA Member!
Erica 2013
Erica Lange 
Assistant Executive Director

The upcoming months hold lots of opportunities for you and your company to participate in ABA educational events and business development opportunities, both in Phoenix and in Tucson.
Remember, as a member company, you can attend anything offered statewide at the ABA member rates. In addition, all employees of your company are members, so please make the most of your membership and encourage your colleagues to attend as many events as they can! Upcoming classes and events are listed on the far left of this e-newsletter with links for registration.  
Please save the dates of October 16 - 18 for the 2014 annual convention.  You can view a line-up of speakers who are confirmed for this year's convention here.  Convention offers you an opportunity to pack in lots of educational opportunities, while getting to know the leaders in the industry during the evening social events.   This year's convention will be held in gorgeous Tubac, Arizona.  To learn more about the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, you can visit the website.  
Registration for convention, as well as the room block at the resort will be available soon.  Please contact Erica Lange if you have any questions.  

I hope to see you at any or all of our upcoming events!  Have a great month!
Erica Lange
Assistant Executive Director 

Legislature in Final Sprint to Adjourn

by Mark Minter, Executive Director
Mark Minter
Executive Director

Members of the Arizona State Legislature are grinding their way to final adjournment of the 2014 Legislative session.  As always, next year's state budget is the driving force of the schedule.  About 300 bills are stacked in an intentional logjam created in both chambers.  The intentional delay of those bills creates negotiating items that often facilitate the final agreement on the budget. 


One hotly debated issue remaining is the possible takeover of construction inspections by Federal OSHA.  The Feds have threatened this action since Arizona passed a residential fall protection law in 2012. That law raised the fall protection threshold from 6 feet up to 15 feet on single-family residential projects.  The standard for full fall protection in commercial and industrial construction has been 6 feet for several years.  This change was done at the request of the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association.


Read More


Register for Mark Minter's free legislative webinar on April 22 here.  


For questions about these or any other legislative issues, please contact Mark Minter.  

Southern Arizona Chairman's Installation Dinner - THIS Friday, April 11!  Sign up now!

by Tom Dunn, Director of Southern Arizona

Tom Dunn
Tom Dunn
Director for Southern Arizona


As the Arizona Builders' Alliance enters its 21st year of service and advocacy, we honor our 2013-2014 officers, foremost Chairman Mark Riggi, Millwork by Design.  We will swear in our 2014-2015 leadership team of Brad Lloyd, Lloyd Construction and Eric Buchholz, Sun Mechanical Contracting, at the Tucson Country Club.


The Installation Dinner is the ABA's premiere event of the year featuring the leaders of the commercial building industry, terrific food, live music, exceptional silent and live auctions, a memorable swearing-in ceremony and fellowship of good friends. 


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Register for the Installation Dinner here. 

Gary Townsley 
ABA Apprenticeship Director
New Apprenticeship Semester to Begin in January
by Gary Townsley, Apprenticeship Director
The Annual ABA-AGC Education Fund Golf Tournament was at the Legacy on April 4th.  Thanks to those companies that sponsored and participated in this fun-filled day of golf and socializing with your fellow ABA members.  All proceeds, which were close to $30,000, benefit ABA's apprenticeship programs.
We have several electrical update classes coming up this spring and summer including  NEC  2014 Update, Electrical Power Systems Maintenance, ARC Flash & 70E Safety Standard and Electrical Meter Use.  Please check the ABA website for classes, dates, locations and registration.
The SkillsUSA Championships/ABA Electrical Craft Championships is April 15 at the Phoenix Convention Center.   The following ABA member contractor apprentices are the contestants in the event:   
  • Nathan Akins-Gaylor Electric
  • Jason Hansen-Jenco
  • Brian Hart-Corbins Electric
  • Simeon Higbee-Wilson Electric
  • Kris Hill-Wilson Electric
  • Geoffary Mullins-Jenco
  • Matt Rice-DP Electric
  • Michael Visvydas-Corbins Electric
  • Justin Weber-Corbins Electric

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this event and observing our talented apprentices competing to see who will represent the ABA at the National SkillsUSA Championships and ABC Craft Championships.


The ABA's fourth year apprentice Wade Ginther from DP Electric will be representing the ABA in the Industrial/Commercial Electrical contest at this year's ABC Craft Championships in Birmingham, Alabama from April 29 through May 3.  We wish him the best of luck.


The latest high schools to come onboard as NCCER ATEF's are the Construction program at Catalina Magnet HS in Tucson and the Welding program at North Canyon HS in Phoenix.  If you are interested in working with either of these schools programs please contact Gary Townsley.

Explorer Post 811 wins ABC's National Best Practice Champion Award!

The Arizona Builders Alliance is proud to announce that Tucson's Explorer Post 811 Program has been awarded the ABC's Chapter Best Practice Champion Award!  This is awarded to chapters that demonstrates a replicable format for other chapters around the country to adopt and improve their chapter's business.

