Chapter Services Committees
Chapter Development Committee
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be an Association of high trust, high collaboration and effective communication to deliver value to our members. The Committee is charged with developing and applying benchmarks that will guide chapters to become high-performing. The Chapter Development Committee is responsible for identifying individual chapter capacity and utilizing tools that identify areas of improvement. Tools available include the CDC scoring model, Operating Ratios Report, Chapter Quarterly Report program, Chapter Standards Accreditation process, chapter participation in National activities and membership trends. Based on this information, the Committee proactively recommends solutions. Chapters with difficult challenges may be placed “In Trust” by the National Executive Committee. Those chapters are supported by the Chapter Development Committee in resolving challenges and providing a pathway to success and out of “In Trust” status.
Eligibility: The regional members alternate between a Chapter President and then a volunteer member for four-year terms. Consecutive terms are not permitted. There is always be a 3/4 or 4/3 split between Chapter Presidents and volunteers, and each region has the opportunity to be served first by a volunteer and then by an Chapter President or vice versa. A member serves as the Chairman.
In 2009 the Member Growth Committee was absorbed into the Chapter Development Committee to bring a focus of not just working with weak chapters, but also to focus the Association on growing its strongest chapters. Six at-large committee slots were added to the original eight bringing the Committee total to 14. The balance of the Committee continues to be favored toward members.
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workforce programs & initiatives
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. To align with the Association's strategic plan in the area of workforce development, the Committee
delivers industry-leading programs and initiatives. The Committee provides professional development offerings to chapters and member companies. It is also tasked with developing resources that assist in attracting workers to the industry.
Eligibility: The Workforce Programs & Initiatives Committee is open to all ABC members with experience in program development.
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ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to establish ABC’s members as the “world class” standard for health, safety and environment in the construction industry. The mission of the Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee is to provide leadership and direction to chapters and their members regarding safety, environmental and health issues. The Committee's goals are to save, protect and enhance the lives of workers and the community; to bring about a renewed commitment to safety and health in the construction industry; and to increase the productivity and competitiveness of ABC member companies.
Eligibility: The Environment, Health & Safety Committee is open to all ABC members.
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membership development committee
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership. Utilizing a grassroots approach, the ABC Membership Development Committee creates a relationship with chapters built on principles of high trust and collaboration to deliver useful membership development products and services as determined by chapter need and in a data-driven, strategic manner.
Eligibility: The Membership Development Committee is open to all ABC members.
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Workforce Policy Committee
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. It identifies and works with educational partner organizations, including government and other non-profits that promote the construction industry as a viable career and develop a workforce development policy that will be used to advocate for quality training programs and a quality career path.
Eligibility: The Workforce Policy Committee is comprised of one member from each region. The regional representation should include a mix of members with workforce development experience and workforce policy issues management.
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Construction management competition committee
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. It is a group of project managers whose task is to design the project for the Student Management Competition held annually at Institute. Since the focus of the committee is project-based, the meetings tend to be scheduled around the timing of the event. The committee meets both at the ABC National office and at committee members’ offices to coordinate the project for the competition.
Eligibility: Project Managers from ABC member companies are eligible for participation.
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National Craft Championships Committee
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. It is a group of craft professionals whose task is to design the craft competition for the National Craft Championships Competition held annually at the Workforce Development Conference. Since the focus of the Committee is project-based, the purpose of the group's meetings and conference calls is to coordinate projects for each craft within the competition, and tend to be scheduled around the timing of the event.
Eligibility: All ABC members, journey-level craft professionals and above, are eligible. Committee positions are on a three-tier system: Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager and Leadership, which includes Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair. Members may serve up to three years in each tier, for a total of six years, unless asked to serve in a leadership role. Members from the same company cannot be in the same tier.
