The Value of Industry Associations for Concrete Contractors
Our colleagues across the country find incredible value in industry associations – from committees and conferences to networking and survey data.
Industry associations work in partnership with contractors to create better industry standards, align on big picture initiatives and spur thinking about new technology, resources and processes. The connections and relationships made through memberships are even more valuable.
“In my experience, savvy associations actively involve their contractor members in strategic planning for industry initiatives like workforce development and safety,” said Kent Companies CEO Jeff VanderLaan. “Contractor members provide front-lines insight, startup resources and, ultimately, will drive long-term engagement in the programs that are launched.”
VanderLaan is engaged with national organizations including the American Society of Concrete Contractors and American Subcontractors Association.
We’ve put together the top reasons why concrete contractors should be members of and active participants in industry organizations.
- Advocacy – Support from stakeholders and government relations at state and local levels.
- Development – Both personal and professional. It is key for young leaders to succeed.
- Education – Courses, training, webinars and research are all readily available.
- Networking – Significant industry dialogue is fostered through events, speakers and activities.
- Continuous Improvement – Learn from respectable, trustworthy industry experts who advance thinking on tools, technology and processes.
- Credibility – Most organizations offer awards programs or certifications to strengthen your accolades.
- Accessibility – Organizations are found locally, statewide and nationwide.
Kent Companies Executive Vice President Matt Fennema is the former president of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM). He served in multiple leadership positions on the board, culminating in the presidential role.
Pre-Construction Manager Wes Marek is actively involved at the local level with the American Subcontractors Association-North Texas Chapter. He has seen networking and visibility second to none.
Division Manager Sean Roe recently represented Kent Companies at the Carolinas Associated General Contractors annual conference. Specialty contractors gain valuable networking and collaboration with general contractors and construction managers, often discussing industry and project delivery challenges in a collaborative, solution-oriented setting.
We encourage all concrete contractors to engage with construction industry organizations to create leadership opportunities for your own team and drive visibility for the entire concrete construction industry.