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Kent Burget Retires From SMG

After 24 years with Safety Management Group, Burget moves to advisory position

Editor’s note: The Indiana Construction Roundtable would like to thank Kent for many years in leadership on the Board of Directors and many other committees. His dedication to the future of the construction industry has made Indiana a better place. Thank you, Kent!

Kent Burget, President of Safety Management Group of Indiana, Inc., announced his plan to transition to a part-time advisory role effective at the end of this year. Beginning January, 2015, Vice President of Services Randy Gieseking will assume the role of president of the firm as Burget continues to serve the company in an advisory capacity and maintain a Board of Director position.

“I’m pleased and privileged to have been in a business that serves others to help them go home safely each day,” says Burget. “I can’t think of a better profession.”

Burget was one of Safety Management Group’s first employees as the company was formed at Herke Insurance Center (presently Pillar Group Risk Management) in February, 1990. The company grew steadily in size and territory, spinning off from Pillar Group beginning in 2002. Today the Indianapolis-based firm employs over 120 safety professionals delivering services to clients throughout the United States and beyond.

Safety Management Group has enjoyed prosperity and has been fortunate to assist some of Indianapolis’ largest owners in safely completing their construction with pharmaceutical and healthcare clients, as well as municipal projects such as the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and the New Indianapolis Airport.

“Safety Management Group’s commitments to Associates, Customers, and the Community will continue,” says Burget. “These commitments have led the company through a challenging economy to return to success.”

Burget has been an enthusiastic presence in numerous organizations and associations in the Greater Indianapolis area including the Association of Building Contractors (ABC), Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI), the Metro Indianapolis Coalition of Construction Safety (MICCS), the Greater Lafayette Council of MICCS (GLC of MICCS), the Indiana Constructors Roundtable (ICR), the Indiana Subcontractor Association (ISA) and the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and subsequently volunteers time to assist these organizations by participating in the organizations’ board of directors and safety committees.

Burget has received the Association of General Contractor of Indiana (AGCI) Excellence in Team Building Award for Safety and The Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc. (MICCS) recognized Burget by presenting him with their Safety Leader Award and their Board of Directors Award. He was also recognized in 2005 as a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“Kent has been a great mentor, business partner and friend over the past 16 years,” says Gieseking.  “I am certain if we took a quick survey of our associates, clients and the many community associations that Kent supports, the resounding response would be that Kent is a true friend to so many people.  His desire to improve our company for the benefit or our associates, provide unmatched service for our clients and utilization of our resources, whether that be volunteerism, materials, or monetary donations to make a difference in the communities that we work easily defines Kent and the torch we will carry on.  His day to day presence will be missed, however his involvement as an advisor to our leadership team will continue to benefit Safety Management Group for many years to come.”

“I can’t believe 24 years and almost half of my life has passed,” says Burget. “I am eternally thankful to all the Associates of Safety Management Group for sharing their lives with me.  I’m humbled by the thought that others felt the need to help me make Safety Management Group a success and subsequently provide a great profession and livelihood for so many.”

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Mentor Protégé Quarterly Meetings

New Format Brings Businesses Together to Problem Solve & Grow
The ICR Mentor Protégé program is kicking off a quarterly meeting series that will connect groups of business owners to solve problems together. The new format will be facilitated group discussions, involving smaller peer groups that will be assigned for the year. Each group consist of 5 – 7 participants and a facilitator. By establishing a smaller group format, we hope to build stronger relationships within the program, and provide additional mentoring outside of your regular partnership meetings.

Mentor Protégé Chair, Melissa Brown, President of Relocation Strategies, Inc and graduate of the Mentor Protégé Program, believes that this program will take businesses to the next level. “The new format will allow our members to have greater access to knowledge sharing, to help grow their business. If you are not currently in a mentor protégé partnership and want to participate, we welcome you to attend”

This is an incredibly exciting new program. Participants will not only network and work together to solve their problems, but they will also gain the tools it takes to take their business to the next level.

If you are interested in being part of these quarterly meetings email Association Manager, Ali Zuidervliet, at ali@indianaconstruction.org or give her a call at 317-686-2669.

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Construction Jobs Boom in Terre Haute

City Sees 2nd Highest Gain in Construction Jobs in the US

On December 21st, the IBJ published an Associated Press article titled Indiana City posts nation’s second biggest construction job gain. The article is about how Terre Haute, in western Indiana, saw a 24% increase in construction jobs between October 2013 and October 2014. The federal employment data, which is tracked by The Associated General Contractors of America, ranks Terre Haute second in the nation at creating new construction jobs which is among the largest percentage gains in all Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

This is an amazing accomplishment for the city when you take in consideration the terrible winter weather we had last year that stalled a lot of outdoor work. Construction companies in the area, since the winter, have spent their time playing catch-up. Some of the big projects in Terre Haute and Vigo County are ongoing work on Indiana  641 bypass, student housing construction and a new track and field complex on Indiana State University’s campus, and various retail store projects.

For the original story, go here

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