Founded in 2023, the ABC San Diego Chapter’s Young Professionals’ Mentorship Program is a free program for ABC San Diego members. It is designed to connect future construction career professionals with senior leaders and peers in the industry. It focuses on career development to help build our future leaders into leaders in our industry. This program is designed for construction professionals in all phases of their careers at the lowest level of journeyperson, as well as diversified positions.

Our Mission

ABCSD’s Young Professionals (YP) program aims to shape the future of our industry by supporting the growth of young professionals employed by ABC members. The program creates opportunities for young leaders to build relationships, expand their skills and advance their careers while continuing to promote open competition and the merit shop philosophy.

Mentoring is a special partnership between two people or group based on commitment to the mentoring process, common goals/expectations of partnership, and mutual trust and respect.

Mentoring is a “get and give” relationship with the goal of providing both partners with rich, rewarding experiences.

About Our Program

Future construction career professionals can connect with senior leaders and peers through the Young Professionals Mentorship Program, helping them grow in the field, get guidance from someone in their trade and/or industry, build relationships, and set goals for their professional development.

The Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity for young emerging leaders in the construction industry to learn from a mentor with years of experience, meet, network and learn from peers. Once the mentee is paired a senior leader who will be their mentor, the Young Professional Committee will conduct an introduction meeting to introduce each group to your team. A Young Professional Committee member will be paired with each mentor group to help facilitate meetings and be a guidance to the group in order to help make the program successful. They will also show you the resources that are created to guide you to the program.

Through this mentorship, you will build an understanding of how to get ahead in your career and understand where opportunities can lead you within the company!

The 2023 program runs from April to November. We hope that you could be apart of our program to help build your future!

Meet Our Mentors

Each of our mentors were hand-selected for their depth of experience and contributions to their company and ABC San Diego. All of our mentors has a minimum of 15 years of experience in their field and hold positions of influence within their company or industry.

Joe Ahrens

Plumbing Superintenent
HPS Mechanical

Steven Cabaj

Electronic & Telecom Systems (ETS)

Bryon Fuller

Titan Fire protection

Kevin Hartnett

Vice President
Laser Electric

Andy Pina

Safety Director
Pacific Rim Mechanical

Valerie McGuire

Pacific Rim Mechanical

Program Facilitators

Mike Brown

2023 Chair

Savanah Maya

2023 Vice Chair

Marcella Garofalo

2023 Committee Member
Lusardi Construction

Rothany Vu

Staff Liason
ABC San Diego


Become A Mentee

Mentee applications open February 1, 2023 and close March 15, 2023. If you miss the cutoff date, email Staff Liason, Rothany Vu and we will try to accommodate.

Mentee Benefits:

  • Opportunities to build new relationships both professionally and personally.
  • Develop strong communication skills.
  • Receive guidance and support from someone in your trade and/or industry.
  • Guidance on professional development goals.
  • Learn from other’s experiences.
  • Exposure to new and different perspectives

The information on your application will be used by the Young Professionals Committee to match you with a mentor.

Our Process


Tell us about yourself, the type of mentoring you’re interested in, and your goals.


After application period closes on March 31, 2024, our Young Professionals Committee will review your application and will match you with a mentor that is the perfect match for you.


Our committee facilitators will reach out to you to connect you with your mentor. They will guide you to the pathway to make your mentorship successful.

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Mentor and Mentee Portal

To make this mentorship program successful, we created an exclusive portal for our mentors and mentees. They can easily download and submit documents. Our mentors and mentees will be able to access:

  • Mentor and mentee documents
  • Submission portal
  • Exclusive access to recommend podcasts, videos, and articles for professional development
  • More

Upcoming Events

February Construction Coffee Hour
Friday, February 17
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Helping Hands Volunteer & Happy Hour
Thursday, March 9
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
March Construction Coffee Hour
Friday, March 17
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Mentor & Mentee Breakfast
Thursday, April 6
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Construction Coffee Hour – 3rd Fridays of Every Month – February through October 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Friday, February 17 I 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. I Construction Coffee Hour – Laser Electric

Thursday, March 9 I Helping Hands Volunteer & Happy Hour – San Diego Food Bank & AleSmith Brewing Company

Thursday, April 6 I 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. I Mentor & Mentee Breakfast – ABC San Diego Training Facility

Thursday, June 22 I Hole in Fun – Golf Classic – The Loma Club

Thursday, August 3 I 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m – Construction Harbor Cruise – Triton Charters

Thursday, October 26 I 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. I YP & ABCSD Halloween Bowling – Punch Bowl Social


Contact our Program Facilitators.