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Matt Hess leading a Leadership Academy sessionOn November 13, the third Leadership Academy class celebrated its class of graduates, which included three members of SSRG.  There were 20 total graduates this year.  Participants varied from up-and-coming SSRG Structural Tech Matt Christman, to HGC Vice President of Operations, Adam Kuehne. The diversity in skill sets, experience, and company representation allowed for dynamic dialogue over eight months.


Group photo of third Leadership Academy graduates

Leadership Academy is open to all members of The HGC Group of Companies, which is comprised of SSRG, HGC ConstructionStanton Millworks and Stewart Iron Works. The inclusion of office, field management, and trade personnel, “offers diversity of perspective within the class, and allowed each group insights into each other’s insights,” shared a participant at the end of the class.

The HGC Group of Companies believes that every employee joining one of our teams wants to be great—that’s why they were hired.  The Leadership Academy is just one way to support the individual growth of team members.  The Leadership Academy (LA) is not to be taken lightly; participants take exams and must score a minimum of a “C,” or retake the exam.

The content covered by LA is intended to arm participants with a variety of skills to effectively lead a diverse team to successful outcomes. They include:

  • Diversity and the Changing Management Paradigm
  • Effective Communication
  • The Differences between Leadership and Management
  • Organizational Development, Change and Innovation
  • Ethics and Recognition
  • Employment Law and Interviewing Effectively
  • Documentation investigations, Corrective Action and Appraisals

Thanks to feedback from the past two sessions, this year added new modules: Public Speaking, Time Management, and Calling Productive Meetings.

Matt Hess, VP of HR, speaking at podium“Fundamentally, Leadership Academy is about giving people the tools and guidance to be the best leader they can be,” says Matt Hess, Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development, and the creator and instructor of Leadership Academy. “We want to develop leaders so everyone around them can be inspired and do great work.  We want to raise the bar for our teams, our clients and one another.  Our company motto is Tough Jobs Done Well“,  and we take that seriously. LA is one pathway to develop people so they can build relationships, structures, themselves, our client’s confidence, and their lives at work and home.  We know everyone has huge lives in and out of work and we want to help enrich those lives,” says, Matt Hess, VP of HR and Leadership Development, who developed and teaches the Leadership Academy.

We are all proud of the following graduates who have shown their commitment to not only making SSRG the best it can be, but also pushing themselves to achieve excellence.

2019 SSRG Graduates

Matt Christman – SSRG
Andrew Scheitlin – SSRG
Kyle Howard – SSRG

Want to work with a company that believes and invests in your potential? Check out our job opportunities and join a company that rises to the challenge and extends the life span of any structure. Join SSRG and be a part of Tough Jobs, Done Well.