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Semper Tek joined SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and KY Governor Matt Bevin for Small Business Roundtable on Workforce Issues

Pictured are the small businesses that signed the Pledge to America's Workers along with KY Governor Matt Bevin and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

Pictured are the small businesses that signed the Pledge to America’s Workers along with KY Governor Matt Bevin and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

Last week Semper Tek was one of ten small businesses in Kentucky to be invited by the Kentucky District of the SBA to participate in a roundtable discussion during SBA Administrator Linda McMahon’s visit to the District.  Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was also in attendance. The focus of the conversation was workforce development.

Administrator McMahon has been traveling the Country to visit many SBA district offices and to meet with small business owners. Her visit to Kentucky was the first time she has focused her discussions on workforce issues. During her time in the Kentucky District, the Administrator visited a Chef Incubator in west Louisville, in addition to speaking with the roundtable participants at Jeptha Creed Distillery in Simpsonville, KY.

Administrator McMahon expressed that she and the President are aware of the workforce shortages in out Country. She acknowledged that all industries are effected, but that some are experiencing more substantial shortages than others. During the discussion Tara Brinkmoeller, Business Development Manager for Semper Tek shared about the construction workforce issues from a regional perspective. We discussed how there is a shortage in skilled workers both to supply our General Construction field crews, as well as the crews of our subcontractor base. We shared about how these shortages effect our ability to sufficiently bid projects at times and staff current projects to meet required schedules.

Others firms present represented the retail and restaurant industries, manufacturing, medical day spas, and engineering industries. The common theme from all small business owners was the issue with finding willing employees with the right skill sets and issues of turnover after significant investment in training.

Governor Bevin acknowledged these issues in Kentucky’s workforce and shared about initiatives of the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet, which include Work Ready Communities, training dollars for employees in specific fields, and more.  He encouraged everyone to visit HelpWantedKY.com to learn more about what the state is already doing to address workforce issues.

On July 19, President Trump issued an Executive Order that established the National Council for the American Worker. The Council has been established in order to provide a coordinated process for developing a national strategy to ensure that America’s students and workers have access to affordable, relevant, and innovative education and job training that will equip them to compete and win in the global economy. As part of the Order, the President has created a Pledge that communities, states, and businesses can sign to support the Council and show where they will create opportunities for American workers. During the roundtable event Governor Bevin signed the Pledge on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as did many individual firms, including Semper Tek.

Semper Tek was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the event and speak about workforce issues on behalf of our industry. Click here to read one of the articles from the many media outlets that covered the event. 

 


Semper Tek receives 2018 Excellence in Small Business Award for Construction Services from SAME Kentuckiana Post

SAME Award 2018Semper Tek was selected based on the successful completion of multiple projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2017, as well as Multiple Award Task Order Contracts completed for the Department of the Air Force at Robins AFB in Georgia. Projects submitted for consideration for this award included the 25,000 sq. ft. vertical medical office space fifth floor addition at the Lexington VAMC – Cooper Drive location, as well as the Renovate and Construct BRAC Facility for the VAMC Huntington, W.V.  These multi-million dollar highly complex projects are representative of the excellent work regularly performed by our firm.

Mr. Scott Matheny, President of Semper Tek and Mr. Santiago Iturralde, SE Division Vice President accepted the award during the luncheon award ceremony at the workshop.

Semper Tek is proud to be a member of the SAME Kentuckiana Post.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Semper Tek Family

The Semper Tek Family would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. We hope and pray that you are able to share time with family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal together. freedom

We know that not everyone is able to celebrate the holiday together. On this Thanksgiving day, and always, our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Armed Forces who are currently serving away from home.  We wish to extend our thanks and gratitude to you and your families. It is because of the sacrifices of those serving that we here in the United States are able to celebrate together today and enjoy the freedoms of this great country.

We pray for the safety and security of our troops. We wish them a joyous holiday and safe return home soon.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Exciting Announcements about new Managerial Responsibilities and Changes

As a small business, Semper Tek is fortunate to have such incredibly talented and intelligent people working in every aspect of our business.  There are large businesses and corporations who have not amassed the caliber of individuals as we have been able to in our nine years of operation.

