TAMPA, FL, November 21, 2017 – Suffolk’s Tampa office has graduated its first class of professionals as part of its Trades Partnership Series. The program is designed to support certified trade partner firms foster long-term relationships and develop important industry skills.
Fifteen participants representing 11 Tampa Bay area businesses took part in the week-long series held at Suffolk’s Channelside Bay Plaza office in Tampa. To qualify for the program, participating businesses had at least two years of experience and were certified as a Disadvantaged Minority Enterprise, Disadvantaged Women Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise, or an equivalent certification from a governmental agency in Florida. The inaugural class included the following businesses: Buyers Point, DuCon, EM Phillips, Envision, Foresight, Fresh Start Development, Matcon, Mijan, Reggie’s Heating and Cooling and Serralles Group.
At the conclusion of the series, each participant was paired with a Suffolk mentor whom they can call on for support and continued professional development.
“The Trades Partnership Series helps Suffolk develop lasting relationships with local partners who are an important element to our industry’s growth,” stated Suffolk Vice President Josh Christensen. “It also helps create equal access and opportunity for those trade partners. We were very impressed with the participants and look forward to the success of this program in Tampa.”
Graduates of the class say they’re pleased that a company like Suffolk is working to ensure a diverse pool of trade partners.
“It was a very positive experience,” said Maritza Rovira Forino, who works for Foresight, a general contractor and construction management company. “Suffolk has recently opened its Tampa office and they’ve included us from the beginning. It says a lot about the company and what we can look forward to in the future.”
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Black Women in Construction, and Associated Builders and Contractors also partnered with Suffolk for this inaugural program.
Suffolk’s vision is to “transform the construction experience by building smart.” Because we believe if there’s a better way, we’ll find it. We’re always challenging the industry status quo and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. We believe in the power of innovation and people, and we empower our teams to think differently, work collaboratively and executive flawlessly on the most complex and sophisticated projects in the country. Our strong culture of innovation, combined with the most advanced tools such as virtual design and construction (VDC), virtual reality technologies and lean construction principles, is revolutionizing our industry and redefining what it means to be a builder.
Suffolk is a national building contractor with $2.9 billion in annual revenue and offices in Boston, New York City, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. We service clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, science and technology, education, federal government, gaming, aviation and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by Founder, Chairman and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #26 on the Engineering News-Record list of “Top 400 Contractors” in the country.
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