Twenty-four apprentices have emerged victorious in the 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, representing not only the best in their trade, but a bright future for the union. The winners -- honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC on October 7th -- demonstrated mastery of their craft through advanced hands-on challenges and written tests.
"We like to say that we're the best hands in the business," remarked Jim Boland, President, IUBAC, to a crowd of apprentices and BAC leaders at the ceremony. "And we say that because it's true...Our dedication to high standards is what separates us from the rest, and we maintain that with our training."
Bob Arnold, National Director, Apprenticeship and Training, IMTEF, recognized the apprentices' hard work: "I would like to thank the apprentices here tonight for their dedication to our craft, union, and signatory contractors. You are the future of our union."
Congratulations to the 2018 BAC/IMI International Champions!
1st: Alan Baggett, Local 09 WV – North Central Region
2nd: Tyler Hack, Local 04 IN/KY – North Central Region
3rd: Max Berry, Local 07 CO – West Region
1st: Matt Botts, Local 01 OR – West Region
2nd: Artur Wilk, Local 21 IL – North Central Region
3rd: Melissa Manni, Local 01 PA – Northeast Region
1st: David Perez, Local 03 CA – West Region
2nd: Christopher Ellis, Local 02 WA/ID/MT – West Region
3rd: Neftali Vargas, Local 04 CA – West Region
1st place: John Zorbas, Local 07 NY/NJ – Northeast Region
2nd place: Thomas McAllister, III, Local 07 NY/NJ – Northeast Region
3rd place: Roberto Estrada, Local 13 NV – West Region
1st: Randy Marcum, Local 04 IN/KY – North Central
2nd: Blake Price, Local 07 NY/NJ – Northeast Region
3rd: Manuel Lopez-Pineda, Local 03 CA – West Region
1st: Matt Ferguson, Local 01 PA – Northeast Region
2nd: Alex Cole, Local 01 MO – North Central Region
3rd: Leonardo Bravo-Reyes, Local 01 MD/VA/DC – North Region
1st: Josue Ayala, Local 01 NY – Northeast Region
2nd: Freddy Martinez, Local 56 IL – North Central Region
3rd: Casey Williams, Local 01 NY – Northeast Region
1st place: Andrew Gifford, Local 19 WI – North Central Region
2nd place: Anthony Loria, Local 03 NY – Northeast Region
3rd place: Trevor Harbin, Local 02 MI – North Central Region
All photos courtesy of Dave Naprstek.