ISA's Future Leaders

Caroline Hall - Saturday, March 15, 2014

The following is a message from Adam Campagna, Meyer Najem about a new ISA initiative in 2014.

Think about the early stages of your career. What did you enjoy about it? Hopefully there are positive memories that capture a majority of your thoughts. Now, couple that experience with your volunteer activities during that time. Was there much of an overlap between your daily duties at work and involvement in professional organizations?
There is a movement among Millennials and those in Generation Y wherein professionals who desire to devote themselves to the continual development of their calling are seeking ways to become more actively involved. In many cases simple encouragement from executives within a firm can help guide their employees towards organizations that will assist in that development. That's where you come in!

The ISA’s newest initiative - the ISA’s Future Leaders - is dedicated to the advancement of emerging professionals by utilizing educational and business networking events to create a culture of collaboration and to build relationships within the construction industry. The group will be working directly with the Business Connections Committee and is tasked with creating three events in 2014 targeted to those who you believe would benefit from creating relationships with their peers from a variety of construction-related firms. Details on the events are forthcoming.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Think about the rising stars of your organization. Imagine being in their shoes at the early stage of their career and having the opportunity to get involved with a professional organization that is creating an innovative and exciting environment to connect with others. That's the ISA’s Future Leaders.
If you have individuals that you believe would benefit, please contact the Committee Chair with details:
 Adam Campagna (

Turner GC Reception Postponed

Jenna Rutherford - Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Due to inclement weather, the ISA GC Reception featuring Turner Construction is cancelled for tomorrow, February 6.  We are disappointed that we have to cancel this event as a lot of work went into planning it from Turner Construction staff, ISA volunteers and ISA staff; however, the safety of our members is the upmost importance. We have people that would be traveling from across the state, as well as, Turner Construction’s Chicago area employees.
There will be a rescheduled date for this event, and we will communicate that to the membership as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Meet the 2014 ISA Annual Sponsors

Jenna Rutherford - Monday, February 03, 2014

The ISA is continuing to grow and make an impact in the industry, and our annual sponsors are playing a tremendous role in our organization's success.  We are especially grateful for our three brand-new platinum sponsors: A-1 Expeditors, Blood Hound Underground Utility Locators and Drewry Simmons Vornehm. 

“As the Indiana Subcontractors Association continues to grow, we are humbled by the fact we now have three NEW Platinum Sponsors on board with us. With that said, we would like to show our sincere gratitude to A-1 Expeditors, Blood Hound, and Drewry Simmons Vornehm for stepping up in 2014 and showing their support as Platinum Sponsors. While we look forward to working with each and every annual sponsor on all levels again this year, we are honored to have these three companies on board in this role for the ISA. We promise to do our best to bring additional value to all of our Annual Sponsors and appreciate their continued support of the organization," said Kevin Blankenship, ISA President.

Returning from 2013 are our gold sponsors, ERMCO, Repro Graphix and Safety Management Group. These three companies continue to be actively involved with the ISA, and we thank them for their continued support. Last but certainly not least, we have added 8 new companies as silver sponsors this year putting us at a total of 25 silver sponsors. We are excited to have these new companies on board and are overwhelmed by the continuing support of the other 12 companies.

The support of our membership helps to propel our organization into continued success. Thank you for your faith in us, and we cannot wait to help you connect in 2014.

View the complete list of annual sponsors

Countdown to the Start of 2014 ISA Events

Jenna Rutherford - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
It's time to make connections, showcase our innovation and create dialogue among our membership. There is only one  week until the first ISA webcast of the year, and only two weeks until the first GC Reception hosted by Turner Construction. We also have another event to pencil into your calendar. Make sure you attend Nets & Networking on March 20 to kick off the NCAA tournament and develop business connections with ISA members and invited guests. Please visit our Upcoming Events page of our website to register for scheduled events. We cannot wait to connect with you in 2014! 

Letter from ISA President Kevin Blankenship

Jenna Rutherford - Saturday, January 04, 2014

ISA Members,

With the holiday season in the rear view mirror, it is time to look forward to the new year. On behalf of the Indiana Subcontractors Association, I sincerely hope each of you had a wonderful time with your family and friends and enjoyed some time off to recharge your batteries for the upcoming year. 

If you missed the 2013 Annual Membership Reception at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in December, here are some of the things that were shared with the attendees:

1)      The ISA today is proud to have 189 Corporate Members listed in our directory.

2)      The renewal rate for our members is currently just under 90%, and we will continue to work very hard to make that number go even higher this year.

3)      We are humbled to say we also had 30 new members join the ISA organization in 2013.

4)      We shared the breakdown of our membership accordingly: 51% are Regular Members (Subcontractors), 25% are Affiliate Members (Service Providers), and 24% are Partner Members (GC’s, CM’s, Owners, and Non-Profits).

5)      As the ISA continues to grow logistically, we shared a map that basically showed everyone exactly where are members are located today. While the majority of members are still within a 60 mile radius of Indianapolis, we are now seeing more interest in area’s such as Cincinnati, Terre Haute, upper NE corner of Indiana, and Ft. Wayne.