Our firm has seen significant growth in the last couple of years. Recently we expanded operations and opened a new office in Valdosta, GA, to focus additional efforts on opportunities in the Georgia and North Florida areas. Mr. Santiago Iturralde, Southeast Vice President, will lead our efforts to facilitate a competitive approach in this area.

Our corporate office in Lexington, KY is also making some changes within our senior management team to better define roles and responsibilities. Our goal is to utilize the expertise of each of our senior managers so that we can excel and provide the best level of service in each area of our business to our clients. This new management approach will make our firm stronger and better equipped for continued growth.

Jason Brinkmoeller has been promoted to Senior V.P. and will continue to be responsible for field operations. In addition to the operations side, Jason will assume overall responsibility and over site of our corporate safety program, and project scheduling procedures.

Eric Boursaw is taking on a new role as General Superintendent. He will be assisting Jason Brinkmoeller in the management of our field operations.  In this role, Eric will assist the onsite field managers and PM’s with technical issues, project scheduling issues, project resource needs and cost control.

In addition to heading up our Southeast office, Santiago Iturralde will be assuming corporate over site of our business development and marketing operations. Additionally, with his experience and education as a professional Architect, he will have primary responsibility for the coordination and design quality control for our future design/build projects.

Van Jenkins is being promoted to Vice President and will have over site for all pre-construction services including estimating, pre-construction deliverables’ and our corporate quality control program. In addition, he will be responsible for project budget and cost control procedures and implementation.

As the Corporate Business Manager, Emily Jenkins will continue to have over site of Human Resources, Accounting, and IT functions at the corporate level. She will also assist the Southeast office with implementation of administrative processes.

Scott Matheny, President, will continue to have overall responsibility for corporate finances, strategic partnerships/planning, and project/program risk analysis. Scott will also be focus more of his time on client, partnership and vendor relations.

Each member of our Semper Tek team is a valuable asset and is directly responsible for the growth that our firm has experienced in our first nine years. We are thankful that we remain a small business so that we are able to fluidly make adjustments like the ones we are announcing today. We are constantly focused on being the best so that we can fulfill our company philosophy of excellent customer service, on-time and in-budget project delivery, and a high-quality finished product.

 


Semper Tek employee goes “above and beyond” for a Lexington Veteran

Semper Tek, Inc. is fortunate to be able to perform multiple construction and renovations projects for the VanRJenkinsDepartment of Veterans Affairs.  As a Services Disabled Veterans Owned firm it is very important and dear to us to be able to construct buildings and facilities improvements that will aide in the care of those who have sacrificed so much.  Our passion for providing quality project and service to others runs deep within our employees, as is exemplified in this story below:

Van Jenkins is our firm’s Senior Estimator and Project Manager. He has been managing a project we are performing for the Lexington VA Leestown Campus for the past several months. He is not a veteran himself. He is an excellent man and just the type of representative that our firm is extremely proud to have. Please read this letter below which was written by the Contracting Officer Representative at the Leestown VA about Van’s compassion and performance.

Ms. Metcalf,
It is not often that I have the opportunity to boast about a contractor that has gone “above and beyond” their line of duty and responsibility, however, I feel extremely compelled and proud to endorse this letter to you today.
As I am sure you are aware, the smoke shelter is about to open in its new location and the transition phase of demolition of the old shelter is about to begin. During this morning’s walkthrough with the general contractor, an elderly veteran sitting in a wheelchair asked if someone could push him back into the hospital. Before anyone could reply, myself included, the contractor spoke up without hesitation, “I would be happy to”!
As a veteran and VA employee, I felt extremely proud to witness this “above and beyond” act from a General Contractor in aiding a Veteran. Van Jenkins from Semper Tek, Inc. continually demonstrates care for his construction projects and now compassion for his fellow man and veteran.  I am certain his compassion is sincere due to his action without hesitation.  I am not sure how often you hear of the good deeds of Contractors but I do feel this letter should at least represent one.
Kindest regards
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