EDWARDSVILLE — The Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated 35 graduates on Friday, March 8 as a part of the CLI Alumni Day and Graduation celebration. Developed by the SIUE Schools of Business and Engineering, the CLI provides the knowledge, skills and strategies that individuals and companies need in today’s challenging construction industry.
Program Co-Directors Chris Gordon, PhD, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, and Kristine Jarden, director of executive education in the SIUE School of Business, oversaw the ceremony.
“The CLI program is designed to align with the leadership development needs of the rapidly changing construction industry,” said Gordon. “The CLI Advisory Board takes an active role in helping us continuously update this unique and innovative leadership program to develop future building industry leaders.”
CLI alumni representing 16 years of the program and the Class of 2019 participated in the festivities. Class of 2019 graduates are: Grant Arle – Drury Development Corp.; James Beatty – Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Sarah Becker – L. Keeley Construction; Karl Beer – Jim Taylor, Inc.; William Black – J.F. Electric; Joe Burns – Guarantee Electrical Co.; Michael Carlson – Plocher Construction; Mitch Crews – Drury Development Corp.; Tommy Davis – TD4 Electrical, LLC; Harry Dunsford – Icon Mechanical; Jeff Evans – Donco; Philip Ferrar – Keystone Construction; Howard Hayes – Paric; Greg Jansen – Icon Mechanical; Chris Keim – Alberici Constructors, Inc.; George Kloster – L. Keeley Construction; Josh Kreitler – McCarthy Building Cos.; Alisa Lewis – McCarthy Building Cos.; Spencer Litzau – Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Kerry Lorts – S.M. Wilson & Company; Josh Mazander – DMS Contracting, Inc.; Kevin Nesselhauf – L. Keeley Construction; Kate Odle – Holland Construction Services; Tom O’Hara – Guarantee Electrical Co.; Chris Poettker – Poettker Construction; Christine Raffety – The Korte Co.; Johnathan Rodgers – Kwame Building Group; Jordan Sanders – S.M. Wilson & Company; Teresa Scannell – BJC Healthcare; Justin Schaefer – O’Shea Builders; Ryan Schroeder – Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Eric Tritsch – Contegra Construction; Joel Vidlak – Holland Construction Services; Mark Walburg – Raineri Construction; Luke Weissler – Husch Blackwell LLP
CLI is an executive education program jointly developed by SIUE’s School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction. It brings together professionals from many sectors of the building industry.
Since CLI’s creation, approximately 400 emerging leaders and executives have benefitted from the nine-week program that strengthens leadership, strategic thinking, communications and key management skills.