6)      The ISA held its 7th Annual Construction Networking Event of the Year (CNEY) in February 2013. We are proud to say we once again had over 1,000 attendees at this show with 105 exhibitors showcasing their companies. We look forward to hosting the 8th CNEY again on February 20, 2014 at the JW Marriott.

7)      The ISA hosted their annual golf outing at the Sagamore GC/Noblesville. While going with both a morning & afternoon squad, we were able to sell out both sides almost two weeks in advance of the event. With that said, we have already signed the deal to return to Sagamore in 2014.

8)      In addition to our two largest events, we saw 5 Webcasts total (special thanks to the Hylant Group, Pepper Construction, Meyer Najem, Shiel Sexton, ERMCO, Crowe Horwath, and Safety Management Group for their time and effort in assisting the ISA here), 3 GC Receptions (Weddle Brothers, F.A. Wilhelm, and The Hagerman Group), 2 Project Rollouts (Hinkle Fieldhouse Renovation hosted by Butler & Turner Construction; City Center YMCA @ Historical Foundation hosted by YMCA & Shiel Sexton), 1 GC Council Roundtable Event (Payment Best Practices), and finally our inaugural “Nets & Networking” event that was offered to the membership during the opening rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

9)      We shared an update with attendees on exactly where we stand with our 7 strategic goals that we established in our inaugural “Strategic Planning Session” back in October 2012. This 36 month plan was implemented in January 2013.

10)   If you are not familiar with the above goals, we hired CJ McClanahan with Reachmore in October 2012 to oversee our two day conference and assist the 12 ISA members that took the time out of their busy schedules to assist us in the challenges that lie ahead. Approximately one year later in October 2013, we got together this time with 22 members for our second conference. Under the leadership of Missy Shopshire with Reachmore, we revisited our goals and collectively made adjustments as necessary that will hopefully keep us on track to achieve all 7 goals by the end of 2015.

11)   We recognized our 7 existing committees (Business Connections, Education, Finance, GC Council, Membership, Special Events, and Youth in Construction) and shared with everyone an update on each committee and their respective vision heading into 2014.

12)   Our 2014 Officers were elected and the Board of Directors were then filled with representatives from the following companies: Circle B. Construction, Crowe Horwath, DECO Group, ERMCO, Faegre Baker Daniels, Katz Sapper & Miller, Lenex Steel, Miller Eads, MJ Schuetz Insurance, The Motz Group, NECA, North Mechanical, Poynter Sheet Metal, R. Adams Roofing, Repro Graphix, Ryan Fireprotection, Safety Management Group, Spohn Associates, and Tyson OnSite.

13)   With regards to our 2014 Officers, we are excited to have representation from a WBE firm (DECO Group) join us on the Executive Committee level.

14)   With regards to Annual Sponsors, the ISA had no Platinum Sponsors in 2013. We are thrilled to announce we now have 3 commitments for Platinum Sponsorship in 2014 (Drewry Simmons Vornehm, Blood Hound, and A-1 Expeditors). 

15)   Last, but not least, we are very happy to have The Mattison Corporation under contract and working for us in the 2014 calendar year. The deal we signed with Mattison in 2013 was for two years, and we look forward to extending this long standing relationship in years to come.

With that said, here are a few things our membership can expect to see in 2014:

a)      Continuation of our core values: Connection, Dialogue, Innovation.

b)      Focus on Succession Planning for both the short term and long term in order to ensure we are truly getting “new blood” involved in the future of the ISA.

c)       14-16 quality events put on under the ISA banner.

d)      Continued focus on our strategic goals as we enter the 2nd year of our 36 month plan. 

e)      Assess/Reassess each of our 7 existing committees to justify the value each one brings to the table for the ISA, while at the same time we hope to make an announcement on a brand new committee that will bring additional value to the ISA in 2014.

f)       Expect to see a Membership Survey from the ISA, and please take the time to give us your honest feedback on how you think the organization is doing for you and your company.

The Indiana Subcontractors Association has made tremendous progress since being re-energized back in 2002 by a small group of prominent businessmen. Today, and with the help of almost 190 member companies and countless volunteers who donate their time, money, and expertise to make it happen, the ISA has positioned itself as one of the leaders in the construction community in and around the state of Indiana. Please know, it is an honor to return as the ISA President in 2014 and lead this organization one more time. More importantly, we are honored to be associated with so many quality individuals from our membership that simply make all this a reality. We encourage you to reach out to any of the 2014 Board of Directors and share your thoughts (positive or negative) with him or her. Thank you very much for your time, and I wish each and every one of you a safe & prosperous 2014.


Kevin Blankenship
ISA President

The ISA Revs Up for 2014 at Dallara

Jenna Rutherford - Sunday, December 08, 2013

The ISA Annual Reception marks the back stretch for 2013, and the event revved up ISA members for a promising 2014. Event attendees gathered at Dallara IndyCar Factory on December 4 for networking, drinks and fun with one of Indy's favorite past times, racing. 

