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Friday, November 10th, 2017

The first two episodes of Rational Middle: Immigration, a new web series discussing the challenges and opportunities of fixing the broken immigration system, are now streaming. Watch below:About Rational Middle:During these tumultuous times, immigration has become a hot-button issue. Histrionics have ruled the day and started a firestorm of debate... read more

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Experts in the construction industry met at a luncheon hosted by the American Subcontractors Association Houston Chapter recently to talk about employer responsibility for worker safety on the jobsite. The panel discussion focused largely on safety education and risk assessment, employer liabilities in situations of co-employment, and employer... read more

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The Texas Standard, a statewide radio program that airs on NPR stations throughout the state, has been doing an in-depth series on the realities faced by undocumented people who live here. As part of the series, reporter Joy Diaz took a look at the plight of undocumented workers in the construction industry. Stan Marek, CEO of MAREK in Houston,... read more

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Immigrant rights activists, experts in the law, and business leaders gathered Wednesday night in Houston to talk about challenges the region faces following the convergence of a state crackdown on “sanctuary cities,” a devastating hurricane, and the impending end of a federal program that allows young undocumented immigrants a chance at employment... read more

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The following article was written by Jim Kollaer and originally published on Construction Citizen.Hallie Busta over at Construction Dive recently published an article entitled Seeing the Light: How Linbeck gives shape to James Turrell’s luminous art in which she interviews the Houston contractor Linbeck about the skill needed to meet the rigorous... read more

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

MAREK announces the promotion of four leaders to Managing Directors of its Houston commercial construction business. Saied Alavi, George Kissamis, Phil Nevlud and Jorge Rodriguez will serve as the senior management team leading sales and operations for core and tenant drywall, acoustical ceilings, paint, specialty finishes, flooring, fabric panels... read more

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The following article was authored by Elizabeth McPherson and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) have developed an amazing tool which enables contractors to build safety programs to ensure that their employees remain safe on their jobsites.  ABC’s STEP program, which stands for Safety... read more

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The following article was originally published on BuildHoustonOnline.Are some of Houston’s leading construction firms crazy or insane in their approaches to attract and train quality entry-level craft workers? Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result.S&B Engineers and... read more

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The following article authored by Dylan Baddour was originally published in the Houston Chronicle. Reprinted with permission.Jaime Ramos worked picking ornamental ferns in Florida until he got ready to start a family. He took a higher-paying construction job, but then found himself frustrated by a transient labor force that learns as it goes.“... read more

Monday, April 24th, 2017

The following article was authored by Chuck Gremillion, Executive Director of the Construction Career Collaborative. There have been occasions during my tenure as C3’s executive director where I have felt as if we were trying to change the world, and in many ways we are – the world of construction. And as most readers of this blog would probably... read more

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

The following article was authored by Eleanor Dearman and originally published in the Quorum Report:The House Business & Industry Committee heard a bill on worker misclassification Monday evening. During the meeting, Stan Marek, CEO of Marek Brothers Construction,Inc and the Workers Defense Project will join in support of the measure by Rep. ... read more

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The following article was authored by Scott Braddock and originally published on Construction Citizen.Leaders in the commercial construction industry in Houston have a lot to be thankful for despite a state and global economy that is struggling in many ways. Houston – along with the rest of Texas – has been hit hard by the downturn in energy but... read more

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Through their various trade associations, construction executives from all over Texas are letting state lawmakers know what they think about issues that impact the industry. The Texas Construction Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, and other groups have compiled lists of reforms and proposed changes to state laws that... read more

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The following article was authored by Scott Braddock and originally published in ConstructionCitizen.com. Braddock discusses a recent Bloomberg article where Marek CEO Stan Marek was interviewed.President Donald Trump's proposed border wall isn't just highly controversial. Now that he’s been elected and has begun the process of fulfilling campaign... read more

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

During a nationally televised report on Fox News Channel, a prominent Texas construction executive said President-elect Donald Trump has a chance to be both tough and smart on border security and immigration.Stan Marek, President and CEO of the Marek Family of Companies, said the President-elect needs to enact immigration reform that identifies... read more

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

This article was authored by Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER and was originally published on Breaking Ground: the NCCER Blog, and was re-posted with permission.When you think of the future, what do you think of? Is it self-driving cars, robotic vacuums or the ability to talk to people through your watch? If so, then the future is... read more

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

DFW Drywall & Acoustical Contractors Association - The DACA Workforce Training Program is continuously growing and has started its third year as the Accredited Verification Wall's & Ceiling's program for North Texas. Please reach out to DACA or CEF for information on being part of this DFW Industry Program. These WTP Update e-mail blasts... read more

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

HOUSTON - The Greater Houston Partnership announced Thursday additional details about the organization’s office space in the new Partnership Tower. The build-out will be completed by Partnership member companies who demonstrate a commitment to developing and maintaining a quality and skilled construction workforce. The Partnership is joining with... read more

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Houston, TX – Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston and Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) named its 2016 officers and board members at the annual inaugural celebration at Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. ABC elected five officers and 28 board members from greater Houston’s... read more

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Source: BuildHoustonOnlineDetermination, dedication and diligence…Those words seemed to be the trending topic amongst industry leaders on, Thursday, November 19, 2015 as construction industry & educational leaders joined together at the ABC & CMEF Workforce Development Luncheon held at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas. Their goal, you may... read more

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