The Leadership Experience

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Overview

The Leadership Experience is a leadership training program that addresses the areas of communication, collaboration, culture, and customer. These four areas are critical in all levels of leadership and attendees are challenged to take the learning of previous leadership classes to the next level. Becoming an effective leader requires an understanding of people, personalities, attitudes, goals, and more. The Leadership Experience stresses to attendees that the most important person they will ever lead is themselves.

The MBI Leadership Experience was a superb course of self- reflection and deeper learning.  Rather than starting at square one, the MBI Leadership Experience took advantage of the prior leadership experience of the attendees. The result was an effective series which not only challenged the attendees to utilize what they likely already knew, but also to reconsider leadership principles from a different view. The interaction between peers was invaluable as a learning tool, facilitating the ability to focus on items that mean the most to our industry, and gain familiarity with each other in a non- competitive environment. David Rabiner challenged the group to be real. At all times, he remained connected with us. The humility and group awareness David demonstrated kept the class in learning mode, not lecture mode. More specifically, David spoke with us, not at us. I told David on our last evening that he really drove home learning in a way that the construction industry could relate to, but in hindsight, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want to learn in that way. -Dan Kartman, Seedorff Masonry

In addition to the classroom training, attendees receive one-on-one executive leadership coaching from our facilitator. Becoming a great construction leader does not boil down to what you know technically, nor is it about who you know. It is about you, your character; your ability to lead yourself and others; your influence in good times and bad; and your individual career journey. This program changes individuals on multiple levels as leaders in their company, home and community.

For additional information about this program, please contact Tom Fulcher at TFulcher@MBI.Build or (515) 657-4395.

Program Details

  • Duration: Meets for four consecutive months on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning
  • Time of Year: December - March
  • Location: Various cities in Iowa
  • Class Size: Maximum of 20 participants and 1 participant per company
  • Cost: $2,750 - MBI Members; $3,350 - Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members
  • Other: Open enrollment
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 32

2020-2021 Class Dates:

  • December 10 & 11, 2020 | Cedar Rapids
  • January 7 & 8, 2021 | West Des Moines
  • February 4 & 5, 2021 | Cedar Falls
  • March 4 & 5, 2021 | Ames

Class of 2020

Tom Anania, The Weitz Company
Drew Brazie, Baker Group
Ben Butler, Braun Intertec IA
Ryan Dean, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Cindy Dontje, Kingland Construction Services
Adam Douglas, Graham Construction Co.
Ryan Drew, McGough
Kelly Edmonds, Rinderknecht Associates Inc.
Alex Geving, Star Equipment, Ltd.
Nathan Goetsch, Woodruff Construction, LLC
Aaron Kendall, Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Dale Lienemann, Estes Construction
Ben Lortz, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Ajay Kumar Magesh, Heartland Companies
Chad Reineke, Elder Corporation
Maria Schirm, Tri-City Electric Co.
Nick Tometich, Elder Corporation
Mike Torres, Boomerang
TJ Wilcke, Graham Construction Co.
Alex Wolf, Baker Group

MB EYE on the Future MBI Members Only

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Overview

Building Future Leadership

This program offers attendees a tremendous opportunity to continue their path of success and become more involved as current and future leaders of the construction industry in Iowa. It introduces participants to MBI, while focusing on communication and stepping outside of your comfort zone. The class also takes on a project that will have a positive impact on Iowa’s commercial construction industry.

MB EYE on the Future is the only program that MBI offers that has an application process, which requires an employer recommendation and selection procedure. Participants are nominated by their company’s executive management and complete an application for consideration in the program. Careful consideration of all nominations and applications is then made by a selection committee.

A main component of the MB EYE on the Future program is the ‘The Leaders Course’® presented by Ken Bradford of Dallas, Texas. Ken works with the class the first five months of the program, boosting their confidence, communication and leadership skills, as well as leading each participant to become a more effective and charismatic leader. Ken’s sessions are not about taking notes, listening to lectures or watching lengthy slide presentations. Ken focuses on learning by doing, by participating, taking risks, and applying the materials he teaches on a daily basis.

