Bill Triplett

Sheet Metal Shop ForemanM. Nelson Barnes & Sons, IncCockeysville, Maryland Q: How did you get started in the industry? I was always the kid that worked around the house with my father and grandfather whenever anything was being remodeled or fixed. When I was in high school I decided to work in one of the construction trades and my high …

David Cookson

Foreman/Fitter/ApprenticeAbsolute Fire ProtectionAnnapolis, Maryland  Q: How did you get started in construction?A friend of mine who had been in the industry. Q: What challenges did you have to overcome?To be honest, addiction. I’m in recovery and have been clean and sober for 6 years now. Living and enjoying life. Q: What do you like most about your job? The fact that …

Antoine D. Boykins, Sr.

Field SupervisorScaffold Resource LLCLanham, Maryland Q: How did you get started in the industry?  I promise you that I had no idea I would be on my way to 10 years in the construction industry when I applied, was accepted and subsequently graduated, top of my class, from Project JumpStart back in 2010. Q: What challenges did you have to …

Rob Blevins

Project Manager EstimatorEMJAY Engineering and Construction Co., Inc.Baltimore Q: How did you get started in construction? I was working a dead-end job. A few of my friends were in the industry and talked me into applying. I did and I’ve never looked back. I was hired as an apprentice and after completing the program I went through the ranks of …

Instructor Q & A: Meet Bill Plantholt

Learn about how ABC’s instructors inspire the next generation and what inspires them. Bill PlantholtLead Instructor, Project Jumpstart Q: How did you get started in the industry? A: As an electrician by trade, a friend informed me about an opening with the electrical contractor he was working with. That was almost 40 years ago. I found I liked the work and …

Why I Work Construction – Marty Fulton

Assistant Shop Foreman, M. Nelson Barnes For the past five years, Marty Fulton has taught ABC Greater Baltimore’s fourth-year sheet metal class, taking this class through all four years of the sheet metal apprenticeship. Fulton has been working in the sheet metal trade for more than 17 years, nearly 14 of those spent at M. Nelson Barnes. “Marty is very …

Why I Work in Construction: Karl Ringsdorf

Karl Ringsdorf Electrical Service Manager Calvert Mechanical Solutions, Towson, Maryland Karl Ringsdorf is one of several nominees for ABC’s National Instructor of the Year for 2020. He teaches ABC Greater Baltimore’s electrical construction course. “He has really gone above and beyond for us. He truly has a passion for giving back to his trade and understand how important it is, …

Why I Work Construction

Bryant Gorrell: HVAC Service Manager – Calvert Mechanical Solutions, Towson, MD When many of his prep school classmates went to college, Bryant Gorrell chose a different path, getting his degree in building maintenance from Cecil College in North East, Maryland. A master HVAC technician for more than 30 years, Gorrell inspires a new generation by teaching ABC’s 3rd year HVAC …

ABC Celebrates Women in Construction Week

Celebrating Women in Construction Week, ABC of Metro Washington’s Women Building Washington Committee hosted the 2nd Annual SHEbuilds event in partnership with Rebuilding Together. Raising more than $20,000 for the project, 40 women gathered in Takoma Park, MD, to help a woman in need with plumbing, painting, repairs and landscaping.  Women are an essential part of the construction industry. They …

Industry Worker Peg Neville Focuses on Safety

Margaret “Peg” Neville, principal environmental health and safety consultant for HazTek, started her career in safety and risk management earning her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license and working as a risk reduction manager. Neville earned a degree in environmental and natural Sciences and continued with graduate certificates in construction management and environmental public health. With a residential construction background, she …