The Foundation’s Mission

    CIEF’s mission is to promote awareness of career opportunities available in construction and to provide those looking to enter the industry with the education needed to be successful. Achieving our mission results in fulfilling and profitable careers for individuals and ensures a robust workforce for the future of the industry.

    Support for the Foundation is provided primarily through donations from Construction Exchange of Buffalo & Western New York member companies.

    How does the Foundation accomplish its mission?

    Each year CIEF provides the following supports to the WNY construction education community in pursuit of CIEF’s mission to grow the industry’s much needed future workforce.

    McKinley Home Building Project

    The Foundation donates all of the materials necessary for the McKinley High School Vocational Trade students to build homes or modular cabins during the school year in the school’s carpentry loft. This program provides the students in the carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and sheet metal classes with an invaluable hands-on experience where they can put the skills they are learning to work!

    Scholarships and Tools

    The Foundation awards scholarships to students and persons pursuing a construction related post-secondary degree and/or trade related tools to those entering the workforce directly. Since 2005, close to $250,000 in scholarships and tools has been awarded.

    Congratulations to the 2024 Awardees!

    • Anthony Marullo, Funding for trade Tools, PPE, Work boots
    • Cody Atwater, Funding for trade Tools, PPE, Work boots
    • Nathan Blair, Funding for trade Tools, PPE, Work boots
    • Zachary Evans, Funding for trade Tools, PPE, Work boots
    • Evan Andrews, Tuition for Utica University (construction management)
    • Lauren Kisloski, Tuition for SUNY Niagara (welding)
    • Matthew Goodwin, Tuition for Alfred State
    • Olivia Hirschbine, Tuition for Northland Training Center (welding)
    • Sophie Turton, Tuition for UB (civil engineering)
    • Victor Centinello-Perez, Tuition for NCCC (welding)

    Download the application and submit to our Workforce & Education Director, Jenn Van Dusen at jvandusen@conexbuff.com

    Program Sponsorships

    The Foundation proudly sponsors several youth education programs in the WNY region aimed at promoting construction careers to children ages 10-18.

    • ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentoring Program (North Tonawanda High School)
    • Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo & WNY Youth of the Year Award Scholarships:
    • Camp Hardhat (Genesee Valley)
    • WNY Regional “Future City” Competition

    In 2019, The Foundation also donated $25,000 to fund the opening of Buffalo’s new Explore and More Museum at Canalside.

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    Foundation Board of Directors

    Michelle Barber
    Director of Human Resources, Dynabrade Inc.

    Joseph Benedict
    Executive Director, Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY Inc.

    Grace Dettelis
    President, Ideal Concrete, Inc.

    Paul Lamparelli
    President, Lamparelli Construction Co., Inc.

    James C. Logan
    President, Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY Inc.

    Lisa Palladino
    Partner, The Bonadio Group

    Cathy Pera
    President, Bison Contracting & Builders Supply Corp

    Francis P. Sullivan
    Corporate Sales Manager, United Materials, LLC,

    Christopher Tryjankowski
    Co-owner, PCS Plumbing and Heating Inc.