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 Executive Coach, David Rabiner. 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.

2021-2022 Leadership Experience Sponsorship Opportunities

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

2021-2022 Class Dates:

  • December 16 & 17, 2021 | Cedar Rapids
  • January 13 & 14, 2022 | Ankeny
  • February 17 & 18, 2022 | Ames
  • March 17 & 18, 2022 | Cedar Falls

Class of 2021

Charles Arnold, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Dusty Beenen, Baker Group
Matt Bockenstedt, Boomerang
Mike Bonewitz, Woodruff Construction
Krista Carter, Heartland Companies
Jeremy Harder, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Dale Honts, Tri-City Electric Co.
Michael Huff, Dean Snyder Construction
Jeff Jones, Tri-City Electric Co.
Jordan Lint, Baker Group
Lee Marbach, Russell Construction & Development
Ryan Palmer, Tri-City Electric Co.
Kurt Reihmann, WRH, Inc.
Gavin Scroggin, Graham Construction Co.
Joe Skow, Control Installations of Iowa, Inc.
Colton Taylor, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Brad Walsh, Rinderknecht Associates Inc.
Matt Wuebker, Elder Corporation
Jacob Zenor, Heartland Companies

The Leadership Summit MBI Members Only

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Overview

The Leadership Summit is designed for industry professionals who have reached the pinnacle of leadership training through Master Builders of Iowa, and are looking to take what they have learned to the next level. This out of state retreat will give leaders and future leaders a unique opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in construction leadership development while interacting with like-minded industry professionals. A combination of presentations, workshops, and outdoor activities will introduce and reinforce high-performing leadership topics that attendees will be able to apply immediately

The intended audience for the this MBI Exclusive opportunity is 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
  • Has previously attended The Leadership Summit     

Below are the testimonials from industry professionals who attended The Leadership Summit that was held August 25-29, 2021 in Denver, CO:                                                               

"The Leadership Summit was a great opportunity to be surrounded by high-performing leaders within our industry. It's not often we get to take the gloves off and figure out how to improve together. I left with the tools needed to intentionally refocus my professional growth, to lead with purpose, and establish a lasting personal brand."                                                                                                                                                                     -Jeff Scandrett, Keen Project Solutions, LLC

"The MBI Leadership Summit was a great program! With topics ranging from coaching and mentoring staff, strategic thinking, and building your personal brand of leadership, this program has something for everyone in an executive leadership role within their company. Whether you're preparing for a new role, or if you've been doing it for several years, you will learn valuable techniques to help you become a better leader."                                                                                                                                                                                       -Eric Simon, SHYFT Collective

For additional information, contact MBI Director of Education 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: MBI Member Exclusive - $1,995 / 1st person from company, $1,250 / 2nd person from company, NO CHARGE / 3rd person from company, Virtual Connection - $175 / MBI Member per connection, $100 / Special offer for the Leadership Experience Graduate
  • 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 = 3

2021-2021 Class Dates:

  • August 25 - August 29, 2021

Class of 2021

Ryan Andresen, Russell Construction & Development
Adam Day, Eick & Day Construction, LLC
Aaron DeCamp, SHYFT Collective
Nate Hagberg, The Waldinger Corporation
Dan Hampton, The Waldinger Corporation
Jeremy Harder, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Michael Johnson, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Doug Kumm, Baker Group
Mike Lipp, Baker Group
Greg Martin, The Weitz Company
Nic Merfeld, Heartland Companies
Laura Merz, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Jacob Pesek, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Joe Porepp, The Waldinger Corporation
Jamie Rich, WRH Inc.
Jeff Scandrett, Keen Project Solutions, LLC.
Rob Schwarzenbach, Heartland Door and Frame
Eric Simon, SHYFT Collective
Colton Taylor, Koester Construction Company, Inc.
Tom Wengert, 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.

