Young Building Professionals

HBAL’s Young Building Professionals Council is engaging the next generation of Builders and Associates, giving them a unified voice in the building community.

For more information or to join the Young Building Professionals Council, contact staff at (402) 423-4225 or at

YBP Officers

Sam Swartz

Blake Pittack
(Vice President)

Bailey Ward

Andrea Wilkins
(HBAL Staff Contact)

The Young Building Professionals:

  • was established in 2014 and has grown to over 75 members
  • supports the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack program through their Hard Hat Happy Hour socials
  • offers networking opportunities with their Midday Meetups
  • holds an annual bean bag tournament
  • has an ongoing partnership with Lighthouse of Lincoln
  • sponsors an annual car show fundraising event (planned for 2022)
  • participates in community projects

No dues required for HBAL members in good standing.

Lighthouse of Lincoln

In 2017, the YBP Council formed a partnership with The Lighthouse which has been fulfilling to provide a positive influence in the kids lives. In addition to the Light the Way 5K, activities with Lighthouse have included an ice cream social, workdays to power wash and stain the pergolas, celebrity judging of their annual salsa tasting competition and a game night.

The Lighthouse After School Program offers middle and high school aged youth academic support, evening meals and enrichment/recreational activities during non-school hours, Monday through Friday. The Lighthouse After School Program’s goal is to increase the likelihood of high school graduation by providing high-quality programming.

Light the Way 5K

In 2017, the Young Building Professionals held their inaugural Light the Way 5K. Proceeds from this annual event directly benefit Lighthouse of Lincoln.

Midday Meetups & Hard Hat Happy Hours

Midday Meetups are held over the lunch hour at the HBAL office and provide professional development opportunities. Hard Hat Happy Hours are hosted by a YBP member and offer networking and relationship development opportunities.

BackPack Program

In 2016, the YBP Council began collecting free-will donations at their events to be given to the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack Program. To date, the group has given over $1500 to this great cause.