On Oct. 29, ABC announced that Timothy Mongeau has been appointed as director of workforce development. With more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing construction education programs, Mongeau will spearhead ABC’s workforce development strategies and initiatives at the state and local level. Mongeau will also be tasked with creating new opportunities to increase the pipeline of skilled construction professionals and support workforce public policy efforts. “Tim’s breadth of workforce development experience will be a boon to ABC, our chapters and the merit shop construction industry,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC’s vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “With an estimated 500,000 open construction positions in the United States right now, recruiting new people to the construction sector, as well as retaining and upskilling our current workforce, are top priorities. We’re excited about the new ideas Tim will bring to the table to help us fill the skills gap.” For the past 10 years, Mongeau was the manager of craft development centers with the Zachry Group in San Antonio, Texas. In this role, he designed and implemented a multimillion-dollar craft education center and employee retention program. Previously, he worked for BE&K Construction Company in Birmingham, Alabama, as a training manager. Active in the merit shop construction community for more than a decade, Mongeau has been a member of ABC and NCCER workforce development and assessment committees, as well as a research committee for the Construction Industry Institute. Mongeau served 11 years active duty and two years in the reserves of the U.S. Navy and has an associate degree in applied science from Kaplan University. He will be based in San Antonio, Texas.