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Government Affairs Committees
The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to increase the political influence of ABC to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. It seeks to guide ABC National and its grassroots program to better inform members of important legislation which impacts their company and employees; cultivate influential relationships with representatives in the government at every level; educate and provide resources to members and to motivate them to become active in the political process; demonstrate to members the importance of their participation in the political and legislative process as well as shape legislation in ways that are favorable to the Association’s goals. Committee members are called on to be an advocate themselves, as well as provide insight from their experience on a personal, member and chapter level.
: The Grassroots Committee is open to all ABC members.
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The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal of increasing political influence of the Association to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. It is responsible for evaluating the Association's government policies as they relate to workplace issues to ensure consistent compliance with those policies. The Legislative Committee is the Association's voice to ensure that ABC continues to be recognized as the premier resource for construction workplace issues before the federal, legislative, executive and judicial branches. These workplace issues consist of labor-management relations, union market recovery programs and unnecessary federal government interference in the workplace. The committee will meet at various times during the year to discuss new trends and issues in the industry, evaluate various legislative proposals, develop strategies for legislative initiatives and establish issue priorities. Committee members may be called upon to meet with members of Congress to educate them on ABC's concerns and the construction industry in general.
The Legislative Committee is open to ABC members who are owners, human resource professionals and other company officials who deal with workplace issues on a day-to-day basis.
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Political Action Committee
The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to increase the political influence of ABC to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. The purpose of ABC's Political Action Committee (PAC) is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of the association. This is accomplished through educating ABC members on the importance of political activism and through financial support of merit shop federal candidates. The PAC is governed by a board of 17 members who are appointed by the ABC National Chairman on a regional basis to serve a term of three years. The PAC Trustees work with the Regional Vice Chairs and chapter leadership to promote political involvement and assist in raising PAC funds. Members of this committee also approve all disbursements based on well-established guidelines such as voting records of incumbents.
Potential Trustees must demonstrate an interest in national politics, as well as fundraising. Evidence of this interest can be established from the individual’s participation on chapter-level legislative, grassroots or PAC committees or in leadership positions such as National Board member of Chapter Chairman. He or she must also have the support of the Board of Trustees Chair before the nomination is sent to the ABC National Chairman for appointment. Per the bylaws, the Board shall be composed of 17 Trustees serving three year terms. At least two Trustees shall be from each of the eight ABC regions.
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Tax Advisory Group
This Committee leads the Association's government affairs in developing and promoting an agenda of federal tax items of specific concern to the construction industry. The group will help guide the Association's efforts in advocating our federal tax policy with Congress and within the IRS for issues such as look-back accounting, cash basis accounting, AMT, capital gains, estate taxes, independent contractor and others.
The Tax Advisory Group is open to all ABC members with technical knowledge of the complex tax areas affecting the construction industry, particularly accountants, chief financial officers and other related tax experts familiar with Internal Revenue Service regulations.
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Free Enterprise Alliance
Description: The Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA)
supports the ABC strategic goal to increase the political influence of ABC to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. It was founded in 2001 to advocate for the voice of small business as well as open and fair competition. As the issue advocacy arm of ABC, the Free Enterprise Alliance’s mission has been to educate our members, their employees, elected officials and the public about the issues important to free markets and open competition. Since its inception, it has fought for these goals through small and large issue advocacy and educational campaigns in more than 20 states. The Free Enterprise Alliance is governed by a board of ABC members who are appointed by the ABC National Chair and serve at their discretion. The Board works with the Regional Vice Chairs and chapter leadership to promote political involvement and assist in raising Free Enterprise Alliance funds. Members of this committee also approve all disbursements based on well-established guidelines and deliberation.
Potential Trustees must demonstrate an interest in fundraising, as well as national politics. Evidence of this interest can be established from the individual’s participation on chapter-level legislative, grassroots or PAC committees or in leadership positions such as National Board member of Chapter Chairman. He or she must also have the support of the Board of Trustees Chair before the nomination is sent to the ABC National Chairman for appointment.
