Forum’s 4th Annual “Building Tomorrow Awards”

By on September 18, 2018
11/26/2018 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
LiUNA Event Center
4532 S Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63127
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Dede Hance

This event has been rescheduled to
Monday, November 26

Construction Forum STL’s
4th Annual

Building Tomorrow Awards

Monday, November 26
11:30am – 1:30am

LiUNA Event Center
4532 S Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63127


For questions, to register, or cancel your registration, please contact Dede Hance.
314-880-2063, X302

The awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in the core areas which the Forum was founded to address: Diversity, Workforce Development, Regional Unity and Working Relationships.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon event at the LiUNA Event Center on Monday, November 26th.

Sponsor Levels:
MASTER BUILDER:  $2,000  (includes 8 tickets)
SUPERINTENDENT:  $1,000  (includes 4 tickets)
FOREMAN:  $500  (includes 2 tickets)

This event is a fundraiser for the Construction Forum Education Foundation, benefiting research and K-12 STEM education focused on construction.

For sponsorship information contact Tom Finan at or 314.743.7505.

$50 / Person
$350 / Table of 8

Construction Forum STL’s mission is, “Building the St. Louis Region’s tomorrow, through inclusive engagement, unbiased communication, and focused action.” Award categories conform to Construction Forum STL’s four core focus areas of diversity/inclusion; workforce development; regionalism; and collaboration.

This year’s award honorees are:

Dr. John Gaal
Director of Training and Workforce Development
St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council

Dr. John Gaal has devoted over 25 years to workforce issues, from apprenticeship, to mental health and drug addiction, to safety to diversity. His work has gained international recognition for St. Louis.

DIVERSITY (Organization)
Tarlton and BJC
“Thinking Beyond Today” Program

Tarlton and BJC leveraged a major construction project at Christian Hospital’s Northwest HealthCare facility to establish a modular jobsite office as a workforce development facility lot, giving them a space to provide information to high school students and community agencies on careers in construction.

DIVERSITY (Individual)
Sal Valadez
Diversity and Outreach Representative
Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council

Sal Valadez, diversity and outreach marketing representative for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) – Midwest Region, has only been in St. Louis for four years, but in that time he has had an immense impact on connecting the immigrant community to opportunities in the St. Louis construction industry. Valadez takes a holistic approach to connecting with the immigrant community. Sal recognizes that family connections, access to good health, and assistance in navigating the bureaucracy can be life changing.

Roz Sherman-Voellinger
Vice President of Labor Engagement and Labor Liaison,
United Way of Greater St. Louis

Wearing many hats when it comes to raising the visibility and status of workers comes naturally for Roz Sherman-Voellinger. Sherman-Voellinger was an educator on labor issues for 20 years at the University of Missouri. She joined United Way in 2009. SLATE. She is recognized as one of the region’s premier facilitators, and has proven she can bring the right people to the table.

David Baker, EdD
Assistant Superintendent for College and Career Readiness
Special School District of St. Louis County

Dr. Baker has not only proselytized the opportunities that are open to students through CTE training, he has proactively sought out partnerships in the business and labor community. Dr. Baker has been a thought leader for the CTE programs at SSD (North Tech HS and South Tech HS) in STL County for the past decade. His insights have transformed the CTE experience for the high school students and the industries in the various career paths that SSD CTE programs serve.

Donna Richter
Southern Illinois Builders Association

Working behind the scenes throughout her 37-year career, Donna Richter has cultivated a passion and deep understanding for her organization, her industry, and her region. Richter recognizes the impact on those members of the economic difficulties of the State of Illinois, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the shortage of skilled workers. She has led initiatives aimed at opportunities for the betterment of all aspects of the industry, including working for workforce diversity and to assure economic development across all aspects of the economy.

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