President’s Message


Todd Hagaman, Todd Hagaman Construction
Todd Hagaman, President

October is “Careers in Construction” Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness about the opportunities available in the residential construction and related trade professions. Anything you can do in your circles to  promote career paths in construction would be appreciated.

As the home building industry celebrates Careers in Construction Month, we’re sharing the top four reasons to consider a rewarding career in residential construction. Remember these 4 key components when relating to the younger generation the opportunities and benefits of a career in the construction industry.

Diversity of Skilled Trades.  A home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done.  This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers.  Analysis from NAHB shows that 70 percent of builders typically use between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home.  Indeed, there are many different trades you can pursue depending on your personal interests.

Job Opportunities Across the Country. As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country and here in Siouxland are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – to help them build the American Dream. This means there is ample opportunity for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path.

In fact, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) increased to 232,000 in July 2017.

Job Satisfaction and Competitive Salaries.  Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction.  And average salaries in Siouxland remain competitive with other industries in our area.

Rewarding Career Without College Debt. At a time when countless college graduates are finding themselves under-employed and saddled with crushing student debt, it’s important to know that earning a college degree is not the only road to success. A vocational education is equally rewarding and can be obtained at a fraction of the cost.

HBI, a national leader in career training and NAHB’s workforce development arm, offers education programs in 44 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than 13,000 students each year. These include more than 10,000 students in HBI’s pre-apprenticeship programs and 3,500 students in 130 NAHB Student Chapters.

HBI Job Corps programs are located in 74 centers across the nation and offer pre-apprenticeship training in 10 residential construction trades. The training programs are national in scope, but implemented locally using proven models that can be customized to meet the workforce needs of communities across the nation.  Those who graduate from the program enjoy an 80 percent job placement rate.

Locally located in Denison, IA, the main component of HBI’s programming is hands-on training to help people begin or advance their careers in the home building industry. The goal of such programming is to help shape a workforce that is skilled, knowledgeable, and able to meet the needs of NAHB members today and well into the future.

For more information on the Home Builders Institute, HBI, visit

– Todd Hagaman, President

A voice in the Home Builders Industry