PBM 2021

With the new year, Project Build Minnesota (PBM) has a new vision and mission for 2021.

The 2021 vision will be to make careers in construction the first choice for hard working people.

Its mission in 2021 is: PBM promotes careers in construction.

Throughout the year, PBM will be working toward three goals.

  1. Develop relationships with educators who inform and influence young people’s career choices in order to reach at least 1,000 young adults with the PBM message;
  2. Utilize the website, social, and digital media to reach at least 5,000 young people, educators and parents with the resources and information of PBM; and
  3. Expand the network of industry firms and associations that financially support PBM to raise at least $100,000.

The board also welcomes new members:

Dan Beaving of Shingobee Builders is taking over the gavel from 2020 President David Siegel.

Please read this month’s President’s Perspective find out more about Beaving.

Peter Jacobson of Lake Country Builders has joined the board.

Jacobson said his interest in construction was piqued in high school and now he wants to share his passion and perk the interest of young adults.

He is the owner and president of Lake Country Builders Ltd., a residential design / build firm started in 1976.

Jacobson attended Chicago’s Lane Tech High School in 1970 where he was introduced to the various trades and skills taught in the school’s shops. He also attended the Carpentry Apprentice Program at Washburn Trade School in 1971, which further ignited his passion in carpentry trade.

Peter finalized his apprenticeship training in Minnesota and earned his Journeyman certification in 1975.

Since starting Lake Country Builders, he and his wife Sue learned their business management skills concurrently with growing the company. They grew to employ a staff of twenty carpenters along with in-house designers, project managers and support staff. They continue their focus and commitment to hire and train aspiring men and women interested in learning the trade and creating their future.

Now that he is a retired carpenter and businessman, Jacobson hopes to pique the interest of young people in construction trade careers.

Three years ago, he started a nonprofit to involve inner city and homeless youth in the trades. The biggest hurdle is transportation, he said. Although that nonprofit is in hiatus, Jacobson has ready to return to his mission of reaching high school students. He will be one of PBM’s school outreach volunteers.

At the end of 2020, PBM said goodbye to two of its long term board members, Jessica Freeseman of Wood Machinery Systems and Lowell Pratt of Pratt Homes.

PBM is grateful for their service and help establishing the organization.