Favede named vice chair of constructors organizations

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ginny Favede has been named vice chair of the Association of Union Constructors Local Employer Organizations.

She has spent a little more than two years as the executive director of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Contractors Association and as Project BEST co-chairwoman,

“I have had the opportunity to learn from an established peer group, as well as be exposed to new ideas and best practices,” Favede said. “I have always considered myself a ‘why re-invent the wheel’ sort of individual. I have found great success in learning what others are doing and adapting it to fit our needs.”

Favede has turned her organization around, increasing membership by 56 percent, an area that has been without growth for more than a decade. She said she is pleased to serve on a national level, noting that there has never been a better time to be a woman in construction. During the past 10 years, the National Association of Women in Construction said the industry has seen a steady increase in the number of women employed. Although only an estimated 9.1 percent of the construction industry is made up of women, that number is on the rise.

“We are very excited to see Ginny move into a leadership role within the TAUC community,” said Steve Lindauer, CEO of TAUC. “Her enthusiasm and ‘can-do’ spirit brings new energy and ideas not just to TAUC, but to the union construction and maintenance industry nationally. I personally look forward to Ginny’s increased engagement and passion in promoting TAUC’s mission.”

TAUC is made up of more than 2,000 contractor companies that utilize union labor for their projects, as well as local contractor associations and vendors in the industrial maintenance and construction fields.