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Member Services Committees
Business Development & Partnerships Committee
The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership. It works to improve business opportunities for merit shop contractors by becoming the recognized resource for construction users. Activities include developing programs to encourage owners to use merit shop contractors’ services; assisting chapters in implementing successful business development programs; developing programs to help members gain work from each other; communicating in a positive manner with owners and buyers on a regular basis; and recognizing and publicizing outstanding merit shop construction projects and firms through the national Excellence in Construction awards program and the Accredited Quality Contractor program.
In addition, the Committee reviews ideas and provides guidance on business partnerships entertained and managed by ABC National. This includes making a recommendation to staff that a specific business proposal would be operationally good for a number of member segments, provide a benefit to members superior to what members could obtain independently and provide the Association and chapters with significant revenue share with good growth potential over the first few years of the partnership. Other activities include providing input on the marketing of current programs and working with chapters to maximize program growth.
The Business Development & Partnerships Committee is open to all ABC members with marketing and business development experience.
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The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership. The mission of this Committee is to provide leadership and direction to chapters and member companies to embrace diversity as an empowering competitive advantage through education, awareness and business practices.
The Diversity Committee is open to all ABC members.
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Green Building Committee
The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to establish ABC’s members as the “world class” standard for health, safety and environment in the construction industry. The mission of the National Green Building Committee is to advance ABC members’ ability to support their customers and thrive in the Green Building industry by providing education and resources to our members and chapters; advocating for smart energy policy and legislation that supports our members; establishing partnerships and working with construction owners to champion green initiatives that are inclusive of our members; and developing and communicating best practices to our members and chapters.
The Green Building Committee is open to all ABC members.
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Young professional program committee
The Committee is charged with developing the ABC National Young Professional program, implementing the program and helping to disseminate to ABC chapters and members. It develops the benefits offered by the ABC National Young Professional program, the logistics behind it and finding new and exciting ways to engage the young professionals in our membership and the industry as a whole.
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Budget & Finance Committee
This Committee monitors and reviews the budget, current financial status and annual audit. It makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and National Board about auditors, investment managers and policy issues related to the financial management of ABC. It develops tools to assist chapters in financial activities.
Per ABC Bylaws, the Budget & Finance Committee shall consist of the Secretary/Treasurer who shall serve as chairman and at least five members appointed by the Chairman. It shall prepare estimates of income and expenditures, prepare budgets and make other recommendations regarding finances to the Board. It shall also see to proper bonding and accounting.
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Bylaws & Policy Committee
This Committee is charged with maintaining the policies and procedures of the Association. It reviews meeting minutes of the Executive Committee and National Board of Directors for conformity with the National Association's Bylaws and Policy Manual. The Committee also acts as adviser to the National Chairman upon request.
Per ABC Bylaws, the Bylaws & Policies Committee shall consist of a chairman and those additional members appointed by the Chairman. It shall ensure that all actions by the Association are in conformity with the Association Bylaws and Policies & Procedures Manual. The Committee Chairman shall serve as the Parliamentarian for the Association.
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The Committee annually reviews the compensation of the ABC National President and CEO and any key employees as defined by applicable IRS regulations. The Committee reviews data as to comparable compensation for similarly qualified persons in functionally comparable positions at similarly situated organizations. The Committee is also tasked with carrying out contemporaneous documentation and recordkeeping with respect to the deliberations and decisions regarding the compensation arrangement.
Executive Committee members with no conflict of interest in respect to the compensation under review in accordance with applicable IRS regulations are eligible to serve on the Compensation Committee.
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Nominating & Certification Committee
The Committee requests and receives from chapters the names of candidates for office in the consult with current officers regarding their willingness to serve. The Committee also certifies all nominees for elected National office prior to their presentation to the National Board of Directors, serving as the Board of Electors, for consideration.
