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Western Specialty Contractors’ George Justice, Jared Osterman among 2023 SIUE CLI grads

Western Specialty Contractors recognizes Peoria Assistant Branch Manager Jared Osterman and St. Louis Concrete Branch Sales/Project Manager George Justice on graduating from the 2023 Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Four Western employees have graduated from the program over the past two years.

CLI recognized 43 graduates of its program on March 10 as part of the CLI Graduation celebration. CLI is an executive education program jointly developed by SIUE’s School of Business and its School of Engineering’s Department of Construction. The program brings together professionals from many sectors of the building industry.

“The CLI program is designed to align with leadership development needs of the rapidly changing construction industry,” said Chris Gordon, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering and co-director of the program. “The CLI Advisory Board takes an active role in helping us continuously update this unique and innovative leadership development program to develop future building industry leaders.”

Since CLI’s creation, over 500 emerging leaders and executives have benefitted from the nine-week program that strengthens leadership, strategic thinking, communications and key management skills.

“Continuing education is a vital part of Western’s people-first culture,” said Western Manager of Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Meredith Bousman. “Our employees are our greatest assets and we want them to continue to grow and succeed in their careers at Western. We congratulate Jared and George and the other Western CLI graduates for expanding their leadership knowledge, skills and strategies by completing this outstanding program.”

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective solutions. Corrective measures can add years of useful life to various structures, including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

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