Explorer Post 811 is a worksite-based program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old. Exploring units, called "posts", usually have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, health, law, aviation, engineering, or the like, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity.  In the ABA's case, Explorer Post 811 explores careers in the construction industry by hosting tours and educational opportunities for students at member companies throughout the Tucson area.  

Read the congratulatory letter from ABC here. 
Applications being accepted for the 2014 Senior Executive Program (SEP)
Jennifer Swanson  
ABA Management Education Director

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Senior Executive Program (SEP).   SEP is an exclusive course offered to 12 executives and senior leaders, where they share experiences and discuss:

  • Transition in leadership
  • Time management for leaders
  • Conflict resolution
  • Unique challenges for executives
  • And much more.
Dates: August 13; Sept 10; Oct 1; Nov 12
Graduation: Dec 12

Contact Jennifer Swanson for an application or with questions.  
ABC Members Receive FedEx Discounts!
FedEx makes it easy for ABC members to ship and shop with the FedEx Advantage discount program.  New customers can earn a $25 American Express gift card by making three elegible shipments by May 15, 2014.*

Enroll here or call 1.877.875.2270. Be sure to provide passcode E25AAA for quick and easy enrollment.



Take advantage of the many ways FedEx can help move your business ahead:

  • Choose FedEx Express for speed and reliability. Whether you need it there the same day or next-day, FedEx Express offers ideal solutions for urgent or high-value shipments.
  • Deliver better customer service with dependable, cost-effective FedEx Ground. It's faster to more locations than UPS Ground.
  • Reach new markets around the world. FedEx Express offers a wide variety of international services to more than 220 countries and territories.
  • Make FedEx Office your office. FedEx Office offers a unique combination of printing, packing and design services, along with more than 1,800 convenient locations where you can drop off or pick up your packages. 

Save up to 29%.  Great discounts on a variety of FedEx services are another reason it pays to rely on FedEx. Members of the FedEx Advantage discount program receive a wide range of savings and it's free to join. Enroll here or call 1.877.875.2270. Be sure to provide passcode E25AAA.


*If you're not sure what you chose, please contact Nita Ornelas or call the office at (602) 274-8222.  If you'd like to add the ABC Affiliation to your membership, we can do so at any time.   

AGC's Lean Construction Education Programs!


How lean is implemented within a construction firm can vary based on many factors and the lean transformation is most effectively driven and planned by individuals within a firm. The AGC-developed series of courses are intended for an organization's lean champions, who will design and implement a company's lean transformation strategy at the corporate and project levels. 


The courses in this program will cover:

  • Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems 
  • Unit 2: Pull in Production 
  • Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring 
  • Unit 4: The Last Planner� System 
  • Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
  • Unit 6: Lean Design and Preconstruction
  • Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools

Following completion of this program, individuals will have a deep knowledge of both the theory and application of Lean Construction and be able to sit for an exam to earn AGC's Certificate of Management - Lean Construction (CM-LC) credential.


The ABA is offering Lean Construction Units to Members.  Unit 5 will be offered May 7.  Click here to register.


Click here to learn more about the AGC's Lean construction education programs.  

ABA's Community Service Board collecting Cell Phones for Soldiers!  How can you help?

For every two cellphones the ABA collects, a soldier will receive a 60-minute calling card.  The cost for a soldier to call home from Afghanistan is $4 per minute.  Your efforts can give a soldier MUCH needed time with their family.  Last year we collected almost 800 phones.  This year, we've collected over 500 phones.  Our goal is 1,000 phones by May 23.
Please help us realize the goal by doing one or all of the following:
  • Drop off your old cell phones at the ABA offices in Phoenix OR Tucson by May 23.   
  • Place a collection box in your office.  Print an 8 1/2" x 11" box poster here.  Print an 18" x 18" box poster here.   If you are in need of a collection box, please contact Erica Lange.  
  • Print these flyers and distribute in to your customers, vendors, and post in your lobbies.
  • Place this website banner on your company's website with a link back to the ABA's Cellphones for Soldiers webpage.   
Contact Erica Lange with questions.  
Tucson Volunteer Day 2014 selection committee meeting

When: Thursday, May 24th at 2pm 

Where: ABA Tucson Office: 1661 N Swan, Ste 144, Tucson, AZ

What:  Help the 2014 Volunteer Day selection committee review the submissions for the upcoming 20th annual Volunteer Day!  


This is an open committee welcome to all members.  We've received many requests from well-deserving non-profits that serve our community.  The agenda for this meeting includes reviewing the submissions and selecting the finalists.  Once the finalists are notified, a tour of the sites will be scheduled.


Don't miss out on the planning stages of the ABA's efforts.  Help us decide how to help our community!  Contact Tom Dunn with questions.  

The Month in Photos!

To see photos from this past month's events, click on the Photo below to see others in that album!  


ABA's 27th Annual Golf Tournament 

JFK Electric Awarded ABC's STEP Award

40-Hour Safety Officer Training

Cloud Computing Seminar & Database Tour

Tucson's Advisory Board Meeting

Cornerstone Awards Banquet

AGC National Convention in Las Vegas

Joint Association Member Luncheon