From left to right: Barry Clark, Jeff Gibson, Representative Cindy Burkett, Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Bo Davis, and Kirk Morris at the DFW Luncheon.
Tracy Cain (left) received a plaque of appreciation from AGC of Texas President Seth Schulgen (Williams Brothers) during the October membership lunch to recognize Cain’s 28-year career with TxDOT. He recently retired as director of TxDOT’s construction division. Members applauded.
Area Chair Kirk Morris kicks off the DFW luncheon.
The Legislature’s top transportation expert thanked AGC of Texas members Oct. 2 for a strong partnership and reminded them of the lasting mark they leave on the state. “You actually create something. You build something that was not there before,” Senate Transportation Chair Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, said during a reception at the Chapter offices. “You create jobs. You build something that’s an investment in the future that makes things happen. It’s been a lot of fun.” Nichols has served in the Texas Senate since his 2006 election and sat on the Texas Transportation Commission for eight years before moving to the Capitol. His expertise on transportation issues made him the Senate’s go-to-leader when the Legislature struggled to increase highway spending without raising taxes or borrowing additional money. Nichols’ efforts helped pave the way for overwhelming voter approval to increase highway spending in the form of Prop 1 on the 2014 election ballot and Prop 7 a year later. Those measures, in addition to the ending of diversions from the state highway fund, could result in an additional $70 billion for highway construction over the next 15 years. “One of the most important things you have done, and it’s done at the local level, is to connect with your state representatives and your state senators,” he told AGC members. “You all do a very good job of that, and it’s extremely important because when we needed the votes, the votes were there.” The veteran legislator noted “a lot of gray hair” in the room, which served as a segue for applauding AGC’s “Young Leadership Council.” “It’s important to get young people involved in the industry and (with the legislative process),” he said. He also singled out retiring longtime AGC of Texas leader Tom Johnson and the 21-year-long relationship he has had with Tom. And he said he looks forward to working with new AGC Executive Vice President Jennifer Woodard.
Jennifer Woodard, newly selected Executive Vice President AGC of Texas, introduces herself to the Houston Area luncheon attendees.
Harry Levy (The Levy Company) offered the high bid ($20,000) for a five-night trip to Ireland for four during the annual AGC Scholarship auction. The scholarship event set another new record – raising more than $871,000 for college scholarships. The popular auction item was donated by McCourt & Sons Equipment. With Harry (left) are Nicki and Colin Keane, representing McCourt & Sons.