For the third time in the past five years, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named a Cianbro craft trainer as the top instructor in the nation – this time the honor has been awarded to Power Training Manager Jon Sacks.
“There is nobody more deserving of recognition like that than Jon,” said Brian Watson who is the manager of the Cianbro Institute, and a longtime colleague of Jon’s. “He is one who goes about his business quietly. Jon is a very humble person. He doesn’t like beating his own drum. As part of the selection process, Jon had to endure three different sets of panel interviews, two of which were videotaped. The judges provided some questions in advance but asked many different questions that the candidates were not anticipating. Through it all, Jon remained calm and composed. And whether he won the award or not, for Jon, it was never really about him – it was about the team. That’s just who he is.”
Cianbro Craft Training Manager Tony Ayotte won the title in 2013, and Millwright/Instrumentation/Pipefitting Instructor Ed LePage became Cianbro's first National Craft Instructor of the Year back in 2010. Jon shared the spotlight at the ABC National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the first female Craft Professional of the Year, Holley Thomas.
“These winners’ dedication to high-quality craftsmanship, training and safety showcases the very best the construction industry has to offer, and ABC is thrilled to honor them,” said 2015 ABC National Chair Pamela Volm. “Holley, Jonathan and today’s National Craft Championships winners are the future of the construction industry, and ABC is grateful to have them represent our commitment to helping develop another generation of skilled workers.”
The Craft Instructor of the Year award is presented each year to an instructor who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude, and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills. Innovative teaching to promote lifelong learning among the future workforce is another trait that characterizes the winners of this award. The recipient of this national award represents ABC's and ABC member companies’ deep commitment to training America’s future skilled workforce.
“I am very honored to receive this recognition and am humbled knowing that I am just one member of an incredible team,” said Jon. “Cianbro has afforded me the opportunity to be engaged in the rewarding work of developing our people over the last 17 years. During that time, craft training has become a key and strategic part of our company. The formal training programs complement the endless hours of coaching and mentoring which occur daily on all of our projects. The bottom line is that Cianbro proves every day what we are: a world class company made up of great people. I count it a privilege to do my part.”
Aside from his training work at Cianbro, Jon serves as an advisor and organizer for such training and outreach efforts as the annual Maine ABC Craft Championships. He sits on advisory councils for the National Center for Construction Excellence and Research (NCCER), serves on their workforce development committee, helps them with their strategic planning, and has also helped to develop curriculums for the Center.
Cianbro's trio of National Craft Instructors of the Year says something about the company, according to Brian Watson. “That’s a really good reflection on our company’s commitment to putting the right people in the right roles to achieve the level of quality and commitment to workforce development that we have.”