Cowboys and Contractors with Travis Black & Robert Weir

Building Trades & renovations Instructor/ SkillsUSA Advisor, Travis Black, began his teaching career at the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education five years ago with a passion & desire to share his expertise of the construction industry while leading students into becoming compassionate & hard-working members of their community. Travis brings a wealth of knowledge to the construction program gained through his experiences in all aspects of residential & commercial construction, heavy equipment operation as well as those skills developed as a Navy veteran having served in Operations Desert Storm & Southern Watch.

Travis is a promoter of CTE not only locally but throughout the state having presented at the Arizona SkillsUSA conference, the Arizona ACTE conference, & the National ACTE Career Vision conference. Combining volunteer service, work-place experience, attainment of multiple industry certifications, dual enrollment credits & SkillsUSA into his program, Travis has produced students with excellent skills & leadership abilities.

His construction students & SkillsUSA members have completed more than 8,000 hours of volunteer service. His program’s advisory board has a membership of nearly 30. Students in the SkillsUSA chapter have served as regional & state officers & have earned multiple awards including first place nationally for Models of Excellence Workplace Skills. When not working tirelessly with his construction students, Travis enjoys motorcycles, rodeos, coaching wrestling, & spending time with family.

Mac and Bleu is the hot new podcast dedicated to all things related to building Arizona. Topics discussed range from construction, economic development, supply chain, & market segments. Mac & Bleu also includes diversity in construction, local politics affecting construction, women in construction, construction technology, & more.

The hosts, Robert Johnson of Tori Contracting, LLC and JJ Levenske of Bleuwave have their finger on the pulse of the people building Arizona. The show brings in the brightest minds in their perspective positions & industries & JJ and Robert have a unique ability to touch on the subject matter that you want to hear. If you want to know who’s building Arizona, tune in & subscribe to Mac & Bleu today!

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