Leadership Development Academy



The Leadership Development Academy is a result of discussions with the ISA membership, and specifically, an outcome of the ISA GC Council. The leadership of ISA recognized a need for knowledge transfer between the construction industry seasoned professionals and those aspiring to move into senior leadership roles. The ISA recognizes there is a need for a broader educational approach in order for these aspirers to gain the full breadth of knowledge required to be a senior leader in an organization. The Leadership Development Academy provides a membership service that will collectively advance individuals and save businesses countless hours and resources it takes to develop a program of this nature on their own. The LDA is geared towards providing real-world, usable and practical information and tools for the next level of leadership.

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 Applications for 2022-2023 are open. Please apply below. 

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Program Goals

  1. Assist knowledge transfer from current senior leadership to those aspiring to become senior leaders.
  2. Generate a positive and productive culture with multi-generational individuals.
  3. Create a special avenue for companies to identify their next senior level leader.
  4. Provide an avenue to empower your key employees to meet and exceed their professional development goals.
  5. Create a forum where current senior leaders can collaboratively develop a broad based, real world curriculum that focuses on best practices of running a construction business.
  6. Create a method for recognition of competency by others such as general contractors.
  7. Explore ways to partner with educational institutions.
  8. Provide a membership service to ISA members.
  9. Develop ISA intellectual property for the subcontractor.
  10. Provide ISA members with real-world tools and knowledge.

Program Requirements

  • The program will offer 15 courses over 18 months.
  • An ice-breaker session will be held prior to the first course taking place.
  • A special voluntary seminar with a prominent speaker will be held in December of each year wherein the attendee and his/her mentor are invited to attend.
  • Each individual must complete all courses in order to receive full completion recognition. If a course is missed, the individual would make that course up once it was available in another course cycle.

Application Process

  • An ISA member company shall select an individual from their firm that they have identified as their next senior leader.
  • The application is a two-part process and will be conducted online. The applicant for the course will complete portion one of the application and a senior leader within the company will complete portion two of the application. Applications are only considered complete if both portions of the application are received prior to the deadline.
  • An application fee of $150 will be submitted with the application. This is a non-refundable fee to cover the processing and administration of the application phase. If selected to the academy, the application fee of $150 will be applied to the total cost of the course.
  • A selection committee made up of ISA volunteers and staff will review and select applications.
  • A limit of 25 individuals will be selected per course (numbers may vary based on need and course make-up). Additional courses will begin as the need arises.
  • A rubric will be created to evaluate each applicant including minimum requirements to gain access to the course.

Program Expenses

  • $3,000 per person ($150 nonrefundable deposit at the time of application is applied to total program fee)


  • Predictive Index Assessment
  • Leadership
  • Operations
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Sales
  • Risk Management


  • Employer will be responsible for meeting with academy participant after a category of coursework has been completed.
  • The employer will assess what the employee has learned and sign off on a form that the knowledge gained was satisfactory.

2017-2018 Class

Left to Right: Corey Stein, Sexson Mechanical; Mark Moran, Circle B; Nathan Singleton, Spohn Associates; Mark Winters, Shiel Sexton; Blake Pedigo, Ryan Fireprotection; Jason Kiser, Grand Industrial; Laura Blechl, DECO Coatings; Josh Hannoy, Johnson Melloh; Paul Linback, Steinberger Construction; Tyshaun Allen, Taylor Bros.; Lindsay Fernandez, Charles C Brandt; Dustin Carter, Harrell-Fish; Mike Summers, ERMCO; Kris Ashcraft, ERMCO; Alex Kirchner, Harmon Steel; Steven Moffett, R. Adams Roofing; Steven Webb, Electric Plus; Luke Bland, Poynter

2018-2019 Class

Front Row
Derek Kintner
, Harmon Steel; Adam Owens, RLTurner; Kara Jerden, Structural Components Fabrication; Kurt Roubal, Shiel Sexton; Patrick Wilson, Ryan Fireprotection

Back Row
Andrea Hiner
, RT Moore; Austin Roe, R. Adams Roofing; Justin Cade, Sexson Mechanical; Rob Kent, Harmon Construction; Seth Hill, Ryan Fireprotection; Chris Summers, Harrell Fish; Michael Culbertson, BMWC Constructors; Adam Cornelius, Taylor Bros. Construction; Randy Neal, Poynter; Ron Collis, Grand Industrial; Chad Lovitt, ERMCO; Brian Andrews; Linda Rolfsen, VMintegrated; Dustin Corbett, Charles C. Brandt; Luke Jackson, ERMCO; Scott Milam, Electric Plus; Tim Tanzyus, Grand Industrial; Matt Hamilton, Electric Plus