The HCA-MN Executive Board of Directors is a diverse, bilingual, experienced professional staff that is committed to the advancement of Hispanics and other minorities in the construction industry. We seek individuals, contractors, vendors, and sponsors who are committed to adhere and support only the highest standards of safety, integrity, quality, and workmanship that will help Hispanics and minorities work more safely in their workplace.
Founder and President
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
- Pedro Lopez
- Founder and President
Pedro López is the founder and president of the Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota (HCA-MN). He is also a Federal OSHA authorized Spanish Outreach Trainer and conducts their 10- and 30-hour class training sessions. Pedro studied law enforcement at Minnesota State University, Mankato and was recruited from college to work at Minnesota OSHA. As a Senior Compliance Safety Investigator with OSHA, Pedro investigated serious injuries and fatal accidents. It was at that time he saw the need for better education and training in the Latino/Hispanic construction community.
In 2007 Pedro began working with a Twin Cities construction company in their safety department. During his tenure there he worked on numerous multi-million dollar projects as well as some of the largest public projects in the State of Minnesota. One of those projects was awarded the Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP award) by Minnesota OSHA.
McGough Construction recruited Pedro in 2014 to join their Safety department. McGough is a family owned construction company with a well-known safety reputation; their current EMR is .39 which is one of the lowest in the industry. Since working at McGough, Pedro has had the pleasure to work with a number of McGough’s customers like Surly Brewery, General Mills, Centra-Care Saint Cloud Hospital, Lake Region Health Care, and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Pedro knows and understands how MN-OSHA compliance and consultation division operates as well as what it takes to have a zero injury program. He is a big proponent of promoting a positive safety culture and bridging the cultural and language gap that the Latino/Hispanic workforce faces every day.
Pedro is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers Safety Professional and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) and has served on the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Occupational Safety & Health Advisory Council. He has worked closely with Minnesota State Senators on different legislation’s benefiting Latinos/Hispanics and other minorities in the construction industry.
Pedro has been in the construction safety field for several years and is the only bilingual, federal OSHA authorized Spanish trainer with both public and private construction safety experience in Minnesota. He has dedicated himself to bring forward the voice and concerns of the Latino/Hispanic construction community and workforce in Minnesota. Pedro’s passion and dedication to safety has helped countless Hispanic contractors and workers in Minnesota to work safer through bilingual/bi-cultural education and training.
- Virginia Revering
- Vice President
Virginia Revering studied from 1998 to 2002 at Normandale Community College in Bloomington MN and obtained the degree of A.A.S in Liberal Arts. In 2005 she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Virginia has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, serving the Hispanic Community in sales and claims management. From 2002 to 2007 Virginia managed an insurance Agency in St. Paul providing her with in-depth knowledge of the local Hispanic community needs. From 2007 to the present, Virginia has been handling nationwide insurance claims with focus on Spanish Speaking clients, working for different insurance carriers and third party administrators, holding Independent Adjuster Licenses from 32 states.
- Dan Lopez
Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and Communications from the University of Minnesota in 1987. His prior military experience in the United States Army Infantry provided him with the necessary leadership and people skills he would use throughout his life. He gained experience in the construction industry while working at ABC Millwork from 1978 – 1995 as a Window Technician. During that time he took a major interest in the Labor Movement and Affirmative Action, becoming the Shop Union Steward in 1979 and eventually working for Teamsters Local Union 221 as an Officer and Field Representative from 1995 – 2001 in the construction industry in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 2002 he joined the Management Team at Aggregate Industries Management, Inc. as a Ready Mix Concrete Manager, a position he held until joining their newly formed Compliance Department in the summer of 2006 as a Regional Compliance Officer. During that time he received his CCEP Certification from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Dan was an Advisory Council Member on the Minneapolis Urban League’s Labor Education Advancement Program Board from 2001 – 2011. His experience with EEO, Affirmative Action, for both Labor and Management, as well as his past experience as an Alternate Trustee with the Minnesota Teamsters Highway Heavy Taft Hartley Health, Pension, and Education Fund; prepared him for his next role as Manager of EEO and Affirmative Action for Mortenson Construction at their Minneapolis, Minnesota Corporate Headquarters beginning in January, 2010.
In January 2012 Dan joined Alliant Techsystems, Inc. an Aerospace, Defense and Sporting contractor, as their Senior Manager of Ethics and Compliance. In February 2015 Orbital Sciences, Inc. merged with Alliant Techsystems, Inc. to become Orbital ATK, Inc. Dan is currently the Manager of Ethics and Compliance for the newly realigned Aerospace and Defense contractor.
- Mark Vargas
- Recording Secretary
Mark has over 25 years of construction experience with both general contractors and professional services companies. A combination of hands on experience and project workflow oversight has provided Mark with a unique perspective of working with the people whose safety he is concerned with enhancing. Mark’s interest and passion for construction safety is driven by his firsthand experiences with coworkers and peers who have had to cope with the consequences of workplace accidents.
Mark is a lifelong resident of Minnesota who brings an understanding and knowledge of where the Minnesota workplace and community has been. He is optimistic about the future of Minnesota, and is hopeful that the values and culture of Minnesota will be preserved, as we integrate and embrace the changing demography of Minnesota and its workplace.
- Courtney Ernston
Courtney graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she served on the Jessup Moot Court Team, was the founder of the Oklahoma International Law Society, where she worked with many students from different countries to navigate through American culture and law, and was the leader of numerous organizations.
She received the Pros for Africa Fellowship her first year and spent the summer in Kampala, Uganda working with the local government and spent her last semester in Costa Rica working for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. During law school she was also able to travel to Colombia and meet with indigenous tribal leaders. With her team, she wrote a report that was cited by the United Nations regarding best practices for indigenous Colombians.
For 12 years, Courtney has worked at her family construction business where she has learned the ins and outs of the construction industry, has experienced firsthand the difficulties that come with this industry, and understands your needs. In addition, her primary practice areas in both law school and as an attorney have been in the immigration and small business sector.
- Bartolo Martinez
Bartolo’s professional career started at the University of Minnesota, Human Resources Department in 1978. His career then took him to the Minnesota Department of Employee Relations in 1985 and continued on from 1987 to 2015 at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT), Office of Civil Rights, Workforce Development and EEO Contract Compliance until his retirement. Bart’s commitment to public service continued throughout his career and his knowledge, skills, and abilities were enhanced by attending Macalester College, University of Minnesota, and Metropolitan State University (Bachelor of Arts in 2000).
Bart’s values include strong work ethic, integrity, cooperation, and creative community building. His passion is to serve minority groups, tribal members, women, and persons with disabilities to ensure they receive equal access to employment and contracting opportunities, He has also focused on areas regarding non-discrimination and illegal harassment in the workplace. His desire to effectively help others is illustrated in over 46 years on participation on numerous community organizations, diversity committees, job development groups, and statewide inter-governmental agencies. Bart has a strong network, trust, and results driven respect from his extensive relationships with employers, governmental agencies, community based organizations, state and federal human rights and equal employment opportunity compliance and enforcement agencies. As an HCA-MN Board member he also brings many years of experience and knowledge of the construction industry from his work at MNDOT networking with contractors, construction associations, trade unions, and trade training institutions to help create a future filled with a qualified diverse, and skilled Minnesota workforce.