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2016 TCA Convention

Dan Lester

Director of Contractor Relations & Personnel Recruitment at Concrete Strategies

Dan LesterDan Lester works with management and field personnel to create viable and realistic solutions that educate the construction workforce on the diversity and cultural principals relevant to the industry. He is helping to diversify CSI and create a more inclusive culture inside of the company and on the jobsite.

Lester began his career in education as the coordinator of the in-school suspension program for the Brentwood School District’s middle and high schools. In 2011, Dan joined the De Smet Jesuit High School staff as the first African American faculty member and administrator, where he started as the Director of Diversity. His role tasked him with training and educating faculty, staff, students, and the De Smet Jesuit community on factors of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness.

Dan is the CEO of the IN-JN(engine) Media Group, a video production company he founded in 2009 with his wife Burnea. IN-JN specializes in marketing and promoting educational/non-profit institutions, live events, short films, commercials, music videos and recruiting materials for aspiring college and professional athletes.

Lester is on the Executive board of CCDI, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides mentorship and financial resources for high school students looking to become viable candidates for construction trades and professional degree programs.

Lester holds a bachelor of science in business and management information systems, with a minor in information science and technology, from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Scheduled Presentations

Education, Community Programming, and Diversity Suggest Viable Solutions for an Aging Workforce
Attendees can expect to explore the current state of the construction workforce and unpack a working example on leveraging the educational system, creating community programs, and taking an inclusive approach to diversity and workforce development to create a hirable supply for the demand in the workforce, both in the trades and professional careers alike. More...

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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