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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

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: $1,950
  • Other: MBI Members Only - application and selection process
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 26 | Project Management = 22

2021-2022 Class Dates:

  • September 23-24. 2021 | Dubuque
  • October 14-15, 2021 | Cedar Falls
  • November 18-19, 2021 | Cedar Rapids
  • December 9-10, 2021 | Mason City
  • January 6-7, 2022 | Quad Cities
  • February 3-4, 2022 | Des Moines

Class of 2022

Russ Acton, Baker Group
Ryan Baugh, WRH, Inc.
Ryan Drapeaux, Ryan Companies, Inc.
Major Ennen, Murray Company
Dane Gerlich, Graham Construction Co.
Nate Goetsch, Woodruff Construction
Matt Goodhue, The Weitz Company
Erin Hiscox, Hy-Vee Construction
Tyler Kumm, DCI Group
Drew Lensch, Russell Construction & Development
David Lukan, Rinderknecht Associates, Inc.
Audra Nearad, TSF Structures, Inc.
Jerry Van Oort, Henning Companies
Jordan Ritland, 1st Interiors, Inc.
Bryan Schmidt, Turner Construction
James Sparks, Henning Companies
Nick Tometich, Elder Corporation
David Warner, Neumann Brothers, Inc.
Tom Yung, Hubbell Construction Services LLC
Jacob Zenor, Heartland Companies

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.

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

“The MBI Cornerstone Academy was a great forum for professional growth, networking, and creating industry relationships.  I recommend this program to anyone trying to further their industry community reach.” - Mike Norris, A. J. Allen Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

From project finances to leadership techniques, the MBI Cornerstone Academy is a great way to further expand your knowledge on new industry topics.  However, the largest take-away and long lasting impact was the people I met and the relationships that were created with other industry professionals.” - Eric Bridgewater, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

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: $1,250 - MBI Members; $1,565 - 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

2021-2022 Class Dates:

  • September 30 - October 1, 2021 | Davenport
  • November 4 - 5, 2021 | Cedar Rapids
  • December 2 - 3, 2021 | Ames
  • January 6 - 7, 2022 | Ankeny
  • February 10 - 11, 2022 | Cedar Falls

Class of 2022

Branson Bachman, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Mike Berry, Graham Construction Co.
Jim Comisky, The Weitz Company
Rich Corcoran, Woodruff Construction
Dylan Davis, Hy-Vee Construction
Chase Froehlich, The Graham Group, Inc. Construction Division
Corey Glass, Hy-Vee Construction
Alec Jensen, Russell Construction & Development
Brandon Jensen, US Metal Builders, Inc.
Kingsley Jewett, Neumann Brothers, Inc.
Abbey Johnson, Keen Project Solutions, LLC
BJ Kelly, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Kaleb Koerperich, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Toby Korner, Heartland Companies
Patrick Lemkuil, Russell Construction & Development
Braxton Lewis, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Matt Lowder, Downing Construction Inc.
Michael Martin, DCI Group
Nolan Prier, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Andy Pullen, Heartland Companies
Scott Reichel, Keen Project Solutions, LLC.
Chris Roderick, Baker Group
Colton Singbeil, WRH Inc.
Sam Sodders, Ball Team, LLC
Caleb Wheeler, Baker Group

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.

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Program Details

  • Duration: Meets for two consecutive weeks on Thursday and Friday
  • Time of Year: January
  • Location: Iowa City and West Des Moines
  • Class Size: Maximum of 40 participants
  • Cost: $1,700 - MBI Members; $2,125 - 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

2022-2022 Class Dates:

