Kinzler Congratulations Second Class of Bell Leadership Graduates

18 Kinzler employees graduated from the most recent Bell Leadership training, pictured with certified in-house facilitator Brian Schwartze.

A class of 18 Kinzler Construction Services employees recently completed the Bell Leadership Institute’s Achievers program, led in-house by Certified Facilitator Brian Schwartze, Kinzler’s Chief Talent Officer. The leaders and aspiring leaders from Kinzler’s branch locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas participated in the three-day program at the company’s Training Center in Ankeny, IA.

Described by graduates as “life-changing,” Achievers is the cornerstone program of Bell Leadership Institute, designed to provide a unique framework to understand exceptional leadership in a personal context.

“I tell people all the time that Kinzler is a company where all people, programs, processes, and systems are focused on helping employees grow and advance their careers. The Bell Leadership Achievers program delivers on that promise,” said Angie Cramer, a Kinzler Recruiter and recent Bell Leadership graduate.

“This class of Kinzler employees were engaged and eager to grow their leadership skills,” said Schwartze. “Without a doubt, this training translates to industry-leading service to our customers!”

Kinzler Helps Renovate 107-Year-Old Minneapolis Home for Net-Zero Performance

Kinzler insulates rafter bays with closed-cell polyurethane foam, sprayed in from the top. The new roof assembly includes a layer of sheathing below the I-joist rafters. (Photo Courtesy: Zero Energy Project)

Kinzler Construction Services was recently hired as the insulation contractor to help renovate a chilly Minneapolis home to be net-zero in energy with no sacrifice in attractiveness, space, or comfort.

This renovation was one of the first in Minneapolis to use a relatively non-invasive method of insulating the foundation wall from the outside. Kinzler Construction Services removed a 4-inch-wide slice of dirt all the way down to the footings, then inserted a 1-inch foam sheet and 3 inches of sprayed closed-cell foam. The net insulating effect for the basement was R-30 while removing very little dirt.
Read more about how the refurbished Victorian home now makes more energy than it uses in this article from Zero Energy Project.

Kinzler’s EntreLeadership Event Equips Leaders

Kinzler Construction Services recently invited customers, employees and friends to attend a one-day event designed for leaders and their teams. The EntreLeadership 1-Day Live Stream Event, held at Kinzler’s Ankeny, IA office, equipped attendees to master the art of influence, delegation, conflict resolution, team unification and other common issues all leaders face.

In addition to a great lineup of speakers on the EntreLeadership stream, the event also featured local experts tackling leadership issues facing the construction industry specifically.

Executive Chair & Founder Kevin Kinzler presented at the Spring EntreLeadership 1-Day Event at Kinzler Construction Services April 27, 2018. Kevin shares short stories and lessons learned growing his business from his garage to a 30+ year old company with locations across the country.
Brian Schwartze, Chief Talent Officer, presented at the Spring EntreLeadership 1-Day Event at Kinzler Construction Services April 27, 2018. Brian gives a brief overview of Crucial Conversations including tools and tips for talking when stakes are high.

“Kinzler Construction Services is committed to growing and advancing our employees and our business partners,” said Tanner Kinzler, President & CEO of Kinzler Construction Services. “We’re pleased to host events like this one which provide actionable steps to sharpen leadership skills and grow our organizations.”

Kinzler plans to offer more leadership and learning opportunities in the future. Those interested in participating in upcoming events should contact us.

Kinzler Receives Patriot Award for Support of the Guard & Reserve

Kinzler VP of Operations Tim Hurn (center) is presented the Patriot Award by ESGR volunteer Michael Dayton (left). Hurn was nominated by Iowa National Guard Commander Craig Coder (right), a Kinzler employee.

Kinzler Construction Services was recently recognized for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve member employees. Tim Hurn, VP of Operations for Kinzler Construction Services, was named a Patriot Award recipient by the U.S. Department of Defense. The award, given by DOD’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), recognizes individuals who practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.

Hurn was nominated by Iowa National Guard Captain Craig Coder, who serves as the Commander for Alpha Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion based out of Camp Dodge. Coder is the General Manager of Kinzler’s eastern Iowa Distribution operations.

“Kinzler has helped me grow my career in the military,” Coder said. “And the military has helped my career at Kinzler. I am grateful to work for a company which is flexible and supportive of me as I continue to serve our great country.”

Kinzler actively seeks out National Guard soldiers and people with prior military service and is a Home Base Iowa employer. Interested applicants should visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

“We have had huge success with veterans as Kinzler employees,” said Hurn, himself a U.S. Navy veteran. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Kinzler Construction Services.”

“Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units,” said Michael J. Dayton, an ESGR volunteer who presented the award. “The U.S. Department of Defense is pleased to recognize Kinzler Construction Services as an outstanding organization that has and is continuing to support a strong National Guard and Reserve force.”

About Kinzler Construction Services

Kinzler Construction Services is a leading installer of insulation products, gypsum concrete, fireproofing & air barrier. Kinzler also distributes a full line of construction materials, including drywall, steel framing, acoustical ceiling tile & EIFS. Kinzler is a rapidly-growing, employee-owned company offering industry-leading service to the best customers with locations across America’s heartland. To search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team, visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

Kinzler Construction Services Brings Bell Leadership’s Achievers Program In-house

15 leaders from Kinzler’s branch locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas participated in the three-day program at the company’s Training Center in Ankeny, IA.

