May 12, 2022

ABA Appoints Stephen Nichols Head of Instructional Design and Training

the Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA) has announced the addition of Stephen Nichols to its team. Nichols, a longtime volunteer instructor with the ABA, will assume the part-time role of Instructional Design and Training Manager, a vital service for members of the organization.

As an instructor with the ABA, Nichols saw firsthand the value of training programs for members of the organization. In this new role, Nichols will be able to have even more impact on the industry.

“I’m thrilled to now ‘officially’ join such a great team and serve such an incredible roster of members,” said Nichols. “In this new role, I have the exciting opportunity to further develop new and existing programs, evaluate and provide insights aimed at improving our members’ content and learning experience.”


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Nichols has extensive experience in the construction industry, both as a business owner and as a project manager and director. For the past 18 years, Nichols has served as project manager at Austin Commercial, project director at WE O’Neil Construction and owner of A3 CM Services, LLC, a private consulting and education company. For the past six years, Nichols has given up his free time to work as a volunteer CM-Lean instructor with the ABA. His role with the ABA may have expanded, but Nichols will continue his work as a construction consultant and lean construction trainer at A3 CM Services.

“Stephen Nichols brings consistent excellence to our programming and will allow us to deliver even stronger member offerings,” said ABA President Tom Dunn.

The ABA is nationally recognized as one of the most prolific organizations when it comes to providing educational programs to its members. Nichols will work with the ABA’s team of volunteer instructors and advisory board members to create programs that reinforce the training and instruction provided by ABA member companies.

With Nichols on board, the ABA began offering “in-house” training at the request of members. He is a supporter of Lean Construction, Last Planner® System, and the Associate General Contractor (AGC) LCEP and is working with the AGC to develop a new edition of the CM-Lean certification program.

“My hope is to partner with this incredible team and work together to continue to grow and expand the educational opportunities we provide for our members, as well as those who may not be members but still attend ABA programs,” said Nichols. “I look forward to helping develop and introduce other lean training opportunities for those seeking continuing education credits towards their CM-Lean certification.”