The LMC thanks the following Missouri State Representatives for their votes against SJR 39 in committee today: Hon. Mike Colona, Hon. Jim Hansen, Hon. Jeremy LaFaver, Hon. Caleb Rowden, Hon. Sharon Pace and Hon. Anne Zerr.
Congratulations to LMC Mid-Level Leadership Program graduate Michael Reardon for being named to Ingram's Magazine 40 Under 40 up-and-coming leaders in the Kansas City region. Michael is Veloxity Team Leader at McCownGordon Construction Co.
Kansas City, Mo - Contractor IBC Inc. (International Builders & Consultants) and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President Robbie Makinen were honored at the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City’s (LMC) 37th Anniversary Celebration and 17th Awards Dinner April 21 at Argosy Casino. The event was attended by nearly 300 business, labor and government leaders.
The LMC recognized IBC with its Leadership in Labor-Management Cooperation Award. IBC and its president Brandy McCombs was honored for working closely with its three signatory trades to “execute a positive vision of the construction industry from helping to recruit new apprentices to hiring women and minorities, and to creating a safe workplace.” The award was accepted by Tony Valencia, director of business development. IBC was also recently honored as one of the region’s most outstanding small businesses.
Makinen, a past LMC Board member when he served as Jackson County economic development director, earned the Service to the LMC honor. Makanin provided outstanding support to the LMC as a board member, including improving the role of labor-management relations in economic development, cooking outstanding food for the LMC’s golf tournament, promoting the Mid-America Labor/Management Conference and continuing to support labor-management collaboration in his new role at the KCATA.
Sam Alpert, Construction Users Council executive director, was re-elected as the Management Co-Chair of the LMC, while Brian Dietz, JE Dunn Construction Co. vice president and Midwest region general counsel, was elected Vice Co-Chair. Alise Martiny, Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council business manager, was reelected secretary and Don Greenwell, Builders’ Association president, as treasurer. Elected to a renewed term on the LMC Executive Committee was Mike Kane, Tri-County AFL-CIO, with Curt Summers, Husch Blackwell, newly elected to the committee. LMC Board of Directors reelected were KC Borden, Kansas City National Electrical Contractors Association; Dave Dudzik, Turner Construction Co., and Chuck Tarpley, Plumbers Local 8.
Graduates of the LMC’s Mid-Level Leadership Program at Rockhurst University were also recognized. Those attending included Jacob Bosch, Metro Lutheran Ministries; Denise Brame, Kansas City Power & Light Co., and Gary Reese, Fire Fighters Local 42. Unable to attend were graduates James Garrett, Kansas City Fire Department; JD Hackett, MMC Contractors; Troy Pitts, City of Kansas City, Mo.; Michael Smith, City of Kansas City, Mo., and Tim Taylor, JE Dunn Construction Co.
Delta Innovative Services, Inc. was the event’s Founding level sponsor. Anniversary level sponsors included the Builders’ Association, Cigna, Power Partners and Turner Construction Co.; Awards level, Bank of Labor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, General Construction Laborers Local 264, Humana, JE Dunn Construction Co., Pipefitters Local 533 and Teamsters Local 41; and supporter Michael D. Fitzgerald, P.C. Volunteers were Mary Jacobi, Nicole Abrahamson, Builders’ Association; Robin Norris, Builders’ Association; and Emilia Peek, E&K, along with photography from Bill Wien, Builders’ Association.
Future LMC events announced include the Mid-America Labor/Management Conference July 10-13 at Camden on the Lake, the annual Craig Whitaker Memorial Golf Tournament July 18 at Oakwood Country Club and the annual Public Officials Reception Oct. 6 at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.
Look for photos soon in the photo album 2016Anniversary&Awards to the left.
The mission of the LMC is to enhance collaboration and trust between labor and management and the community. The LMC is a nonprofit association based at Rockhurst University. More information about the event and the LMC can be found at http://labormanagementkc.typepad.com, and by contacting Bob Jacobi, executive director, at (816) 501-4565 or email@example.com.
