Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association:
1st Meeting: Corporate Advisory Council
Friday, July 13, 2018, 11 am
Conference Room, Winmar Construction
(Special thanks to Alfredo Izurieta, Crisp & Juicy Chicken for lunch -courtesy of MDCHCA)
(Our thanks to Winmar Construction and Edwin Villegas for the use of their conference room.)
Present: Jon Seavey, Gilbane Construction (& intern); Christinah Makhetho, Ace Hardware Stores; Tom Nida, John Marshall Bank; Chris Kerns, Fort Myer Construction; Carlos Perdomo, MDCHCA Chair; Jose Sueiro, MDCHCA.
Meeting began at 11:18 am and finished, 1 pm. A second meeting with our new Regional Representatives followed from 1-2 pm.
First item on the agenda was a philosophical conversation on the goals and purposes of our Corporate Advisory Council (CAC); what Gilbane Construction and John Marshall Bank hope to achieve with their participation and what purposes align with their mission. Jon spoke about teaming w/sub-contractors, finding skilled tradespersons, building a new horizon and changing the industry landscape in the region. Tom spoke about the synergy between education and finance. He also spoke about the 'Construction Academy & 100+ units of Affordable Housing' long term MDCHCA project (Tom is member of that group as well). Agreed: Produce Press Release stating main purposes and projects of the CAC.
Second item was a description of our 'Construye DC Initiative' and near term future plans. Hispanic Contractors Assoc. has asked for signatures of support on a letter to the District. Discussion ensued regarding what that letter would say. Agreed: Jose will provide a draft copy of the letter of support for 'Construye DC' and future plans... for CAC members (and MDCHCA Board) to review.
The CAC discussed the building of construction academy and 100+ units of affordable housing -MDCHCA's primary long range goal- for about 20 minutes. Chris Kearns from Fort Myer, with extensive experience in helping non-profit developers build affordable homes, mentioned his interest in this project and was quickly volunteered to join. Jon Seavey mentioned Gilbane has an entire affordable home building component and would look into how they might help. We suggested Edwin call another meeting of the 'academy & affordable housing' group to review the status and analyze next steps.
The CAC was asked to join us as partners of our Autumn, "IV Annual Diversity GALA". Jon Seavey said he would look into the availability of the new 'Sports & Entertainment Arena' in SE in which to hold the event. We're looking for a date either on October 17-18 or the week of October 29.
MDCHCA Chair, Carlos Perdomo, made emphasis on the need for workforce development to train more project managers and skilled craft persons. Chris Kerns expressed similar concerns and we all agreed on how important a workforce development component is to future plans, especially since there are a great many self taught crafts persons in our community.
Throughout the meeting we ate 12 plates of food from Crisp & Juicy Chicken and enjoyed the company of those present. It was a largely successful first meeting of our Advisory Council and we hope to repeat this success over the next 2 months with our second meeting.
Meeting ended 1:03 pm.
Thank you everyone for attending!
Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Assoc.