According to regional non-profit, Colorado Succeeds, 86% of state employers say that the skills gap is a threat to their business. The “skills gap” is real in Colorado, and with relatively little new blood coming into the industry, the problem is forecast to get worse as existing tradespeople age out of the workforce. While contractors and business owners are feeling the impacts of the gap nationwide, Denver is a particularly unique market. The region’s considerably high demand for housing is clashing against the shortage of labor, inflating home prices and causing disruption for business owners and customers.
For these reasons, Fine Homebuilding and its industry partners are headed to Denver to host a #KeepCraftAlive Networking event. Located at TradeCraft Industries on October 25, the event will feature a panel discussion with some of Colorado’s best builders and with Fine Homebuilding brand ambassador, John Hourihan. Moderated by Fine Homebuilding editor, Matt Millham, the panel will talk about the issues surrounding the skills gap and what they and other builders can do to continue to grow their businesses in a tightening labor market. The panel discussion will be followed by a casual networking session where attendees can connect with their industry associates.
Featured #KeepCraftAlive Event Panelists:
Kelly and Janice Stitzer: CIG Construction is a locally-owned, family-operated business that takes great pride in delivering quality services. They are a general contracting firm well-versed in all facets of construction, specializing in residential roofing and commercial roofing.
Luke Mann: Luke Mann owns and operates Rangeline Homes, Inc. Luke has over 10 years in full on-site residential management and supervision experience and specializes in effectively scheduling, managing, monitoring, and inspecting work from the start of the job through completion with unsurpassed communication.
Paul Lundgren: Paul is a second generation contractor with more than 24 years of experience in the construction field. He is the owner and operator of Lundgren/Trim Corp and brings detailed craftsmanship to projects along the front range, plains and mountain towns of Colorado.
John Hourihan: Fine Homebuilding brand ambassador has spent decades in the construction industry. John is the owner and operator of Massachusetts-based Vintage Builders, a custom home building firm specializing in high-end, high-quality homes. With an uncompromising attention to detail, John delivers stand-out homes in hyper-competitive market. He is driven to grow his new business and to give back to the industry he loves by recruiting new talent into the field.