Tradesmen International is pleased to congratulate Richard Brown of Gaylor Electric on being named the 2018 Craft Professional of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors.  This prestigious award is given out annually to a field employee who emphasizes safety, is a master of their trade, is a strong leader and demonstrates a passion for their career.

Richard Brown started his electrical career as a business owner on the small island of Jamaica.  After meeting his wife through one of her mission trips, he moved to the United States and pursued his dreams.

His new journey began with enrolling in the ABC apprenticeship program, and successfully completing his 4 years of education.

“If you asked Richard, he would say he is not a master of anything,” said Rob Griffith, Executive Vice President at Gaylor Electric.  “However, his actions, work ethic and ability would say otherwise. As a service technician at Gaylor Electric, he has an uncanny knack for not only understanding complex situations, but also communicating what needs to be done and how.”

Safety is Paramount

Richard Brown of Gaylor Electric was Named the 2018 Craft Professional of the Year Award

Richard Brown of Gaylor Electric Receives 2018 Craft Professional of the Year Award

For Richard, safety is paramount. He is CPR and First Aid certified, and stays up to date on all national and local safety codes and requirements. As a mentor, Richard takes the time to ensure everyone at Gaylor is working in compliance with their safety policies and procedures.

From his business in Jamaica to his time at Gaylor, Richard has shown that working hard, seizing opportunity and doing your very best every-day is what truly makes a difference. Dedication to the community is another area where he has made an impact. Richard has participated in six mission trips – ranging from building medical clinics in the jungles of Panama to helping people from his home country in Jamaica.

“Our 2018 honoree demonstrates an uncompromising commitment to safety, professional development, the highest quality of construction and client satisfaction,” said 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr., director of preconstruction at Branch & Associates in Herndon, Va. “Richard Brown is a tremendous ambassador for the merit shop construction industry through his dedication to his job and community, and ABC is thrilled to honor them.”

Tradesmen International has been the exclusive sponsor of the Craft Professional of the Year since 2005 and we were proud to present this award to Richard on March 22nd at the Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony in Long Beach.  In addition to the award, Tradesmen International provided Richard a new RAM Tradesman Truck.  RAM Commercial provided a generous upgrade package and Bosch also provided Richard with a tool package.

When asked how he would encourage the next generation to choose a career in the construction industry, Richard responded: “Get on board, jump in, get trained, have a dream, set a goal.  In this career, you can advance to become the person you want to be – your dreams can come true!”

Congratulations to Richard and Gaylor Electric!