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After a successful launch, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities is now accepting applications students to enroll and participate in the next BATC Leadership Institute series – starting this September. The Leadership Institute is aimed at the up-and-coming next leaders within BATC member companies, and is grounded in leadership development best practices.


The class roster for the 2016-2017 is full. No more applications are being accepted. If you would like to be placed on a list for the 2017-2018 series, please email Tom Gavaras at tom@batc.org.


Develop the Next Leader in Your Business 


The BATC Leadership Institute will prepare your employee to take a stronger and confident leadership role in your company, and hopefully, active leadership in BATC committees and activities. For 2016-2017, The BATC Leadership Institute will once again accept 16 applicants. These students will journey together for 10 months, meeting once per month.


The Leadership Institute aims for students to …

  • Take ownership of their company’s mission and bottom line
  • Have greater confidence in decision making
  • Identify and facilitate solutions within their company. 
  • Develop a network of peer advisors to engage with as they grow 
    and advance in their career.


Testimonials from students who participated in the

2015-2016 BATC Leadership Institute:


"I'm having a great experience with the Leadership Institute. The guest speakers have been excellent. The topics covered all have relevance to my role(s) within the company."


"The facilitators are knowledgeable! They do a great job keeping the group engaged. It's obvious they understand the material from experience."


"Jerry and Terri do a great job keeping the group moving. Very motivational and professional. I am excited to attend every month to see what we are going to talk about."


"I use new tips every month in both work and personal ongoings."


"I have enjoyed getting to know the other participants in the class. It is good to get feedback and insight from other like companies on issues that seem to be very much the same to mine."


“It has made me more focused at work, understanding my co-workers on a different level, and I feel as if I am better at reporting to my managers since I have finished this class.”


“Great opportunity to network, share ideas, and discuss in-depth, subjective topics in a safe environment. The presentation of specific tools and measurements around these topics was helpful and made for great takeaways for all.”



Meet the Instructors




We are pleased to have Jerry Olson and Terri Wilcox from Resultants for Business as our professional facilitators and core curriculum instructors. With feedback and guidance from BATC staff and BATC's Education Committee, the courses will also utilize business leaders within BATC member companies as additional presenters. A similar leadership program has also been produced by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association with overwhelming success. Click on images above to read more about the presenters.



Learning Methods


In addition to lecture-style learning, the program will incorporate highly interactive exercises, discussions, and project-based activities and sessions. Using these multiple learning methods will increase takeaways for each person and create a rich adult learning environment.


The following is a list of subjects that will be covered during the year long program: 

  • Knowing Your Own Strengths
  • Staying on Top of the Work
  • Communicating Effectively with Clients, Work Crews, Retail Staff and Boss
  • Seeing Your Company Through Your Customer’s Eyes
  • Problem Solving in the Office and on the Job Site
  • Managing Conflict
  • Understanding How Your Decisions Affect the Bottom Line
  • Training and Evaluating Others
  • Managing Change
  • True Leadership 

In addition to class preparation and participation, each candidate will ultimately produce a work outcome for their business. The goal is that their class project will improve the company that sent them to the Institute.


Who Should Attend?


The BATC Leadership Institute is open to employees of BATC member companies who supervise others or serve in a project management role within their company.


When will Classes be Held?


The third Tuesday of 10 consecutive months from Sept. 2016 to June 2017.

  • September 20, 2016 • 1-5:30 pm
  • October 18, 2016 • 4:30-8 pm
  • November 15, 2016 • 4:30-8 pm
  • December 20, 2016 • 4:30-8 pm
  • January 17, 2017 • 4:30-8 pm
  • February 21, 2017 • 4:30-8 pm
  • March 21, 2017 • 4:30-8 pm
  • April 18, 2017 • 4:30-8 pm
  • May 16, 2017 • 4:30-8 pm
  • June 20, 2017 • 1-5:30 pm




FAQs and Additional Details

What time will sessions occur?

See above. Supper will be served during the October-May sessions.

What are the attendee expectations?
Selected participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions, complete all coursework, be actively focused and participatory during sessions, and be open to being mentored as well as mentoring someone else in the future.

What is the application process?

Potential participants are required to submit an application for consideration. Applications will be accepted through July 18, 2016. A selection team will then review the applications and determine the final class participants. Space is limited to 16 participants. Notifications will occur on or before August 10, 2016.

What is the investment to participate?

Initial program registration fee is $1,100, and includes all sessions, materials, and dinner to be provided at each session. Candidates who finish the program successfully will receive a certificate and be recognized at BATC's The BIG Night (Building Industry Gala) in October 2017.

Employers may want to agree with their employee that they are sending them to the Institute assuming continued employment with the sponsoring firm. Should the participant opt to change companies before the end of the program, that participant could be responsible to reimburse a prorated amount of the fee to their employer.

Does everyone need to complete an individual project?

Yes, this is your chance to give back to your company and industry and complete a project of personal interest to you. The project may involve work that is already under way, but should be undertaken in a way that allows a participant to apply his or her new skills.

What if I can't attend one of the program meetings? Should I still submit my application?
Yes, we understand that BATC professionals are busy and conflicts sometimes arise. One excused absence is allowed. However, it is highly recommended that participants do not miss the first class on September 20, 2016.

Where will the sessions be held?

Sessions will be held at the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, 2960 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113.



Which companies sent students during 2015-2016 session (first session)?
ABC Millwork & Cabinetry, Brush Masters, Distinctive Drywall, Hanson Builders, Highmark Builders, Lennar, Plekkenpol Builders, Solid LLC, and Warners' Stellian. 


Which companies have sent students for the 2016-2017 session (second session)?

ABC Millwork & Cabinetry, Accent Homes, Centra Homes, Creative Homes, Distinctive Drywall, Great Northern Builders, Highmark Builders, IDC Automatic, Lee Lyn Construction, Lyman Lumber Company, Michael Lee, Minnesota Rusco, Suburban Dream Homes, and Vujovich Design Build.


Who were the guest speakers/presenters during 2015-2016 session?

Shawn Nelson, President, New Spaces; Tim Liester, Vice President, Lyman Companies; Chris Contreras, VP of Operations, M/I Homes; Jody Maier, Chief Operating Officer, Wausau Supply Company; Lowell Pratt, President/Owner, Pratt Homes; K.C. Chermak, President/Owner, Pillar Home Partner, Inc.;  Teresa St. Amant, President, St. Amant Design; Mike Swanson, Executive Vice President, JMS Custom Homes; Bob Michels, Owner/President, Bob Michels Construction; Carla Warner, VP/Director of Sales, Warners' Stellian; Jeff Warner, President, Warners' Stellian; Bill Burgess, President MN Division, Lennar; Dave Siegel, Executive Director, BATC; Roan DelVero, Director of Sales, Central Division, Marvin Windows and Doors; Sal Abbate, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Andersen Corporation; and Kurt Daudt, Speaker of the House, MN House of Representatives.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
BATC’s Marketing & Education Manager, Tom Gavaras • 651-697-7592 • tom@BATC.org


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