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Emerging Professionals

What's our purpose? 

To recruit, educate, mentor and be a resource to Emerging Professionals who aspire to be public/private owners and industry partners


-To train and create the next generation of "good owners"
-Strong & Fair Generation of industry leaders
-Adopt and exchange ideas for implementing industry trends
-Be a stepping stone and resource for your career advancement

An Emerging Professional Owner is a recent graduate entering the workforce for the first time as a construction project Owner. The individual must be under the age of 35, and present proof of  age during application process.

Coaa emerging professional award for excellence

COAA recognizes the importance of investing in the future of Owners and the value that younger members provide to the organization. Beginning in 2019, COAA will honor one Emerging Professional who demonstrates outstanding service and contribution to the COAA organization. In addition, this person possesses strong leadership skills, exemplifies The COAA Way, and serves as an ambassador for Owner participation and education.
The winner will be announced at COAA's Fall Owners Leadership Conference, held annually in November. The award recipient will receive a complimentary conference registration to that fall conference, hotel accommodations for up to three nights, and airfare to and from the event.


Applications for the 2019 Emerging Professional Award for Excellence (EPAFE) may be submitted beginning June 17th, 2019. All submissions are due by 11:59 EST on August 16. Applications not received by this time will not be eligible for the 2019 consideration and will need to resubmit the following year.


The EPAFE is open to any COAA Emerging Professional Member 35 years or younger in good standing through the process of applying and acceptance of award.


Final consideration regarding the award will be made August / September 2019 and will be presented for approval to COAA’s Selection Committee. Award recipients will be recognized during COAA’s annual fall conference November 2019.  

Award Benefits

  1. Press release on COAA Website
  2. Article in Owners Perspective magazine
  3. Complimentary Fall conference attendance, travel, accomodations
  4. Certificate & recognition at Fall Conference during Awards Luncheon
  5. Name engraved on the annual and highly coveted EPAFE Going Places Trophy


Eligible Emerging Professional Nominees must be either:
  1. An emerging owner, associate, or student COAA Member
  2. Age 35 or younger
  3. Show active engagement and participation as a COAA Member
    • Active Engagement is defined as participation in (three or more) of the following areas:
      1. Provide Local or National Content Contributions
      2. Attend one Local or Chapter EP event per year
      3. Attend one national event every two years
      4. Respond to monthly online posts via COAA Social Media – once per quarter
      5. Show active COAA engagement as a volunteer at a local or national level.
      6. Standout performance in ways that reflect The COAA Way (People, Best Practices, Culture)
  4. Award nominations must be submitted by a fellow COAA Member.
    1. Note: Self-Nominations are not accepted.
    2. Note: Nominators are encouraged to notify nominees they have been selected for nomination and contact them to gain accurate information for the application submission.  

Submission Requirements

Award Nominations must be submitted in the following manner:
  1. Completed Award Application Form
  2. Nominations must include two Letters of Recommendation from COAA Members who know the nominee.  
    • Select people to prepare the recommendations who know the nominee well rather than those whom you think will impress us.  Ideally, the letters will provide comparative comments that distinguish the nominee from their peers.

Applications due by August 16, 2019