A 2001 discussion paper by the International Labor Organization concluded that inadequate labor practices centering on wage and hour, training and benefits have been the cause of significant deterioration in the construction industry’s image, employment prospects and skill requirements over the last 30 years. Recent data shows that the average entry age of a construction worker is 29, the average age of the current worker is 47 and up to 20% of the industry’s current workforce will retire within the next several years.
Coupled with estimates that by 2030 nearly half of what will be the built environment does not currently exist and with an expected 25% growth in the construction workforce, now is the time to understand what has lead to the craft workforce shortage and what can be done now to begin to address this significant industry for the future of the construction industry.
Join us for a panel discussion that will cover the history and impact of the craft workforce shortage and some initiatives underway to begin to turn the tide.
Meet the panel:
Jim Stevenson - Moderator - President, McCarthy Building Company Houston Division
Jim Stevenson joined McCarthy Building Companies as president of its Houston Division in July 2012. Stevenson brings more than 35 years of construction industry experience and leadership to this role. Stevenson demonstrates leadership in the profession as a long-time member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in Houston and is currently serving on both the Board of Directors and Executive Board. Additionally, Stevenson is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Construction Career Collaborative (C3) and is helping lead an important industry initiative to create a sustainable craft workforce in Houston.
Stevenson earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.
Chuck Gremillion - Executive Director, Construction Career Collaborative
Chuck Gremillion joined the Construction Career Collaborative as its first full-time Executive Director in 2014 and is responsible for the operations and strategic direction of C3’s organization and initiatives. Prior to joining C3, Chuck was president of A&E Reprographics, his family’s business. Chuck is active in the community, having served on the boards of directors of Rice Design Alliance, Architecture Center Houston Foundation, Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, ReproMAX and the International Reprographic Association.
Steve Mechler - President, T.I. Constructors
With over 36 years of experience in the industry, Steve serves as the President of T.I. Constructors. After graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in building construction, Steve started his construction career with Linbeck, where he focused on large projects. In 1991, Steve moved to Maxwell Company Construction. He has served as Chairman of the Board for AGC Houston, where he also advises future leaders in the Construction Leadership Council. He’s served on the AIA/AGC Joint Committee for the past five years. He’s also the Co-Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Regional Workforce Development Initiative and sits on the board for the Construction Career Collaborative, the Gulf Coast Workforce Commission and the Rice Design Alliance Board, where he is V.P. Elect.
John P. Roberts - Managing Director & EVP, JLL
John Roberts is Managing Director, Executive Vice President of JLL’s Project and Development Services group. He is the Houston Market Lead for Project and Development Services. For the past 39 years, he has specialized in leadership, construction management, general construction and interior construction.
He has managed over 14 million square feet of design and construction projects. John is the Executive in charge of the Lone Star College work and remains involved in Planning and Visioning the Program, monitoring Major Milestone activities and connects with the Lone Star College Team and Client to monitor Client Satisfaction.
Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from Northeast Louisiana University. John is a Construction Career Collaborative Board Member and is active with the Greater Houston Partnership Upskill Houston Initiative.
Bud Walters - President, Pieper Houston Electric
GW Bud Walters acquired Pieper Houston Electric in 1989 and built Pieper into a premier merit shop electrical contracting firm employing over 300 skilled licensed craftsmen. He became LEAN certified in 2016 and facilitated the development of a 22,000 sf prefabrication facility with a just in time process entitled 3PC ( Pre-Planning & Preconstruction) that provides complete record drawings before the project is actually built. 3PC utilizes 5 full time BIM and CAD designers, all licensed craftsmen with realtime field experience. This process provides actual construct-ability drawings incorporating the prefabricated components designed and fabricated in the prefabrication factory.
Bud is the current ASA (American Subcontractors Association) houston chapter president, active in advocating for legislative reform and is a current board member of the C3.