In Ohio and Florida, being recognized for diversity and inclusion excellence

Celebrating our Ohio diversity and inclusion award

Open just three-and-a-half years, our Cincinnati office is doing much to bring the Skanska name to its region. Its latest accomplishment: winning the Greater Dayton Workplace Diversity Award. Also last week, our Florida region bestowed its first-ever diversity and inclusion awards on Preconstruction Director Bob Nidzgorski and Project Manager Nicole Heran.

In Ohio, the award should further position Skanska as the contractor of choice to the tri-state area’s top clients. Our Cincinnati team accepted the award before more than 450 top business leaders, including representatives from current clients Premier Health, Montgomery County and Dayton Metro Library.

“Our approach to diversity is seen as superior to that of our competition – that’s a great thing when you’re trying to grow your business and get recognized,” said Vice President Chris Hopper.

Cincinnati – near Dayton – is Skanska’s only office in Ohio, and our team there has expanded beyond its original focus on healthcare to now include higher education, K-12, high-rise, hospitality and local government projects. Though we’ve been active in that market for nearly a decade, it was only more recently that we established a permanent address.

Florida’s diversity champions

It was easy selecting Bob Nidzgorski and Nicole Heran as the recipients of Skanska’s first Florida diversity and inclusion awards, said Linda Porter, Florida diversity manager.

“Bob is always offering his assistance when it comes to small businesses,” she said. “His expertise in estimating is an invaluable tool for small- and minority-owned businesses. He was a presenter for our Construction Management Building Blocks program this past summer and informs me of outside training and events that would enhance a company’s understanding of bidding and cost estimating. This is all very important to small firms.”

With Heran, Porter said she “offers professionalism with a personal touch. She really gets the diversity challenges here in Florida and explores every possibility to provide opportunities for small-, minority- and woman-owned businesses”.

Both recipients received a trophy and a $500 Visa gift card. The awards were established to recognize colleagues for their noticeable efforts to further promote a diverse and inclusive culture for Skanska in the Sunshine State.

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