Construction pros are finalists for national Craft Professional of the Year


Terry Buschert. Courtesy Architectural Metals, Inc.

Two West Michigan construction professionals are finalists for a national award.

Architectural Metals, Inc. Foreman Terry Buschert and Dan Vos Construction Company Superintendent Dan VanRee are finalists for the 2017 Craft Professional of the Year award by Associated Builders and Contractors, or ABC.

Buschert and VanRee are joined by electrician Chistopher Allison from Lincoln, Nebraska and field supervisor Adam Ruff from Ely, Iowa as finalists.

The winner will be announced this Friday at the ABC Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The winner will receive a 2017 Ram Tradesman truck, Bosch REAXX table saw, a trophy and an article in Construction Executive magazine.

The finalists receive round-trip air fare and three nights in Fort Lauderdale, as well as a Bosch tools prize pack.

A West Michigan construction pro, Dan Vos Superintendent Scott Walters, took home the national title last year. Kent Companies Superintendent Michael VanBemden was also a finalist last year.


Along with his work as a foreman at Portland-based Architectural Metals, Inc., Buschert is also an NCCER-certified apprentice instructor and advises apprentices at Vos Glass.

He also runs a philanthropic endeavor in which he donates money from recycled scrap to youth programs.

Buschert was named the region's Craft Professional of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter last September.


VanRee has more than 38 years of experience and has been “directly responsible for millions of dollars in work, hundreds of workers and more than 350,000 man hours.”

He started as a carpenter and is now a superintendent and mentor for crews at Ada-based Dan Vos Construction Company.

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