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February 4, 2015
Kraus-Anderson’s Mike Smoczyk elected President of USGBC Minnesota Board of Directors
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (February 2015) – Mike Smoczyk, Kraus-Anderson’s director of professional development, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The organization is a leading regional catalyst for the acceptance and adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies and standards.
A LEED Green Associate, Smoczyk has earned the USGBC’s Minnesota Chapter’s Circle of Excellence award in 2014 and has chaired its Green Schools Committee. He also serves on the board of The Educational Foundation of the Forest Lake Area (TEFFLA) and is a member of the Greater Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Talent Development (ATD). He has also served on the board of the Northeast Metro 916 Education Foundation.
Smoczyk joined KA in 2007 as director of KA University, which supports the growth and continuing education of KA employees. He previously served as the director of career and technical education for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 in White Bear Lake, Minn., where he provided leadership and supervision for over 1,300 high school students at the Technical Center located at Century Community and Technical College.
Smoczyk received an M.S. in Vocational Education from the University of Minnesota and B.S. in Technology Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He has also earned certifications as a K-12 principal and school superintendent at the University of Minnesota.
“Our board members provide invaluable direction and expertise to help us achieve our work to ensure Minnesota buildings and communities are healthy places to live, work and play with minimal impact to our environment,” said Sheri Brezinka, executive director, USGBC-MN. “With Mike’s leadership we will undoubtedly make great strides in the coming year.”
About the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
The Minnesota Chapter of USGBC (www.usgbcmn.org) aims to positively transform the building processes, building industry and communities of Minnesota by drawing upon the experience of stakeholders in the built environment. The Chapter promotes the design, construction and operation of buildings and communities that are healthy places to live and work, environmentally responsible and economically viable on a lifecycle basis.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. KA has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot and Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.