Starting as a carpenter apprentice and rising to president of an international company, Boyd Worsham embodies the enterprising spirit of the construction industry.
Worsham always knew he should be in construction because he liked to build things. The carpentry program at his high school solidified his desire to enter the industry. He was inspired by his 11th and 12th grade carpentry instructor, who taught him employability skills, including responsibility. The instructor introduced Boyd to a job opening as a carpentry helper, which he started in 1980, right out of high school.
Over the next 38 years, Worsham worked his way up to become a journeyman carpenter, carpenter foreman, assistant superintendent, superintendent and finally the vice president of construction support for The Haskell Company, a leader in design-build project delivery. He was involved in major construction projects throughout the U.S. during his tenure there. In November 2018, Worsham was appointed president of NCCER, an international education foundation for the construction industry.
After going straight into the construction industry after high school, Haskell paid for Worsham to obtain his Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University. He didn’t have a bachelor’s degree, but his 25 years of industry experience counted in place of a degree. In addition, Worsham is a licensed General Contractor in Florida and LEED Accredited Professional.
“Even though I have my MBA, I’m most proud about being a master carpenter because those are the skills that enable me to build anything. I know I can always feed my family because of that,” Worsham shares. “To go from a carpenter helper to being recognized as someone who is capable of running the company is a true honor. My original goal when I started at Haskell was to be a superintendent.”
Worsham has supported the industry in a myriad of ways throughout the years, including previously serving as president of the board of directors for the Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable (SCOAR) and remaining an active member of their board. As a governor appointee of the Florida State Apprenticeship Advisory Council and technical committee chair of the SkillsUSA National Carpentry competition, Worsham strives to show the next generation of craft professionals the opportunities that exist in the industry.
Worsham illustrates that choosing construction leads to a career. His goal for the next chapter in his life? To see the gap of skilled craft professionals and workforce demand closed.
“I am proud to join the leading team in construction workforce development to continue solving the challenges facing the industry,” Worsham said.