Amber Wilson and Les Wilson attended the 100th Master Builders of Iowa Construction Expo on behalf of MidAmerican Energy at the Des Moines Events Center earlier this week. During the expo attendees could expect “festivities planned to celebrate and pay tribute to the individuals who have a hand in building the buildings for the commercial construction industry”. Each year this is a great Expo to be a part of, and the Keynote Speaker this time made it particularly rewarding.
Iowa native Sal Giunta was the Keynote Speaker at the Expo. Giunta was born in Clinton, Iowa but lived most of his life in Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha. He is a former sergeant in the United States Army and the first living person to receive the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of members of his squad on October 25, 2007 during the War in Afghanistan. The Medal of Honor is the United States Armed Forces’ highest decoration of valor for actions that occurred after the Vietnam War. In his charismatic address about the importance of teamwork, selflessness and leadership, Giunta spoke about the mission that earned him the Medal of Honor. Not all business, he mentioned “making delicious sandwiches at Subway” prior to deployment and how getting a free T-shirt was his draw to the Army. Those of us here at TEG appreciate and are proud of all those who serve in the Armed Forces and it was a pleasure to hear Sal’s heroic recounting.
The following link is to the Expo’s brochure: