Chad Constance, Ben Mlinar

Chad Constance, Ben Mlinar

Two Gilbert men who work for the nation’s largest employee-owned electrical contracting firm earned a distinction.

Rosendin site manager Ben Mlinar graduated from the Arizona Builder’s Alliance’s Leadership Development Forum while and Rosendin project executive Chad Constance was selected for Engineering News Record Southwest’s 2020 class of Top Young Professionals – a designation given to the top 20 industry workers under 40 working in Arizona, Nevada or New Mexico.

Mlinar was part of a year-long program aimed at developing construction professionals “into informed, knowledgeable and active members of the industry while preparing them for future leadership roles within their companies,” the company said in a release.

 The program has received both state and national awards and has graduated over 800 constructors over the past 25 years.

Mlinar has been with Rosendin for the last nine years and “has rapidly increased his responsibility within the company,” the release said. 

Initially starting out as a project assistant in 2010, he has received four promotions and now oversees 30 office employees and more than 500 field personnel.

Brandon Stephens, Division Manager for Rosendin’s Arizona operations. “Finding quality talent for high-level roles in the construction trades can be a challenge, especially as the industry in Arizona continues to grow. We are committed to training Rosendin employees at all levels of our company and know Ben’s continued leadership at Rosendin will ensure our future success.”

Mlinar participated in workshops and courses focused on leadership, public speaking, finance, legislation, research, contracts, management, among other topics relevant to the construction industry. 

 “After completing the ABA Leadership Development Forum, I now feel more confident in my abilities to lead at Rosendin with the new information and resources I have gained,” said Mlinar. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Arizona construction industry added 18,000 jobs in 2018, more new jobs than any other industry in the state. However, there are still thousands of vacancies for construction jobs in the state.

Meanwhile, independent judges selected Constance and the other 19 electrical industry employees “for their extraordinary leadership and service throughout their careers, which are just getting started,” Rosendin said.

Constance began his career as a general contractor and electrical contractor while attending Arizona State University for construction management. 

His experience includes work on landmark projects such as Sky Harbor Airport, Northern Arizona University, Scottsdale Stadium renovations, hyperscale data centers and more. 

“Constance’s depth of knowledge and business relationships give him a unique perspective as a project executive at Rosendin, where he is responsible for client development, pre-construction, and project delivery,” the company said.

“As a continuous student of the industry, I am thankful for all the doors that were opened for me to learn and grow as a manager and leader,” said Constance. “I am especially thankful to Rosendin executives who support my growth and help me realize my potential.”