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Monkeying around

SAN ANTONIO – Mary Hazlett, San Antonio editor for Construction News, along with her husband, David, and mother-in-law, Martha, recently took her 4-month-old daughter, Loxley, to the zoo for the first time. –mh...

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02/27/2017 20:21:00 | Viewed: 0
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Her island Sundays

SAN ANTONIO – For Kristi Villanueva, HJD Capital Electric, the opportunity to explore while off the coast of Portugal for a very special project was the chance of a lifetime. “All [construction] work and no play is no way to live,” says Villanueva, noting that while their staff worked 12-hour-plus days, 6 days a week, they played on Sundays....

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01/30/2017 15:06:00 | Viewed: 0
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A buck for Christmas

SAN ANTONIO – Mike Helmke, an architect and contractor who runs Helmke + Associates, was proud of his son, Mike, who harvested this 160-pound buck on Dec. 23 at their lease at Los Novios Ranch near Los Angeles, TX in LaSalle County. Young Mike had just turned 18 the week before he got his shot at this 10-pointer, which scored 159-1/2. –mh...

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01/30/2017 15:05:00 | Viewed: 0
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Eastern getaway

SAN ANTONIO – Paul Daniec, president of Benchmark Utility Contractors, has traveled all over the globe. This picture was taken in Thailand while traveling with his fiancé, Priscilla Moya. –mh...

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01/30/2017 15:04:00 | Viewed: 0
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Winter fishermen

SAN ANTONIO – With family joining in on the fun, the Benchmark Utility Contractors team, headed out on the water for a recent fishing trip at South Padre Island. –mh...

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01/27/2017 21:24:00 | Viewed: 0
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A walk in the snow

SAN ANTONIO – Carrying his snowboard on his shoulders, Keith Breen, Primo Plumbing, took a hike off trail at Steamboat Springs, CO. –mh...

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01/27/2017 21:17:00 | Viewed: 0
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Accounting - Estate and transition planning, the S Corporation

AUSTIN - S Corporation ownership transition planning must be carefully followed in order to balance the needs of the owners and preserving the S Corporation’s status. A few examples here will show methods using trusts that elect to hold S Corporation stock, using voting and nonvoting stock and a cancelling note....

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12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Insurance - When should I bond my subcontractors?

AUSTIN - As a general contractor, the margins are tight and pretty much any extra expense is too much to bear, but there are times when bonding just a single subcontractor may be worth doing. Years ago, many large general contractors used surety bonds as their primary risk management tool. Today that has largely changed with the widespread use of Subcontractor Default Insurance (SDI). However, even though SDI has started to become available for s...

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12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - Helping your lawyer help you in 2018

AUSTIN - As we begin a new year, I want to get you thinking about making the most out of your attorney relationship. Consider these thoughts throughout the year as you work with your attorneys....

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OSHA - Outreach training program OSHA 10-hr and 30-hr cards

AUSTIN - The Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program. Its purpose is to promote workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. Outreach training does not fulfill the training requirements found in OSHA standards. Employers are responsible for providing additional training for their workers on specific hazards of their job as noted in many OSHA standards. A list of standards re...

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