The LMC expects nearly 300 attendees at tomorrow's 37th Anniversary Celebration and 17th Awards Dinner at Argosy Casino, 6:30 p.m. Recipients of the Leadership in Labor-Management Cooperation and Service to the LMC will be announced, and graduates of this year's Mid-Level Leadership Program will be recognized. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The LMC congratulates John Fierro on his election to the Kansas City Public Schools Board. John, executive director of the Mattie Rhodes Center, is a graduate of the Mid-Level Leadership Program.
The LMC was pleased to host Leslie Mujica, executive director of the Las Vegas Power Professionals, to learn about labor-management cooperation and NICE's iBuild Showcase. Thanks also to Rosana Privitera-Biondo, Jim Cianciolo, Troy Carlson and Greg Lever for hosting meetings with Leslie during her visit.
LMC Board of Directors Summary of Minutes
April 13, 2016, 8:30 a.m. • Turner Construction Co.
Attending: Sam Alpert, Tim Bell, Brian Dietz, Allen Dilllingham, Dave Dudzik, Mike Kane, Michael Kitchen, John Phillips, Chuck Tarpley, Curt Summers, Bob Jacobi.
•Thanks to Dave Dudzik and Turner Construction for hosting.
•M/S/C to approve the Financial Report subject to audit.
•The Issues Committee reported that Missouri SJR 39 was heard in committee last night. SB 623, transportation funding, passed the Senate and is in the House. Bills to repeal the KC and St. Louis earnings taxes continue to be debated. Transportation funding in Kansas continues to be in peril. The prospect of public-private partnership for development is being discussed by an interim committee in Kansas; after the group’s report, the LMC will develop a position on the issue for both states. The earnings tax was renewed in KC and St. Louis.
•The Anniversary and Awards Dinner April 21 will have increased attendance—paid attendance will surpass 270. There likely will be no keynote speaker. If a keynote is desired for 2017, we will identify and contact that person about six months in advance.
•Esther George will keynote the Mid-America Labor/Management Conference July 10-13 at Camden on the Lake. Other highlights include a session on addressing prescription drug costs.
•The Craig Whitaker Memorial Golf Tournament returns to Oakwood Country Club July 18. Reservation forms will be available at and immediately after the anniversary and awards dinner.
•The Public Officials Reception will be Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m. at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. There will be no conflict with the event that overlapped last year’s reception. Board members attending are asked to ensure that elected officials are engaged in conversation throughout the event.
•The Construction Committee is focusing on workforce development and incentives policies.
•M/S/C to nominate Brian Dietz, JE Dunn Construction Co., to be Vice Co-Chair, Management, at the April 21 election.
•M/S/C to nominate Curt Summers, Husch Blackwell, to the Executive Committee slot currently held by John Phillips at the April 21 election.
•The next Board meeting will be July 27, 2016, 8:30 a.m. at Husch Blackwell, 4801 Main, Suite 1000, KCMO.
Tomorrow begins the Seven Days Ripple program sponsored by the Faith Always Wins Foundation. The program was created in memory of three persons—Dr. William Corporon, Reat Griffin Underwood and Teri LaManno—murdered by a white supremacist two years ago at the Jewish Community Center, and seeks to end hatred. Foundation founder Mindy Corporon promotes mutual understanding and working together. The program emphasizes one act of kindness each day from April 12-18. Events include speakers, educational programs, a walk and other activities. Details can be found at www.givesevendays.org .
Congrats to the following leaders at LMC member organizations who made the Kansas City Business Journal's list of the Power 100 in the metro area: Terry Bassham, Kansas City Power & Light Co.; Rosana Privitera Biondo, Mark One Electric Co., Inc.; Tim Cowden, Kansas City Area Development Council; Warren Edman, Kansas City Southern; Brett Gordon, McCownGordan Construction; Sly James, City of Kansas city, Mo.; Gordon Lansford, JE Dunn Construction Co.; Pat McCown, McCownGordan Construction; Joe Reardon, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; Charlie Shields, Truman Medical Centers; Maurice Watson, Husch Blackwell; Eileen Weir, City of Independence; Russ Welsh, Polsinelli; and Danette Wilson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.