On December 7, 2013, I was a Motivational Speaker for the Buttcon Construction Management Annual Christmas party held at the King Valley Golf Club in Toronto.
Over 120 people attended the event including employees and their spouses.
Buttcon is a construction management and design firm founded in 1979 by Michael Butt, the current CEO, who was at the event. Buttcon is involved in some very exciting, meaningful and large construction projects that shape the face of Ontario and impact many lives for years to come.
One of the things that excites me about the audience is that it is rewarding to work in an industry where you get to see meaningful, concrete results from your work.
The construction firm has worked on some big projects like the remodeling of the Maple Leaf Gardens, several hotels and assisted living facilities. They have also worked on development of several casinos in Windsor and Niagra ontario.
New projects this year include the University of Windsor and the Toronto Transit Commission.
Working in construction is challenging because timelines, deadlines and planning are critical. The industry relies on contractors, some are reliable and others are not; leaving site spervisors scrambling to sort things out. Many staff have to work on saturdays as well as off or extended hours, which can be challenging for families.
Talking to the CEO, Peter Di Gaetano, he reinforces that Buttcon truly is a family. At the event they will be giving out service awards for 10, 15, 25 and 30 years. Loyalty and longevity are a key part of the company culture. In fact some senior leaders retired recently but still work on contract.
The audience was comprised of all Senior leadership, site supervisors, project managers and clerical staff. The purpose of the event is to celebrate, appreciate and have fun!
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the Construction firms christmas party, my motivational speech was The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!