Who We Are

The Skilled Labor Fund is an industry wide effort to raise funds to address the shortage of skilled labor entering the residential construction market. We are committed to working with you to bring this labor training to your local markets.

Operating Committee

The Operating Committee is made up of the leading associations and media companies in the residential construction market:

BILL DARCY
Chief Executive Officer, NKBA

Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Darcy joined the NKBA in 2006 as Manager of Marketing Partnerships. In the interim, he served as Manager of Business Development, Senior Manager of Marketing, Director of Marketing, and Executive Vice President. Prior to the NKBA, he spent seven years with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), sister company to NASCAR. Most recently, he was ISC's Senior Director of Corporate Account Management, overseeing more than 50 multi-venue sponsors with contracts totaling in access of $200 million.

BRETT DIGGS
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at the National Association of Home Builders

Diggs works directly with the NAHB's CEO and volunteer leadership on business and strategic initiatives across the organization, supervising operations, and managing more than 230 professionals and an annual budget of over $70 million. He is also the NAHB liaison to the Home Builders Institute and to Home Innovation Research Labs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NAHB providing independent third-party evaluation and testing of products and materials. Since joining the NAHB in 1991, Diggs has held a multitude of senior positions, including serving as the Executive Vice President of Member Services and Education, and Secretary of the Home Building Industry Disaster Relief Fund.

TED MAHONEY
National Housing Endowment, Board of Trustees

A third-generation home builder and developer from the Boston area, Mahoney graduated from law school before founding Windjammer Construction, an award-winning home building company. A member of the Builders Association of Greater Boston, he served in numerous leadership roles, including President. Giving back to his local community, Mahoney was a Trustee at his Xaverian Brothers High School, and is currently a Trustee and Finance Committee member for Curry College. Active in NAHB, he was the New England Area Officer, a Senior Life Director and seven-time Chair of NAHB's New American Home.

TONY MANCINI
SGC Horizon, Group Director/Principal

Tony Mancini is the SGC Horizon Building Group Director-Principal and has launched numerous events and platforms for the residential and commercial construction industry. Prior to founding SGC Horizon, Mancini spent 12 years at Reed Business Information in leadership roles within the residential and commercial markets, including group director for Reed Construction Media, and publisher of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. He began his career at CertainTeed Corporation and also served as associate publisher for Sweet's International at McGraw-Hill.

DAN TADDEI
MS.Ed, BCA

As Director of Education and Certification for NARI since 2001, Taddei worked with committees to develop NARI's Green Education Program, Green Certified Professional (GCP) certification and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP). He also developed the Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM) certification and prep course, and he is the staff liaison to the NARI Government Affairs Committee, the SKILLUSA TeamWorks competition, and NARI's monitor of all activities related to workforce development initiatives within Congress and NARI chapter outreach programs. Taddei also serves as NARI's primary contact to the SKILLSUSA TeamWorks competition.

FRED ULREICH
Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

As CEO of NARI, a premier association of remodelers and industry experts dedicated to professionalism, ethics and educating the public on the benefits of using a qualified remodeler, Ulreich guides NARI's Board of Directors, staff, chapters, members and partners toward achieving the membership and revenue growth objectives established within NARI's 2020 plan. He was executive director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses, and currently is a member of the Harvard University Joint Commission on Housing Studies (JCHS) Steering Committee.