ASPE Calls on Expertise of Construction Connection Co-Founder Suzanne Breistol

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Despite a steady down-tick in estimator jobs from 2008 to 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this career field to grow fastest through 2020, says Breistol. In a recent article in Estimator Today, Breistol explores the role of construction estimators and their importance in the construction industry.

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Suzanne Breistol, Co-Founder of, speaking at an ASPE event.

Construction estimators have a vital role in the flow of a construction project, and help construction companies operate more efficiently. The future is bright for these professionals, and we can expect to see job growth in the coming years.

Construction Connection co-founder Suzanne Breistol was asked to comment on a career field in transition for the magazine Estimating Today. Her article “Estimators, You’re on the Top Occupations’ List” advances awareness for the groundswell to come in the little known occupation of “ construction estimator,” perhaps better known as project manager.

“I was honored to write for Estimating Today,” Breistol explains of the opportunity to be featured in the publication. “Construction estimators have a vital role in the flow of a construction project, and help construction companies operate more efficiently. The future is bright for these professionals, and we can expect to see more job growth in the coming years.”

Breistol’s expertise comes from a long career in the construction industry and her more recent work to strengthen the construction industry, which she says “employs approximately 59 percent of estimators.” Having co-founded the website, a site specific to construction jobs, training, and construction networking, she has already helped to contribute to the careers of many construction estimators and project managers.

Monitoring these changes within the construction industry has already led her to expand the functions offered on As job applicants seek greater efficiency in their job search, Breistol and co-founder Kent Leighton have created a patent-pending system of in-depth job matching, as opposed to one-way construction job applications.

For individuals interested in entering this field, Construction Connection also features many tools for construction training. Informative blogs and episodes of “Toolbox Talks” offer education and knowledge to those wanting to enhance their resume in the search for a construction job.

In addition, Breistol’s vision for the field includes giving greater insight into the work portfolio and knowledge of applicants. She and Leighton offer self-assessment tools through Construction Connection, such as the Everything DiSC Workplace Profile that analyzes communication and behavioral styles. Prove It! tests by IBM are assessment tools that determines a candidate’s skill level on specific software. also showcases additional programs designed to fill this need.

The American Society for Professional Estimators, whose board she sits on locally for the past 15 years, asked that Breistol contribute to their magazine Estimating Today. The ASPE has thousands of members located in chapters across the United State and Caribbean, and is the oldest and largest national association of construction estimators.

Breistol and Leighton continue to expand their business partnerships in order to provide a new wing of Construction Connection designed to connect construction companies and industry leaders. The Construction Connection partners, which include construction software developers, prevailing wage compliance and benefit consultants, MEP engineers, and attorneys specializing in construction law, have all bolstered Construction Connection’s relevancy and importance in a highly competitive field. Their partner Consulting Simplified is geared toward construction companies that must stay afloat in an ever-shifting tide of trends.

New developments in technology, labor law, business, marketing, and especially the economy, like the developments Breistol noted in her article, all contribute to a swiftly evolving industry. Breistol and Leighton continue to work to make Construction Connection an all-encompassing resource for individuals and construction companies.     

About Construction Connection was created out of a need for a more effective and streamlined way for construction industry professionals to get matched with the right industry jobs and with the right industry opportunities. The founders of Construction Connection, both industry professionals themselves, listened to both company and individuals’ dissatisfaction with the traditional job boards, the paid resume blasts, the overpriced resume services and overall lack of sympathy toward the individual candidate. They also listened to the dissatisfaction from companies who post jobs only to get many irrelevant results or have to purchase high priced ads to showcase their company. Construction Connection is a patent-pending, one-of-a- kind profile creating / match-making system. The system delivers effective results. Construction Connection saves time, money and aggravation by matching people to people, people to companies, companies to people, and company to company.

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