ABC Central Ohio offers all of its members an opportunity to serve on a number of committees. By providing valuable input to the Association's Board of Directors, committees help establish the policies, priorities and objectives of ABC Central Ohio. In addition, the ABC Central Ohio Chairman may appoint special task forces to study specific issues and make recommendations for action.
If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact the ABC Central Ohio office for a volunteer application. Before submitting your application, please review the Committee Member Job Description and the Volunteer Agreement below. 

Committee Structure

Standing Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is authorized to meet and take action between board meetings when it is impractical to get the full board together for a special board meeting. The Executive Committee can also serve as an advisor to the chief executive officer and a liaison between the CEO and the full board.

The Executive Committee is charged with oversight of the organization’s chief executive officer. The Executive Committee hires the CEO and works with the CEO in establishing goals for the year, evaluating performance, and setting compensation. The Executive Committee reports on these activities to the full board.

The members of the Executive Committee are on that committee due to the position they hold within the organization. The officers of the organization, as well as past-chair serve on the Executive Committee

Chuck Fenske, Chairman - Knoch Corporation
Larry McKeever, Bice Chair - McKeever & Niekamp Electric
Scott Bechtel, Treasurer - GBQ Partners
Steve Setterlin, Ec-Officio - R.W. Setterlin Building Company

Finance & Audit Committee

Sometimes called a Budget Committee, this committee oversees the preparation of the annual budget and the performance of the organization in meeting its budgeted revenues and expenses. Finance & Audit Committees often receives regular reports on the organization’s performance in meeting its budget and present that information to the full board. The Finance & Audit Committee is tasked with overseeing the financial management of the organization. 

The Finance Committee may also be charged with managing the organization’s investments, setting compensation packages for staff, overseeing capital campaigns and raising funds. It may handle these responsibilities as a committee or through the formation of subcommittees.

Scott Bechtel, Chair (Board Liaison) - GBQ Partners 
Steve Setterlin - R.W. Setterlin Building Company
Larry McKeever - McKeever & Niekamp Electric
Brian Haughn - Haughn & Associates
Chuck Fenske - Knoch Corporation
Barton Hacker (Staff Liaison)

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is tasked with developing criteria for membership, overseeing elections, and developing and delivering programs for the members.

While the daily issues and activities involving memberships are usually handled by staff, questions as to the criteria for membership, granting membership and the revocation of membership are usually reserved to the board. The Membership Committee may also determine the benefits available to members.

The Annual meeting, golf outing and other select programs and activities may be overseen by the Membership Committee or one of its subcommittees.

Golf Outing Sub-Committee:
Philip Sisia (Chair) - PDS Systems 
Larry McKeever - McKeever & Niekamp
Bill Rieser - McKeever & Niekamp
Kent Beachy - Rea & Associates
Barton Hacker (Staff Liaison) 

Clay Shoot Sub-Committee:
Michael Haughn (Chair) - Haughn & Associates 
Barry Fonarow - Haughn & Associates
Jon Howard - Jess Howard Electric
Bill Eubanks - DeFabCo
Drew Schwind - Tradesman International
Bill Crawford - Crawford Mechanical
Stephanie Miller (Staff Liaison)

Nominating Committee

The association’s members have the right to elect members of the board of directors.  The elections process is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee. 

While the Chairman of the Board appoints vacancies to the board, the Nominating Committee is responsible for advertising board terms to the membership, setting an annual ballot of board candidates including officers, and to oversee the annual election of the board of directors.

The Nominating Committee is made up of members of the Executive Committee and any member the Executive Committee chooses to serve in addition to themselves.

Safety Committee

Work-site safety is paramount to the successful completion of construction projects. Through its programs, seminars, and publications, ABC Central Ohio's Safety Committee offers support to member companies who strive to maintain outstanding safety policies, procedures, and practices. 

Michael Lorms, Chairman - Risk Control 360 
Steven Christensen (Board Liaison) - Haughn & Associates
Joe Urquhart - Overmyer Hall & Associates
Jeff Lane - R.W. Setterlin Building Company
Jess Easton - Romanoff Electric
Tim Beddow - Gutknecht Construction
Chris Hoffer - ADENA Corporation
Jim Thompson - Kwest Group
Meredith Ullman - Ross, Brittain & Schonberg
Mark Jacques - Ready Wire Electric
Betsy Liska (Staff Liaison)
Joe Frash (Staff Liaison) 

Government Affairs and PAC Committee

This Committee is charged with overseeing the organization’s government relations programs. While staff often carries out the day to day activities which result in the development and implementation of the organization’s government affairs efforts, the Government Affairs and PAC Committee is charged with long range fundraising planning and general issue oversight.

Non-board members can serve on the Program Committee or on its subcommittees.

Ad Hoc Committees 

By their nature, ad hoc committees are formed when they are needed and dissolved when their work is done. Some examples of ad hoc committees that may be considered include the following: 

  1. Bylaws Committee

    The Bylaws Committee is charged with reviewing the organization’s bylaws and current practices to ensure that they are synchronized. Over time it is not uncommon for an organization’s practices to evolve so that they no longer follow the bylaws. The Bylaws Committee assesses why this has happened and recommends changes to either the organization’s practices or the bylaws. A Bylaws Committee can also be used to review current best practices and governance trends and make recommendations on those the organization should consider adopting. A Bylaws Committee may work with the Membership Committee. Since a review of the organization’s bylaws and practices is usually only done every few years, this does not need to be a standing committee.

  2. Capital Campaign Committee

    A capital campaign will usually last for several years. An organization may only embark on a capital campaign once a decade or less frequently. Therefore a capital campaign committee is an ideal ad hoc committee. Its goal is to raise funds for a capital campaign. Donors who are not on the board can serve on the Capital Campaign Committee. Their commitment is not open ended and they may be more willing to serve in this capacity. The Capital Campaign Committee may work with the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee, the Government Affairs and PAC Committee, or the Membership Committee.

  3. Strategic Planning Committee

    Since it should take less than a year to develop or update an existing strategic plan, this is one that could be an ad hoc committee or a task force. Members of the Strategic Planning Committee are responsible for developing or updating an existing strategic plan. They may also monitor the implementation of the plan and report on its progress to the full board. This ad hoc committee may work closely with the Finance Committee or the Membership Committee

Task Forces 

Task forces by their nature are designed to bring people together to solve a problem. Task forces are short in duration and specific in focus. Below are some examples of task forces.

  1. New Program Development Task Force

    When it is time to think outside the box and brainstorm about ideas to keep an association relevant with changing demographics or trends, a New Program Development Task Force might be the answer. It can bring board members, members, consultants, funders and representatives of the community together to find a creative solution to the organization’s challenges.

  2. Joint Activities Task Force

    The association may consider joining forces with one or more other organizations to study an issue through the use of a Joint Activities Task Force. Task forces are ideal for identifying issues, collecting information, reviewing and analyzing the information and making recommendations to a committee or the full board.

  3. Special Events Fundraising Task Force

    The association may plan a special event such as a member appreciation gathering, golf tournament, an event such as a clay shoot or auction and may use a Special Events Fundraising Task Force to help plan and carry out such an event. This task force may work with the Finance Committee or other committees involved in fundraising.

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