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First students from local MBE businesses graduate from Beck School of Construction

Posted Oct. 30, 2019

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Beck School of Construction graduates spent the past eight months growing their industry knowledge and gaining valuable insight into various elements of construction.

It’s almost graduation time for the inaugural class of the Beck School of Construction — the city’s three-year educational partnership with The Beck Group to help set up local minority-owned businesses in the construction industry for success.

Growing a construction business in a growing city

With more than 1,800 certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) in Fort Worth’s six-county marketplace, the City of Fort Worth is dedicated to making sure that those businesses are on equal footing with non-MBE businesses when it comes to bidding on large construction projects. Other public and private organizations in the area — including DFW Airport, Tarrant County and Fort Worth ISD — also share this goal.

However a business’ capacity to take on large projects for the 13th largest city in the country is not developed overnight. It can be challenging for a small construction business to transition into one that’s capable of managing larger projects — setting realistic client expectations that maintain a delicate balance between a project’s material costs, the number of employees needed to complete the work and deadlines with competing projects.

That is where training from the Beck School of Construction comes in. Representatives from 14 MBE businesses have spent the past eight months growing their industry knowledge and gaining valuable insight into elements of construction law, finance, on-the-job safety, bonding and insurance, negotiation and estimating, and how to prepare and submit bids — all with the ultimate goal of preparing them to successfully bid on larger projects and grow their experience throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Graduating Class of 2019

This year’s Beck School graduates will spend a whirlwind day completing their training on Nov. 5. After a match-making event where the students will network with local vendors, prime contractors and project managers, Mayor Betsy Price will present them with their certificates during the City Council meeting that evening. The presentation will be followed by a reception.

The 15 students who will graduate from the first class of the Beck School of Construction are:

  • Petrina Bonnick-Higgins of ACARI Management Group Inc.
  • Tracy Newby of C. Green Scaping LP.
  • Phillip Gant III of Customized Technicians, Inc., dba C.G.C.
  • Lynell Bland of Ellison Construction Cleaning Services LLC.
  • Todd Rodriguez of Endur Contractors LLC.
  • Debera Sturns of Kemp & Sons General Services Inc.
  • Rey Morales of Morales Construction Services Inc.
  • Erick Cortez of Mountain Top Concrete.
  • Osie Carroll of Post L Group LLC.
  • Rosa Moreno of Veloz City Trucking, Inc.
  • Victor Jones of VIP Construction LLC.
  • Roylins Wesson of Wesson Construction Services LLC.
  • Regina Whitlock of Whitlock Building Services LLC.
  • Mark Gentry of Gentry Carpentry Construction.
  • Tasha Kilgore, contract compliance specialist with the City of Fort Worth’s Office of Business Diversity.

“Our mission consists of much more than designing and delivering buildings — we’re in the business of building communities and growing the people and companies within those communities,” said Scot Bennett, the Fort Worth regional director of The Beck Group. “This has been an exciting first year for the School of Construction, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the City of Fort Worth and all of the program participants.”

“Fort Worth is growing as a city, and we want to make sure that the area’s businesses grow right along with it,” said Robert Sturns, director of the city’s Economic Development Department. “Our outstanding partnership with The Beck Group through the Beck School of Construction helps ensure that a diverse group of businesses will all have an opportunity to help develop Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the DFW Metroplex for future generations.”

Get involved

The Beck School of Construction will begin accepting online applications for its next round of classes in December. The program is open to MBEs who have been in business at least one year, with a gross annual revenue of $100,000 or more.

Learn more about the program on the city’s website.

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