Associated Builders and Contractors’ Craft Professional of the Year award honors Merit Shop’s most outstanding craft employee. It highlights an individual’s achievements and their daily commitment to safety, productivity, ingenuity and leadership.

Employee Win!

When you nominate your employee, it’s a huge win for them, whether they become a finalist or are awarded the ultimate prize. They learn how much you appreciate their skills and contribution to the success of your company. It’s a rewarding feeling that will remain with them forever.

Employer Win!

It will also be a huge win for your company having the ability to say, “Out of millions of construction workers across America, my employee is one of five finalists for the construction industry’s most coveted award.”

If they are named the 2020 Craft Professional of the Year, just imagine the added credibility it will give your company. The national publicity it will afford you. And, how gratifying it will be to introduce, to clients and prospects, your employee who is “America’s top craft professional.”

The winner will receive a check for $10,000, provided by Tradesmen International and NCCER, on stage at the 2020 ABC National Convention in Nashville, TN.

Think for a minute—who on your team should you recognize? Now, go do it!

Craft Professional of the Year Nomination Is Easy!

Nominees must hold a journey-level designation and be employed by an ABC Member Firm. All applications will be judged by an ABC National panel that will choose finalists and ultimately, the 2020 Craft Professional of the Year. Supervisory personnel, who lead craftspeople in the daily use of tools, are eligible for nomination.

The winner earns an invite, hotel accommodations and one paid round-trip ticket to ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, March 23-27, 2020. All finalists and nominating firms are mentioned at the esteemed Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony on March 26, 2020.

Nomination Deadline: October 25, 2019

Click here for easy online application and full eligibility and award details.

Meet the Previous CPOY Winners

2019 Craft Professional of the Year: Adrian Rios

Rios got his start right after high school as an automotive mechanic and now is a certified welder. Working for McCullough Construction for the last six years, Rios has honed his skills in a variety of roles, including equipment mechanic, welder and fabricator, and is responsible for maintaining more than 300 pieces of heavy equipment. Learn more about Adrian.

2018 Craft Professional of the Year: Richard Brown

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. Learn more about Richard.