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Anirban Basu

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
Anirban Basu is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm that provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies and real estate developers. Basu is chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission and the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also ABC chief economist and chief economic advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.

Norman Adkins

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Wire and Cable at Southwire

Norman Adkins is executive vice president and chief commercial officer of wire and cable at Southwire, serving the residential, commercial and tools markets in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Before joining Southwire, Adkins worked at Corning Incorporated in diverse functional areas of engineering, operations, sales, marketing and international business development.

Dale Asplund

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at United Rentals

Dale Asplund is executive vice president and chief operating officer at United Rentals. Asplund previously served as senior vice president, business services and chief information officer. Since joining the company in 1998, he has had responsibility for supply chain, fleet management and shared services. Asplund previously worked for United Waste Systems Inc. as a divisional manager.

Mike Bellaman

ABC President and CEO

In his role as ABC president and CEO, Michael D. Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. He leads the association to deliver on the following long-term strategic goals — establishing ABC members as the world-class standard for health, safety and environment; increasing the political influence of ABC; ensuring ABC is the leading force for workforce development and education; and continuously growing and delivering value to a diverse and committed membership.

Michael Bennett

Vice President, The Cianbro Companies

Michael Bennett is vice president at The Cianbro Cos. An AQC and STEP Diamond participant, Cianbro strives to send their team members home in better condition than they arrived every day. Bennett chairs ABC’s National Health and Safety Committee. He has served on ABC Maine Chapter’s board of directors since 2000 and as chair in 2008 and 2018. Bennett also serves on the NCCER board of trustees and is its immediate past chair.

Nick Espinosa

Cybersecurity and Network Infrastructure Expert
An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with both small business and Fortune 100 clients. He is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and an award-winning co-author of the bestselling book "Easy Prey." Espinosa hosts the radio show "The Deep Dive," and is the spokesperson for the COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition. He serves on the board of advisors for Roosevelt University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the school’s Cyber Security Center.

Ty Findley

Managing Partner, Ironspring Ventures

As a managing partner for a digital industrial venture capital fund, Findley leads investments in innovative companies changing the way our world designs, builds, distributes and operates sustainably. He brings a decade of digital industrial experience from his time at Boeing, GE Ventures, and Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he supported companies such as Pype, Smartvid.io, SMS Assist, DroneBase, Desktop Metal, FreightWaves, Plus One Robotics, project44 and Xometry.

Danny Gibson

President & Chief Operating Officer, MetroPower Inc.

Danny Gibson started his career in his family business, and after 43 years in the industry he still proudly identifies himself as an electrician. During his 34-year tenure with MetroPower, which has 12 offices primarily in the Southeast, he led the effort to establish the company in Georgia and the Carolinas. He is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors.

Mike Holland

Chief Operating Officer, Marek Brothers Systems Inc.

Mike Holland is chief operating officer for Marek Brothers Systems Inc., with offices across Texas and in Atlanta. Holland is chair of the Construction Career Collaborative and co-chairs the Construction Sector Council for the Greater Houston Partnership’s UpSkill initiative. He is past chair of ABC’s Houston Chapter and also serves on the boards of community nonprofits, Covenant House Texas and the Foster Family YMCA.

Frank Nerenhausen

Executive Vice President and President of Access Equipment, JLG Industries

Frank Nerenhausen is executive vice president and president of Access at JLG Industries, responsible for all companies and associated product lines in the Access business unit of the Oshkosh Corporation. Nerenhausen previously served as executive vice president and president for the commercial segment. Nerenhausen is on the Association of Equipment Manufacturers CE Sector and Shippensburg University School of Business Advisory boards of directors.

Ben Nemtin

Author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?
Ben Nemtin is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?" and a star of the MTV show "The Buried Life." A decade ago, Ben was knocked off his feet by a heavy depression. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. Every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a stranger cross something off their bucket list. Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams.

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Dana Piscopo

Color Your Life LLC

Finding herself spinning through the tunnel of addiction, Dana Piscopo pulled herself up by her high heels to climb her way back to freedom. She became a certified whole-self sobriety and recovery coach, creating her trademarked program Reclaim Your Moxie. At Oracle Corporation, where she serves as the senior manager of sales operations for the Americas within the Construction & Engineering Global Business Unit, Dana holds weekly sessions for employees who want to work on a positive growth mindset to reach their goals. She also created a weekly SAFE, or Sobriety Awareness For Everyone, support group. She is the owner of Color Your Life LLC, offering coaching, workshops and corporate sessions on addiction awareness.

Stephanie Schmidt

President, Pool Anderson Construction

Stephanie Schmidt, president of Poole Anderson Construction in State College, Pennsylvania, is chair-elect of the ABC board of directors. Schmidt also serves on the Pennsylvania College of Technology Construction Management Advisory Committee and the Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.

Stacy Scopano

Vice President, National Prefabrication and Manufacturing Director, JE Dunn

Stacy Scopano provides overall direction, development and leadership for JE Dunn's integration of prefabrication and manufacturing processes for commercial construction, identifying and developing partnerships with key designers, trade partners and manufacturers. Scopano was on the executive leadership team at Skender, which produced modular and prefabricated components for commercial projects, and also served as an innovation and strategy executive at Skanksa USA, Autodesk and Trimble.

Greg Sizemore

Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development, Associated Builders and Contractors

In his role at ABC, Greg Sizemore is a key leader in the construction industry and the public sector on safety and workforce development. Prior to joining ABC in 2015, Sizemore worked at Zachry Industrial, where he played an integral role in the formation of Zachry’s competency-based safety, professional and craft workforce development programs. He is a past chair of the ABC National Craft Championships Committee and NCCER Workforce Development Committee. Currently, he serves on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health and the board of directors of NCCER and chairs the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Mandy Rennehan

Blue-Collar CEO and Founder of Freshco
Mandy Rennehan advocates for skilled trades and inspires audiences to cut through their fears, ignore naysayers and unleash their power.  By 19, she founded Freshco, Canada’s No. 1 full-service reconstruction and retail maintenance provider operating across Canada and the eastern United States. Freshco serves clients like Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, The Gap, Tiffany & Co. and many more. Her refreshing, uncensored honesty and infectious wit have captured the hearts and minds of Fortune 500 CEOs, budding entrepreneurs and today’s aspirant youth.

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