When 13 members of Minnesota's rural construction industry were honored for their achievements on Friday, Feb. 24, by the Builders Association of Minnesota, Detroit Lakes' own Bryan Schoenberger was among them.
"I was speechless," Schoeberger said of receiving the 2011 President's Award from the BAM.
"I didn't know what the heck to say when I went up there (to accept the award). It was quite the adrenaline rush."
Schoenberger didn't have any idea that he would be the President's Award recipient until he heard his name called -- but he knew something was up when he found out that several members of his family would be making the trip to the BAM convention with him.
Still, he said, "I was floored. I really was. There were many people I thought were also very qualified and deserving of that award."
But that doesn't mean he wasn't thrilled.
"It was very exciting, and a little overwhelming," Schoenberger said.
A local native who graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1987, Schoenberger has been the owner of Modern Living Concepts for eight years.
The custom home construction business is now based in his hometown, after he moved it from Little Falls to Detroit Lakes in 2008.
That was the same year he joined the Lake Region Builders Association, a locally based organization for which he is currently serving his second term as president.
He is also a member of the BAM board of directors, and was honored by its president, Todd Bjerstedt, for his "outstanding behind-the-scenes contributions" to the organization.
"Because of members like Bryan, I know there is a bright future for the association and the industry," said Bjerstedt in a press release.
Schoenberger participated in BAM's Unlicensed Contractor Task Force, put together by BAM in 2011, which included staff from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
The task force was formed to discuss the issue of unlicensed contractor activity in Minnesota and generate possible solutions.
"Bryan was an engaged, vocal and instrumental member of the Unlicensed Contractor Task Force this past year," Bjerstedt added.
Schoenberger said he first became involved in the construction industry in 1986, while he was still in high school.
"I started doing dry wall, and my interest just kind of flourished from there," he said, adding that he went on to earn a two-year degree in the construction program at Detroit Lakes Technical College (now M State).
Schoenberger said one of the things he likes most about the construction business is the satisfaction of "watching a building get started, and finished."
The annual BAM awards are presented to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and citizenship of companies and individuals within the industry, association and community.
BAM's mission is to help members excel in the residential construction industry and these awards recognize and uplift members of excellence and provide a model for the Minnesota residential construction industry.
The Builders Association of Minnesota is a Saint Paul-based trade association representing 3,000 members involved in the home building and remodeling residential construction industry.
BAM is associated with 14 local associations throughout the state -- including the LRBA -- and is also a charter member of the National Association of Home Builders.
For more information, and a complete list of 2011 award winners, please visit www.bamn.org.