Ron FedrickRonald M. Fedrick, a construction management alum, is one of 26 new inductees to the National Academy of Construction, chosen from more than 250 industry leaders who were considered for induction.

The academy recognized him for “leadership in the construction industry through industry organizations.”

He has devoted a significant amount of time and energy to professional construction and engineering organizations and to charitable organizations in the local community. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the construction industry, however, is to craft education and training.

Fedrick was a trustee and founder of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Training Trust Fund, a trustee of the Merit Shop Foundation, and an inductee of the Merit Shop Training Center Hall of Fame. He served as the first Chair of the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER).

He played a key role in negotiating the Memorandum of Understanding between the NCCER and the Associated General Contractors (AGC), leading to a partnership between AGC and ABC to combine training efforts and giving life to the motto “one industry, one training entity.”

Fedrick has been chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Nova Group, Inc., since 1976. Today Nova Group is a preferred U.S. Department of Defense contractor with annual revenues in excess of $65 million and a résumé of construction projects around the world.

He is a recipient of the Ted Kennedy Contractor of the Year Award and USA Distinguished Public Service Achievement Award, both from ABC. He has been honored as an Arizona State University Engineering Distinguished Alumni, received the Small Business Association’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, and is the first recipient of the John Lamberson Memorial Low Bidder Award, recognizing his lifelong commitment and success in the construction industry.

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