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by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 29, 2014

After the 2014 Workforce Development Graduation July 23rd, I met with one of the twenty-one new Marek Helper graduates, Rodrick Horn. Rodrick came to us during the probation period of the Workforce Development Training program. Rodrick completed the process and started the probation period in January 2013. He proved to be an outstanding trainee,... read more

by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 25, 2014

Marek held a Graduation and Recognition Dinner for Helper and Mechanic Graduates, newly promoted Foremen, and Coaches July 23rd. In attendance were Marek Management, Workforce Development Staff, Industry Representatives, Training Partners, and Honorees with their guests.Twenty-one Graduating Helpers, with the help of their outstanding Coaches, had... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jul 23, 2014

At an early age, young children, especially boys, are given all sorts of construction toys. These toys spark creativity and allow our kids the opportunity to use their imagination. They develop concepts such as structural design and receive an early introduction into math, physics, mechanics, and engineering, all of which are turned into fun... read more

by Saied Alavi on Jul 10, 2014

In my business today, as in the great building traditions of the past, skilled well-trained crafts people are our most important and valuable asset. From the hundreds who make up our field employees to the estimating and administrative teams who support them, from the youngest trainee and intern to the most senior supervisor – each one is critical... read more

by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 3, 2014

On June 19th, Marek Houston participated in the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction) Camp at Galena Park ISD.Marek drywall craftsmen Danielle Conacher and Gloria Palau mentored the camp participants on the proper installation of drywall panels. Each young lady had a hands-on experience... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 23, 2014

Marek was happy to aid in the planning of and to participate in the San Antonio Construction Career Day which was held on April 9th at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. The event benefited 600 students who were given the opportunity to explore the different professions which are offered in the construction industry.At the event students had the... read more

by Scott Vlasek on Apr 22, 2014

It amazes me to think how far technology in the construction industry has come over the past 25 or so years. I can remember being a spry, young bright-eyed high school drafting/wood shop student sitting at a drafting table lining up my paper with a t-square and a triangle. Fast forward to the present, and I’m certain high school kids have NO idea... read more

by Karey Windham on Apr 7, 2014

Marek’s Atlanta Branch sponsored and participated in the annual CEFGA Career Expo and Skills USA State Championship on March 13th-14th. This event is regarded as one of the nation’s top construction and SkillsUSA events and had 7212 students in attendance this year.The Career Expo is Georgia’s largest interactive career exploration event and is... read more

by Marek Brothers on Mar 17, 2014

The following is a blog written by a student at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, who took part in the A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program, which mentors and inspires high school students to pursue careers in design and construction.My name is Maricela Casanova, and my involvement in the... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Mar 10, 2014

The Build Your Future (BYF) initiative along with various industry partners are excited to announce that they have teamed up in San Antonio to host a Construction Career Day event on April 9, 2014 at Freeman Coliseum's Expo Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.We are anticipating over 600 students from 20 different schools from San Antonio and the... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Mar 3, 2014

Marek Austin recently hosted a group of 6 high school students from San Marcos ISD’s Advanced Construction Technology class.Students were greeted by Brendan Doyle, Division President who gave them a warm welcome and explained the importance of working for a reputable company and being a part of a good team. Brendan also walked the students through... read more

by Marek Brothers on Feb 24, 2014

The following is a blog written by a student at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, who took part in the A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program, which mentors and inspires high school students to pursue careers in design and construction.My name is Tristan Brown and during my junior year, I applied... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Feb 17, 2014

Please read this article! Workforce Development is More Than Just Training.As our workforce program has grown in depth, scope and experience, I would like to pause and reflect on what workforce development looks like versus conducting training programs. As our team takes on career paths development opportunities for our professional employees, the... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Feb 10, 2014

On February 6, 2014, Marek hosted the 2014 strategic planning session for the Construction Career Collaborative. Marek has supported the organization from its inception. Mike Holland, President of Houston Division, is currently serving on the board of directors. As the former Acting Executive Director, I participated along with the board,... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Jan 20, 2014

*Written by Elizabeth McPherson of March of 2013, Marek hosted a drywall installation clinic at Pasadena ISD's L.P. Card Career and Technical Center . The team from Marek which included Saied Alavi-Operations Manager, Terry Holcombe-Drywall Superintendent, Dave McMillan-Foreman, Buddy Britt-Training Coordinator, and... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Jan 9, 2014

We have reached two historic milestones this year and how appropriate they are to communicate our culture. We celebrate 75 years as a contractor who employs the very best craftsmen and we have honored nine of those craftsmen with the Marek Certified Craft Professional Credentials.My congratulations go out to Pedro Cerritos, Dale Dodson, Jesus... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Sep 9, 2013

No arguing that it’s tough to be looking for a job right now. If you are unemployed and 16 to 24 years of age, you are one of 18.6 million of your peers looking for work in your age demographic according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That translates to an unemployment rate of 48.9% in this demographic sector of the population.

by Mike Holland on Sep 9, 2013

As a specialty contractor with a significant hourly workforce in the commercial construction industry, I am deeply concerned about a disturbing trend that has developed over the past thirty years and has recently escalated to a new level. Beginning with the 1980s economic decline in Houston and Texas, and continuing over the last three decades,... read more

by Mike Holland on Sep 9, 2013

Last Wednesday was a great day for reflection about the workforce issue, at least for me. It began at a lunch gathering of Associated Builders and Contractors Past Presidents and the current executive committee to gather insight and input for the coming year’s planning session objectives, as requested by the ABC Greater Houston Chapter incoming... read more

by Mike Holland on Sep 8, 2013

On November 17th, the Houston Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association held its monthly membership luncheon at the HESS Club. The topic for the meeting was a panel discussion covering the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) initiative. Panelists were Peter R. Dawson, AIA, Senior Vice President, Facilities Services, Texas Children’s... read more


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