Leadership team

 

Matt Campanario

Executive Director – All areas except Eastern Iowa, Minnesota Floor Covering, and Greater Wisconsin

Matt started his career as a professional carpenter in 2002, completing his apprenticeship in 2006. After working as a foreman and superintendent for a general contractor, he became an instructor for the training fund in 2012.

During this time he also served as a subject matter expert for the Rigging Program at the International Training Center and was heavily involved in the Career Connections and ICRA programs.

In 2017, he was selected for the Executive Director position of the Carpenters and Joiners Training Fund. As Director, Matt has enjoyed the challenges of updating curriculum and standards, building a high functioning team, and improving technology in the programs.

When Matt is not working he can be found spending time with his family and enjoys fishing on Lake Superior.

John DeLany

Training Director of Eastern Iowa

Having worked in the construction industry for more than 35 years, John has extensive knowledge in commercial construction. He’s held positions such as lead person, foreman, and superintendent, and has obtained numerous certifications from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kirkwood Community College, Five Rivers Carpenters Training Center, and the Carpenters International Training Facility. John believes “Through education, preparation, and perseverance comes success.”

Christopher Favreau

Floor Covering Coordinator

Chris is a third-generation floor coverer and a 30-year UBC member. His background and experience as a floor coverer includes ten years in residential work in the 1980s and 11 years on commercial contract work in the 1990s, before beginning his teaching career in 2007. After instructing apprentices for three years, he became Coordinator in 2010. Over the past decade, Chris has participated in more than 40 manufacturer training classes. “It is with this continued education and manufacturer partnership that INSTALL and the JATC continue to be at the leading edge of quality, professionalism, and value to our contractors.”

Rob Giese

Training Director for Greater Wisconsin

Rob has 27 years in the trade as a millwright. He has worked for a number of contractors throughout the United States, starting as journeyman, progressing to foreman, then superintendent, then site superintendent. He has a passion for the trades and believes the skills we possess shape the country we live in. He believes that with training functioning at a high level, we have the ability to shape our culture through the students that leave our programs—enabling our contractors to have a highly skilled workforce that will serve their needs for generations to come.

Brittini Kircher

Regional Coordinator

After earning her Bachelor of Science in 2011, Brittini joined the team with a background in marketing and education in October of the same year. Brittini’s focus after entering the industry was to bridge communication gaps, create an apprenticeship model that’s competitive with the overall construction commerce, and explore curriculum advancements within the program, all while building long-lasting relationships with our industry partners.

Brittini has since expanded her offering across four training centers in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, where she continues to pursue excellence in education and strong community partnerships while offering first-class learning experiences to all valued members within the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Scott Panek

Assistant Executive Director

Scott has a background in commercial construction, and has worked in the industry for over 30 years in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He has held a seat as a Management Trustee for the Carpenters and Joiners Training Trust Fund for more than 10 years. In 2016, Scott joined the fund as Assistant Director, and is responsible for the oversight and development of programs in the North Central States Region, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South-Eastern Wisconsin.

Scott freely shares his wide-ranging industry knowledge and diverse work experiences to help develop instructors and staff. He demonstrates a high level of professionalism and outstanding leadership with the council individuals, encouraging his team to continually seek opportunities to improve their industry knowledge, seek opportunities to grow as leaders, and to foster a positive work environment.

Ben Pratt

Regional Coordinator

After two tours and seven honorable years serving in the United States Army-Infantry, Ben decided to try something new. He spent a couple of years working in the automotive industry before moving home to northern Minnesota in 2005, where he jumped at the opportunity to become a UBC Millwright. During and after his apprenticeship, Ben worked primarily in the Mining, Powerhouse and Renewable Energy industries. Excited for another opportunity, he left the field to work as a training instructor. Ben has been in his current role as Training Coordinator since April 2015.

Leah Wester

Assistant to the Executive Director

Leah started her career with the Carpenters Training Institute in January 2011 as an administrative assistant. During this time, she has enjoyed getting to know the apprentices and watching them grow in their crafts. She also appreciated the positive impact apprenticeship programs and unions have on members’ lives. In 2013, she moved into an accounting role and continued to learn and grow with the Institute as it expanded to include Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In early 2018, Leah earned the opportunity to transition into the Assistant to the Executive Director role, where she has built on her previous experience and passion for apprenticeship programs. She is looking forward to continuing to work with apprentices, members, contractors, staff, and the union for years to come. 

Brandon Neddef

Pewaukee Training Center Coordinator

Brandon started his career as a Millwright apprentice with Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) in 2006. He moved to Wisconsin in 2011 and became heavily involved with his Local Union. Realizing that it took member involvement to have a successful and robust Union for the future, he volunteered personal time to go to career fairs, high schools, middle schools, and job expos to spread the word of what a career in the Carpenters Union had to offer. It didn’t take long for his actions to be recognized and he was nominated as a trustee on the eBoard. He was elected to the financial secretary position, delegate to the council, chair to multiple committees, trustee to his MUIAR fund, and other leadership positions.

Brandon knows and understands that the apprenticeship, and the training it offers, is the foundation of the Carpenters Union. He also recognizes that times are always changing, and in order to have a successful future for our organization and society as a whole, we must adapt and change with it.