Building the Future: Construction

May 6, 2021
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Building the Future, with presenting sponsor, The Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, will include a short video and presentation followed by an informative panel discussion with construction industry professionals. The panelists include representatives from the Builders Guild; multiple skilled trade unions including Carpenters, Ironworkers, Laborers, and Electrical Workers; and two major construction companies. The discussion will highlight careers in construction and provide useful information about the varied types of jobs in this field, along with concrete advice on how to pursue these opportunities.

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75 minutes


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  • Gwen


  • Lynn Hayes-Freeland, Panel Moderator

    Lynne Hayes-Freeland, Talk show Host, KDKA-TV and Radio. A local fixture in Pittsburgh media, Lynne Hayes-Freeland made history in January, 2019 when she became the first full-time African American to host a daily talk show on KDKA-Radio, the nation’s first radio station. The move came after more than forty years at KDKA-TV where Lynne held a wide variety of positions. Lynne began her broadcast career as the producer of the Roy Fox Show on KDKA-Radio in 1976. A year later she moved to KDKA-TV where she held a variety of positions including field producer for EVENING MAGAZINE, and producer of a variety of other public affairs programs including Weekend Magazine Vibrations and the stations annual Children’s Hospital Telethon. In 1989, Lynne moved to the KDKA-TV news department as a general assignment reporter. Her assignments included covering the news of the day to the US visit of South African President Nelson Mandela. In addition to covering the news of the day, Lynne was the face of KDKA-TV’s “Waiting Child” segment for more than 15 years. This bi-weekly presentation was designed to find adoptive homes for special needs or hard to place children. During her tenure at the station nearly 70 per cent of the children featured on television were placed with forever families. Lynne has also worked closely with Dollar Bank, as the face of their high successful “Mortgages for Mothers”, home buying seminar designed to help women in the Pittsburgh area become first time home buyers.

  • Jeff Nobers, Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania

    As Executive Director of the Builders Guild, Jeff Nobers leads the organization in its mission to promote quality construction, provide a forum for labor and management to work together on issues of common concern, and to create career opportunities for those interested in working in the demanding and challenging construction industry. He is also executive director of Pittsburgh Works Together, where he has helped to forge a cross-industry coalition that is committed to creating an inclusive vision of economic progress that embraces and respects both traditional legacy industries and emerging ones. Jeff is also on the Board of Directors of Partner4Work and the A. Philip Randolph Institute/Pittsburgh.

  • Dexter Hendricks, Turner Construction Co.

    As Vice President of Community & Citizenship for Turner Construction Company, Dexter Hendricks has complete oversight for the coordination of Community Affairs activities for Turner’s New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Business Units. He serves as the leader in the management of the YouthForce program, the Turner School of Construction Management, and the ACE Mentoring program. A member of various community organizations and boards, he is also responsible for tracking MWDVBE involvement on Turner projects. Dexter fosters community engagement by performing in-house and outreach activities which solicit and maintain the involvement of local professional interest groups within the communities in which we build both locally as well as nationally. He is responsible for managing corporate, community, and educational programs and activities, and coordinating the identification and retention of small, minority- and/or women-owned, dis-advantaged and veteran-owned businesses in the community.

  • Saul Jiminez, Laborers’ Local #373

    Saul is an Instructor at the Western Pennsylvania Laborers’ Training Center. He is has been a member of Local #373 since 2000, and is F.F.C. Investigator.

  • Toni Martin, Carpenters’ Training Center

    Toni Martin is an Instructor at the Carpenters’ Training Center. Toni has been a professional carpenter for 14 years. She began her career as an apprentice, looking for a career that offered great pay, benefits, and personal satisfaction. Her apprenticeship training included welding, a skill which helped to shape her career. She worked for several years traveling and installing exterior wall panel systems. When she started a family, she found the opportunity to work for the same employer close to home. For her role as instructor, she has been trained to teach first aid, rigging, health care/infection control, industrial forklift, and scaffolding. With new technologies and systems being introduced constantly, training is constantly adapting to meet the needs of members and partners alike. The Training Center’s goal is to provide the safest, most technologically advanced, productive professionals on the job site.

  • John Mascaro, Mascaro Construction Co., LP.

    As President and CEO of Mascaro Construction Company, LP, John oversees the firm’s overall operations, including projects in the buildings, power and industrial, bridge and highway, oil and gas, and water/wastewater construction markets. With annual revenues in excess of $350 million per year, he maintains a strong focus on safety, quality, production, and client satisfaction. John has been a powerful advocate for workforce development and raising awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the construction industry.

  • Rick Pireaux, Iron Workers Local Union No. 3

    Rick is a fourth generation Local #3 Ironworker and Assistant Training Director at the local’s training center. His responsibilities include recruitment, scheduling, and curriculum writing. A graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education/Mathematics, he taught math at Steel Valley High School from 2005 to 2010 and was also a member of Labors Local 1058 from 2000 to 2007.

  • Tim Wisyanski, IBEW Local #5

    As Assistant Training Director of IBEW Local #5 Electrical Apprenticeship, Tim has helped to develop the region’s workforce of highly skilled and accredited electricians for over a decade. IBEW electricians are in demand to work in a wide variety of fields including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government.

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