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                                                                For Immediate Release
May 5, 2014


Washington, D.C.
 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Robert Stuart, superintendent at Stronghold Engineering in Menifee, Calif., its Craft Professional of the Year. Stuart received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Development Conference and in Birmingham, Ala.

ABC presents the Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professional who excels in his or her field while also demonstrating a commitment to safety, training and the merit shop philosophy each year.

“Robert’s commitment to safely and efficiently delivering quality work makes him the perfect choice for our Craft Professional of the Year,” said 2014 ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners, LLC, Brentwood, Tenn. “Robert’s passion and the pride he takes in his work should serve as an example for craft professionals around the country and we are thrilled to honor him.”

Stuart’s career began in 1997 when he joined Stronghold Engineering as a part-time shop assistant while still in high school. He has continued with Stronghold ever since, graduating from the ABC electrical apprenticeship program in 2003, receiving his California Journeyman’s Electrician license and eventually being promoted to his current position of electrician superintendent which he was held since 2008. 

Stuart has also demonstrated a commitment to helping those around him. In 2011 he was named ABC’s Craft Instructor of the Year for his devotion to mentoring electrical apprentices at ABC’s Southern California Chapter. He is also actively involved in the Apprenticeship 411 program where he conducts trainings and seminars for more than 200 high school students and their parents and has volunteered as a leader of the Cub Scouts Pack 210 since 2008.

As the 2014 Craft Professional of the Year, Stuart received a brand new 2014 Ram Tradesman 1500 Crew Cab truck from the award’s exclusive sponsor, Tradesmen International. The truck included custom upgrades donated by ABC business partner the Chrysler Group and the taxes were paid by the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation.

All nominees were evaluated on several criteria, with the top candidates being chosen as finalists. The ABC Craft Professional of the Year winner was selected from those finalists. 

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at www.abc.org.