Butler-Cohen is proud to recognize the excellent contributions of our company and contract employees.

The Butler-Cohen Empowerment Program is designed to encourage employees, particularly field Crafts, whose individual performance is outstanding and contributes to the overall objectives of the Company and its projects. The objective of the Empowerment Program is to encourage positive behavior to promote jobsite safety and good work quality.

An Empowered Workforce

This is accomplished by empowering all employees at all levels to reward and praise fellow workers every time they help to mitigate project risk or perform tasks at a high level to achieve quality.

All employees and contract employees will be given Empowerment hard hat stickers to give to fellow workers observed making exceptional contributions.

  • Providing outstanding and quality work
  • Implementing a new idea or developing a procedure that improves safety and work processes
  • Completing a significant project
  • Contributing to the success of a team initiative or contributing above and beyond what is expected
  • Building outstanding relationships with our clients and third parties
  • Making substantial strides to obtain needed skills or competencies
  • Significantly contributing to the learning and development of others

Empowerment Heroes

  • Aaron Ramos and “Scooter”

    Aaron Ramos and “Scooter”

    Polk County, TX

    These two guys have the best “can-do” attitude and send positive vibes to everyone on site. Their attention to detail and good work habits have led to zero re-work issues and they have maintained a 100% PPE record. And if that’s not empowered enough, they also keep their work areas clean and well organized and are super respectful of the clients’ needs when working on an occupied space.

  • Angel Gutierrez

    Angel Gutierrez

    Houston, TX

    On a daily basis we have witnessed Angel fill out JHA’s, wear his correct PPE, and show up to work on time. He has a strong safety minded work ethic, a great attitude, and a he’s a fantastic team member.

  • Bryan Hulsey

    Bryan Hulsey

    Jones County, TX

    This guy buys 100% into BC safety policies. He submits his own weekly toolbox talk independent of job site safety meeting and raises safety issues regarding any trade to BC’s attention in a timely manner.

  • Hernando Cano

    Hernando Cano

    Houston, TX

    He takes pride in keeping his fellow co-workers and passing pedestrians safe. Navigating a forklift of material through a busy outdoor shopping plaza is not an easy task. While not exactly leaping from tower to tower, more
    importantly, Hernando was noticed helping as a spotter keeping vehicles and pedestrians clear of the equipment while in motion.

  • Irvin Portillo

    Irvin Portillo

    Houston, TX

    Irvin has always shown up wearing the right PPE for every task he performs and has a watchful eye on the ground for equipment operators. But the real reason he took home the award this week is his positive attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude helps to reinforce the importance of safety procedures and equipment (and also make your day go by a lot quicker).

  • John Phillips

    John Phillips

    Conroe, TX

    John was recommended by his peers for demonstrating a strong commitment to safety and contributing to the overall success of the project. He always shows a great attitude and takes the initiative to go above and beyond when needed.

  • Jorge Castillo

    Jorge Castillo

    Houston, TX

    Jorge sets the tone on the job site for all trades and mirrors Butler-Cohen’s commitment to safety. Jorge always makes sure his team is well informed of job site hazards and involved in the creation of each JSA. He also includes other contractors in pre-job discussions ensuring all parties are well aware of any action before it happens.

  • Jorge Delez

    Jorge Delez

    Conroe, TX

    Jorge was recommended by his peers, demonstrating a strong commitment to safety and contributing to the overall success of the project. He always has a great attitude and takes initiative to go above and beyond when needed. Jorge took it upon himself to bring additional manpower to assist with the overall clean-up of the project.

  • Jose Gregorio

    Jose Gregorio

    Houston, TX

    He is always punctual and in great spirits when he comes to work. He maintains a solid understanding of the safety levels that the BC family endorses and emphasizes on every job. He has a thorough understanding of his scope of work and the hazards to perform this work in a safe and productive manner,

  • Jose Huan Herrero

    Jose Huan Herrero

    Houston, TX

    Jose embodies somebody who has safety at their core. He not only works safe in proper PPE but he genuinely performs good, quality work where it matters most – in this case, making the building water tight!

  • Josh Morris

    Josh Morris

    Jones County, TX

    Josh has contributed to several Butler-Cohen projects as both a plumber and an electrician. Although he doesn’t have many years of experience, he has proven to have veteran leadership qualities regarding both safety and quality – he truly leads by example.

