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2019-2020 Leadership Institute Registration

Registration is now open for the fifth annual BATC-Housing First Minnesota Leadership Institute. Submission deadline is July 1, 2019.



Develop the Next Leader in Your Business 

The BATC-Housing First Minnesota Leadership Institute will prepare your company’s up-and-coming leaders to take a strong and confident leadership role in your company. To take OWNERSHIP of your company’s mission and bottom line, have greater decision-making CONFIDENCE, identify SOLUTIONS within your company and develop a NETWORK of peer advisors. 


Testimonials from previous students who participated in the 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."
"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.”
“What I like best about the course are the speakers that come in and share everything that works well for them with their busy schedules. Giving us insight on a lot of the same issues they face.”

“There is so much to learn! I'm thoroughly enjoying everything in the curriculum ... this is a valuable education I couldn't get somewhere else. Plus getting the opportunity to meet/network with influential people in our industry is a major plus.”

 "Come with an open mind and stay for the new ideas."

"The topics and tools provided in the Leadership Institute have proved to be absolutely priceless as I grow within my company.  I was able to grow as a leader starting with understanding my personal strengths and then by understanding the strengths of those around me."

"The Leadership Institution is an excellent program for anyone having the desire to bring their leadership skills to the next level. The venue, materials, and facilitation was excellent.  I would recommend this training to any company interested in seeing real progress in their leadership structure."

"I feel the Leadership Institute is a valuable resource for young or up and coming professionals that want to learn important tools to further their career."

"The Leadership Institute was a great experience, and would be a great class for anyone looking to grow throughout their career."

"The lessons I've learned from The Leadership Institute are invaluable - I find a reason almost daily to refer to my notes from it."

"I really enjoyed my experience in the Leadership Institute. I feel more confident as a leader within my company."

 Meet the Instructor - Jerry Olson 


We are pleased to have Jerry Olson from The Resultants as our professional facilitator and core curriculum instructor (click on image for bio). With feedback and guidance from BATC-Housing First Minnesota staff and Education Committee, the courses will also utilize business leaders within BATC-Housing First Minnesota member companies as additional guest 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.

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

 2018-2019 Classes Dates and Times

Ten consecutive months from Sept. 2018 to June 2019 Most classes held from 3:00-6:30 pm except classes in September 2018 and June 2019.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2018: Class 1:00-4:30 pm / Social Hour 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Monday, February 11, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019: Class 11:30 am-3:00 pm

2019-2020 Classes Dates and Times

Ten consecutive months from Sept. 2019 to June 2020 Most classes held from 3:00-6:30 pm except classes in September 2019 and June 2020.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Class 1:00-4:30 pm / Social Hour 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Class 11:30 am-3:00 pm

 FAQs and Additional Details

What time will sessions occur?

See above.

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. A selection team will then review the applications and determine the final class participants.   

What is the investment to participate?

Initial program registration fee is $1,100, and includes all sessions, materials 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).

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 18, 2018.

Where will the sessions be held?

Sessions will be held at the BATC-Housing First Minnesota, 2960 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113.

How will graduates be recognized? 

Graduates will be presented with a completion certificate on stage at The BIG Night event in October 2019. Graduates will also receive a complimentary ticket to the event. 

Companies that have sent students during the first four sessions:

Anchor Builders, Automated Building Comp.-Millwork Division, Accent Homes, Inc., BATC, Becker Building & Remodeling, Inc., Brush Masters, Centra Homes, LLC, Creative Homes, Inc., Distinctive Drywall, Inc., Great Northern Builders, LLC, Hanson Builders, Inc., Highmark Builders, Inc., IDC-Automatic, In-Focus Systems, Installed Business Solutions II LLC., James Barton Design Build Inc., James Hardie Building Products, Lennar, Lee Lyn Construction, LLC, Lyman Lumber Co., M/I Homes, Michael Lee, Inc., Michels Homes, Minnesota Rusco, Inc., Plekkenpol Builders, Inc., Quartersawn Design Build, Scherer Bros. Lumber Co., Solid., Suburban Dream Homes, LLC, Swanson Homes, Vujovich Design Build, Inc., and Warners' Stellian Appliance 

Guest speakers/presenters during the first four sessions:

Sal Abbate, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Veritiv Corp. (former Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Andersen Corporation) • Bill Burgess, President MN Division, Lennar •  K.C. Chermak, President/Owner, Pillar Home Partner, Inc. • Chris Contreras, VP of Operations, M/I Homes • Kurt Daudt, (former) Speaker of the House, MN House of Representatives • Roan DelVero, Director of Sales, Central Division, Marvin Windows and Doors •  Ed Engelbrecht, Owner, Pella Northland • Tim Liester, Vice President, Lyman Companies • Jody Maier, Chief Operating Officer, Wausau Supply Company • Bob Michels, Owner/President, Bob Michels Construction • Jason Myrlie, President, J. Carsten Remodeling • Shawn Nelson, President, New Spaces • Lowell Pratt, President/Owner, Pratt Homes • Teresa St. Amant, President, St. Amant Design • Mark Scherer, COO, Scherer Bros. Lumber Co. • Dave Siegel, Executive Director, BATC-Housing First Minnesota • Butch Sprenger, Owner, Destiny Homes • Mike Swanson, VP of Operations, Brandl Anderson • Carla Warner, VP/Director of Sales, Warners' Stellian • Jeff Warner, President, Warners' Stellian • Tom Wiener, President, Cardinal Homebuilders. Plus former Leadership Institute graduates who have returned for the first session of the next series.   

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Tom Gavaras • 651-697-7592

BATC-Housing First Minnesota

2960 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113


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