“Our biggest challenge today is finding an adequate work force,” explains Al Landes, the newly sworn-in president of the Associated General Contractors of America. “We’ve lost a lot of vocational training. We need all the trades. We’ve got to reintroduce them.” The organization, which leads efforts in setting professional standards for the U.S. construction industry, has a $17 million budget. Landes says the group’s strong focus on lobbying will continue during his one-year-term. Landes is the president and chief operating officer of Herzog Contracting Corporation in Missouri.