June 28, 2012 – Cincinnati, OH–iSqFt announced today that it was a recipient of the first-annual Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) Brilliance Awards.
The award was established to recognize â€śThe Hispanic-owned businesses that have excelled in their performance during the last year as well as those companies and corporations that have contributed to the development of these businesses.â€ť
But Julian Arcila, Executive Director for the HCAC says it means more than that. â€śThis was a celebration. The Brilliance Award we gave to iSqFt was in recognition of everything theyâ€™ve done to support us with training workshops and access to the tools our members need to succeed. Those workshops have helped our members learn not just how to use iSqFt, theyâ€™ve also taught [our members] terminology, processes, and the way the industry works. Itâ€™s been invaluable and integral to our success.â€ť The Brilliance Award, Arcila says, was to show their appreciation for caring about and investing in the Hispanic community, which contributes so much to the construction business.
Dave Conway, President and CEO of iSqFt, says thereâ€™s a good reason iSqFt has been so involved with the HCAC. â€śIâ€™m well aware of their importance to our industry. And in spite of their large numbers, too many have been marginalized and havenâ€™t had the representation they need. Thatâ€™s what the HCAC is all about, and weâ€™ve made a conscious effort to support the good work they do.â€ť
Conway also feels strongly that the education and resources available to Hispanic workers need to be expanded. â€śI know that many Hispanic contractors have suffered the consequences of inadequate training, which could have been provided with something as simple as a pamphlet translated into Spanish. These arenâ€™t monumental, expensive changes, theyâ€™re small things that could have a huge impact on the safety and success of the HCACâ€™s members.â€ť
Arcila understands that his organization has work ahead of it, and hurdles to overcome. But he is hopeful. â€śiSqFt has been vital to our successes so far, and theyâ€™ve been a reliable partner. The Brilliance Award was to honor all they have done in the past, and for giving us a leg up. Whatever comes next, weâ€™re better prepared than ever.â€ť
iSqFt is a leading software-as-a-service company, serving the commercial construction industry by offering its subscribers access to a network that connects tens of thousands of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers. iSqFt helps its customers thrive by offering the information and tools they need to work more efficiently and profitably.
Founded in 1993 as Construction Software Technologies, Inc., Cincinnati-based iSqFt serves as strategic partner for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and local AGC chapters.Â iSqFt is also a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is committed to the practices of sustainable design and construction.
iSqFt has twice been included in Inc. magazineâ€™s list of fastest growing private companies, and has been named one of the Business Courierâ€™s â€śBest Places to Workâ€ť four consecutive years.
The Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) is a non-profit 501 (c) 6 established to provide the necessary resources to ensure continuous improvement of its members, promoting long-term success of Hispanic construction companies in the Carolinas. To achieve its objectives, HCAC provides members with valuable services in the areas of education, consulting, corporate and advocacy. HCAC’s membership includes general contractors, subcontractors, construction workers, vendors and equipment suppliers, and corporations related to this industry.
Today HCAC is part of NCHA (National Construction Hispanic Association), the national organization representing the larger Hispanic construction community. NCHA currently consists of 13 local chapters in different states. More information can be found at www.nationalhca.com.