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Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group Authored “5 Ways to Attract Top Construction Talent” Featured in United Rentals

3/30/2018: Brian Binke Featured in United Rentals Take these steps to avoid letting qualified candidates slip through your fingers. A solid, well-trained workforce is the backbone of any company. Ironically, this is the area where many construction companies flounder. All too often, companies use the same old methods to try to reach top candidates, or they take too long to follow up with candidates — and those candidates go with another opportunity. Some companies simply don’t have a strategic hiring process in place. Here are five simple measures you can [...]

By | 2018-04-04T15:40:24+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group Authored “5 Ways to Attract Top Construction Talent” Featured in United Rentals

Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group Authored “Spotlight on Heavy Civil Construction” Featured in Construction Today

3/26/2018: Brian Binke Featured in Construction Today It’s a good time to be involved with the construction industry. Members of Congress have been discussing legislation that could lead to spending $1.5 trillion on improving the country’s infrastructure. Candidates with the right skills will continue to be in high demand as a number of significant projects have been announced or are already underway. Heavy civil construction recruiters are partnering with relevant companies to find people who are skilled in building everything from roads and bridges to dams and sewers. Here are [...]

By | 2018-03-30T11:24:54+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group Authored “Spotlight on Heavy Civil Construction” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group Authored “Military Veterans in Construction” Featured in Construction Today

2/26/2018: Brian Binke Featured in Construction Today As commercial construction recruiting firms continue to look for new ways to solve the labor shortage impacting the industry, a growing number of search consultants are reaching out to military veterans to fill vacant construction jobs. Not only are military veterans taking the oath of enlistment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, many of them are also signing up to help rebuild the infrastructure of America. In addition to epitomizing teamwork, veterans also have the confidence, [...]

By | 2018-03-27T14:19:49+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group Authored “Military Veterans in Construction” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “What Construction Companies Want in an Estimator” Featured in United Rentals

By Kim Slowey Good estimators are worth their weight in gold, but it's not just about crunching the numbers. A successful construction project starts with a solid bid, and estimators are key in putting together a thorough and accurate proposal. What do companies today look for in an estimator? Some obvious and not-so-obvious qualities. Math skills and attention to detail Many estimators, particularly ones working for subcontractors, spend a lot of time performing quantity takeoffs, which involves tabulating the amount and type of materials required on a project along with [...]

By | 2018-03-19T16:53:02+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “What Construction Companies Want in an Estimator” Featured in United Rentals

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Military Veterans in Construction” Featured in Construction Today

By Brian Binke As commercial construction recruiting firms continue to look for new ways to solve the labor shortage impacting the industry, a growing number of search consultants are reaching out to military veterans to fill vacant construction jobs. Not only are military veterans taking the oath of enlistment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, many of them are also signing up to help rebuild the infrastructure of America. In addition to epitomizing teamwork, veterans also have the confidence, discipline and problem-solving skills [...]

By | 2018-02-27T18:42:27+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Military Veterans in Construction” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Two challenges, three outcomes, one solution: Where do they fit in?” Featured in Oldcastle Building Solutions

By Chuck Rotondo Brian Binke of Construction Today, an online magazine, recently wrote an article titled “Solving the Skilled Labor Shortage in Construction.” He listed four approaches to attract more skilled workers to the industry. They are:   1. Allocating Funds Binke suggests “the government to take a portion of the money they dedicate to four-year colleges and put those funds towards getting more people enrolled in trade schools.” While not everyone may be the “college-type,” doing so would give these students a chance to excel outside of the educational [...]

By | 2018-03-14T15:01:07+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Two challenges, three outcomes, one solution: Where do they fit in?” Featured in Oldcastle Building Solutions

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “What Construction Companies Want in a Superintendent” Featured in United Rentals

By Kim Slowey Experience is the real gauge of a quality superintendent. Construction projects don't run themselves, and a good superintendent is a critical layer between project managers and field operations. Like many skilled construction jobs, superintendents are in demand. Here’s what contractors are looking for in a superintendent today according to Brian Binke, president and CEO of Detroit-area construction executive search firm The Birmingham Group, Stability Potential employers look for substantial periods of employment — at least one to two years —  even though many construction workers are known [...]

By | 2018-03-19T16:54:18+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “What Construction Companies Want in a Superintendent” Featured in United Rentals

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “The State of Construction Safety” Featured in Construction Today

By Brian Binke: February 6, 2018 Some construction employers prioritize productivity over safety. Although meeting deadlines is important in the construction industry, it should never come at the cost of a human life. Collapsing building materials, overhead power lines and heavy machinery are just a few of the potential dangers in commercial construction jobs that can all be avoided with the proper safety protocols. Continued Safety Concerns A majority of Americans who were surveyed and working in construction feel that company productivity outranks their safety concerns. The National Safety Council [...]

By | 2018-02-06T10:59:53+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “The State of Construction Safety” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group: “What Employers Want in a Construction Project Manager” Featured in United Rentals

By Kim Slowey Construction project managers are in high demand at the moment. If you’re thinking of becoming one, what skills and traits will you need? We talked with Brian Binke, president and CEO of Detroit-area construction executive search firm The Birmingham Group, to find out what assets employers today want their project managers to have. Communicator with social skills The construction industry once celebrated the my-way-or-the-highway type personality, according to Binke, but today's project manager needs to be a diplomat who can work effectively with owners, subcontractors and other project [...]

By | 2018-03-19T16:55:39+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group: “What Employers Want in a Construction Project Manager” Featured in United Rentals

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Tips for Creating Performance Incentives” Featured in Construction Today

By Brian Binke: January 22, 2018 Once you’ve landed the best candidates for your construction jobs, the focus of your organization should shift to employee retention strategies. As a matter of course, retention should be an ongoing focus for your firm. Losing skilled workers, especially during a labor crisis, will negatively impact your company’s bottom line through lost time, slower project completion, and repeated training. A great way to help with retention is to implement performance-based incentives. Proven Retention Strategies Perhaps one of the most effective ways to achieve better [...]

By | 2018-02-06T11:08:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Tips for Creating Performance Incentives” Featured in Construction Today
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