AGC Draws Over 300 to its 2nd Annual Christmas Party

Written by  Kristen Smith

Members enjoyed a rollicking good time as they gathered together for one last hurrah in 2017 at the AGC of Texas 2nd Annual Christmas Party, sponsored by the Associate Division. Over 300 members and their spouses attended the December 4 event, held at the Four Seasons Ballroom.

The idea for the Christmas Party came about as the Goals and Objectives Committee remarked that the Chapter could do better than the Parking Lot Fish Fry, and charged the Associate Division to come up with an alternative. Chairman Colin Keane organized a Planning Committee of active General and Associate Members who, after the first meeting, immediately took to the idea of a Christmas Party.

“The Associate Division’s Christmas Party is an opportunity to give back to one of the best trade associations in the country,” says Keane. “Every year, the general membership provides business opportunities related to highway work and other special projects. When it comes to giving back, we enjoy contributing to and participating in multiple AGCTX events. But the Christmas party truly is a special opportunity to show how much we appreciate the general members. McCourt & Sons is very happy to be to be able to sponsor this event.”

The first event was held at the Austin Club, which—while festive—couldn’t comfortably hold the number of guests that came, which was around twice as many as expected. The event draws a large number of members not typically seen at the membership luncheons, and is an excellent way for existing members to enter into association events in a more meaningful way.

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Clockwise from left: Jeff Smith, Seth Schulgen, Elizabeth Zwak, Chris Zwak, Chad Clark, Coy Armstrong, Tara Snowden, Melanie Clark, Hillary Schulgen, Rhondi Smith

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Kim, Larry and Molly Bateman   

Sam Welch and Leila Showery

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Anne Weisman, Patty Stroud, Leanne Skinner and Cheri Alderman gather for a quick picture before leading the way to the dance floor.

Johnny Weisman and Elizabeth Zwak

Members enjoyed dancing to The Matchmaker Band, a ten-piece band with several singers, a live photo booth, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and signature cocktails named after the Events Sponsors. Those who stayed late were also treated to the Capitol City Highlanders, a bagpiper band, who closed out the night’s festivities.


The 10-member "Matchmaker" band performs at AGC's annual Christmas Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The band specializes in Motown sounds, Ike and Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Credence Clearwater Revival, et al. The band has opened for Aaron Neville, Huey Lewis, Tony Orlando, the Steve Miller Band and BoyzIIMen.

“We had a fun time,” said Walt Robertson of Texas Contractor Magazine, a first-time Gold Sponsor of the event. “I told Colin he threw a heck of a party! Great food, beverages and entertainment.”

Feedback on the Four Seasons was overwhelmingly positive, as members enjoyed being able to wander in and out of the event, enjoy the outside foyer when taking a break from the band, and having sufficient space to move around and mingle. While the Planning Committee has yet to settle on a venue for 2018, they expect to keep it there for another year. But they will undoubtedly come up with a few surprises to keep in interesting.

“While I know there were a lot of people involved and many moving parts, I wanted to commend you on the Associates’ Christmas Party,” David Johnson of Colorado Materials told AGC staff. It was a great event, very lively and entertaining, the food was fantastic. Problem is, you continue to raise the bar.”

Colorado Materials, a second-year Event Sponsor and one of the largest privately held quarries in the United States, was featured as a signature drink called “Jingle Bell ROCKS.” The drink was a mixture of grapefruit vodka, ginger liqueur, and Topo Chico, with a color changing stir stick featuring the Colorado Materials logo. The cocktail was one of seven specialty cocktails named in honor of the night’s Event Sponsors.

“What a fun, festive party!” said Anne Weisman of Colorado Materials. “It was so full of energy and just the right way to start off the Christmas Season.”

The festivities certainly added to the abiding sense of gratitude, both to the General Contractor members and for the many blessings bestowed on the industry and its members. “There are many aspects of the Christmas party that are truly enjoyable,” remarked Colin Keane. “But my most favorite is bringing together the Chapter membership and their families for an evening that kicks off the Christmas season. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces at this social event combined with hearing everyone wish each other a Merry Christmas is heartwarming. Being a part of a group that helps facilitate and coordinate this event is something special. I am excited at what we will be able to offer at the next one.”

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Associate Division Chairman Colin Keane raises a glass to the Associate Division Sponsors of the 2017 Christmas Party.

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