If a company is looking to grow great, enthusiastic and confident leaders, MB EYE on the Future is a ‘must’ class to have. The class will do wonders for an employee’s confidence. Ken does an excellent job of developing people into confident employees with his teaching of this class. It is worth the time and money for the future of your company to send employees through this class. - Kevin Larsen, Woodruff Construction, LLC

My biggest take away from this course is self confidence in public speaking. Each class has multiple activities to challenge you and help you grow personally. This is not a sit and listen class. Ken keeps you actively engaged the entire class, whether you want to or not. - Jared Krull, Cardinal Construction

This program really took me outside of my comfort bubble. Self confidence to speak in front of people, small talk at company event, and awareness of situations with more intent to listen. Highly recommended! - Ryan Pigneri, Ryan Companies

Program Details

  • Duration: Meets for six consecutive months on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning
  • Time of Year: September - February
  • Location: Various cities in Iowa
  • Class Size: Varies (typically 15 - 20 participants)
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Other: MBI Members Only - application and selection process
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 26 | Project Management = 22

Class of 2021

Ben Gannon – DCI Group
Ben Hull – W.A. Klinger
Brandon Jensen – US Metal Builders, Inc.
Chad Reineke – Elder Corporation
Darin Hooker – Woodruff Construction, LLC
Derick Rasmussen – Graham Construction Co.
Grant Mast – Lang Construction Group
Jack Meyer – Hy-Vee Construction
Jake Pietrok – WRH, Inc.
Jeremy Harder – The Hansen Company, Inc.
Kelli Paskert – Skold Companies
Ken Edwards – Downing Construction Inc.
Logan Brinkman – Henkel Construction Company
Louis Ruggio – Rinderknecht Associates, Inc.
Michael Beck – Brockway Mechanical
Michael Johnson – Bush Construction Company
Nate Womble – Heartland Companies
Rory Wiebel – Russell Construction
Seth Rooker – Holmes Murphy & Associates
Tom Anania – The Weitz Company
Ty Murray – Baker Group

Cornerstone Academy

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Overview

A Solid Foundation for Construction Professionals

This construction leadership development program is designed to introduce attendees to several facets of the commercial construction industry, while providing them with a wealth of valuable information and priceless resources. A solid understanding of the topics included in this program are vital to the success of every commercial construction company, therefore also critical for the success of the employees who are leading these firms. This is an excellent opportunity to see a detailed overview of many important aspects of the commercial construction industry, as well as receiving fundamental information. 

Topics may include: Insurance; finance; safety; construction ethics and law; human relations; recruiting; environmental issues; leadership; project management technology; industry education; and public affairs. Presenters include industry experts who have a wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding, based on years of working in Iowa’s construction industry. Each presenter provides the group with recommended resources to assist attendees with building a comprehensive supply of reference materials for future use.

Presenters List

For additional information about this program, please contact Tom Fulcher at TFulcher@MBI.Build or (515) 657-4395.

The Cornerstone Academy course hits a homerun for leaders at their companies to attend with the variety of classes that you need in the construction industry for today. Every speaker leaves their contact information so you can reach out to them whenever you want to ask questions, to have instructors do this is really great because everyone is busy, and they are willing to take their time to help you out is something special. Meeting other leaders out in our industry at this course is truly awesome and have made a lot of new friends and great people to keep in touch throughout my life! - Chuck Danner, Hy-Vee Construction, LC

Cornerstone Academy provides a lot of valuable information from very good presenters who are knowledgeable and keep the sessions interactive.  The program also provides a great opportunity to meet a lot of good people and resources while also being a lot of fun. - Todd Langel, Cedar Valley Steel

Program Details

  • Duration: Meets for five consecutive months on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning
  • Time of Year: October - February
  • Location: Various cities in Iowa
  • Class Size: Maximum of 25 participants
  • Cost: $950 - MBI Members; $1,200 - Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members
  • Other: Open enrollment
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 8 | Project Management = 8 | Safety = 6 | Ecological = 6 | Ethics = 5 | Your Choice = 7

2020-2021 Class Dates:

  • November 19 & 20, 2020 | Cedar Rapids
  • December 17 & 18, 2020 | Ames
  • January 14 & 15, 2021 | Cedar Falls
  • February 12 & 13 , 2021 | Ankeny

Class of 2021

Rich Armintrout, A. J. Allen Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Ryan Baugh, WRH Inc.
Travis Benz, Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Samantha Blettner, Heartland Companies
Becky Bockenstedt, Hy-Vee Construction
Brandon Bratz, The Waldinger Corporation
Eric Bridgewater, Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Gabe Burden, Shaw Electric, Inc.
Joe Devault, Shaw Electric, Inc.
Jeff Hoelscher, US Erectors, Inc.
Justin Hoerner, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Brittany Knudtson, Kingland Construction Services
Tyler Kramer, Peters Construction Corp.
EJ Lines, Mortenson
Audra Nearad, TSF Structures, Inc.
Michael Norris, A. J. Allen Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Scott Olson, Point Builders, LLC
Johnny Rummelhart, Schumacher Elevator Company
Karlee Schwake, Baker Group
Gavin Scroggin, Graham Construction Co.
Shelby Stecklein, Baker Group
Jacob Triplett, Eick & Day Construction, LLC
Grant Vanderheiden, Control Installations of Iowa Inc.
Mitch Vargason, WRH Inc.
Jacob Zenor, Heartland Companies

