ACE Mentor Program of Rochester recently announced Bergmann’s Gary Flisnik, ASSOC-AIA, PMP, as the 2021-2022 Board President, a role he has held since May. Joining the board in 2019, Flisnik has supported ACE through growing the Rochester chapter of the program and developing initiatives such as an advisory council.
“I’m so thrilled to be in this role to help lead and guide. The Board is very passionate about the success of the program. Our primary objective is to reach more students each passing year. As a not-for-profit entity, we would be nowhere without our tremendous sponsor base and volunteering mentors,” said Flisnik on his new role.
Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) is a free, award-winning, after school program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades. More than 10,000 students take part annually, joined by more than 4,100 volunteer industry professionals mentor student teams through a 35-hour-long simulation of designing and constructing a project. Approximately $2.5 million in scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors and alumni studying to pursue industry-related careers.
A principal in Bergmann’s Rochester office, Flisnik first became involved with ACE three years ago after attending an informational session and joined to help work with students who are thinking about entering the design or construction profession.
“We provide high school students in the Rochester area with the opportunity to not only learn about design and construction, but to actually do it. This also provides the students with the opportunity to improve communication and soft skills that will be important in whichever field they end up pursuing. And finally, the benefits of scholarship and tool voucher awards, as well as the connections the students make to professionals in our industry is immeasurable.”