NEXGEN Alumni

ABC Central Florida
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June 30, 2021 – Central Florida Chapter ABC celebrated the NEXGEN Leadership Class of 2021 graduation at Dubsdread Golf Course Clubhouse. NEXGEN Leadership is a program designed to bond industry professionals, and with a strong alumni presence, continue to develop and serve as a leadership peer group. CFC ABC had 19 graduates from 15 membership companies. Central Florida Chapter ABC, company sponsors, and program instructors celebrated the graduates with the many volunteers who contributed to meaningful sessions and tours for these leaders of tomorrow. Over 40 individuals contributed to the success of the 2021 NEXGEN Leadership program.

The evening’s program began with CFC ABC Training and Development director, Megan Saucier, who reflected on the first year of the Chapter’s NEXGEN, emphasizing the program’s ability to deliver a unique experience which can be attributed to dedicated industry leaders from within the Chapter membership and local community leaders. Guest speaker Jim Tharp, founder of Tharp Plumbing Systems, spoke about the choice of leadership and emphasized the importance of being prepared for the future along with creating a professional and personal balance in life.

NEXGEN graduates shared their positive experiences and the value they gained from the program. Among the speakers were Christopher Caruthers, Quick Response Fire Protection Inc., Wesley Harris, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., Devon Loy, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC., Michael Markey, Preferred Materials, Inc., Jessica McMahan, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC., and Daniel Ortiz, Empire Electrical Contractors LLC.

Members of the Leadership ABC alumni were also in attendance, with closing remarks from Blake Morgan, Comprehensive Energy Services, Inc., encouraging the alumni’s continued involvement in the chapter and supporting the beginning of their leadership journey.

Congratulations to each NEXGEN Graduate taking the next step in their professional growth and future involvement with CFC ABC!

NEXGEN 2021 View the Recap

NEXGEN 2021

What is ABC?
11/19/2020 – Session 1

Leadership Team Building
12/10/2020 – Session 2

Economic Drivers
01/14/2021 – Session 3

Developing Central Florida
02/18/2021 – Session 4 

Workforce Development
03/25/2021 – Session 5 

Construction Politics and Law
04/22/2021 – Session 6

Community Involvement
05/27/2021 – Session 7 

In their own words…

Linking industry newcomers and seasoned professionals all with a common goal in the CFC ABC network, paves the way in the future of industry mentorship, workforce development, and professional growth opportunities — that alone is NEXGEN’s true value.

– George Anthony, Poli Construction, Inc.

Developing a peer network of like-minded individuals is powerful in how we step outside a daily routine and comfort zone… opens the door for various ways to stay involved with ABC and giving back to this great industry.

– Chris Caruthers, Quick Response Fire Protection Inc.

The key element of NEXGEN is the involvement of membership leaders who contribute to relevant topics and those who navigate site tours experiences. Witnessing the value of this program, I am looking forward to being an alumni contributor to make this happen year after year for CFC ABC.

– Chris Caplan, Hoar Construction, LLC

NEXGEN is absolutely a program worth keeping around… the interactions and lessons learned are second-to-none. I’d like to see the success of the NEXGEN program continue to flourish and am willing to help see that through however I can.

– Wes Harris, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.

NEXGEN shapes and binds the future of the construction community. With the right participants and the right activities, NEXGEN Leadership alumni can become a powerful force in the community, and I am looking forward to being involved with its future.

– Jacqueline Hayman, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.

Just like how no two projects are the same, no two NEXGEN experiences are the same. A brand-new network bridge has been built to connect us all in this great industry.

– Devon Loy, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

My story is unique but also one of many… hearing the ABC membership experiences, of those who have come before us in the construction industry, shows me this is not just a professional organization, this is a professional family I want to continue to be a part of in my career.

– Michael Markey, Preferred Materials, Inc.

The NEXGEN peer network formed new connections and a fresh drive in my career by providing various opportunities out in the construction world. After meeting some change agent leaders of central Florida, I see we, as builders, have an amazing opportunity to do good and make our communities better.

– Jessica McMahan, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

The journey does not end here. I am excited to be a part of the NEXGEN planning team with my new alumni peer network.

– Courtney Teseniar, Westbrook Service Corporation

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