CEO of The Birmingham Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Brian Binke, Featured in Detroit Free Press, High demand for new construction trades workers in Detroit

By: JC Reindl

Plano, TX 11/20/2018

Octavous Crosby, 36, has been on an upward trajectory with a steady paycheck — and no student loan debt — since entering the construction trades nearly two decades ago.

Crosby, who grew up on Detroit’s east side, started off as an apprentice carpenter for his employer, construction company Barton Malow, and went on to become a journeyman, foreman and, most recently, a superintendent.

“Everyone forgets that in these skilled trades, you can make almost as much at 20 years old as a college graduate coming out,” said Brian Binke, president and CEO of The Birmingham Group. “There are a lot of positions that are left unfilled today that start out at $20 (an hour).”

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