Great Lakes Bay Magazine checked in with Jimmy E. Greene, president and CEO for the Greater Michigan chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and CEO of the Greater Michigan Construction Academy, to talk about their collaborations on education and how they have dealt with COVID-19.
Tell us about your role and what a day in your life looks like since the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Michigan chapter and the Greater Michigan Construction Academy, my day is centered around ensuring the delivery of membership benefits and advocacy for Associated Builders and Contractors members and partnering with Stephanie Davis, the Greater Michigan Construction Academy president. For example, I spend as much time meeting with legislators as I do GMCA management and company owners to ensure they are aware of the issues affecting our industry.
For those who don’t know, what is ABC Greater Michigan?
Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Michigan chapter is a part of a national association for builders and contractors that advocates on behalf of its members on public policy issues that create a positive work environment and culture based on free enterprise principles.
Your offices closed in March in compliance with the governor’s executive order — are you back up and running?
Yes, we are up and running since May 7. We have adopted every measure under the mandates issued by (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and in many aspects we have gone over and above. Safety is our culture in the building trades and not just an initiative, so I believe we were ahead of this COVID issue long before any other industry. We have always been safe, now we’re safer by practicing physical distancing in classrooms, cleansing tools, following protocols regarding temperature taking and using the right questions to assess wellness.
Tell us about the training opportunities you provide.
Associated Builders and Contractors partners with the Greater Michigan Construction Academy to offer 11 different skilled trades apprenticeship programs along with crane certifications. Those apprenticeship programs are electrical; pipe fitting; iron working; welding; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; plumbing; sheet metal; instrumentation; carpentry; insulation and more.
Can you tell us more about the Young Professionals Network and Ambassadors programs?
The YPN program is unique in that it builds upon the legacies of those who founded Associated Builders and Contractors and its inherent principles. The YPN program, led by the CEO, is designed to train the next leaders of those member companies that belong to Associated Builders and Contractors. The Ambassador program works under the membership and marketing directors to promote the internal events of the chapter and the external news of member companies like projects, hirings, promotions, career fairs, etc.
For information about the Greater Michigan Construction Academy, visit gmcami.org. For information about the Associated Builders and Contractors, visit abc.org.