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THANK YOU for another GREAT Winter Conference!

Final attendance numbers are in for the 2017 Annual Winter Conference and we were just shy of 1,400 attendees, which breaks last year's record. The halls were packed with exhibitors and attendees for two full days of educational sessions, exhibitor receptions and awards events, and we can't thank everyone enough for contributing to the success of the conference this year!

If you have a Facebook account, make sure to check out the   MBI page to view photos and the awards videos if you weren't able to make it to the conference this year. We also put together a blog post about the conference that you might want to check out as well. A conference photo gallery will be up and ready for viewing on the MBI website later this week, so be sure to check back to see some of the many great shots our photographer was able to capture.

Be sure to save the date for next year's conference so that you don't miss out!

2018 MBI Annual Winter Conference
February 26-28, 2018
Prairie Meadows
Altoona, Iowa

It's WIC Week!
March 5-11, 2017

We Have Our First Master Builder Achievement Award Recipient!
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The National Association of Women in Construction and the construction industry is celebrating Women in Construction (WIC) Week! NAWIC's mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry and is a time to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. We will be celebrating WIC Week on our social media accounts throughout the week. We encourage you to do the same!

We invite you to add the following image to your email signature this week. Simply CLICK HERE to download the file.

This year we were able to present the first Master Builder Achievement Award at the Annual Winter Conference.  The Master Builder Designation recognition program was started by MBI just prior to the 2012-13 training season.  The notion of the program is to encourage employees of MBI firms to strive for lifelong learning in the construction industry by granting credits for each course or program attended.  Credits are awarded in the areas of Leadership, Project Management, Ecological Construction, Ethics, and Safety, with virtually every education program that MBI offers providing credits in one or more of these areas.  The Master Builder Designation Achievement Award is earned when an individual surpasses 150 credits and fulfills the requirements in each of the areas listed above.  The first Master Builder Achievement Award was earned by Lee Hollatz of The Hansen Company! Congratulations Lee!

To learn more about the Master Builder Designation program and to enroll, please visit
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