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The Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) has created the Construction Leadership Program to educate young professionals on the many perspectives and tools of the construction industry. The program focuses on maximizing the leadership potential of young industry professionals to benefit them personally as well as the construction industry. See more information below.




Contractors Association of West Virginia Kicks-Off New Construction Leadership Program




The Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) has started the newly developed program created to educate young professionals on the many perspectives and tools of the construction industry and focuses on maximizing the potential of newer industry professionals. The Construction Leadership Program - Class of 2023 – will meet every other Thursday in various locations throughout the state from mid-January through mid-June with a total of 12 educational seminars and a combined project tour and networking event. Program courses cover a number of topics and explore the many facets of how a construction business works. Courses include contract documents, bonding, bidding process, conflict resolution, risk management and more.


The first course of the program was held January 12 at the Morgantown Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown. The Class of 2023 heard from Herb Faulkenberry, vice president of sales marketing at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, and former professional snow skier and rodeo competitor. He has traveled as an international lecturer and trainer on the topics of sales, marketing, customer service, and business management.



CAWV President James Ridgeway attended the event and welcomed young leaders to the first course of the program. “Today the CAWV is starting a new path to help you, our future leaders, to improve your skills as a professional in the construction industry,” President Ridgeway told participants. “I’m excited for this journey and look forward to you growing and developing relationships over the next few months."


The sponsor for this course was 84 Lumber. Sponsorships are still available for anyone interested in sponsoring a class. Please contact Shelly Hartley at for more information. The next course will be held Thursday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.




CAPTION: The first course of the CAWV Construction Leadership Program began with an interactive icebreaker challenge. Teams of five were asked to build a tower using limited materials, giving participants the opportunity to work together to achieve a common goal. The exercise was designed to help to reveal strengths and opportunities for growth. The team with the tallest standing tower included (from left) Justin Smith, A.L.L. Construction, Inc., John Cvechko, Central Contracting, Inc., Will Bowman, Persinger & Associates, Inc., Ben Robinson, Kokosing Construction Company, and Scott Hamm, West Virginia Paving, Inc.




(As of 01/24/2023)


84 Lumber

Anderson Excavating, LLC

Brown Edwards & Company, LLP

HCSS, Inc.

Jamatt, Inc.

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC

Neighborgall Construction Company

Thornburg Insurance Agency


If you are interested in sponsoring a course, contact Shelly Hartley

at or call (304) 342-1166.





about the program:


Who Should Register: The Construction Leadership Program is for any member that is in a leadership role or could possibly be moving into a leadership position. The program is ideal for estimators, safety coordinators, operation managers, project managers, field resource coordinators, construction superintendents, and others in the construction field. This program is limited to 25 participants.


When are courses: Courses will be held every other Thursday at varying times (breakfast and/or lunch will be provided). Classes will be held mid-January through mid-June. Course schedule and times will be subject to change based on speaker availability.


Where are courses: Course locations will be held in different areas of the state based on the speaker and host of each course.


Course Materials: Each participant will receive a program binder that will be used for the duration of the course program. Participants will use the binder to store handouts, notes, presentation slides, and more. The information gathered throughout the duration of the program can be used as a future resource.


Attendance: Each participant may only miss up to two courses to be eligible for graduation. Each participant may attend two courses via Zoom. Participants will receive calendar invites as well as a reminder two days before each course. Each calendar invite will include time, location, hosts, and speaker information.


Surveys and thank you notes: Each participant must complete a course survey and write a thank you note to each speaker at the end of each course. This will provide feedback to each speaker and the CAWV.


Graduation: Graduation will be held on July 8, 2023 at the CAWV Annual Meeting General Business Session at The Greenbrier.


Cost: $700 for CAWV Members and $1,000 for Non-Members


DEADLINE: The Class of 2023 is full and no longer accepting registrations. Registration for the Class of 2024 will open in October 2023.