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Inclusion, Diversity & Merit (IDM)

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The ABC-VA Inclusion, Diversity & Merit Committee focuses on providing equal opportunities to all ABC-VA members.

ABC-VA’s IDM values place an emphasis on inclusion (helping all to feel welcome, valued and included), diversity (increase participation from members with diverse backgrounds) and merit (ensure opportunity for all members on a fair and level playing field.


February is Black History Month (BHM)

The theme for BHM 2024 is African Americans and the Arts. This theme focuses on Black, African, and Caribbean Americans who have served as change agents using their craft(s).

 ABC’s Inclusion, Diversity & Merit (IDM) committee is celebrating BHM 2024 by exploring the history of Black and African American pioneers in construction and highlighting extraordinary stories that have yet to be told.

 Learn More

Check out this blog from Cocoon, Celebrating Black History Month – African Americans in Construction

Check out these links from

Check out these Hidden Figures: 31 History- Making Black Americans Everyone Should Know


Jeffrey Rayford BHM Feature Abc Virginia 02

Jeffrey Rayford is the president/owner of Tuskegee Contracting, an 8(a) and SDVOSB leading general contractor in the Hampton Roads region. Mr. Rayford’s uncle, Lt. Colonel Lee Rayford, is a documented original Tuskegee Airman, graduating in 1942 in the 3rd Class of Tuskegee Airmen, Class 42E. Learn more about Lee Rayford’s honorable military career.

Kelsey Cates With White PaddingPlease reach out to Kelsey Cates, IDM Committee Chair, with any questions, suggestions or contributions for future recognition.

Additional IDM Committee Members
Marquita Edmonds (Vice Chair), Hourigan
Mike Miller (Immediate Past Chair), RetroAIM
Crystal Gloeckner, Comfort Systems of Virginia
John Trant, TST Construction
Miguel Ochoa, Hobbs & Associates
James Garrett, SB Ballard
Danielle Jenkins, JRC Mechanical
Kerin Wimbrough, Sherwin-Williams