Honoring the Best in the Construction Community

The ABC Construction Workforce Awards feature the Craft Instructor of the Year, Craft Professional of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. These individuals play critical roles in shaping the future of the construction industry by highlighting construction as a meaningful lifelong career, emphasizing safe work practices and expanding education opportunities.

Award recipients receive a $10,000 cash prize and a feature in Construction Executive magazine. Plus, they will continue to receive national exposure and professional development for years to come.

The 2024 nominations are now open and will close on Friday, Oct. 13. The individual award winners will be announced at the Opening General Session at ABC Convention 2024 , March 13, in Kissimmee, Florida.


All applications are submitted electronically following the below steps: *It is recommended you use Google Chrome to ensure program compatibility.

  1. Click here to access the application portal.
  2. Click the logo for the award pertaining to you.
  3. For first-time applicants, create a username and password to access the registration and application pages. If you have submitted previously, your username and password remains the same from year to year.
  4. Phase I - the nomination: complete all the required questions on the nomination form. You may save your information as you go and revisit the form as needed.
  5. When ready, click Save and Finalize to submit the application. Once the nomination is finalized, you will no longer be able to make edits. A confirmation will be emailed to you and the nominee will receive a separate email with links to continue on to Phase II - the application.

2023_Craft Instructor

ABC presents the annual Craft Instructor of the Year Award to an instructor who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through communications skills and innovative teaching to promote lifelong learning to the future construction workforce.

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2023_Craft Professional

ABC presents the annual Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professional who excels in their field, demonstrates a passion for the trade, exhibits outstanding leadership qualities and demonstrates a commitment to safety, education and the merit shop philosophy.

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2022_Young Professional

ABC presents the annual Young Professional of the Year award to an individual under the age of 40 who is dedicated to the merit shop and is a natural leader and top performer in their field, based on career achievement, leadership and vision for the future of the commercial and industrial construction industry.

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Meet ABC's 2023 Winners


Craft Instructor of the Year

Gabe Galvan
Construction Prep Academy
ABC Indiana Kentucky Chapter


Craft Professional of the Year

Jared Foster
Gaylor Electric, Inc
ABC Indiana Kentucky Chapter


Young Professional of the Year

Matt Terry
ABC TEXO Chapter