MBI Contractors Awarded the Coveted Masters Award

The ever popular Masters Award Luncheon was held on February 24th at the Meadows Events & Conference Center.  This annual event brings in hundreds of construction professionals to be entertained by outstanding speakers and to see who wins the very coveted Masters Award. 

This year Dallas Clark, Iowa Hawkeye All-American and NFL Super Bowl Champion returned to Iowa to address the crowd.  He delivered his message of perseverance and commitment to a crowd of approximately 500. 

It was then time to announce the recipients of the 2015 Masters Award.  MBI created this award to bring sharper focus to the high degree of professionalism and skill in the commercial construction industry.  This award recognizes the exceptional efforts of a construction team in executing the process of completing a project.  The criteria for this award focuses less on the aesthetics of a project and more on the role of the constructor. 


The 2015 Build Iowa Award was bestowed to Jim Simmons of Russell Construction Co., Davenport, Iowa, at the Build Iowa Breakfast as part of the Annual Winter Conference.  Inspired by the MBI motto, the Build Iowa Award is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the tenets of our organization:  skill, integrity and responsibility.  The honorees are judged by the manner in which they have performed within the construction industry, as well as their communities.

Jim is a past member of the MBI Board of Directors, having served as Chairman in 2003.  He served and chaired numerous committees at the Master Builders of Iowa including the following:  Government Affairs Committee; MBI Board of Regents Liaison Committee; the Iowa Construction Industry Forum; ISU Fundraising Subcommittee; CM Task Force Committee; Safety Strategic Planning Committee; the Scholarship & Academic Advisory Committee; the Quality in Construction Committee; Industry Relations and the MBI Education Committee.

Still Time to Register!

The Annual Winter Conference is almost here!!  Plan to be there February 23-25, 2015, at the Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona, Iowa.  The conference brochure includes complete information on this year’s excellent lineup of events and learning opportunities. 

This year’s learning opportunities will include a day dedicated to safety, including a Safety Leadership Roundtable and the annual Safety Day track of various sessions.  There will also be a day dedicated to People, Processes and Profits, presented by a selection of high-quality presenters from FMI, Corp.  We are once again offering the “Performance Track” educational package to MBI members, which offers MBI members significant discounts and incentives to send multiple employees to a variety of programs.

Must attend events during the conference include:

  • MBI Membership Meeting/Welcome Reception – MBI Members Only
  • Build Iowa Breakfast
  • Masters Awards Luncheon
  • Safety Awards Luncheon
  • Annual Industry Reception

Don't Miss Daniel Rodriguez at the Safety Awards Luncheon!

Each year as part of the Annual Winter Conference, MBI recognizes our members’ accomplishments through award programs that highlight excellence in jobsite safety and health initiatives.  These MBI safety awards and the recognition associated with each of them is sought after by the best and safest companies in the Iowa commercial construction industry. 

The Safety Awards Luncheon will be the stage for the recognition of the Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Awards, Safety Professional of the Year and Safety Champion of the Year.  These awards and recognition programs celebrate the success of MBI member companies and spotlight individual and company-wide accomplishments. 

The keynote speaker for the Safety Awards Luncheon will be Purple Heart and Bronze Star Recipient and College Football Player Daniel Rodriguez, who will share his story of struggle, fear, survival and keeping a promise to a fallen friend.

The Safety Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Winter Conference at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.

For more information on the Annual Winter Conference and for the registration form, please download the Winter Conference Brochure.

Member Appreciation Luncheons Provide Insights to MBI Programs

Nearly 350 members participated in MBI annual member appreciation lunches held throughout the state.  These lunches provide MBI an opportunity to update members on the many programs and projects being undertaken by the Association.  But more importantly, these lunches give MBI staff the chance to once again thank members for their involvement and support of MBI.

The program started with representatives from United Fire Group unveiling of a new partnership agreement with MBI.  The program provides a dividend paying property / casualty program for commercial builders.  Attendees were given the details of this unique partnership that awards safe construction practices and provides financial returns to those participating contractors.