National Committees

ABC National Committees and Councils

ABC offers all of its members an opportunity to serve on a number of National committees and affiliate organizations. By providing valuable input to the Association's National Board of Directors, committees help establish the policies, priorities and objectives of ABC. Affiliate organizations address issues of concern to the merit shop construction industry.  In addition, the National Chairman may appoint special task forces to study specific issues and make recommendations for action.
 
If you are interested in serving on a committee, click on the volunteer application below.  Please return completed forms to ABC Manager of Governance and Leadership, Aliza Epstein, at epstein@abc.org.  If you are selected to serve on a committee, you will be notified by December 1.  Service terms begin on January 1.  Before submitting your application, please review the Committee Member Job Description and the Volunteer Agreement. 

Volunteer Application.pdf
Committee Member Job Description.pdf
Volunteer Agreement.pdf

In accordance with the ABC Financial Policy on Committee and Board Travel as outlined in the ABC Policy & Procedures Manual, all requests for reimbursement must be submitted by completing this form and sent together with copies of original receipts within 90 days of the relevant meeting.

Committee travel expenses will not be reimbursed for meetings held in conjunction with the first National Board meeting of the calendar year. The typical budget contemplates reimbursing National committee members for two meetings per calendar year. 

Committee Member Reimbursement Form.pdf

 

Workforce Programs & Initiatives

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. To align with the Association's strategic plan in the area of workforce development, the Committee
delivers industry-leading programs and initiatives. The Committee provides professional development offerings to chapters and member companies. It is also tasked with developing resources that assist in attracting workers to the industry.

Eligibility: The Workforce Programs & Initiatives Committee is open to all ABC members with experience in program development.

Learn more about the Workforce Programs & Initiatives Committee

 

ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to establish ABC’s members as the “world class” standard for health, safety and environment in the construction industry. The mission of the Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee is to provide leadership and direction to chapters and their members regarding safety, environmental and health issues. The Committee's goals are to save, protect and enhance the lives of workers and the community; to bring about a renewed commitment to safety and health in the construction industry; and to increase the productivity and competitiveness of ABC member companies.

Eligibility: The Environment, Health & Safety Committee is open to all ABC members. 

Learn more about the Environment, Health & Safety Committee

 

Membership Development Committee

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership. Utilizing a grassroots approach, the ABC Membership Development Committee creates a relationship with chapters built on principles of high trust and collaboration to deliver useful membership development products and services as determined by chapter need and in a data-driven, strategic manner.

Eligibility: The Membership Development Committee is open to all ABC members.

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Construction Management Competition Committee

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. It is a group of project managers whose task is to design the project for the Student Management Competition held annually at Institute. Since the focus of the committee is project-based, the meetings tend to be scheduled around the timing of the event. The committee meets both at the ABC National office and at committee members’ offices to coordinate the project for the competition. 
 
Eligibility: Project Managers from ABC member companies are eligible for participation. 

Learn more about the Construction Management Competition Committee

 

National Craft Championships Committee
 
Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. It is a group of craft professionals whose task is to design the craft competition for the National Craft Championships Competition held annually at the Workforce Development Conference. Since the focus of the Committee is project-based, the purpose of the group's meetings and conference calls is to coordinate projects for each craft within the competition, and tend to be scheduled around the timing of the event. 
 
Eligibility: All ABC members, journey-level craft professionals and above, are eligible. Committee positions are on a three-tier system: Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager and Leadership, which includes Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair. Members may serve up to three years in each tier, for a total of six years, unless asked to serve in a leadership role. Members from the same company cannot be in the same tier.

Learn more about the National Craft Championshipships Committee

 

Grassroots Committee

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to increase the political influence of ABC to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. It seeks to guide ABC National and its grassroots program to better inform members of important legislation which impacts their company and employees; cultivate influential relationships with representatives in the government at every level; educate and provide resources to members and to motivate them to become active in the political process; demonstrate to members the importance of their participation in the political and legislative process as well as shape legislation in ways that are favorable to the Association’s goals. Committee members are called on to be an advocate themselves, as well as provide insight from their experience on a personal, member and chapter level. 

Eligibility: The Grassroots Committee is open to all ABC members. 

