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ABA-AGC apprenticeship program to fill talent shortage

Photo by Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

The house, the cabin, the cars and the company. Dean Lundstrom lost it all when he declared bankruptcy in 2010. Twenty-six employees were out of work. His company had been awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. At a point, though, Lundstrom says he knew it was too late to save his business. However, knowing… Read More →

Joe Duvall of Kitchell installed as ABA president

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The Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA), a statewide construction trade association formed as an alliance of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC), welcomed Joe Duvall as the 2015 ABA President. Duvall, Project Executive of Kitchell Construction, has been in the commercial building industry since 1985. Duvall joined Kitchell right out… Read More →

Nelson Brown elected to ABA Board of Directors

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The Arizona Builders Alliance welcomed Nelson Brown, president of J.B. Steel, as a newly elected board member of the ABA’s statewide board at the January 2015 board meeting.  J.B. Steel is an AISC certified fabricator and erector of structural and miscellaneous steel servicing Arizona. Nelson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic… Read More →

Kortman Electric Takes ABA Leadership Into Boardroom


The Arizona Builders’ Alliance represents the collective knowledge of more than 350 contractors, suppliers and professional service firms who work in the commercial construction industry. Membership means the ability to tap into and grow with fellow leaders in the industry. For one Arizona company, ABA’s leadership classes are a family affair. The four owners of… Read More →

Ready For The Rebound!


As the U.S. and Arizona markets improve, commercial contractors remain optimistic about the pending rebound. In anticipation of that growth, the Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA) has retooled its strategic plan to focus on a more modern, streamlined approach to membership services. Founded in 1994, by the merger of the Building Chapter of the Associated General… Read More →

Sundt’s Marty Hedlund elected to ABA board of directors

Marty Hedlund

The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a statewide construction trade association, formed as an alliance of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) welcomed Martin R. (Marty) Hedlund, P.E., DBIA as a newly elected board member.  Hedlund joined Sundt Construction, Inc. in 1984 and currently serves as the Profit Center Manager… Read More →

Six new tenants coming to Westgate Entertainment District

Future location of As You Wish at Westgate Entertainment District.

Six new businesses will call Westgate Entertainment District home when they open at the booming Glendale center over the next several weeks including As You Wish, Fresh Healthy Café, OPA Life Greek Café, Crave Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, Proliant and American Basketball Association. These new additions to Westgate’s tenant mix brings the total number of new… Read More →

Jeff Hooper named ABA’s director of apprenticeship and training

Jeff Hooper, ABA
by in AZRE Magazine | Construction | Newsmakers

Jeff Hooper has been appointed the director of apprenticeship and training for the Arizona Builders’ Alliance, according to ABA Executive Director Mark Minter. Hooper will oversee the day-to-day operations of the ABA, AGC Education Fund and its programs in Phoenix, Tucson and Casa Grande. Hooper comes to the ABA from Seattle Wash., by way of… Read More →

A Leader by Example: Carol McMullen, ABA

By Mark Minter Carol McMullen became part of the construction industry in February 1983 when she was hired by the Building Chapter of AGC, the predecessor of the Arizona Builders’ Alliance. She has announced her retirement from ABA at year’s end. The association was looking for a new staff person to assist with existing services… Read More →

American Institute of Constructors Honors ABA's McMullen With Inaugural Industry Achievement Award

Carol McMullen

The American Institute of Constructors (AIC) honored Carol McMullen of the Arizona Builders’ Alliance for her work in supporting the advancement of education in the construction industry. McMullen, the inaugural award winner of the Stephen P. Byrne Industry Achievement Award, received the award at the National AIC Annual Forum in Scottsdale. In addition to McMullen’s… Read More →

Arizona Builders' Alliance Stepping Up To The Plate This Summer

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There has been quite a bit of good news coming out the Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA) office this summer. The ABA was recently awarded the AGC in the Community Award by Associated General Contractors of America. The award was given to the ABA for its outstanding community service projects in Tucson and Phoenix in 2011.… Read More →