  • Moises Meza, Gonzalez Ulisses, & Jose Guerrero

    Moises Meza, Gonzalez Ulisses, & Jose Guerrero

    Houston, TX

    These guys are performing the interior demolition. They are not only professional in everything they do but they go out of their way to ensure satisfaction with the work performed. They have exceeded our expectations in both safety and quality getting this project off to a great start!

  • Salvador Calderon

    Salvador Calderon

    Polk County, TX

    Salvador has been a leader by always wearing proper PPE. He keeps his work area clean and organized, he works well with other trades and he takes pride in his work. The quality of the finished product with Salvador is outstanding!

  • The Entire GBR Crew

    The Entire GBR Crew

    Baytown, TX

    Working in a refinery is not an easy task but GBR seamlessly embraced the safety standards and what it meant to the success of the project. Because GBR is compiled of military veterans and former and current Houston area firefighters, our high safety standards were implemented with ease.

  • Ulisses Gonzales and Jorge Arriagu

    Ulisses Gonzales and Jorge Arriagu

    Houston, TX

    Both crew members were focused on today’s plan and worked consistently to achieve their goals for the day. Truly giving meaning to the old construction motto of “Plan your work, work you plan”. Together both crew members work ethic and teamwork were very welcomed when building a space our clients can appreciate.

  • Victor Hernandez

    Victor Hernandez

    Houston, TX

    During the project, Victor has continually been proactive and safety oriented. With so many people including many small children who use this center every day, a commitment to safety was essential. Victor not only kept the members safe during the construction phase, he kept the project moving forward and smiled around the clock. The kids have thoroughly enjoyed the scene!

  • Mike Richardson

    Mike Richardson

    Deer Park, TX

    Mike arrived early for concrete placement. He assessed the site and it’s obstacles and created a plan to reach the area as carefully and efficiently as possible. Mike went through a signaling protocol before anyone started pumping – taking the time to have a conversation upfront could prevent injury or other errors during the footing pour. Mike is definitely a forward thinker and we are so thankful he’s part of our team!!

  • Jeremy Cardona

    Jeremy Cardona

    Corpus Christi, TX

    Jeremy observed another contractor descending from a ladder but his body position was turned the wrong way and he did not have 3 points of contact.  Jeremy intervened, stopped the work, and coached the contractor to explain why the 3 points of contact are important when climbing or descending a ladder. #stopworkauthority

  • Guillermo Rosas

    Guillermo Rosas

    Pasadena, TX

    A couple of weeks ago a worker became ill while on the job site. Guillermo immediately was there to lend a helping hand and care for his fellow team member. Guillermo constantly has the best interest of the entire team at heart. Each day he works for the good of the team and provides a steady example of what being part of a team is all about.

  • David Schueler

    David Schueler

    Houston, TX

    David has been observed coaching his team on hazards and mitigations related to sheet metal roof work. He meets with our safety team and plans out the next day’s permits and tasks. While this might not seem overwhelmingly impressive, being new to a job site is one of the hardest parts of being in construction. Not spending a lot of time in one area before moving locations and having to relearn a completely new environment is challenging to even the best of them.

  • Anthony Garcia

    Anthony Garcia

    Corpus Christi, TX

    Anthony isn’t afraid to fulfill a need when he sees one! His site had plenty of heavy equipment traffic while preparing the parking lot for asphalt. Anthony recognized an unusual amount of human and equipment traffic in congested areas. While the rest of the jobsite went about their work, Anthony set down his tools and picked up a flag. For the remainder of the week, Anthony controlled the traffic flow on the jobsite.


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Be Like Ryan

When recognizing another’s efforts, we encourage everyone to:

  1. Make it personal – Identify what is significant and meaningful to the individual you are recognizing.
  2. Make it immediate – The sooner you reinforce the exceptional performance, the more impactful it will be.
  3. Make it frequent – As long as you’re recognizing appropriately, recognizing often is great.
  4. Make it earned – People respect those who deliver reinforcement contingent on some accomplishment.
  5. Make it social – Amplify your recognition by sharing it and encouraging your team to share in other’s successes.

At Butler-Cohen, we believe letting someone know you appreciate them is perhaps the simplest way to make them feel recognized for who they are as a human being, their strengths, their individuality and their contribution.