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Celebrating 50 Years of Training, Quality and Education

The annual conference brought the MBCEA members together for networking and learning

Wentworth Keith

As members of the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA), we are committed to training, quality and education. Nowhere is this more evident than at our annual conference. This past May, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, we put on one phenomenal conference. I am running out of superlatives because every year, it just keeps getting better. I would like to thank our conference committee, the speakers and exhibitors, our sponsors, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and executive director Sasha Demyan for all their hard work and professionalism. It truly was a tremendous program.

Quality was in full evidence at the awards ceremony. The MBCEA Building of the Year program is highly competitive with much sought after and coveted awards. On behalf of the entire board of directors, I would like to congratulate all the winners: the manufacturers, contractors, component suppliers, etc. You guys are tops in your fields. The caliber and complexity of your submissions were outstanding. Display your awards proudly; you earned it!

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Conference 2019 is May 1-3, 2019 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Quality, training and education were also on display in the program. Each year, we put together a schedule of best-in-class speakers and exhibitors from our very own membership. We share tips, techniques, tools and innovations. Our roundtable panel of experts is top notch. We had speakers such as Josh Quinter, MBCEA general counsel and partner at Offit Kurman, Baltimore, providing insight on communication for effective leadership, as well as the effect of the legalization of marijuana. Will Ikerd, Ikerd Consulting, Dallas, led a session on emerging technologies and opportunities with BIM. Dave Leinbach, Kaiser-Martin Group, Temple, Pa., and Arnold Corbin, Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas, collaborated on a session called “Insulated Metal Panels: What You Need to Know about Tricky Details.” This is really good stuff!

Access to this caliber of programming is not available anywhere else. How about this line-up: Mike Reynolds, Systems Contractor Inc., Thornton, Colo.; Jennifer Heimburger, Heimburger Construction, St. Louis; and Joe Allen, Thomas Phoenix International (TPI), Eastampton, N.J. shared field studies in modular erection. Tim Asinger, Kessel Construction, Bradford, Pa.; Eric Kay, TPI; and Quinter spoke about succession planning vs. selling. Not only is no one else teaching this stuff, these presenters are truly the best of the best because they live it every day. Anyone who attended one of these sessions left with practical advice they could implement as soon as they got home.

I am so proud to be able to serve as president of the MBCEA. Not only do we have so much going on with quality, training and education but we are also strengthening our relationships with our strategic partners. The 2018 Conference was once again co-located with MBMA, as will the 2019 Conference. We are also working closely with the Metal Construction Association at its METALCON Conference. We will be exhibiting, training and judging the Roofing Games at METALCON. But there is always more we can do; more people we can reach.

I urge all the manufacturers and suppliers to help promote MBCEA. Send your people to our chapter meetings; invite us to your builder meetings. When our relationship is strong, the quality and integrity of installations are enhanced and we all benefit. There is a symbiosis between manufacturing innovation and well-trained installers. Mutual benefits accrue to all when we freely interact and share ideas.

I also call on all members to spread the good news. Each of you has a business network of contractors, erectors, suppliers and vendors. Is everyone in your network a member of MBCEA? If not, why not? There is plenty of quality, training and education to go around, and, actually, the bigger the association, the stronger it is. If you have an idea for the betterment of the Association, please contact Sasha Demyan or me. We love to hear from you.

Keith Wentworth is president of the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association and vice president of Dutton & Garfield Inc., Hampstead, N.H. Wentworth holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College, and has more than 20 years of experience in commercial and industrial metal building design-build construction. He is proud to be a thirdgeneration Butler builder. Wentworth also serves on the board of directors of the Metal Building Institute and is a past president of the New England Chapter of the MBCEA. To learn more about the MBCEA, visit