Kinzler Construction Services congratulates its first class of graduates from the Bell Leadership Institute’s Achievers program, led in-house by Certified Facilitator Brian Schwartze, Kinzler’s VP of Sales & Marketing.

“Our team-focused approach means our company grows at the rate our people grow,” said Schwartze. “What could be more beneficial than bringing the Bell Leadership program to our leaders? This program allows us to have an exponential impact on the lives of our team members.”

15 leaders from Kinzler’s branch locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas participated in the three-day program at the company’s Training Center in Ankeny, IA. With guidance from Schwartze and their 360-degree feedback, graduates learned how to develop their skill sets to better lead themselves, others, and their teams.

“The Bell Leadership program was life-changing for me,” said Kinzler Construction Services President & CEO Tanner Kinzler.  “We’ve been sending our Senior Leadership team members to Bell’s programs for years. I’m so happy to now have this training in-house, available to even more of our leaders. When we infuse a culture of leadership and Achieving Forward throughout the company, our team members win, our customers win, and our company wins.”

Kinzler participants learn how to develop their skill sets to better lead themselves, others, and their teams.

Based on a half century of research and consulting with thousands of leaders across the world, Bell Leadership’s Achievers program provides a unique framework to understand exceptional leadership in a personal context. While other leadership programs give participants an assessment of how you behave, Achievers™ goes deeper, leaving graduates with key understandings of why you behave as you do. Knowing yourself deeply and how your behaviors affect others enables you to develop your unique leadership style.

Kinzler Construction Services is an employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials. Kinzler has a positive, team member-focused environment, dedicated to helping employees grow and advance their careers. If you’re interested in joining the Kinzler team, please visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

Kinzler Honored Again for Safety

Kinzler Safety Director Bruce Moore accepts the STEP Award for Safety at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa Excellence in Construction Gala.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members, congratulated Kinzler Construction Services for recently being named a Silver Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipient at their Excellence in Construction Gala.

Every year, the ABC honors contractors who have achieved the highest level of safety in their firms. ABC uses the STEP application and interviews with company safety directors and owners to determine who receives the award. Contractors receiving this award typically possess exemplary total recordable rates and lost workday injury-illness rates. Kinzler Construction Services is proud to be a repeat recipient of the prestigious STEP award.

“This award is one more recognition of Kinzler’s outstanding commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for our entire workforce,” said Bruce Moore, Kinzler Construction Services Safety Director. “There is nothing more important than jobsite safety. Our mantra here is ‘Safe Today – Home Tonight.’”

The recognition comes just weeks after Kinzler Construction Services announced that their employees have worked more than one million safe man-hours and have gone more than two years without a loss-time injury at any of their six branch locations. Located in Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, IA as well as Fridley, MN and Tyler, TX, Kinzler Construction Services is a leading installer of insulation products and also distributes construction materials.

EntreLeadership 1-Day Event at Kinzler

EntreLeadership 1-Day Live Stream is a one-day event for leaders and their teams. During the day, you’ll get equipped to master the art of influence, delegation, conflict resolution, team unification and other common issues all leaders face.

Join Us and You’ll Learn:

  • Discover the 10 most common leadership pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • Learn how to use conflict as a tool—not a weapon.
  • Get actionable advice for setting goals that inspire and create team buy-in.]
  • Learn to delegate effectively so you can focus on what matters most.

Join us April 27 at Kinzler Construction Services!

Register now.

The Speakers

Dave Ramsey – Best-Selling Author and CEO of Ramsey Solutions

Chris Hogan – Leadership and Financial Expert and Best-Selling Author

Christy Wright – Certified Business Coach and Best-Selling Author

Stephen Mansfield – NY Times Best-Selling Author and Speaker


In addition to this great lineup, the event will also feature local speakers tackling entrepreneurship and leadership issues facing the construction industry:

Kevin Kinzler, Executive Chairman/Founder

Kevin and his wife Yvonne founded Kinzler Construction Services in 1984 operating out of their garage. He will speak on the thrills and challenges of growing from an in-home business to a multi-state operation with hundreds of employees.


Brian Schwartze, VP Sales & Marketing

With a background in coaching football and experience leading teams to success, Brian has a passion for leadership, teaching and helping others grow their skills. You will walk away from his presentation with tips on having crucial conversations and tools for talking when stakes are high.


Here’s What to Expect

Kinzler Construction Services is hosting this free event because we practice a “Team Member-Focused Approach” with our employees. That means we’re a workplace where all people, programs, processes and systems are focused on helping employees grow and advance their careers. In turn, our team members provide industry-leading service to our customers. We’re extending this invitation to our friends and customers as well because we also wish for you to grow, advance and be successful too!

The event runs from 8 am – 4 pm, however if you can’t commit to the entire day – we get it! Just drop in whenever you are available to take in this incredible learning opportunity with others in the construction industry!

Kinzler Construction Services will provide free lunch – so we do need to know if you plan to join us. Please RSVP to help us plan!

LOCATION:

Kinzler Construction Services
700 SE Oralabor Rd.
Ankeny, IA 50021

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