How Construction Companies are Doing Good While Doing Well in Georgia with Scott Shelar

Adam Torres and Scott Shelar discuss CEFGA.

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Show Notes:

CEFGA is bringing new opportunities to many in Georgia. In this episode,  Adam Torres and Scott Shelar, President and CEO at CEFGA, explore CEFGA’s mission and vision for helping others going forward.

About Scott Shelar

Scott has held many different jobs throughout his life, including paper boy on the icy roads of Washington D.C.; lifeguard on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida; sports writer under the bright lights of high school football in South Georgia; and communications manager for the Atlanta Paralympic Games. Scott found his calling in 1996. That year, he was hired as Director of Education and Safety for the Georgia Branch, Associated General Contractors (AGC). There, he learned about the construction industry’s need for motivated, trained, quality talent.

Scott joined CEFGA in 1998. Under his leadership, CEFGA has received national recognition for its annual Career Expo and SkillsUSA State Championships, which draws more than 9,000 attendees annually and its Construction Ready Program, which has trained and placed more than 1,000 metro Atlanta residents in the construction industry in the last five years.

A Florida native, Scott moved to Statesboro, Georgia in 1989 to attend Georgia Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He also met his wife there. While working out at Gold’s Gym, Scott spotted Kara Martin on a Stair Master. Scott and Kara celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2020. Today, they live in Decatur, Georgia and have two children, Martin and Sophie.

Scott’s favorite quote is one by Walt Disney, who said “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Scott is passionate about people, the construction industry, workforce development and finding win-win solutions to big problems. He enjoys reading, American History, art, Elvis Presley and the Dave Matthews Band, watching his daughter tap dance and his son play travel baseball.


CEFGA partners with leading construction companies, trade associations, the Technical College System of Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Education to support training programs and encourage students to pursue careers in construction.

Throughout nearly a quarter century of operation, CEFGA has worked hard to build strong relationships with their students, teachers, employers and partners. Today they proudly serve each of these key groups with the same quality services. Whether it’s providing tangible skills and quality jobs for students, or screened and motivated workers for their employers, they approach every job with passion and enthusiasm

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