Learn more about the Grassroots Committee

 

Legislative Committee

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal of increasing political influence of the Association to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. It is responsible for evaluating the Association's government policies as they relate to workplace issues to ensure consistent compliance with those policies. The Legislative Committee is the Association's voice to ensure that ABC continues to be recognized as the premier resource for construction workplace issues before the federal, legislative, executive and judicial branches. These workplace issues consist of labor-management relations, union market recovery programs and unnecessary federal government interference in the workplace. The committee will meet at various times during the year to discuss new trends and issues in the industry, evaluate various legislative proposals, develop strategies for legislative initiatives and establish issue priorities. Committee members may be called upon to meet with members of Congress to educate them on ABC's concerns and the construction industry in general. 

Eligibility: The Legislative Committee is open to ABC members who are owners, human resource professionals and other company officials who deal with workplace issues on a day-to-day basis.

Learn more about the Legislative Committee

 

Tax Advisory Group

Description: This Committee leads the Association's government affairs in developing and promoting an agenda of federal tax items of specific concern to the construction industry. The group will help guide the Association's efforts in advocating our federal tax policy with Congress and within the IRS for issues such as look-back accounting, cash basis accounting, AMT, capital gains, estate taxes, independent contractor and others. 

Eligibility: The Tax Advisory Group is open to all ABC members with technical knowledge of the complex tax areas affecting the construction industry, particularly accountants, chief financial officers and other related tax experts familiar with Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Learn more about the Tax Advisory Group

 

Business Development & Partnerships Committee

Description:  The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership.  It works to improve business opportunities for merit shop contractors by becoming the recognized resource for construction users. Activities include developing programs to encourage owners to use merit shop contractors’ services; assisting chapters in implementing successful business development programs; developing programs to help members gain work from each other; communicating in a positive manner with owners and buyers on a regular basis; and recognizing and publicizing outstanding merit shop construction projects and firms through the national Excellence in Construction awards program and the Accredited Quality Contractor program.
 
In addition, the Committee reviews ideas and provides guidance on business partnerships entertained and managed by ABC National. This includes making a recommendation to staff that a specific business proposal would be operationally good for a number of member segments, provide a benefit to members superior to what members could obtain independently and provide the Association and chapters with significant revenue share with good growth potential over the first few years of the partnership.  Other activities include providing input on the marketing of current programs and working with chapters to maximize program growth.

Eligibility: The Business Development & Partnerships Committee is open to all ABC members with marketing and business development experience.

Learn more about the Business Development & Partnerships Committee

 

Diversity Committee

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership. The mission of this Committee is to provide leadership and direction to chapters and member companies to embrace diversity as an empowering competitive advantage through education, awareness and business practices.

Eligibility: The Diversity Committee is open to all ABC members.

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Green Building Committee

Description: The Committee supports the ABC strategic goal to establish ABC’s members as the “world class” standard for health, safety and environment in the construction industry. The mission of the National Green Building Committee is to advance ABC members’ ability to support their customers and thrive in the Green Building industry by providing education and resources to our members and chapters; advocating for smart energy policy and legislation that supports our members; establishing partnerships and working with construction owners to champion green initiatives that are inclusive of our members; and developing and communicating best practices to our members and chapters.

Eligibility: The Green Building Committee is open to all ABC members.

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Electrical & Mechanical Contractors Council

Description: The Council works to identify and provide ABC initiatives that are tailored specifically to the needs of ABC electrical and mechanical contractor members.

Eligibility: The Council is open to ABC contractor members in the electrical and/or mechanical trade.

Learn more about the Electrical & Mechanical Contractors Council
 
Industrial Contractors Council

Description: The Council collaborates and takes action on workforce development and government affairs issues that are specific to the industrial market.

Eligibility: The Council is open to ABC members who are executives at industrial firms.

Learn more about the Industrial Contractors Council
 
Elevator Contractors Council (ECC)

Description: The ABC Elevator Contractors Council (ECC), formerly known as the Merit Elevator Contractors Association of America (MECAA), is a group of ABC members that banded together to advance and grow the merit shop elevator sector of the construction industry.  The group, which started as the ABC ECC and later became a standalone organization, rejoined ABC in 2012. 

Eligibility: Any ABC member in good standing with an interest in advancing the merit shop elevator industry is eligible to participate. 

Learn more about the Elevator Contractors Council