Associated Builders & Contractors Adds Michelle Auman, Carter Klute, Rhea Barfield

Anne M.N. Klute, president and CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC, in Lincoln and Omaha, has announced new additions to the staff: Michelle Auman as executive assistant and office manager, Carter Klute as director of member services, and Rhea Barfield as grant administrator and education liaison.

Michelle Auman

Michelle joined the ABC team in March of 2020—and she stuck with them through the insanity of COVID-19. Although she is new to the construction and education arena, she has vast experience as a manager and professional executive assistant. Michelle is now the voice of ABC when you call the State Office in Lincoln. She loves spending time with family and spoiling her nieces and nephews, playing board games, movie nights, and hanging with her dog.

Carter Klute

Carter has been with the team in this roll since October 2020. Many may recognize him as the ABC photographer, which is a role he will continue to manage. As director of member services, Carter is here to be a partner in everything ABC. Carter works out of both Lincoln and Omaha offices. Outside of work, Carter is an avid outdoors man, photographer, and volunteer firefighter. He has a degree in International Rescue and Relief. He enjoys travel and believes in the merit shop principles and values that ABC holds dear.

Rhea Barfield

Rhea comes to ABC with a background in the construction industry as well as corrections. She has been with ABC since October of 2020. Rhea works with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services assisting inmates with education supporting an opportunity for a career in the crafts uponre-entry. In addition, she also works with instructors and students at the Lincoln Training Center. When she is not working, Rhea enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and doing anything that involves her being active and outdoors.

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Cornhusker Chapter supports the commercial construction industry through apprenticeship and safety training, advocacy, and workforce development. They are located at 830 Westgate Blvd. in Lincoln and their hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An additional location is at 10640 Burt Cir., in Omaha and their hours are 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m. on Friday. For more information about ABC, call the State/Lincoln location at (402) 477.4451 or the Omaha location at (402) 344-4258 or visit