For a foreman, the three most important keys for long-term crew success are “build a crew, build a crew, build a crew.”
It sounds simple but can actually be quite difficult to achieve, says Bruce Westfall, field manager at FBi Buildings, Inc., who nominated Glen Irwin of FBi Buildings in Remington, Ind. Glen’s been with FBi for 11 years.
When Glen assumed leadership of a crew in December 1998, it quickly became evident that the crew would be extremely successful, says the nomination letter.
Glen’s ability to build teams has lead to the promotion of two of his crewmen as foremen of their own crews. Training and development of technical and leadership skills are very valuable as a company grows.
FBi has established specific criteria in the areas of safety, production and customer satisfaction, for which crews are able to earn Quality and Builder of Excellence awards. Glen and his crew have been awarded Gold Builder of Excellence three years, Silver Builder of Excellence one year, and Quality Builder six years.
Safety is a high priority at FBi Buildings and in 2005 Safety awards for both Gold and Silver performance levels were introduced. Glen’s crew has achieved both of these awards.
Patience is a strong character trait demonstrated by Glen on a daily basis. Patience is never more important than when a fast solution is needed; it is not necessarily working slower, it is taking the time required to reach the right solution. Glen’s ability to make good decisions in the midst of stressful situations is admired throughout the company. He is also a true model of integrity and compassion as he leads each of his men.
Glen’s leadership abilities, his commitment to the safety of his men, and constructing quality buildings for his customers are tremendous assets to FBi Buildings.
How to nominate a leader
Give a top foreperson or crew leader a bonus: recognition in Frame Building News and a check for $100, compliments of American Building Components. At the Frame Building Expo in Nashville in February, one of the 2008 montly winners will be named Foreman of the Year and win $500.
Tell why your nominee deserves recognition. Send a letter to National Frame Building Association, 4840 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence KS 66049-3862.