Project Managers and Project Supervisors

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Overview

An Interactive Program That Focuses on the Project Team

Success of a construction team, project or company often boils down to a few key components that, if carefully combined, can lead to great accomplishments where everybody wins. Employees, companies and customers can all win with the proper combination of teamwork, leadership, communication, accountability, personal responsibility, budgeting and quality control on every project, every day. A large portion of the responsibility for these areas falls on the project’s leadership team of project managers and project supervisors. This integrative leadership program will challenge members of the project team to understand project budgets, elevate individual and team performance, understand customer dynamics, and even have a little bit of fun in the process. This is an outstanding opportunity to put members of your project team in a teamwork atmosphere of learning and professional growth.

“A great all-around learning experience. My favorite part was all the presenters did a great job of keeping it interesting and informal.” - Len Reid, Hy-Vee Construction, LC

Items addressed in this program are viewed from the perspective of the project manager and the project supervisor to assure a high level of understanding. This exciting series combines the experiences and knowledge of project managers, project supervisors and presenters, focusing on team building workshops to address common construction roadblocks to effectiveness.

For additional information about this program, please contact Tom Fulcher at TFulcher@MBI.Build or (515) 657-4395.

Program Details

  • Duration: Meets for two consecutive weeks on Thursday and Friday
  • Time of Year: January
  • Location: West Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Class Size: Maximum of 40 participants
  • Cost: $1,350 - MBI Members; $1,800 - Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members
  • Other: Open enrollment - Companies are encouraged to enroll employees in this program as a team: a project manager and a project supervisor.
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 8 | Project Management = 12 | Safety = 2 | Ecological = 2

2021-2021 Class Dates:

  • January 21 & 22, 2021 | West Des Moines
  • January 28 & 29, 2021 | Iowa City

Class of 2020

Mike Berry, Graham Construction Co.
Donald Billington, The Weitz Company
Robert Bryant, Graham Construction Co.
Nick Carroll, Kingland Construction Services
Emmett Clair, Gronen Restoration Inc.
Brenton Clark, Portzen Construction Inc.
Rich Corcoran, Woodruff Construction, LLC
Mike Daugherty, Elder Corporation
Ethan Dix, Story Construction Co.
Marcus Dyer, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Wade Elder, Elder Corporation
Matt Farley, City Construction
Will Gronen, Gronen Restoration Inc.
Joel Guthrie, Woodruff Construction, LLC
Jeff Hoelscher, US Erectors, Inc.
Tyler Houg, Elder Corporation
Michael Huff, Dean Snyder Construction
Josh Jansen, Gronen Restoration Inc.
Alec Jensen, Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Nick Johnston, Elder Corporation
Jeremy Kies, Hy-Vee Construction
Jim Klima, Graham Construction Co.
Cooper Krings, Portzen Construction Inc.
Rob Kueter, Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Brittani Littlejohn, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Jack Meyer, Hy-Vee Construction
Craig Moon, City Construction
Jay Reichenbacher, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Chris Rymars, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Hunter Schmitt, Baker Group
Andrew Snyder, Dean Snyder Construction
Javier Solis Jaimes, Jr., Graham Construction Co.
Ben Spilde, Woodruff Construction, LLC
Justin Stanley, Point Builders, LLC
Drew Suggs, Graham Construction Co.
John Taft, Hubbell Construction Services LLC
Alex Wolf, Baker Group

Foundations of a Field Leader

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Overview

Laying the Groundwork for Effective Field Leadership

This field leadership development program is designed to provide attendees with a host of tools and information to help them excel as leaders in the areas of leadership, risk management, communication, and personal effectiveness. Leading a team, crew, or group of individuals in a commercial construction project environment takes an exceptional person with the right skill set and personality, along with construction knowledge and awareness. Leaders in the field must be able to manage time, equipment, materials, and most importantly, people. This program will provide the tools and help develop the skills of attendees in becoming successful leaders.

The audience for this program are individuals who show promise as a potential field leader, or those who are currently in a leadership role and would like to improve in the areas of leadership, risk management, communication and personal skills, such as time management, prioritizing, and goal setting.

For additional information about this program, please contact Tom Fulcher at TFulcher@MBI.Build or (515) 657-4395.

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As a new project superintendent, I have found the classes for Foundations of a Field Leader very helpful in my day to day operations on the job. With a whole day on communication, which I feel is key on any job, it was a very instructional course. For contractors who feel they have an up and coming lead person, I highly recommend this course before they are in that position. - Richard Firmstone, Neumann Brothers, Inc.

