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2019-09-17 Print

McCarthy Creates National Craft Training and Development Role

Construction firm focused on industry’s workforce shortage


As part of its continuous efforts to address the construction craft workforce shortage head-on, McCarthy Building Companies has created a new national craft training and development position based in Houston. To lead the ongoing effort, McCarthy has hired Trina Parks as director, craft training and development and has formalized the firm’s commitment to craft training and outreach. Parks will lead the design and development of the firm’s national craft development strategy as well as lead craft training resources across McCarthy markets.

“We are thrilled to have Trina join our craft training team,” said Ray Sedey, president of McCarthy’s Southern Region. “The industry is experiencing a shortage in the workforce and McCarthy is actively working to solve this issue. By creating this new role, we hope that this can enhance our efforts and ensure that our crews are properly trained and developed so that they are encouraged to continue in the industry, and McCarthy, while delivery their best work for our clients.”

Prior to joining McCarthy, Parks worked for Oceaneering as a learning and performance manager. She was responsible for Oceaneering’s 8,000 plus employee global training operations. Before that, Parks managed training programs at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, International Facility Management Association and BMC Software. Parks received her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology from University of Houston and her Master of Business Administration and Management from University of Houston - Victoria.

As a self-performing builder, McCarthy has always employed many of its own tradespeople on projects, helping the company to maintain its own labor force and not be entirely reliant on external subcontracting relationships. As a result, McCarthy has been able to maintain a reliable and steady labor force for certain trades (concrete, mechanical, plumbing, etc.) and these craft professionals understand its expectations for exceptional safety and quality performance. Additionally, in regions where McCarthy is building and the labor pool doesn’t exist, the company is implementing innovative on-the-job training programs to introduce a new workforce to available construction opportunities.

“As one of America’s premier construction companies, it is our responsibility to help our industry promote the many opportunities for construction careers and then ensure a highly skilled workforce to deliver construction services,” said Sedey.


About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 12th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2019). With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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