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Meet the Four CPOY Contenders

Finalists Announced for the 2017 Craft Professional of the Year
ABC 2016 Craft Professional of the Year Scott Walters (center) accepts his award on stage along with Tradesmen International Director of Marketing Ed Rojeck (left) and ABC Vice President of Health Safety & Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore (Courtesy of Jerry Thompson.)

The Craft Professional of the Year, announced each year during ABC Workforce Week, is one of the most prestigious awards in the construction industry and a major accomplishment for the deserving craft professional who takes home the prize.

This year, the entrants have been narrowed down to four worthy contenders. In no particular order, the four craft professionals vying for the title of the industry’s best are:

  • Terry Buschert: a foreman, safety director and apprentice instructor at Architectural Metals Inc. in Comstock Park, Michigan — ABC Western Michigan Chapter
  • Adam Ruff: a field supervisor at Price Electric in Ely, Iowa — ABC Iowa Chapter
  • Christopher Allison: a journeyman electrician at Sentry Electric in Lincoln, Nebraska — ABC Cornhusker Chapter
  • Dan VanRee: a project superintendent at Dan Vos Construction Company Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan — ABC Western Michigan Chapter

How is the Craft Professional of the Year Selected?

Companies are encouraged to nominate trade employees who emphasize safety on the job site, best exemplify company values, exhibit exceptional work ethic and demonstrate superior skill excellence in their trade. Eligible nominees must be employed by an ABC member firm and have approximately 90 percent of daily job duties revolve around tools and equipment*.

Nominated craftworkers have expressed passion for their trade, mastered their skillset and taken a hands-on approach to ensuring jobs are completed at the highest standards of quality within the construction industry.

After nominations close, judges select four finalists to be flown down to the annual ABC Workforce Week event where a Grand Prize Winner is announced at a live event.

What is ABC Workforce Week?

Workforce Week is ABC’s annual celebration of the best in merit shop construction, recognizing the contributions of members, chapters and craft professionals to the construction industry and their dedication to excellence.

This year, ABC Workforce Week takes place February 28 through March 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and culminates with the Craft Professional of the Year announcement on Friday at a Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony. Tradesmen International is honored to again be the primary sponsor and participant in the ceremony celebrating the four CPOY finalists and their outstanding skills and leadership qualities.

In what is always an emotional ceremony, the Grand Prize Winner is announced and awarded the Craft Professional of the Year award before hundreds of peers. Then, the hard-working recipient becomes the proud owner of a brand new 2017 Ram Tradesman® Truck as well as a Bosch REAXX Table Saw, trophy and feature in Construction Executive.

As we approach ABC Workforce Week 2017, it’s important to remember the most important element of the construction industry is the hard working personnel who do more than just get the job done. Tradesmen International recognizes all of those that have contributed to building America from the foundation up while accentuating safety and instilling the highest standards in their craft.

*For more information on the eligibility requirements and nomination process, please visit:

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