From military to construction
Veterans provide continued leadership
By Chris Newton
The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Pelican Chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Bayou Chapter in New Orleans are home to some of the largest training centers along the Gulf Coast. Part of what makes these chapters successful is that they have Manpower and Education committees to review and suggest training to be delivered. At the helm of these committees are four unique men, which I am fortunate to be part of:
- Chris Melancon (U.S. Marines) of Primoris Services serves as chair of ABC Pelican Chapter
- Chris Newton (retired U.S. Navy) of Cajun Industries serves as vice chair of ABC Pelican Chapter
- Steve Bomar (retired U.S. Navy) of Performance Contractors is incoming vice chair of ABC Pelican Chapter
- David Theriot (U.S. Army) of Performance Contractors serves as vice chair of ABC Bayou Chapter
“We know what it is like to transition from serving our nation to civilian life, and we know the opportunities that are available in our industry,” said Chris Melancon, a Marine infantryman and current chair of ABC Pelican Chapter. “We can match up military skills that immediately translate to construction careers. Better yet, we know that every veteran is trainable and possesses the qualities our industry is looking for in craft professionals and leaders.”
At the 2015 ABC Workforce Development Conference, NCCER hosted a session about hiring and training veterans, and how companies that are employing veterans are seeing a high return on investment. The companies and organizations represented below have partnered with Build Your Future’s Hard Hat Heroes program and demonstrate a strong commitment to support our military service members by giving them hiring preference as they transition into construction careers.
L.P.R. Construction Co.
Performance Contractors, Inc.
Worth and Company, Inc.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
AGC of America
Florida Masonry Apprentice & Education Foundation
Louisiana Community and Technical College System
For more information on Hard Hat Heroes, visit byf.org/military.
About the Author
Chris Newton is the Workforce Development Coordinator for Cajun Industries, LLC.
This article was originally published in Breaking Ground: The NCCER Blog. This content has been republished with the permission of NCCER and the publisher.