ABC Central Florida

The NEXGEN Leadership Program is an avenue to build industry connections, strengthen leadership mind-set, promote teamwork, and spark creative abilities through an array of industry-based classes and experiences.

Central Florida ABC leadership candidates are among the best and brightest and NEXGEN provides an opportunity to strength an industry peer network of leaders within our community.

The NEXGEN Leadership Program’s mission is to expand the ABC network of leaders and provide a steppingstone for up-and-coming people of influence for the central Florida construction industry.

NEXGEN accommodates a diverse group with a variety of roles and industry experience. The NEXGEN utilizes local community partnerships to build meaningful experiences from industry leaders. Sessions change each year to fit industry shifts, explore crucial topics, and engage in community projects. The program is driven by the growing alumni and leaders within the local community.

NEXGEN Leadership Program is an 8-month curriculum designed to enhance participants knowledge through leadership coaching, industry specific content, and peer networking. This program creates experiences with central Florida project leadership, decision makers, model design teams, and a healthy balance of fresh and seasoned industry role models. Off-site locations are often paired with a site tour to align with the session topic.

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Session Topics

  • There’s no “I” in Team: Building Teams and Professional Networks
  • Ready, Willing, Prepared: Leading in Construction
  • ABC’s Mission – A national organization with a state and local purpose
  • Public Policy, Law, and Political Advocacy to support the Construction Industry
  • Engaging and Partnering for Workforce Development & Capacity Building
  • Economic Drivers and the Construction Industry: Sustainability, Growth, and Resilience
  • Finding and Winning Work: Leadership and Business Development Strategy
  • Corporate Citizenship and Community Involvement: Doing good and serving in the community - not just providing goods and services to the community

Who Should Apply?

Up-and-coming leaders and seasoned professionals are all welcome from Central Florida ABC general contractors, subcontractors, associates, or suppliers. There is no age requirement for this program, but rather dedication and passion for the construction industry. Criteria for all applicants require decision making ability within their company and have been in the industry for at least one year.

Is This You?

The NEXGEN Leadership Program (NLP) seeks to build industry connections among ABC members and their talent, enhance leadership strengths, promote cooperation and teamwork between professionals, and spark creativity that fosters innovation. It provides a steppingstone for up-and-coming construction professionals in Central Florida and deepens and expands the ABC network by preparing mid-level leaders and stages them for continued development for future roles in executive leadership positions. NEXGEN participants are the industries emerging leaders that will both build and sustain the construction industry and empower its workforce here in Central Florida.
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Application Process & Schedule:

  • Submission Window: January 1 through July 31
    • Submit applications with a copy of resume by July 31
  • Review & Screening: First Week of August
    • Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the NEXGEN Council.
  • Interviews: Second and Third Week of August
    • Each applicant will be interviewed prior to acceptance. There is a limited number of seats in the program. Applicants who are not accepted may reapply the following June/July for a future program.
  • Notification: September 1
    • Once interviews are completed, the Council will announce the next class participants.

2023-24 Session Schedule and Topics

The NEXGEN program’s monthly sessions will also include teamwork development and networking opportunities after key sessions. Generally, classes will start at 11:00 am, with a lunch and conclude at 5 pm. Follow-on events will begin immediately after the training ends - these sessions will be 1–2-hour activities. Graduation for the NEXGEN Cohort will be June 2024 (Final Date TBD).

The planned dates for NEXGEN 2023-24 are:   

  • Monday, September 18, 2023 – Class Kick-off, meet & greet Board of Directors
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • June 2024 (Final Date TBD) – Graduation Dinner & Ceremony

Program Commitment
Participants and their nominating supervisor agree to adhere to the NEXGEN Leadership Program Rules of Engagement. Attendance to all sessions for the entirety of the agenda is expected. Participants who miss more than two (2) program days will be dropped without refund of tuition and nominating supervisor will be notified. Cell phone and tablet/computer use during class is prohibited.

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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

Class of 2021

Interested in being a NEXGEN Contributor? Here’s how to get involved:

  • NEXGEN Committee
  • Provide a classroom for a NEXGEN session (3-4 Hours)
  • Become a presenter or panelist during one of the sessions
  • Sponsor a NEXGEN class lunch
  • Sponsor a NEXGEN Networking Hour
  • Provide a project tour or job site tour - completed or active project

Build the foundation for the leaders of tomorrow. Join the many companies and industry professionals who contribute to NEXGEN Leadership.

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