The Annual Business Meeting kicked off the event providing members the opportunity to see where the ISA has been, where it is now and its plans for the future. The group reviewed the progress of the seven strategic goals and voted for new board members. After all business matters were taken care of, it was time to connect and celebrate a wonderful 2013. The Dallara IndyCar Factory provided guests a chance to tour the factory and even take a ride around the block in the back seat of an IndyCar.

The ISA would like to thank our reception sponsors (listed below) for their generous support that helped to make this annual reception one to remember. If you missed out on the event, we hope to see you in 2014!

Thank you to our reception sponsors: 


ISA GC of the Year Awards Presented

Alex ElNaggar - Monday, February 25, 2013

Indianapolis, IN – February 21, 2013 – The Indiana Subcontractors Association (ISA) presented
awards to elite general contractors among the ISA’s membership at the 7th Annual GC of the
Year Awards program on Thursday evening.
Guest emcee, Angela Buchman, kicked off the awards program and with the assistance of ISA
leadership and committee members, presented the awards.
The GC of the Year Awards program recognizes the top general contractors in the state as
determined by ISA members as well as subcontractors who worked for the GC nominees
throughout the course of 2012.

Awards given at the program were Excellence in Ethics, Subcontractors’ Choice, Project of the
Year (over $10M and under $10M,) and GC of the Year (over $100M in revenue and under
$100M in revenue.)

The award winners in each category were:

  • Force Construction - Project of the Year Under $10M
  • The Hagerman Group - Project of the Year Over $10M
  • F.A. Wilhelm Construction - Excellence in Ethics
  • The Hagerman Group - Subcontractors’ Choice
  • Meyer Najem Corporation - GC of the Year Under $100M in Revenue
  • Shiel Sexton - GC of the Year Over $100M in Revenue

For more information on the awards process, the scholarship program, or ISA, please contact
Scott Grimes, ISA Executive Director at

ISA Announces GC of the Year Nominees

Julia Whitson - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The ISA is proud to announce the following companies as the nominees for the 2013 General Contractor of the Year program. The winners for the Under $100 Million and Over $100 Million will be announced at the 2013 GC of the Year Banquet taking place on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott, following the Construction Networking Event of the Year. ISA wishes the best of luck to each of the program participants!


Under $100 Million
Force Construction Company, Inc.
Kettelhut Construction, Inc.
Meyer Najem, Inc.
R.L. Turner Corporation
Taylor Bros. Construction Co., Inc.
Weddle Bros. Building Group, LLC
Wurster Construction

Over $100 Million
BMW Constructors, Inc.
F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc.
Hunt Construction Group
Messer Construction
Pepper Construction Co. of Indiana, LLC
Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.
The Hagerman Group
Tonn & Blank Construction
Turner Construction Company of Indiana, LLC

Mooresville Students Tour Wishard Jobsite

Mandy Rellahan - Monday, November 12, 2012

A group of Mooresville High School students toured the Wishard Hospital site in Indianapolis on November 1 as part of the ISA Youth in Construction initiative. Thirteen students put on steel toed shoes, hard hats, and other PPE to learn about what it’s like to work on a construction jobsite.

Kent Burget of Safety Management Group and a member of the ISA Youth in Construction Committee set up the tour. Committee chairman Ridge Miller of Crowe Horwath welcomed the group.

“The Wishard team’s generosity and coordination was outstanding,” Burget said. “Everyone was well organized from security from the bus parking to the tour guides to safety. Special thanks to Quentin Young and his team for helping make this event happen.”

The Youth in Construction Committee’s provides project tours to offer high school students real world situations to experience what all the construction industry has to offer in order to peak their interest in entering a trade specific field or a university construction program. For more information about the program contact Scott Grimes at



Help ISA Match Wurster Construction's Generous Commitment

Mandy Rellahan - Friday, October 26, 2012

Wurster Construction partnered with the ISA Thursday to hold a GC reception where ISA members were able to hear about their company, meet Wurster’s key leaders, and hear about something very important to their corporate values. Al Wurster, Wurster’s President, and Steve Hodgson, Wurster’s COO, talked about the company’s focus on civic involvement and giving back to the community. Wurster also provided the opportunity for attendees to hear from a well-known local businessman who has been a model for civic leadership over the years – Mickey Maurer.


Keeping in line with the theme of civic involvement, Wurster Construction has committed to matching up to $500 in donations toward the ISA Youth in Construction Scholarship program which provides scholarships to high school students and ISA members seeking post-secondary education or training in a construction related field.


Help the ISA match this commitment to reach at least $1,000 in donations! Although ISA will gladly take donations for the scholarship fund at any time, the deadline for the Wurster Construction match is next Friday, November 2.


“In talking to many industry leaders I have found time and time again that owners of construction companies are concerned about labor and leadership talent. They report that currently the industry has not seen the hit but as people begin to retire or find work in another industry, the talent will not be there when the economy strengthens. The ISA’s Youth in Construction Committee is dedicated to encouraging youth into the construction trades and one way to do this is to help them monetarily.”

-         - Scott Grimes, Executive Director of the ISA