Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) Appoints 2018 Foundation Board of Directors
NAPLES, FL: (January 00, 2018) – The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) announced today five local business executives have been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the 2018 Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF).
The five-member CBIF 2018 Board of Directors is comprised of attorney Catherine Hunter of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo; Eric Morris of BCB Homes; Dave Dunnavant, president of Peninsula Construction & Engineering; JP Coleman of JP Coleman Construction; and Robert McGinnis of Forge Engineering. 2018 CBIA president Anthony Fortino, founder of Fortino Construction & Development and CBIA executive vice president Kathy Curatolo will serve ex-officio members.
According to CBIA executive vice president Kathy Curatolo, CBIF was structured in 2005 exclusively for educational and charitable purposes by the CBIA. A key CBIF initiative is to provide student scholarships to local individuals pursuing added education in the fields of construction, engineering, architecture, interior design and specialty trades. The Foundation also provides annual grants up to $1,000 to local high school teachers who create experiential opportunities for students and spearheads an annual drive to provide toys at Christmas for children attending Shadowlawn Elementary in Naples and Pinecrest Elementary in Immokalee.
“CBIA carefully selects its Foundation board members annually to ensure we have the people with the skills, interests and commitment to our mission,” explains Ms. Curatolo. “The Foundation’s focus in 2018 will be supporting workforce training, that is, developing programs directed towards producing workers whose skills match economic demands, reaching top quality performance from existing workforce, and reducing turnover,” she adds.
Workforce training, an American approach to economic development, seeks to enhance a region’s economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people rather than businesses. It essentially develops a human-resources strategy. Workforce training has evolved from a problem-focused approach, addressing issues such as low-skilled workers or the need for more employees in a particular industry, to a holistic approach considering participants’ many barriers and the overall needs of the region.
“Creating these types of programs requires research about the current labor market, dislocated workers, high-demand qualifications and skills certification requirements as well as offering graduates of training programs assistance with the job search is also an important component,” says Ms. Curatolo. “Workforce Training programs will also help CBIA members determine real, specific training needs so that their company’s investment truly increases productivity as well as employee satisfaction.”
Founded in 1985, CBIA is an association of builders, remodelers, interior designers and other housing industry professionals. It is one of 800 state and local associations and operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. CBIA is located at 3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110, Naples. Florida. For more information call (239) 436-6100 or visit www.cbia.net.