MCOY Awards names familiar winner
O-A-K’s win is first under its new president, Frank Stanek.
At an event that’s been referred to as the “Golden Globes for general contractors," Michigan’s longest-standing commercial contractor took home the big prize.
At this year’s fifth annual Michigan Contractor of the Year awards celebration, Owen-Ames-Kimball, a company that was founded in Grand Rapids in 1891, was given the top award.
The event, hosted by the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan, was attended by about 400 people and held Thursday evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
O-A-K previously had been honored with the MCOY award in 2011, but this was a first-time win under the leadership of President Frank Stanek, who has been with the company for 19 years and was named to the top job last year.
Stanek said he was extremely pleased with the award and praised the “tough competition” in the room, saying they were all “really good companies.”
“(We won) because the groundwork was laid before us. As a company, we have such longevity,” he said. “We treat our subcontractors like we want to be treated … and we have such a great group of subcontractors.”
Grand Rapids-based Pioneer Construction, which received a MCOY honorable mention in 2012, was named runner-up this year.
“It’s really an honor to be recognized by our business partners and suppliers,” said Chris Beckering, vice president of strategic business operations at Pioneer. “It goes to show that the nominees here tonight are just a great group of contractors. It’s a privilege to work in such a great group.”
Holland-based Elzinga and Volkers, which won the MCOY Award in 2012, was named second runner-up.
“The great thing is, we got here — which is awesome — and to be in the final three all these years is very rewarding,” said Mike Novakoski, president and CEO of Elzinga and Volkers. “There is a lot of talent in this room, and a lot of good friends and mentors.”
O-A-K now moves into a national ranking system, getting a shot at the 2014 National Construction Best Practices Awards, an award system developed by the American Subcontractors Association’s Task Force on Ethics in the Construction Industry.
If selected, O-A-K will be recognized at the national awards event held in Seattle in March.
The MCOY Awards are selected through an online vote tally by ASAM members, who rank nominees based on the highest degree of professionalism in their field in the following 10 categories: bid ethics and practice; safety; jobsite supervision; communication; schedule coordination; project relations; lien processes; administrative procedures; payment terms; and quality workmanship.
The MCOY Award was first held in West Michigan in 2010, with Dan Vos Construction taking home first place and O-A-K and Erhardt Construction each earning honorable mentions.