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Why should you support The Builders Exchange Foundation?

The answer depends on how you feel about your career, your coworkers and your community...


"It's time to pay back the industry that invested in me."

"When I was a student, the Builders Exchange scholarship program got me through engineering school at Ohio State and exposed me to people who later helped me grow my own business. This industry has been great to me; I want to pass along that same opportunity and encouragement to future leaders."

Randy Sleeper (left), CEO, Bruner Corp., 1972, '73 and '74 scholarship  winner with Monty Montgomery, program founder from 1959 and  Kayla Zeigler, a 2002 BX scholarship recipient.



"I want to keep a quality industry for our next generation."

"I support the Builders Exchange Foundation because through it, I'm doing my part to keep advancing our industry in a positive direction. Our family has been operating this company in central Ohio since 1888 if I want to see the quality of our workforce stay strong and our business stay secure for the sixth generation, it's my turn to step up."

Kathy Gatterdam, General Manager, 
Columbus Coal & Lime Company, and the "Sixth Generation," Kate, 8, and Emily, 6.

"We'll make an impact right here, on Central Ohio construction."

"There are many national foundations doing great things for the construction profession, but the BX Foundation will create results on our home turf. We all want to see continuous improvement and more opportunity in our industry, but individually, we can't make a big difference. Together with all our gifts, large and small we can.

Bill Mullett, President,
Dublin Building Systems

"I owe my career to this industry."

"Joining the Founders Circle was my personal 'thank you' to the industry I've worked in for over 20 years.  It's a way to show my hope and belief that the future will be as bright or even brighter for Central Ohio construction companies and their people 20 years from now.

Cathy Blackford (left, seated), Executive Director
Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, with The 2002 BX Board at the Children's Fountain.



"It's the right thing to do."

"When the Builders Exchange asked me to co-chair the Foundation's first campaign, I didn't hesitate to say yes ... and to offer financial support.  All the goals of the new organization reflect the personal and company values of Smoot Construction, and we know our investment will reap a better, stronger industry."

Lewis R. Smoot, Sr., CEO, Smoot Construction, and friends.


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Updated 10/19/2018