Sara Johnson : Ariosa & Company LLC

At Ariosa & Company, Sara Johnson’s main role is as service department coordinator. An avid learner, Johnson continues to expand into other areas of the construction business, including project management, accounting, and accounting. Johnson also serves on ABC’s Women in Construction Committee (WABC). How did you get involved with WABC?   As a former BCPS high school math teacher, I …

Pamela Volm : Annapolis Contracting, Inc.

While attending Smith Business School at the University of Maryland, Pamela Volm had her mind set on going into real estate development. She worked part time for a developer in Prince George’s County, Md. While going to school.  A builder who the firm worked closely with planted a bug in her ear that she couldn’t ignore. “He said ‘Pamela, if …

Drew Cheezum : Ariosa & Company, LLC, Hunt Valley, Maryland

Project Manager Former JumpStart apprentice Drew Cheezum inspired his son to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in construction. They both now work for Ariosa & Company. Why and how did you get into the construction trades? I was looking for a job and was working with a temp agency and they called for a laborer and I …

Craftworker Profile : John Davis

At the recent National Craft Championships, John Davis of Shapiro & Duncan won a silver medal in the plumbing category. Davis has been with the Rockville, Maryland mechanical contractor for nearly 3 ½ years and is now a lead man for the firm. ABC asked him what working construction means to him. How did you get started in the construction …

Timothy Dixon : Power Design Inc.

Electrical Timothy Dixon works in the electrical trade and also serves as an instructor in ABC’s Chesapeake Shores Chapter Apprenticeship Program. Why did you get into the trade? My two years in college didn’t seem to have a promising future: I was trying to balance working full time as a security officer and going to school full time. So I …

James Koontz : Douglas Electric and Lighting

Electrical Apprentice James Koontz began his electrical career with Douglas Electric and Lighting in Cockeysville, Maryland in July 2013. He will graduate from the apprenticeship program in May. Why did you go into the electrical trade? I got into the trade because I love to work with my hands. My love for learning how things work evolved into my field. …

Ryan Dorsey : Smithsonian

Plumbing & HVAC Why did you get into the trade? I got into the trade because I had a fascination with repairing things. While I was growing up I constantly took things apart and put them back together. I loved working with my hands. My father knew a local plumber who needed a helper when I was 12, and as …

David Johnson: REACH! Partnership School / Baltimore City Public School System

David Johnson brings his 27 years of experience as an electrician to the classroom as a vocational instructor in Baltimore’s REACH! Partnership School. Through his knowledge and enthusiasm, Johnson encourages Baltimore youth to pursue a career in the trades. How did you get into the trade?             I developed an interest in the electrical trade at the age of 8. …

Workforce Development that WORKS Project JumpStart Celebrates 10th Anniversary

It’s been ten years since Project JumpStart held its first class in the footprint of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since that time, more than 700 city residents have gone through the 13-week, 90 pre-apprenticeship program that prepares its participants for a career as a skilled craft professional. Of those 700, 80 percent have graduated. And of those who graduate, more than …

Kyle Zellman : Hirsch Electric

A second-generation electrician, Kyle Zellman has worked as an electrician for more than 14 years. Zellman also passes on his knowledge to the next generation as an electrical instructor for Associated Builders and Contractor’s electrical apprenticeship training program. Why did you get into the trade? My father was an electrician who took pride in his work and showed my brother …