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Young Professionals Spotlight






    Zack Tiggelaar
    Olson & Olson, Ltd.


Insurance is all about risk, and risk is all about rewards. That is driving factor that drove Zack to move to Denver from Bismarck, ND 3 years ago, starting his carrier in insurance for construction at Olson & Olson, Ltd.

Prior to insurance, Zack managed political campaigns and was an Executive Director for an economic-policy non-profit. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Economics.

His background in policy and law eases understanding construction contracts and insurance policies, and communicating those needs to his customers. It may not be the most glamourous part of construction, but he works to procure the proper insurance programs for contractors in Colorado.

Outside of working, Zack enjoys golfing, hunting, and hiking through beautiful Colorado with his wife and dog. 

Young Professionals




ABC’s Young Professionals provides an opportunity for professionals under the age of 40 (or those who have been in the industry for less than 5 years) to network and build relationships with peers and to learn from different perspectives.

To become a member and to get on our distribution list, download our brochure.

Visit our YP Facebook Page to engage with us and see photos of our events. 

Young Professionals

The goal of the Young Professionals is to build relationships, expand skills and advance careers while continuing to promote open competition and the merit shop philosophy.

Young Professionals is involved in many ABC activities and hosts events on a quarterly bases.  Social Networking events are listed below.

Why Join
  • Opportunity to network and build relationships.
  • Access resources on industry trends and gain insight into the future of construction.
  • Be an active part of the association as you move forward in you careers.
  • Promote ABC Chapter events and the merit shop.
Young Professionals Support Program
Young Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions
Young Professionals at ABC National.

Contact Joanna Johnson for more information or to join ABC Rocky Mountain’s Young Professionals.

Leadership Academy

ABC's Education, Training and Development Committee is proud to partner with Front Range Community College in presenting a series of classes that will make an impact on your employees and your company.

The ABC Leadership Academy is designed to impact individuals and companies by imparting new leadership skills to attendees and honing existing skills. Each of the six sessions are geared for practical application in the real world. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss topics and skills with their company sponsors.

Contact Kim Grosel for more information.

Young Professionals Annual Events

CORNHOLE CUP




ABC's Annual Cornhole Competition is quickly becoming a favorite event among the Young Professionals! Our 2017 Cornhole Cup was held at Diebolt Brewing, and we had a great time with everyone who made it out for the fun competition and networking. 

Check out our pictures on Facebook from the event. 


Thank you to this year's sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:
Hensel Phelps

Event Sponsor:
Milender White

Tournament Sponsors:
RK Mechanical
United Repographic Supply
The Buckner Company

Drink Sponsors:
United Site Services
Turner Construction Company

ROCKIES GAME



The sold out 2017 Night at the Rockies was a great chance for ABC Young Professionals to network and cheer on the Rockies! 



Thank you to Hensel Phelps and White Construction Group for sponsoring the event!
Pictures are available on our Facebook page

Cruisin' with the YP Committee

Join the YP Committee for a Pedal Pub bike crawl through LoDo! Mix, mingle, and get to know the committee while enjoying the beautiful Denver summer and exploring downtown. 

Registration is Open!


View Registration Flyer









Check out pictures on Facebook from our October Social!

EXECUTIVE PANEL



The Young Professionals Executive Panel features a panel of speakers with opportunities for questions and discussion. Check out more information about the 2017 panel, which will be held on November 9. We look forward to having another wonderful turnout with some great networking and discussions!


View our pictures from last year's event on Facebook!

And, of course, thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Drink Sponsor:
Bergelectric

Past YP  Biographies



Dane Bechtholdt

Douglass Colony Group
Northern Division Manager
Roofing & Waterproofing Divisions

   Dane graduated from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business seven years ago before starting with Douglass Colony Group. Dane got his start in the construction industry during college where he managed a team of interns in a program designed to teach students how to start and operate a small business. Since joining Douglass Colony, Dane has been an integral component in the company’s growth & success as one of the top, high-performing sales representatives.
   Dane earned a promotion as the Division Manager for Douglass Colony Group’s Northern Office in early 2013. Dane continually strives to not only be a leader with Douglass Colony Group, but as an example to other Young Professionals in the Construction industry.



Sarah Corwin

Director of Sales
Blueprint Skilled Services

    Sarah Corwin graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2007 with a B.S.B.A. in Marketing. While attending college she swam for the Lady Razorback Swim Team. Through her experience as a collegiate athlete, Sarah learned the value of building long lasting relationships with honesty and integrity.
   Sarah has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and in 2010, she was one of the three founders of Blueprint Skilled Services. Since starting with Blueprint, Sarah has been the primary facilitator of business development and industry awareness.
   Sarah is an active member of Associated Builders and Contractors and currently serves as the Co-Chair of Young Professionals. She will continue to assist in young professional outreach within the industry to support the success of her peers.



Jade Mercer
Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Project Manager


   Jade grew up in Fort Collins and attended Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in Construction Management. Since joining A&P in 2007, Jade has worked his way from Field Engineer to Project Manager focusing primarily on education, office, and civic construction projects.
   Many of Jade’s projects have been awarded top honors from groups such as ABC, ENR, and AGC. His role as Project Manager includes understanding the financial goals of the client, contract negotiations, defining scope of work and control of subcontracts and budgets, overseeing trade contractors and supplier coordination, and working closely with the project team to monitor daily performance.
   Jade completed night course work while working full time to receive his Masters of Business Administration in 2013 from the University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of work his passions include golfing, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his wife and one year old son.


