The Emerging Leaders Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., presented its second Gaining Strength Award to Jordan Berens, director of project management and estimating for Kent Companies, Grand Rapids, MI. The award started as a way to acknowledge up and coming individuals aged 40 and under, from member companies. These individuals go above and beyond to promote and professionally represent the concrete industry. They achieve this through their actions in both their company and industry organizations.
The ASCC judges candidates based on letters of recommendations and letters of acknowledgement from industry organizations with emphasis on participation, commitment, safety awareness, role modeling, and personal skills and knowledge.
More about Jordan Berens
Berens began his career in 2014 as a laborer performing placing, finishing and forming. He joined Kent Co. in 2015 as a field intern. He received a promotion to project engineer, project manager, senior project manager, then to his current position. Berens is a respected project management expert among all seasoned field leaders and general superintendents, and, is widely recognized by customers and field leadership for developing detailed safety plans. From Kent EVP Matt Fennema, “His deep experience in concrete has positioned him as an expert to our customers. He can have tough conversations with clients while maintaining a positive working relationship.”
The president of the West Michigan Chapter of ACT had this to say. “Jordan is recognized within our chapter and the industry as an advisor and mentor to those who are beginning a career in concrete. I’ve observed senior lead construction managers seek his opinion.”
The ASCC will begin accepting candidates for the 2020 Gaining Strength Award after the first of the year.
The ASCC is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and also provides them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors. There are approximately 760 member companies in the United States and also 13 foreign countries.
For more information, either visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.