Affiliate Council
  • Support MBA contractors by providing information necessary to help run their businesses smoothly.
  • Plan education programs on topics of interest to contractors.
  • Join General Contractor and Specialty Contractor Members in supporting issues of common concern.
  • Promote membership in the MBA.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with MBA general contractors and subcontractors.
  • Support events through attendance and sponsorships.

Michael Klein, Chair
Blumling & Gusky, LLP

Representatives from all MBA Affiliate firms are members of the Affiliate Council.

Staff: Eric Starkowicz

AIA-MBA Joint Committee

Chartered in 1965, the AIA-MBA Joint Committee provides a unique forum for Architects, General Contractors, and Owners to meet and discuss existing conditions of the construction industry. As a result of this forum, a set of guidelines was created to reflect the best practices for procedures involving drawings and specifications, bidding, contract documents and administrative procedures during construction.

Bill Derence, MBA Co-Chair
Mascaro Construction Company, LP

Mark Dietrick, AIA Co-Chair
Case Technologies, Inc.

Staff: Eric Starkowicz

AIA-MBA Joint Committee Website

Apprentice Information Committee
  • A private, voluntary organization established to publicize and distribute information concerning apprenticeship opportunities in the union construction crafts.
  • Secure, maintain and publicize a current compilation of apprenticeship information and make it available to the general public.
  • Foster cooperation between construction employers, unions, educational organizations and community groups.
  • Promote equal opportunity in construction apprenticeship and in allied training programs.
  • Assist in recruiting and referring applicants for apprenticeship opportunities.

Staff: Bob McCall

Cement Masons Labor/Management Committee
  • Provides a forum to discuss making union contractors more competitive.
  • Addresses management concerns voiced during contract negotiations.
  • Improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the Cement Masons Apprenticeship and Training Program.
  • Mutually promotes union construction, while improving and strengthening the working relationship between union and management.

Dean Mosites, Co-Chair
Mosites Construction Company

Cameron Rupert, Co-Chair
Cement Masons Local Union 526

Staff: Jack W. Ramage

Construction Marketing Committee
  • Communicate to architects, owners, and developers that MBA contractors provide the best value for the construction dollar.
  • Position the MBA as the voice of Western PA's construction industry.
  • Showcase MBA projects through the Building Excellence Awards.
  • Publish the Master Builders' Magazine, BreakingGround.
  • Promote the value of building with MBA contractors through individual presentations.

Staff: Eric Starkowicz and Mary Chuderewicz

Education Committee
  • Provides guidance and support to MBA Staff to ensure that effective education programs are made available to members.
  • Supports the University of Pittsburgh's AGC Student Chapter.
  • Reviews applications and awards scholorships to deserving students in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.

James Frantz, Chair
TEDCO Construction Company

Staff: Bob McCall and Eric Starkowicz

Green Builders Committee

The committee's mission is “to improve our region's construction community by uniting, promoting, and creating a pool of professions that facility healthy, sustainable living, while building our region.” The committee hosts building tours and an annual MBA Green Builders Symposium in the fall.

Noah Shaltes, Chair
PJ Dick Incorporated

Staff: Eric Starkowicz

Labor Negotiation Steering Committee
  • To ensure that the MBA's labor relations activities are carried out in accordance with the By-Laws of the Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Responsible for negotiation of labor agreements.
  • Develop policies governing the MBA's relationship with unions representing the members' employees.
  • Monitor labor negotiations of local, regional and national groups having a direct or indirect effect on MBA labor relations.
  • Monitor the availability of the construction industry workforce.
  • Represent the MBA in its relations with international unions, national associations, construction user groups, and governmental entities regarding construction labor relations issues.

Representatives from all MBA Regular Member firms contribute to labor negotiations on an as-needed basis.

Staff: Jack W. Ramage

Legislative Committee
  • Monitor local, state, and federal legislation affecting the construction industry, taking action when necessary.
  • Utilize influence of the General Contractors Association of PA (GCAP) regarding state legislation.
  • Capitalize on the collective clout of MBA firms through the Legislative Network when communicating issues to legislators.
  • Visit federal, state and local government representatives to promote a better understanding of construction issues.
  • Actively participate on the Construction Legislative Council.
  • Inform members of National AGC lobbying activities.

John C. Busse, Chair *
F.J. Busse Company

Todd Dominick *
Rycon Construction, Inc.

Tim O'Brien #
PJ Dick Incorporated

Clifford R. Rowe, Jr. *
PJ Dick Incorporated

* Individuals represent the MBA on the General Contractors Association of PA Board of Governors.
# Members represent MBA on the Construction Legislative Council.

Staff: Jack W. Ramage and Eric Starkowicz

MBA/Carpenter Joint Study Committee

The committee works to continuously improve the working relationship between MBA contractors and the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters.

John Mascaro, Jr., Co-Chair
Mascaro Construction Company, LP

William Waterkotte, Co-Chair
Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters

Staff: Jack W. Ramage

Risk Management Committee
  • Provides guidance and support to MBA Staff to ensure that an effective safety program is maintained for Western PA's building industry.
  • Promote safety awareness.
  • Review and comment on proposed safety and health regulations.
  • Review MBA safety publications, training courses and seminars.
  • Promote participation in Safety Statistics Tabulation Program (AGC).
  • Maintain liaison with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Reduce substance abuse through cooperation with enforcement agencies and contractor associations.

Rick Bowers, Chair
Mascaro Construction

Staff: Bob McCall

Young Constructors Committee
  • To expose young professionals in the construction industry to national AGC programs and services.
  • To network with young constructors from all aspects of the industry to develop a better understanding and appreciation of each other's role.
  • Develop strong leadership skills in young constructors and further professional knowledge, while building relationships with peers.

Brian Budny, Chair
PJ Dick Incorporated

Staff: Eric Starkowicz