Paul is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators San Diego Chapter No. 4, which recently named Sundt as its Member Firm of the Year. The organization provides education, fellowship and opportunities for professional development for estimators.
Paul recently took a few minutes to talk about the important role the society plays and why Sundt should be involved.
What does winning the ASPE Member Firm of the Year Award say about Sundt?
Although ASPE is an organization represented by individual members rather than corporate entities, the local chapter initiated the Member Firm of the Year Award several years ago to recognize companies that have supported the society in a number of ways.
The Austin/Sundt joint venture hosted an excellent site tour at the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center in 2014 for the chapter and the Hoover High School ACE Mentor Program students. That activity is one of the criteria used to evaluate potential candidates for the annual award.
What does the organization do to further the industry?
The Board of Trustees and the Society Business Office maintain relationships with other construction organizations and attend some of their meetings. Our certification program is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Boards. Our Education Committee’s efforts concentrate on continuing educational training for our members and opportunities to enhance their professional development. At the local chapter level, we participate in the Blue Book General Contractors Showcase and career job fairs at high schools and colleges.
We hold education seminars and provide instructors for other construction organizations and education institutions. Several members are active on boards of other associations and schools to further explain the benefits of estimating as a career path. Estimating is a long-term career, much like engineering and architecture. It requires in-depth training, a lengthy tenure and hands-on experience.
Why is it so important for Sundt to be involved with ASPE?
The ASPE San Diego Chapter No. 4 has many similarities to the company’s mission and vision. The core values reflect concepts that we endorse and subscribe to in serving our members and the construction field.