Share this on FacebookMay 14th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance
In April 2020, Adam Tegelman of Murphy Concrete and Construction took over the reigns as chairman of the NEW Construction Alliance (NEWCA) from our founding chairman, Bill Monfre. Bill— who is soon to retire leading Quality Insulators for more than a decade—will continue as an active member of the Alliance board as immediate past chairman.
“We have been able to build a very strong board of directors over the past year and half, and Adam will bring capable leadership and great energy to our work,” said Bill. “I’m excited to see where he will take the organization.”
“Without Bill’s hard work and dedication, there likely would not be a NEW Construction Alliance. We are eternally thankful for what he helped to create,” Adam responded. “We are fortunate that we will continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience going forward.”
Adam, who is the director of Operations for MCC, Inc. of Appleton, Wisconsin, joined the Alliance in 2019 as a Founding Member and shortly thereafter accepted a position on the board.
The Build Out spoke to Adam about his new role, his vision and the latest when it comes to operating in a COVID-19 world.
BO: As the new chairman of the Alliance, what is your vision for the organization going forward?
AT: The NEW Construction Alliance was built on the vision of people connecting people and companies collaborating to promote a positive image of the construction industry in Northeast Wisconsin. My vision doesn’t fall too far off of that original vision: focusing on building the image of the construction industry remains a vital part of the Alliance moving forward. This NEW image…pun intended…will give our member companies a better chance to succeed in the future with essentials such as job procurement, recruitment, permitting, public opinion, and community involvement.
BO: What do you say to those that ask, ‘why join the NEWCA when there are so many other trades related groups?’
AT: The NEW Alliance is comprised of member companies that truly believe in a positive future for the construction industry in Northeast Wisconsin. While we come from different backgrounds in construction, we can all agree that collaboration on building the image and improving the public perception of the construction industry is paramount to the success of each and every one of our companies. This is the work of the Alliance and we can only achieve it if we all in our region are working together to make it happen.
We are not a state trade association, the NEW Construction Alliance is designed to foster the collaboration of construction companies large, medium and small. From planning to designing; exterior and interior construction; and everything in between, the Alliance allows each company, for a very reasonable membership fee, to have a voice and stay abreast of all things relevant in the construction industry.
BO: What effect, if any, do you believe the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision striking down the Safer at Home order will have on our industry and the trades?
AT: I think the fact that the construction industry was deemed an essential business during this time fundamentally altered some of the public perceptions of our business in two key ways.
First it reinforced the importance of infrastructure building, and second it highlighted that the construction trades can be an extremely positive career choice anyone looking for a new opportunity.
We have no way of determining the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision, and the only thing that has been certain about this pandemic is that it has been continuously evolving.
However, if you can find a “positive” in this current situation, it is that we’ve been able to successfully evolve with it: working to protect our employees and “clean up” our operations, all while improving the image that is carried with them.
MORE ABOUT ADAM:
Adam holds a master’s degree in environment science and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University.
In addition to his work with the Alliance, Adam has served as past president and board member of the Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin (APW); board member and OES Chair for the Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association (WRMCA); Member of the Legislative Committee of Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC). He appreciates working in collaboration with good people in the industry, fishing, pretty much any athletics-based and sometimes just relaxing…but only sometimes!
If you’d to contact Adam you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.