Weekly Update: October 5, 2017

   In this photo we have a portion of the students from all across Iowa up on the stage following the event.  How cool is that?  We had over 400 educators and students in attendance.

Amazing Iowa Skilled Trades Night with Mike Rowe

The nearly 1,600 participants in our Iowa Skilled Trades night with Mike Rowe last Thursday will tell you – it was amazing! The energy in the room, the message, and the unity demonstrated as stakeholders came together was really special.  Adam Carroll did a great job emceeing the event, Governor Reynolds was spot on with her message, and of course Mike Rowe delivered as expected.  This newsletter will be dedicated to the event, we could not have asked for a better night.  Here is a nice article in BUILD Des Moines that encapsulates the evening very well. Here is a good WHO interview with Simon Conway.  And finally, here is a fresh article from the Des Moines Register from this morning.

   We donated 10% of the net proceeds to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.  In the center is Brandon Patterson (RE/MAX), who’s vision and tenacity made this event possible.  On the right is our emcee and rock solid messenger Adam Carroll.

Iowa Skilled Trades Limited Edition Shirt

This is a limited edition (150) Iowa Skilled Trades shirt just like you saw at the Iowa Skilled Trades event. Just like the event, all proceeds will go to Skilled Trades scholarships throughout the State of Iowa.  Shirt sizes run big and will not shrink.  Click here to claim yours today.

Door Prizes at Event

We had lots of fun handing out nearly $5,000 in door prizes to the students.  Thanks to G&L Clothing (3 x $300 spending sprees); Acme (over $400 in tools); Windsor Windows (10x multi-tools); Beiser Lumber (Hilti Sawzall, Quick Saw, Hilti tool bags; Barnum Floors ($50 Home Depot); Milwaukee Tools (Drill Kit); Kreg Tool (full carpentry jig kit); Lumberman’s Supply (2x $50 Lowes); Bradley Tools (Cordless Drill Kit); Ferguson (tool bucket full of tools); and Brandon Patterson, RE/MAX Concepts, (Milwaukee 4 tool set).

Event Sponsors
We could not have been able to put this together if it wasn’t for our event sponsors.  The generosity exhibited was incredible and we’re making a huge leap forward on bringing this critical problem to the forefront.  Thanks to the following:
HBA of Iowa
Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Iowa

Master Builders of Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa Department of Economic Development
Beisser Lumber
Missouri Valley JATC Line Constructors
Walter Lauridsen
Liebl Marketing Group
Carpenters Union Local 106
Windsor Windows
Whirlpool
McAninch
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125
Pella Corp
Turner Construction/FaceBook
Kirkwood Community College
Iowa Department of Education
John Deere Works
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
Seneca Companies
Murphy Tower Service
Milwaukee Tools
JamesHardie

Table Sponsors

Thanks to the following members, companies, associations, schools, municipalities, and individuals who purchased tables.  Some of them purchased multiple tables and several dontated the entire table to our target audience members.  Because of their generosity, we were able to invite over 400 educators and students as guests.

ABC of Iowa; AGC of Iowa; Alburnett High School; Alliance Construction Group LLC; Ames HBA; Anura Energy; Beal Development Corp.; Beisser Lumber Co.; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services First Realty; BHHS First Realty / The Westergaard Group; BirdDog HR; Black Hills Energy; Carhartt / G & L Clothing; Carl A Nelson & Company; Cedar Rapids HBA; Cedar Valley HBA; Central Campus; Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council; Central Iowa Steel Erectors Association; City of Norwalk / Norwalk Community Schools; City of West Des Moines; Clarity Construction; Climax Molybdenum Company; Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, REALTORS©; Community State Bank/QCRH, Inc.; Contractor Services of Iowa; Correll Contractor Inc.; CTI Ready Mix LLC; Iowa Department of Education; DMARR; DMACC; DRA Properties; Emerson; Engineered Building Design, L.C.; Fairway Independent Mortgage; Ferguson Enterprises / Factory Direct Appliance; Fleming Construction LLC; GAF; Gannon Roofing Supply; Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Co.; Gratias Homes LLC; Grayhawk Homes of Iowa; Greater Burlington Partnership; Greater Des Moines Partnership; Ground Breaker Homes; GTG Construction; HBA of Greater Siouxland; HBA of Iowa City; Heartland Companies; Hildreth Brothers Construction; Hills Bank & Trust Company; Home Repair Team, Inc.; Hubbell Realty Co.; Huber Grading & Land Development; Indian Hills Community College; Infinity Drain; Installation Services Corp.; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 347; Interstates Construction; Iowa Association of Building Officials; Iowa Economic Development; Iowa Ready Mix Concrete Association; HBA of Greater Des Moines; Iowa State Building Trades Council; Jerry’s Homes; Johnson Construction and ASI; Kaufman Construction; Kimberley Development Corp.; Kingland Construction Services; Kirkwood Community College; Kline Electric; Kreg Tool Company; KRM Development; Kuder Inc.; Landmark Development Services, Inc.; Leachman Lumber Co.; Lee County Economic Development; Liberty National; Liebl Marketing; Linn Mar High School; LP Building Products; Lumbermans Drywall & Roofing Supply; Master Builders of Iowa; McAninch Corp.; McCreedy Ruth Construction, LLC; Meadowbrook Builders, LLC; Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa; Merchants Bonding Company Foundation; Metro Heating & Cooling; MidAmerican Energy; Midwest Computer Register Corp.; Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training; Murphy Tower Service; Newblood Development; North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters; Plum Building Systems LLC; Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 125; Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Assoc.; Prairie High School; Prairie Pella, Inc.; Premier Development; Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers; R & R Realty; RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts; REMODELWORKS! Design/Build Contractor; Sauer Danfoss; Techno Metal Post; Turner Construction/FaceBook; UICCU – University of Iowa Community Credit Union; Vista Real Estate; Wausau Supply Company; West Des Moines Community School District; WestBank; Whirlpool Corporation; Windsor Windows & Doors; Woodruff Construction, LLC; and Wyckoff Heating & Cooling.

   The staff of the HBA of Greater Des Moines truly made the event a giant success – they poured themselves into every component of this huge undertaking.  From left to right, Laura Ransdell (Governance and Publications); Dan Knoup (Executive Officer); Jessica Verwers (Membership and Association Services); Mike Rowe; and Melisa Cox (Partnership and Publications).  Thanks!  
 
   Another round of thanks goes out to our local HBA’s around the state that stepped up to the plate – arranging buses, coordinating teachers and students, reaching out to local media, and helping to sell tables.  The list is individuals and companies is long – sorry if we missed anyone, but know that all efforts were very much appreciated.  This is just the beginning!

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