February 08, 2018: Industrial Trades Warrior for Life Luncheon

Military Veterans – are you interested in a career in Oil & Gas, Construction, or Manufacturing? Join us for a networking luncheon where you will connect with employers that are passionate about hiring military veterans to accelerate their companies.

This is a FREE event for veterans. You will be matched with employers that are currently hiring for high-demand trades jobs and are seeking out motivated military veterans for priority hiring. Experience in these industries is not required- you just need to have an interest in breaking into one of them.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity – multiple on-the-spot job offers were made at the last event!

Seating is limited, so register today before it’s too late!

If you are a Company that would like to sponsor and/or attend this event, please register here!



NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into Industry careers.

NextOp provides companies with world-class, skilled candidates and coaches them on how to be effective employees. Our mentors work with each transitioning veteran to adjust to their new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in field work, increasing satisfaction and reducing turnover for these positions. We serve those who have served so many—our hardworking veterans.

Veterans in Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

ABC is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

Lone Star Veterans Assocation (LSVA)

LSVA is the largest post-9/11 veteran membership group in the state of Texas. While they focus on programming and marketing towards the post-9/11 community, they are also an inclusive organization with supporters that include veterans from every era of military service, military spouses, and civilians. LSVA became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2010.

East Harris County Manufacturers Association

The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) is a professional organization that includes more than 130 manufacturing companies. They are dedicated to providing jobs, upholding environmental standards and providing a better quality of life for their neighbors in and around the Greater Houston area.

Date and Time
Thursday, February 08, 2018
1100 to 1300
Partnership Tower – Greater Houston Partnership
701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900
Houston, TX 77010

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Construction Companies meet Soldiers on Fort Polk Industry Day


On August 3, fifteen different construction companies gathered at Fort Polk, La. to speak about their experiences making the transition from military service into the construction sector.

Companies representing on the industrial construction side included Bechtel, CB&I, KBR, Jacobs Engineering, Cajun Industries, Performance Contractors, Turner Industries, UPS Industrial Services, along with Marek and Adaptive Construction Solutions, which trains soldiers to become NCCER-accredited ironworkers on the commercial construction side.

Cheniere was the only owner-company in attendance, since their partnership with Bechtel to establish an innovative welding program at Fort Polk has enjoyed so much success in transitioning soldiers to craft industrial workers.

All of these companies serve on the Construction Industry Advisory Board for NextOp, a Houston-based organization that helps recruit, train, and place high-performing middle-enlisted leaders into the energy and construction sectors in the Gulf Coast region.

The board meets quarterly to discuss ideas on how to pipeline more military into the construction sector, how to help positively impact military credentialing policy by partnering with SAME, and to have a better awareness of what opportunities and projects are coming together for each partner. It’s not a competitive atmosphere but one of collaboration as all companies are united in the mission to recruit more veterans into the industry.

Fort Hood will be the group’s next target as one of the largest bases in the world that boasts the largest population of transitioning soldiers – over sixteen thousand a year – and home to six Army Engineering Battalions.

Fort Hood transitions 250 soldiers per week on average and many do not know how much potential exists in transitioning to a career in construction. NextOp’s job is to help educate these soldiers by engaging them on base via job fairs, employer briefings, and by coordinating industry visits with the transition assistance program leadership.

NextOp doesn’t want the industry or your company to hire veterans because you think it’s the “right” thing to do. We want you to hire veterans because it makes your jobsites more productive, safe, and team-oriented. Together we will all help build a better future by pipelining more military talent into our industry.

If you’d like to get involved with NextOp’s Construction Advisory Board or participate in an upcoming industry day or job fair, please email them at [email protected] or go online to register as a Corporate Partner by logging onto www.nextopvets.org.