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Develop the Next Leader in Your Business 


Applications are closed for the third series of the BATC Leadership Institute (Sept. 2017 to June 2018).

The BATC Leadership Institute will prepare your company’s up-and-coming leaders to take a strong and confident leadership role in your company. To take OWNERSHIP of your company’s mission and bottom line, have greater decision-making CONFIDENCE, identify SOLUTIONS within your company and develop a NETWORK of peer advisors. 


Testimonials from previous students who participated in the BATC Leadership Institute:


"I'm having a great experience with the Leadership Institute. The guest speakers have been excellent. The topics covered all have relevance to my role(s) within the company."
"The facilitators are knowledgeable! They do a great job keeping the group engaged. It's obvious they understand the material from experience."
"I have enjoyed getting to know the other participants in the class. It is good to get feedback and insight from other like companies on issues that seem to be very much the same to mine."
“It has made me more focused at work, understanding my co-workers on a different level, and I feel as if I am better at reporting to my managers since I have finished this class.”
“What I like best about the course are the speakers that come in and share everything that works well for them with their busy schedules. Giving us insight on a lot of the same issues they face.”

“There is so much to learn! I'm thoroughly enjoying everything in the curriculum ... this is a valuable education I couldn't get somewhere else. Plus getting the opportunity to meet/network with influential people in our industry is a major plus.”


"Come with an open mind and stay for the new ideas."

"The topics and tools provided in the BATC Leadership Institute have proved to be absolutely priceless as I grow within my company.  I was able to grow as a leader starting with understanding my personal strengths and then by understanding the strengths of those around me."

"The BATC Leadership Institution is an excellent program for anyone having the desire to bring their leadership skills to the next level. The venue, materials, and facilitation was excellent.  I would recommend this training to any company interested in seeing real progress in their leadership structure."

"I feel the BATC Leadership Institute is a valuable resource for young or up and coming professionals that want to learn important tools to further their career."

"The Leadership Institute was a great experience, and would be a great class for anyone looking to grow throughout their career."

"The lessons I've learned from The Leadership Institute are invaluable - I find a reason almost daily to refer to my notes from it."

"I really enjoyed my experience in the BATC Leadership Institute. I feel more confident as a leader within my company."



Meet the Instructor - Jerry Olson


We are pleased to have Jerry Olson from Resultants for Business 
as our professional facilitator and core curriculum instructor (click
on image for bio). With feedback and guidance from BATC staff
and BATC's Education Committee, the courses will also utilize
business leaders within BATC member companies as additional
guest presenters



Learning Methods


In addition to lecture-style learning, the program will incorporate highly interactive exercises, discussions, and project-based activities and sessions. Using these multiple learning methods will increase takeaways for each person and create a rich adult learning environment.


Subjects that will be covered during the year long program: 

  • Knowing Your Own Strengths
  • Staying on Top of the Work
  • Communicating Effectively with Clients, Work Crews, Retail Staff and Boss
  • Seeing Your Company Through Your Customer’s Eyes
  • Problem Solving in the Office and on the Job Site
  • Managing Conflict
  • Understanding How Your Decisions Affect the Bottom Line
  • Training and Evaluating Others
  • Managing Change
  • True Leadership 

In addition to class preparation and participation, each candidate will ultimately produce a work outcome for their business. The goal is that their class project will improve the company that sent them to the Institute.


Who Should Attend?


The BATC Leadership Institute is open to employees of BATC member companies who supervise others or serve in a project management role within their company.


2017-2018 Classes Dates and Times


The third Tuesday of 10 consecutive months from Sept. 2017 to June 2018 (except November). Most classes held from 3:00-6:30 pm except classes in September 2017 and June 2018.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Class 1:00-4:30 pm / Social Hour 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: 3:00-6:30 pm (moved to the second Tuesday due to Thanksgiving)
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Class 11:30 am-3:00 pm



FAQs and Additional Details

What time will sessions occur?

See above.

What are the attendee expectations?
Selected participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions, complete all coursework, be actively focused and participatory during sessions, and be open to being mentored as well as mentoring someone else in the future.

What is the application process?

Potential participants are required to submit an application for consideration. Applications will be accepted through August 7, 2017. A selection team will then review the applications and determine the final class participants. Space is limited to a maximum of 18 participants. Notifications will occur on or before August 11, 2017.

What is the investment to participate?

Initial program registration fee is $1,100, and includes all sessions, materials to be provided at each session. Candidates who finish the program successfully will receive a certificate and be recognized at BATC's The BIG Night (Building Industry Gala) in October 2018.

Employers may want to agree with their employee that they are sending them to the Institute assuming continued employment with the sponsoring firm. Should the participant opt to change companies before the end of the program, that participant could be responsible to reimburse a prorated amount of the fee to their employer.

Does everyone need to complete an individual project?

Yes, this is your chance to give back to your company and industry and complete a project of personal interest to you. The project may involve work that is already under way, but should be undertaken in a way that allows a participant to apply his or her new skills.

What if I can't attend one of the program meetings? Should I still submit my application?
Yes, we understand that BATC professionals are busy and conflicts sometimes arise. One excused absence is allowed. However, it is highly recommended that participants do not miss the first class on September 19, 2017.

Where will the sessions be held?

Sessions will be held at the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, 2960 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113.



Companies that have sent students during the three sessions:

Automated Building Comp.-Millwork Division, Accent Homes, Inc., BATC, Becker Building & Remodeling, Inc., Brush Masters, Centra Homes, LLC, Creative Homes, Inc., Distinctive Drywall, Inc., Great Northern Builders, LLC, Hanson Builders, Inc., Highmark Builders, Inc., IDC-Automatic, Installed Business Solutions II LLC., Lennar, Lee Lyn Construction, LLC, Lyman Lumber Co., Michael Lee, Inc., Michels Homes, Minnesota Rusco, Inc., Plekkenpol Builders, Inc., Scherer Bros. Lumber Co., Solid., Suburban Dream Homes, LLC, Swanson Homes, Vujovich Design Build, Inc., and Warners' Stellian Appliance 


Guest speakers/presenters during the first two sessions:

Sal Abbate, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Andersen Corporation • Bill Burgess, President MN Division, Lennar • Nathan Carlson, Project Development & Estimator,Highmark Builders (former Leadership Institute student) • K.C. Chermak, President/Owner, Pillar Home Partner, Inc. • Chris Contreras, VP of Operations, M/I Homes • Kurt Daudt, Speaker of the House, MN House of Representatives • Roan DelVero, Director of Sales, Central Division, Marvin Windows and Doors • Tim Liester, Vice President, Lyman Companies • Jody Maier, Chief Operating Officer, Wausau Supply Company • Bob Michels, Owner/President, Bob Michels Construction • Jason Myrlie, President,J. Carsten Remodeling • Shawn Nelson, President, New Spaces • Lisa Oldakowski, Inside Sales Supervisor,ABC Millwork (former Leadership Institute student) • David Peterson, Senior Estimator & Sales Representative,Distinctive Drywall (former Leadership Institute student) • Lowell Pratt, President/Owner, Pratt Homes • Teresa St. Amant, President, St. Amant Design • Mark Scherer, COO, Scherer Bros. Lumber Co. • Dave Siegel, Executive Director, BATC • Butch Sprenger, Owner, Destiny Homes • Mike Swanson, Executive Vice President, JMS Custom Homes • Carla Warner, VP/Director of Sales, Warners' Stellian • Jeff Warner, President, Warners' Stellian


Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
BATC’s Marketing & Education Manager, Tom Gavaras • 651-697-7592


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