The National Frame Building Association held its annual convention and trade show, Frame Building Expo, February 20 – February 22, 2013 at the Memphis Cook Convention
Center in Memphis, Tennessee. During the NFBA Awards Luncheon on February 21, the 2012 Building of the Year winners, Crew Foreman of the Year, and 2013 Rural Builder Hall of Fame inductees were honored.
Crew Foreman of the Year went to Rob Kingdon of Wick Buildings. The award winner is selected from a pool of monthly winners featured in Frame Building News. The grand prize winner receives $500 from American Building Components.
Also at the Expo, the NFBA presented the prestigious Bernon G. Perkins award to an outstanding industry professional. The 2012 NFBA Bernon G. Perkins award went to Gary Auman, attorney at Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry, located in Dayton, Ohio. Auman also serves as Legal Counsel for the NFBA as well as several other construction associations.
The Bernon G. Perkins award was named after a man who pioneered the modern post-frame building design and helped turn the modern pole building from a temporary to long-lasting structure. It is among NFBA’s highest honors.
Auman qualified for this award due, in part, to his tireless efforts to educate business owners on workplace integrity and compliance. He helps business owners stay current on the latest OSHA standards, and takes extra measures to ensure best worksite safety practices.
NFBA Board Chair (2011-2012) Larry Edema, Wick Buildings, states “Gary has worked diligently to ensure NFBA members are safe in the workplace by keeping them abreast of OSHA’s new and ever changing regulations. Gary has written hundreds of articles on safety for our members and has held numerous breakout sessions on this topic for Frame Building Expos.”
Some of Auman’s accomplishments include:
• Providing NFBA member companies with legal advice they need to run their businesses compliantly
• Writing the NFBA 2013 OSHA Compliance Guide – to be released in full March 2013
• Presenting seminars on workplace safety for the purpose of protecting post-frame businesses and improving workplace standards