OUR MEMBERS

BUILD CENTRAL OHIO

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 member companies. Our mission is to help our members develop their workforce, as well as win and deliver work safely, ethically, and profitably, to benefit their communities through the merit shop philosophy. With 70 chapters nationwide, ABC member firms comprise all specialties of construction within the industrial and commercial sectors.

The ABC Central Ohio chapter was founded in 1968, with Northern Ohio and Ohio Valley chapters established subsequently. Our work includes government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communication, technology, recognition through our chapter awards programs, employee benefits, best practices information, and business development.

OUR VISION

A free market system where success is based on free-enterprise principles.

OUR MISSION

To be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry.

OUR PURPOSE

To advance and defend merit shop principles and promote the success of our members and their employees through advocacy, workforce development, safety services, and networking.

OUR VALUES

  • economic freedom within a free-market economy
  • open and fair competition
  • diversity
  • responsibility, accountability, and integrity
  • personal and industry performance and professionalism

OUR MEMBERS:

Believe in free enterprise.

Believe in the right of employees and employers to engage in individual or collective bargaining to determine wages and working conditions, within the boundaries of the law.

Believe in the responsibility of employers for the general welfare of employees and for fair compensation, as well as the responsibility of employees for satisfactory performance.

Support sound legislation around worker compensation, safety, and unemployment.

Support legislation that embraces fair play for employers and employees and promotes the preservation of the free enterprise system.

Oppose monopolies and price or wage fixing in the public and private sector, as these are detrimental to free enterprise.

Believe in and support legal protection of the rights of employees, regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin or relationship to any labor organization, and in equal work opportunities for legal residents.

Believe in the responsibility of all branches of government as stewards of taxpayer dollars, and therefore support the awarding of government contracts only to the lowest responsible bidder and oppose unjust pressure to violate these principles.

Believe that cooperation, reconciliation, free enterprise, and a democratic government best serves all Americans, and that business leaders have a responsibility for preserving these by becoming active in political and civic affairs.

Oppose violence, coercion, intimidation and the denial of the rights of employees and employers.

Meet The Team

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Barton Hacker

Barton Hacker

President

bhacker@centralohioabc.org

Laura Koh

Laura Koh

Workforce Development

lkoh@centralohioabc.org

Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams

Government Affairs

bwilliams@abcofohio.org

Betsy Liska

Betsy Liska

Membership and Business Development

bliska@centralohioabc.org

Alla Reese

Alla Reese

Curriculum Development and Communications

Board of Directors

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In the truest sense of the word, ABC Central Ohio is a member-run association. Members identify issues critical to merit shop construction and work together to find solutions using the resources of one of the largest construction-related groups in the world.

The association is governed by an 12-member board of directors. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

All members of the association are eligible to serve on the board. Anyone interested should contact the ABC Central Ohio office at 614-529-4300 for additional details.

Officers

Brian Haughn (Chair)
Executive Vice President
Haughn & Associates, Inc.

Scott Ruth (Vice-Chair)
President
Cogburn Electric

Larry McKeever (Past-Chair)
President
McKeever & Niekamp Electric, Inc.

Scott Bechtel (Treasurer)
Tax Senior Manager
GBQ Partners, LLC

Counsel

Ron Mason
Mason Law Firm

Board

Kent Beachy
Jess Howard Electric

Thad Claggett
Claggett & Sons, Inc.

Heather Larkin
Romanoff Group

Ben Pesich
Ohio Heating & Refrigeration

Kent Ratliff
Cleveland Construction

Gabe Reitter
G III Reitter Walls

Nick Roberts
Bi-Con Services, Inc.

Philip Sisia, Jr.
PDS Systems