  • January 20-21, 2022 | Iowa City
  • January 27-28, 2022 | West Des Moines

Class of 2021

Dylan Ambrosy, Portzen Construction, Inc.
Jordan Archer, Graham Construction Co.
Becky Avise, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
JT Bucy, Russell Construction & Development
Rich Daughenbaugh, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Dean Deuel, Kline Electric
Darrick Eldridge, Graham Construction Co.
Major Ennen, Murray Company
Ben Fowles, Kline Electric
Bruce Goepferich, Kline Electric
Jake Hammond, Kline Electric
Ryan Harter, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Tyler Holtorf, ICON Construction
Nick Klostermann, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Kaleb Koerperich, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Brad Lehman, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Glen Marlett, Downing Construction Inc.
Sean Murphy, Knutson Construction Services, Inc.
Mark Orfield, Elder Corporation
Jonathon Paprocki, Knutson Construction Services, Inc.
Darrin Pearsall, Russell Construction & Development
Sean Pirc, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Nolan Prier, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Alex Reed, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Paul Riordan, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Jamie Royster, Lang Construction Group, Inc.
Luke Runde, Portzen Construction Inc.
Chris Schaaf, The Graham Group, Inc. Construction Division
Eric Schaller, Dean Snyder Construction
Devin Shiflett, Woodruff Construction
Matt Simonson, Kline Electric
Jon Swenson, Dean Snyder Construction
Eily Vandekrol, Woodruff Construction
Ali Vosburgh, Heartland Companies
Garrett Young, Heartland Companies

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: $1,500 - MBI Members; $1,875- Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members
  • Other: Open enrollment
  • Master Builder Designation Credits: Leadership = 12 | Project Management = 12 | Safety = 3 | Ethics = 5

2022-2022 Class Dates:

  • January 5, 2022 | West Des Moines
  • January 18-19, 2022 | Iowa City
  • February 2, 2022 | West Des Moines
  • February 16, 2022 | Iowa City

Class of 2021

Jed Bockenstedt, Graham Construction Co.
Jeff Breuklander, The Weitz Company
Parker Farland, Kingland Construction Services
Myles Fishel, Gee Asphalt Systems, Inc.
David Halweg, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Jamie Hennick
Vince Horras, Graham Construction Co.
BJ Kelly, Bush Construction Company, Inc.
Tadd Martin, Dave Schmitt Construction Co., Inc.
Mitchell Ramler, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc.
Josh Rath, Woodruff Construction
Miguel Rios, Baker Group
Doug Smith, Russell Construction & Development
Josh Smoldt, Hy-Vee Construction
Dirk Snyder, Graham Construction Co.
Jace Snyder, Dean Snyder Construction
Justin Stanley, Point Builders, LLC
Sean Warner, Hubbell Realty Co.
Dillon Warren, Woodruff Construction
Dwight Williams, Bush Construction Company, Inc.

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. This program will attract those individuals who are not only safety conscious for themselves and every member of their team, but who are 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 Joe Melton at JMelton@MBI.Build or (515)-298-1535.

2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

Program Details

  • Duration : Meets for three consecutive months on a Thursday afternoon and all-day Friday
  • 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

2022-2022 Class Dates:

  • April 7-8, 2022 | Ankeny
  • May 12-13, 2022 | Cedar Rapids
  • June 9-10, 2022 | Cedar Falls

Class of 2021

Chad Bunner, Neumann Brothers, Inc.
Matt Chumbley, Estes Construction
Pat Crosby, Hubbell Construction Services
Chuck Danner, Hy-Vee Construction
Matt Doeschot, The Weitz Company
Christine Gay, Todd & Sargent, Inc.
Michael Hodge, Estes Construction
Joe Jaeger, Boomerang
Dan Kelling, Peters Construction Corp.
Ryan King, Peters Construction Corp.
Jared Krull, Cardinal Construction
Jeff Lamoreux, Trinity Electrical Services
Chris Landphair, Koester Construction Co.
Guillermo Lara, W.A. Klinger, L.L.C.
Braxton Lewis, The Hansen Company, Inc.
Scott Lewis, Elder Corporation
Anna Martensen, The Weitz Company
Nick Mathistad, W.A. Klinger, L.L.C.
Patt McDowell, Dave Schmitt Construction Co.
Josh Oberhoffer, Conlon Construction Co.
Jamie Rich, WRH, Inc.
Jamie Royster, Lang Construction Group
Creighton Stifel, Russell Construction & Development
Ben Withrow, Portzen Construction