Sarah Montgomery

EKS&H
CPA, CCIFP


    Sarah Montgomery, CPA, CCIFP has over five years’
experience in public accounting with focus in the construction and related services industry.
   She has experience in financial statement audits and reviews, construction accounting, performance benchmarking, internal controls, and employee benefit plan audits.

 
Matt Olson
CIC
Olson & Olson Ltd


   I am a proud Colorado native that can't enough of the Colorado outdoors. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business Marketing in 2005.
   After receiving an opportunity to work for my family's insurance agency, I'm proud to say that I am a third generation insurance geek for Olson & Olson Ltd. Not only is insurance in my blood but my entire career has been built around being an advocate for my customers.
   Currently as a Producer, I specialize in proactive risk management solutions for the middle market, while building long lasting relationships with our customers. I take a hands-on approach to your insurance program and develop a comprehensive plan to mitigate losses and lower your overall insurance costs, through our proprietary services and products.
   This past year I completed my Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and am working through the process of attaining my Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation now.
   In my spare time I enjoy golfing, biking, and spending time with family. If its happy hour I'm at the closest tequila bar. If it's a vacation I'm at the beach. I believe that a career isn't to be tolerated. It's to be savored, devoured, marrow sucked and fingers smacked.
 
Stephen Jack
Estimator
LEIC Companies, Inc.


   Throughout his time in the electrical industry, Stephen Jack has built an extensive and dynamic career. Raised in Lakewood, Colorado, Stephen began his career as an electrician. Currently, he holds a position as a Estimator in the Preconstruction Department at LEI Companies, a Denver based thirty million dollar electrical contracting firm which provides services from planning to completion. Stephen has been a dedicated employee of the company for the past eight years and spends his time working on a range of projects spanning from complex renovations to new construction, and special systems. Due to his background in electrical construction, budgeting, design assist/build, and team coordination, Stephen is able to consult with customers to determine the project’s scope of work and offer an efficient, effective LEI-branded solution. Stephen notes that he feels grateful to be part of such a dynamic, innovative, and ever-changing field and that he is proud to work for and represent LEI Companies, Inc. Outside of work, Stephen lives in Denver with his family and is a devoted father to his beautiful nine year old daughter, Taylor. He is looking forward to sharing his passion and expertise with individuals who are new to the industry by serving on the committee for the ABC Young Professionals. 
 
Adam Beukelman
FCI Constructors, Inc.

    Born and raised in Minnesota, Adam graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He started working in the construction industry at the age of 13 and took that to a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.
   Adam moved and has been working in the Denver area construction industry since 2006. He has been with FCI Constructors (a $300 Million General Contractor) for 3 ½ years. Adam is currently an assistant project manager working on a wide array of projects from renovations to new ground-up construction. He is always looking forward to learning new techniques and strategies that continue to make construction an exciting endeavor.
   For fun Adam enjoys golfing and playing with his three children (Tyler – 6, Hunter – 3 and Addison – 9 Months).

Jill Dustman-Coe
White Construction Group

    Jill grew up in Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History. For four years she worked for a non-profit organization and volunteered at multiple art galleries and museums before moving to Colorado in 2012.
   In 2014, she began working for White Construction Group as their Marketing Coordinator and works closely with the preconstruction department. In her free time, Jill enjoys running, hiking, photography, a good craft beer or two and spending time with family and friends.
   She enjoys being part of the ABC’s Young Professionals and building long-lasting relationships with others in her industry and community..

Gwen Cagle
Outreach Recruiter
RK Mechanical, Inc.


   Gwen is a Colorado native; she grew up in Castle Rock and went to St. Mary’s Academy for high school. She left Colorado in 2002 to attend Loyola University, Chicago where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2006. Before joining RK in October 2014, she spent eight years working for educational nonprofits as a postsecondary counselor for high school students, including two service years with AmeriCorps Public Allies.
   As the Outreach Recruiter at RK, in addition to full-life cycle recruiting, Gwen’s role is dedicated to building relationships with education and community partners.
   Gwen enjoys an active lifestyle of skiing, hiking, camping, live music and festivals, working out at Orange Theory Fitness, and being with friends and family. Her boxer, Bailey Beans, is her most favorite in the world. Go Broncos!

Brendan Banning
Hensel Phelps

   Born and raised in Montana, Brendan graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology.  Before starting with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. in 2008, he got his start in the construction industry operating equipment while attending college.  
   Since joining Hensel Phelps, Brendan has worked throughout multiple states and has worked his way from Field Engineer progressing through multiple positions to Project Engineer.  He has encountered many different facets of construction, from tenant finish projects to large commercial projects.  Brendan is responsible for control of budgets, managing trade contractors and supplier coordination, understanding the financial goals of the client, and working closely with the project team to ensure a successful project.  Brendan has continued to focus on the importance of growing, training and mentoring younger personnel.   He enjoys the differing daily conditions the construction industry brings and using different techniques to accomplish the end goals.  
   Brendan enjoys participating in outdoor sports, hiking with his dogs and international traveling with his beautiful wife Jane Lee Banning.
 matthew curtis 
   Adolfson & Peterson 
   Construction 

     Matthew is a 3rd generation Coloradoan who has lived and worked in the front range his entire life. Following his graduation from Colorado State University he joined Adolfson and Peterson construction. As a Project Manager, Matthew focuses his work on the healthcare market in both occupied renovation and ground up construction.

      Matthew enjoys hard work and creating a customer centric environment. He enjoys leading teams to complete challenging projects and ensuring the schedule and budget are always met.

      Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with family and friends. He enjoys golf, hiking, and snowboarding whenever he can steal the time.