Award Winners

2018 Chapter Award Winners

The MN/ND ABC’s awards program was created to recognize members who are dedicated to improving their business, customer service and community through determination and hard work.  Members have been nominated by their peers and winners were selected by the Business Development Committee using specific criteria for the following categories:

2018 Construction Company of the Year - Rice Companies

For over 65 years, Rice Companies has partnered with clients on thousands of projects and constructed millions of square feet. Over 80% of their business is with repeat clients, some of them for over 40 years and many of them with multiple generations working with a collaborative design and construction team. A few of these  construction clients include: Coborn's Support Center; Functional Industries; and the Madelia Fire Reconstruction. The company has partnered with and promoted charities that align with their own values including: Boys & Girls Clubs; Coborn Cancer Center; and the March of Dimes. The company was founded with a merit shop philosophy, and that continues today. As an ABC member for over 35 years, they have won numerous awards including Pyramid & Eagle - Awards of Excellence & STEP awards. Their safety committee has utilized ABC's safety program for a number of years, resulting in an ever-increasing culture of safety on their jobsites. And they continually work to solicit merit-based vendors and subcontractors to work with their team.

2018 Construction Woman of the Year - Nancy Samson, Shingobee Builders, Inc.

The ABC 2018 Construction Woman of the Year is Nancy Samson, CEO of Shingobee Builders, Inc. This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the construction industry. It encompasses accomplishments, leadership, and contributions to the community and promotion of the merit shop.  Under her leadership as CFO for the past 14 years, and now as CEO, Nancy's company withstood the recession by growing the business in diverse markets and geographic areas, and has increased volume and revenue.  Shingobee has been actively involved in STEP since 1995, and frequently submits to the Excellence in Construction awards program. Her firm was the first to achieve Level 3 Cooperative Compliance Partnership under MNOSHA's partnership program with ABC. Nancy Samson has been a member of the ABC Board of Directors for two years, and an active member of the Legislative Committee for several years, including taking annual trips to Washington, D.C. to advocate for merit shop legislation.


If you would like to nominate a member for the 2019 Chapter Awards, please contact Jeni Ankeny at the MN/ND ABC office at 952-941-8693. Nominations will be accepted up to October 15th with the presentation at the Annual Meeting on November 21, 2019.