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General Superintendent Mike VanBemden Awarded Inaugural Craft Professional of the Year by ABC-West Michigan

[Grand Rapids, Michigan] – Kent Companies General Superintendent Mike VanBemden was awareded the inaugural Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors – Western Michigan Chapter. The award was granted on September 15, 2015 at the annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony. The event included over 300 attendees who gathered to recognize 69 construction projects, eightsafety awards and three CPOY finalists.

c4cd0b6feefb3395b4591b668029ef1b_f761The CPOY Award is granted to an individual who exhibits outstanding skills and leadership in the craft profession. Eight craft professionals were nominated from ABC-WMC member companies, and three were chosen as finalists. The three finalists were interviewed by a juding panel and featured in a video highlight reel during the awards program. Mike VanBemden was selected for his passion for concrete, taking pride in hands-on work and the satisfaction of a job well done to benefit both the construction industry and the greater community. Mike’s commitment to excellence was recognized as the ultimate example of the merit shop philosophy and success in the craft profession. If selected as a national finalist, Mike will be recognized at the March 2016 ABC Workforce Development Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Kent Companies CEO Jeff VanderLaan commented, “Mike VanBemden is the second of three generations of family working as a part of the Kent Companies team. His father, Ike VanBemden, helped to build the foundation of Kent Companies’ success in West Michigan. Mike’s career with Kent Companies spans over thirty years. Today, his son Zach is launching his career with Kent Companies. Mike’s passion for building is most evident in the time he invests in others around him. He is a valuable mentor and leader on all of our job sites.”

Click here to view the CPOY highlight reel.