Meet the IBS 2022 Scholarship Recipients (Part 2)

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The NAHB IBS Scholarship Program is available to NAHB members between the ages of 21-35. IBS scholarships help recipients attend IBS, the building industry’s biggest event. This is part two of a two-part blog series.

Eleven industry professionals are attending the International Builders’ Show® (IBS) using IBS Scholarships. The Builders’ Show is an in-person event in Orlando in February 2022.

Many have never attended before. All are eager to learn more about the building industry. Scholarship recipients explore new products, connect with other pros and attend education sessions.

Meet the recipients of the IBS scholarships.

Young man with shaved head and beard wearing a navy shirtPhillip McClain | Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

Phillip McClain is the production manager for Precision Homecrafters. He coordinates schedules and production and works with designers/contractors. He has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He was a certified automotive technician but in 2007, Phillip left the auto world to begin a construction career. He is now a licensed home builder. “Just growth. I want to see other industry professionals and collaborate.”

Young man with short dark hair wearing a white shirt, tie and gray jacketJason Ohlsson | HBA of Greater Cleveland

Jason Ohlsson is a project manager for Gilbane Building Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason is passionate about helping others and volunteers with many organizations. In college, Jason was president of the Construction Management Student Organization. He participated in student competitions including the NAHB student competition. “I want to network with as many students and professionals as possible to continue my efforts in workforce development and grow my network.”

Young man with short light hair wearing a blue shirtMatt Pocta | BIA of Central SC

Matt Pocta is the co-owner of Bald Cypress Builders LLC. The boutique builder works in Columbia, South Carolina. From a young age, he loved working with his hands. While attending the College of William and Mary, he worked as an intern for a small custom

builder. “I look forward to meeting like-minded builders who have tackled some of the challenges we face and learn how to better serve our clients and team members.”

Young woman with long brown hair wearing a tan jacketCaity Tefft | HBA Upper Peninsula

Caity Tefft is a project manager at Dickinson Homes, a modular construction company. While growing up, remodeling several family homes with her parents influenced Caity. This, along with her passion for design, led her to a career in interior design and construction. “The challenges that I want to tackle at IBS are to attend as many workshops and to visit as many speakers as possible. I feel that is where I will gain the most amount of knowledge.”

Young man with brown hair and beard wearing a gray shirtDaniel Thuman | Collier Building Industry Association

Daniel Thuman works as a high-end residential remodeling project manager for PBS Contractors in Naples, Florida. Daniel has been in the construction industry since the day he could pick up a drill, working for his father, who owns a cabinet shop. He started out pursuing a medical degree but switched to pursue a construction career instead. “I would like to learn and understand what some of the new products that are out there can solve some of the common problems that we face every day.”

Learn more about the recipients of the 2022 IBS scholarships.

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