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Did you know ABC MA highlights member news within our newsletter, on our blog, and throughout our social media platforms? We love to highlight new projects, staff additions, or other ABC member company news, and it's a great way for our members to communicate the great work you do!

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Bryce Reagan, Son of ABC MA Board Member Kyle Reagan, Starts Impressive Collegiate Baseball Career

It was quite a weekend for young Bryce Reagan.  After his freshman year, the star shortstop from Amherst, New Hampshire’s Souhegan High School had already committed to accept a baseball scholarship to attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  But now, in the summer between his sophomore and junior years, things were happening fast. ​ Despite his intention to attend Virginia Tech, Bryce continued to receive interest from several other big-time schools, such as Arizona State, Arizona, and USC. So Bryce decided to decommit from Virginia Tech and planned a weekend visit, along with his dad, ABC board member and one of DECCO’s Managing Partners, Kyle Reagan. The two headed to the southwest to visit the University of Arizona and Arizona State.  The latter had produced the likes of Reggie Jackson and Dustin Pedroia, among others. Kyle wasn’t a bad guy to have around to provide advice.  He had been through it too, being drafted in 1988 and reaching the big leagues with the ...

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ABC MA Legal Roundtable - Negotiating Contracts To Avoid Legal Intensive Care

Last week, more than 25 ABC MA members attended our Legal Roundtable hosted by Attorneys Chris Kenney and Mike Sams of the law firm Kenney and Sams, P.C. Mike and Chris performed a simulated contract negotiation focusing on many of the key issues you are likely to encounter and should account for in your construction contract, including incorporation clauses, shifting risk for design responsibilities, indemnification, insurance clauses, key timing issues in the claims process, various damages claims, mechanics liens, bonds, and much more. We thank Chris, Mike, and everyone who attended this informative event.  About ABC MA's Legal Roundtable ABC MA's Legal Roundtable was established to provide an opportunity for ABC members to gather and hear from our expert member attorneys on current legal topics and trends impacting the construction industry and ask questions on these and other legal matters.    If you would like to join ABC MA's Legal Roundtable, ...

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Will Impact Your Construction Firm

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Last week, ABC hosted “How the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 Will Impact Your Construction Firm” at RBF Accountants & Advisors training room space in Woburn. This timely seminar was presented by Bill Rucci, managing partner of RBF, who gave attendees an inside look at how the new tax laws will have an impact on their construction firm. Areas that Bill covered included how corporate and individual tax rates have changed, how the law changes expensing, the new rules for calculating deductions and credits, how IRC Section 199A provisions impact your taxes, and more. Thank you to all that attended and to our presenter, Bill Rucci, for making this seminar a great success.

Join ABC Government Affairs Committee Next Tuesday, March 19

ABC's Government Affairs Committee sets the direction of our organization's legislative priorities, determining which bills to support or oppose, legislators to engage with, and much more. This committee is critical to ABC's ability to promote fair and open competition throughout the construction industry, and the success of our government affairs efforts is largely determined by the volume, variety and intensity of our member’s engagement.

Join us next Tuesday, March 19th for our next Government Affairs Committee Meeting:

When: Tuesday, March 19 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: ABC's Office - 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 1, Woburn, MA 01801

If you would like to attend, please email Rob McGovern, ABC's Director of Public Affairs, at Rob@abcma.org

Electrical Board Update (3/11/19)

The Board of State Examiners of Electricians recently met on Monday, February 25, to cover a number of items including taking board meetings on the road to vocational and technical high schools throughout Massachusetts, the deadline for licensing renewals is fast approaching and will only be accepted via their online E-Licensing system, 15 hour code update course required to renewal certain licenses, license reciprocity, and a proposed extension to the expiration of education credits. Board Meetings Go On-The-Road: The Electrical Board will take board meetings on the road, visiting several technical and vocational high schools throughout Massachusetts. Career fairs with students from the school will take place prior to each meeting, Click here for the 2019 schedule. E-Licensing Renewals: Electricians should be aware that the renewal cycle for Electrician's licenses will begin in July and will now only be available online. Information on the process and renewal applications  can be found here. ...

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Member Spotlight - Chris Sheppard of Eastern Insurance Group LLC

Chris Sheppard Chris Sheppard may not be a contractor, but his career has been as tied to the construction business as any ABC member.  At Eastern Insurance he works exclusively with the industry and is the firm’s leading construction producer. That’s important, because insurance for contractors is fundamentally different than for other industries.  “With construction, you are utilizing all facets of the risk management process.  In many cases risk transfer is just as important as insurance.  A properly constructed risk management program is going to encompass both strategies,” Chris says. He has a particular expertise in helping contractors understand workers compensation and experience rating, having written articles on the topic.  He currently serves on ABC’s board of directors and is also a member of the Construction Financial Managers Association, and the Associated General Contractors of MA. Chris works with all the type ...

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Chairman's Message: Programming and Events that Unite Us

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman Despite an impending snowstorm, over 80 ABC members from more than 35 different companies attended our Future Leaders event at Lord Hobo’s beautiful brewery in Woburn last month.  ABC’s Program and Events Manager Dan Gearin said the great turnout was bolstered by 20-30 attendees who are employees of member companies that he had not seen at previous events. ABC hosts a number of events and seminars throughout the year to provide your company with great networking opportunities and give employees the ability to hone their skills by interacting with fellow members. For instance, ABC offers informational programming that cover topics ranging from new industry requirements to HR and legal issues, often sponsored by our Government Affairs Committee, Future Leaders, Human Resources Committee, or Legal Roundtable, to name a few. This is a great way for members to get involved in the organization, which helps us unite and grow. And there are things you can do ...

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Women in Construction Week - Jean McQuestion

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.   During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Jean McQuestion, Senior Project Manager for BW Kennedy and Company. Jean McQuestion ​There are many paths into the construction industry.  For Jean McQuestion, it was joining a GC in a temp-to-permanent scenario.  She hasn’t stopped working her way up ever since, from an administrative position all the way to her current r ...

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Women in Construction Week - Brittany Nolan

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.   During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Brittany Nolan, Chief Operating Officer, Business Relations for Allstate Glass. Brittany Nolan Construction is a family endeavor for Brittany Nolan, chief operating officer at Allstate Glass.  She lists growing her second-generation family business from under a dozen employees to over four dozen, and acquiring a fabrication ...

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