Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. recently gave out a slew of awards at its 2012 EdCon & Expo in San Antonio. Besides teams of student construction managers competing for awards, and individuals in craft training competing for other awards, there was also an individual award given to recognize one person as Craft Professional of the Year.
That award went to Joseph Poynter, a foreman for Prus Construction Company in Cincinnati. According to the ABC, that award is given “to a construction craft professional who excels in his or her field, maintains a lifelong commitment to training and upholds the merit shop philosophy.”
Poynter has been in the construction industry and working for Prus Construction Company for 34 years. Before that he worked as a cement mason, carpenter, operator and laborer. He is described as an innovator and he often leads company efforts in applying new techniques quickly and safely. He has never had an Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable injury on any of the jobsites he has overseen.
Tradesmen International, official sponsor of the 2012 Craft Professional of the Year competition, gave him a new full-sized pickup truck.
The other finalists were:
- Keith Gardner
Bay Mechanical & Electrical Corporation, Lorain, Ohio
ABC Northern Ohio Chapter, Broadview Heights, Ohio
- Daniel J. Grote, Jr.
Messer Construction Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
ABC Ohio Valley Chapter, Springboro, Ohio
- Jeffrey Mertensmeyer
Thermaltech, Inc., Union, Mo.
ABC Heart of America Chapter, Kansas City, Mo.
- Edgar Tarin
Pinkard Construction Company, Lakewood, Colo.
ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter, Englewood, Colo.