CEA Hall of Fame

The second class of the CEA Hall of Fame was celebrated at the 98th Annual CEA Clambake on October 24, 2019. CEA honored three industry leaders: 

Al Sanchez from Turner Construction – Guardian Award
Gary Knopf from Stevens Painton – Guardian Award
Andy Natale from Hahn Loeser & Parks – Distinguished Service Award

The Hall of Fame and Guardian Awards were created to honor leaders who have improved our industry and nurtured CEA through service, leadership and mentorship, making them true guardians of the industry. Hall of Fame honorees need to have served the construction industry for at least 20 years, been active with CEA through committee service and participation for at least 15 years, and been a significant contributor toward the stated goals and purposes of CEA.

In 2016, the Construction Employers Association celebrated 100 years of service to the construction industry and established its Hall of Fame. The inaugural class honored 11 industry leaders who devoted their time and talent to the industry, our community and CEA over a significant portion of CEA’s first 100 years. Nine contractors received the Guardian Award, in the tradition of the Guardians of Transportation – the iconic statues standing watch on Cleveland’s Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. Additionally, two past CEA employees received CEA’s Distinguished Service Awards.