The Committee consists of a chairman, the last three Past Chairmen of the Association available to serve and one
Chapter Chairman who served in that office during the previous year from each of the Association's regions chosen by each region. The Immediate Past National Chairman serves as chairman of the Committee.
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The Committee shall supervise the investment of the assets of the plan and make all decisions concerning selection and retention of the investment options available under the plan. Accordingly, the Committee shall have authority both to select and monitor funds and to appoint investment managers (see definition below). To assist with the process of fund evaluation and investment manager information, the Committee shall have the authority and responsibility both to select and monitor an investment advisor. Decisions of the Committee on investment policy, the selection of investments and/or investment managers, performance analysis and investment monitoring, etc., may but need not be based on the recommendations of an investment advisor engaged to advise the Committee on such matters.
An investment manager, as defined in ERISA, is a person/organization (i.e. Investment Management Company) qualified under ERISA, to whom the fiduciaries delegate responsibility for investing and managing plan assets in accordance with this investment policy statement and applicable law.
Chapter Presidents are on a rotation. The Executive Committee Chapter President liaison will serve on the committee for two years and the other nominated Chapter President on the committee for a four year commitment. This allows more continuity of knowledge for decisions.
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Foundations & Trusts
Construction Legal Rights Foundation
The Construction Legal Rights Foundation
supports precedent-setting legal efforts aimed at preserving and advancing the merit construction principles. The Foundation has funded hundreds of cases in cooperation with ABC, ABC chapters and members. In addition, the Foundation funds ABC chapter campaigns to educate the public on the benefits of merit shop competition and the disadvantages of project labor agreements. Applications for funding are available online, and ABC staff are available to help members and chapters apply.
The Board of Trustees shall be elected by the Executive Committee of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., a trade association accorded section 501(c)(6) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Each Trustee shall hold office for a term of three years and until a successor shall have been elected and qualify. The number of Trustees shall be twelve. A minimum of ten Trustees must be current contractor members in good standing with Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. which members shall include three members who currently hold or have held past positions on the ABC Board of Directors or on a national committee of ABC.
ABC Insurance Trust
ABC Insurance Trustees set the overall policy and direction of the ABC Insurance Trust
program, meet with the insurance company representative to review plan design options, financial results of the program and act in the best interests of the plan participants.
Trustees are selected from participating employers in the plan.
ABC Services Corps (ABCSC)
ABCSC, a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of ABC, serves as the publisher of Construction Executive
The Chairman of ABC National, with the consent of a majority of the members of the National Executive Committee, appoints a Secretary/Treasurer, two current members of the National Executive Committee and three members at-large to staggered three-year terms. The Association’s current Chapter Presidents’ Council chair appoints a chapter president to serve a three-year term in a non-voting capacity. The Association President serves ex officio.
Trimmer Construction Education Foundation
is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation with its own Board of Trustees. Its purpose is to raise funds in support of ABC's education and workforce development programs. The TCEF awards grants and scholarships for construction education, training and safety.
Trustees are elected by the board of trustees of the TCEF in accordance with their bylaws.
Electrical & mechanical contractors council
Description: The Council works to identify and provide ABC initiatives that are tailored specifically to the needs of ABC electrical and mechanical contractor members.
Eligibility: The Council is open to ABC contractor members in the electrical and/or mechanical trade.
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Industrial contractors council
Description: The Council collaborates and takes action on workforce development and government affairs issues that are specific to the industrial market.
Eligibility: The Council is open to ABC members who are executives at industrial firms.
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Elevator Contractors Council (ECC)
Description: The ABC Elevator Contractors Council (ECC), formerly known as the Merit Elevator Contractors Association of America (MECAA), is a group of ABC members that banded together to advance and grow the merit shop elevator sector of the construction industry. The group, which started as the ABC ECC and later became a standalone organization, rejoined ABC in 2012.
Eligibility: Any ABC member in good standing with an interest in advancing the merit shop elevator industry is eligible to participate.
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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.