The Foundations of a Field Leader program renewed my excitement to keep moving forward in my communication and leadership skills.  It was nice being around a people who have had similar situations and experiences and in the end being able to open up.  It has built a community outside of my four walls. - Doug Ralston, Kingland Construction

Program Details

  • Duration: Meets every other Wednesday for four sessions, with one session being held on a Tuesday afternoon and the following Wednesday.
  • Time of Year: January - February
  • Location: West Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Class Size: Maximum of 25 participants
  • Cost: $1,200 - MBI Members; $1,500 - Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members
  • Other: Open enrollment
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 12 | Project Management = 12 | Safety = 3 | Ethics = 5

2021-2021 Class Dates:

  • January 6, 2021 | West Des Moines
  • January 19 & 20, 2021 | Iowa City
  • February 3, 2021 | West Des Moines
  • February 17, 2021 | Iowa City

Class of 2020

Benjamin Aguirre, WRH Inc.
Andrew Bell, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Matt Gillotti, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Jon Hansen, McGough
Josh Hermsen, Conlon Construction Co.
Jedidiah Jackson, Woodruff Construction, LLC
Ryan King, Peters Construction Corp.
Robbie Klima, Graham Construction Co.
Randall Linquist, Kingland Construction Services
Jesse McDannald, Graham Construction Co.
Matt Mitchell, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Steve Mullnix, City Construction
Dave Noppe, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Dave Olson, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Don Pratt, Hy-Vee Construction
Doug Ralston, Kingland Construction Services
Derick Rasmussen, Graham Construction Co.
Trent Roberts, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Shaun Rydl, Eick & Day Construction, LLC
Ron Statler, Heartland Companies
Creighton Stifel, Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Justin Swigart, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Kory Vanous, Rinderknecht Associates Inc.
Blayne Walker, WRH Inc.
Brad Walsh, Rinderknecht Associates Inc.
Jacob Wrage, Woodruff Construction, LLC

The Leadership Summit MBI Members Only

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Overview

This first of its kind professional development opportunity for Master Builders of Iowa, The Leadership Summit teams David Rabiner, Rabiner Resources with one of America’s top management and consulting firms FMI Corporation, to deliver an elite level and interactive event. Designed to be offered every three years, this event is centered in and around beautiful Denver, Colorado, and will provide education and networking opportunities in a format that will be both enjoyable and challenging.

The intended audience for the MBI Member-exclusive The Leadership Summit is for individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Completed The Leadership Experience
• Captured the Master Builder Achievement Award
• Executive officer or shareholder for an MBI member firm

 “I am excited about this opportunity to help you take your personal and professional development to a higher level with engaging and informative sessions, reinforcing activities, and powerful networking. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a program built to challenge you every step of the way toward individual and operational excellence!" - Executive Coach, David Rabiner

Throughout the four days of instruction and activities at this summit, attendees will explore the following topics with our professional presenters:

• Your personal brand of leadership
• Presentation skills for leaders
• Strategic thinking
• Coaching and mentoring
• Promises and pitfalls of high-level leadership
• Construction outlook

For additional information about this program, please contact Tom Fulcher at TFulcher@MBI.Build or (515) 657-4395.

Program Details

  • Duration: Meets for four consecutive days
  • Time of Year: Held every 3 years
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Class Size: 40
  • Cost: $3,750 - first person from company | $3,000 - each additional person from same company
  • Other: Exclusively for individuals employed by an MBI member firm who have completed The Leadership Experience, captured the Master Builder Achievement Award, are executive officers and/or shareholders
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 5 | Project Management = 5 | Ethics = 5 | Your Choice = 4

2021 Class Dates:

  • August 25 - August 29, 2021

Building a Safety Champion

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Overview

Designed to help enhance the safety culture within a company by empowering managers and safety leaders, Building a Safety Champion is MBI’s newest leadership development program.  With a goal of attracting individuals who are not only safety conscious for themselves and every member of their team, but also in a position to create fundamental changes with their company.  The curriculum for this program will guide attendees through subject matter that will enhance and change their approach to individual and company-wide safety practices.

For additional information about this program, please contact Tom Fulcher at TFulcher@MBI.Build or (515) 657-4395.

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Program Details

  • Duration : Meets for three consecutive months on a Wednesday afternoon and all-day Thursday
  • Time of Year: April - June
  • Location : Various cities in Iowa
  • Class Size : Maximum of 30 participants and 2 participants per company
  • Cost : $1,700 - MBI Members; $2,150 - Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members
  • Other : Open Enrollment
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 15 | Safety = 15 | Ethics = 3

2021-2021 Class Dates:

  • April 14 & 15, 2021 | Ankeny
  • May 12 & 13, 2021 | Cedar Rapids
  • June 9 & 10, 2021 | Cedar Falls