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Renewed dedication to tribal construction education

Construction in Indian Country elects new executive board, advisory council

TEMPE, Ariz. – Every two-years, the Construction In Indian Country® (CIIC) executive board and advisory council elect its membership and renews its spirit and dedication to construction education for the benefit of American Indian and Indigenous communities. On July 12, Salt River Project’s (SRP) Executive Principal of Intergovernmental Relations, Bob Roessel was elected Executive Board President and will take the leadership role as the programs “eyes and ears in the field.”

Roessel is honored to continue his involvement with CIIC in a new capacity, pivoting from his role as board secretary. He and SRP have been founding members and have supported the organization for over 16 years. SRP continues to be long standing partners of CIIC and ASU in enhancing the quality of construction and advancing construction management education throughout Indian Country.

“I have been involved since its inception, in the early 2000’s,” explained Roessel. “At the time, I was part of SRP Management team that just completed a major construction retrofit project in Indian Country and was asked by SRP executive management to support the development and execution of ASU’s Construction in Indian Country program.”

Roessel says, “CIIC is going in an exciting direction, with new approaches to ensure indigenous communities have technical capabilities and personnel to manage construction activities at industry-best standards. Also, the program is extending community partnerships and recruitment efforts to sustain enrollment of American Indian students in construction management fields.”

“Tribes are contacting us for assistance in areas of construction management; our CIIC team at ASU and on the Council are working on strengthening the lines of communication as to how we can assist,” he explained. “We’re ratcheting up our student recruitment efforts by talking with Tribal Colleges and Universities, community colleges, and other construction tech programs regionally and nationally.”

“We’re open for developing consultative agreements with Tribes and we’re currently working with several Communities here in Arizona to promote the construction industry at the 6th- 12th grade levels,” he continued. “Our annual golf tournament has sold out for two years in a row, a phenomenal response from the industry to support our scholarship endowment fund. Of course, we’re focusing on hosting our annual CIIC national conference this November which always brings in top-notch national speakers and meaningful program content.”

Roessel is supported by the newly elected executive board, filled by Roger Smith, Salt River Materials Group as Vice President, Dave Castillo, Native Capital Access as Treasurer and Kari McCormick, Arrowhead Builders, Ronn Lansky, PENTA Building Group and Brianne Arviso, Arviso/Okland as Members-At-Large. Each member bringing unique backgrounds and experience to the program.

CIIC would like to recognize the former board president, Urban Giff who has also been with the program since its inception and served as president for the past 10 years. Giff was recognized with the Legacy Award at last year’s Achievement Awards Banquet for all his contributions to the program. He will continue his involvement and dedication to CIIC and ASU construction management students as a CIIC Legacy Member.

About CIIC

The role of the CIIC executive board and Industry Advisory Council is to relay information as industry advisors to the construction school and the tribal construction industry. The Mission of Construction in Indian Country is to support construction management education to benefit American Indian and Indigenous communities as they increase their capacities to manage their own affairs while determining their own destinies.

CIIC’s Vision is to ensure that all Indigenous communities shall receive the highest level of quality construction services. CIIC promotes quality construction and construction management to industry-best standards while acknowledging and honoring tribal specific construction practices and cultures. For further information, contact Marcus Denetdale, Program Manager, Construction in Indian Country, ASU.

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