Angela Berry Roberson (Ferrovial/Webber) was presented the Contractor Champion Award by the Texas Department of Transportation, in appreciation for her advocacy on behalf of diversity in the highway industry. The award was presented on the final day of the WASHTO Civil Rights Symposium, hosted by TxDOT in March. AGC of Texas sponsored the event, which drew hundreds of Civil Rights leaders from around the country.
David Casteel of Williams Brothers presents an advanced overview of the department’s Spec Book at the DFW Prime Time course held in March and April. The course is designed for DBEs looking to expand operations with TxDOT or to enter into the TxDOT market. All companies are well-established DBEs with relatable experience in heavy civil construction.
Mike Landen of Austin Bridge & Road presented two classes, each three hours long, on bidding and estimating. Landen, who also teaches a college construction science course, provided an advanced insight into the bidding practices of TxDOT contractors. Twelve DBE companies attended the class, each of whom brought their staff with them. The courses lasted from 4-7pm every Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks.
Webber’s President of Heavy Civil Josh Goyne provided a three-hour class on Change Orders. The course included dinner with the group and ample time to pose questions about personal change order scenarios the companies had had in the past and where efficiencies could be made.
Angela Dominguez of Renaissance Construction and Sharon Douglas of Potere Construction led the final Prime Time Course: a round table discussion entitled “Lessons Learned.” The two AGC members, both presidents of DBE construction companies, discussed their personal challenges while growing their own companies, as well as listened to the challenges of the Prime Time companies.
The DBE Companies who attended the DFW Prime Time Course were Eagle Barricade, Thomas 11 Development, Shalom Services, EPCS Environmental, Texas Environmental, Roberts Trucking, J&L Imperium, Urban Infraconstruction, New World Contracting, EJ Smith Construction, Cowboy Trucking, and WG Engineering & Construction. Here, the companies are attending the final “Lessons Learned course, led by Renaissance Construction and Potere Construction.
Chairman Trey Pebley provided the welcome comments and invocation during the Prime Time graduation dinner. Trey urged Prime Time graduates to make the course the beginning of their association with the Chapter, not the end. Many graduates were existing members, who took the class as an opportunity to learn more, network, and expand their participation in Chapter activities.
Tracey Aping of Williams Brothers is serving her second year as DBE Committee Chairman. Under her leadership, the Chapter created Prime Time to advance the concept of “members helping members” into the Prime/DBE relationship. Integral to the creation of the program were Rita Phillip of Zachry Construction, Angela Berry Robertson of Ferrovial/Webber, and Sharon Douglas of Potere Construction. The program has been celebrated by TxDOT Administration, Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth district engineers, and AGC Chapter leadership as a solid foundation for expanding the numbers and capacity of DBEs in Texas, as well as attracting more ready, willing and able DBE companies into the membership. Here, Aping welcomes TxDOT and AGC guests to the Prime Time graduation, held at the Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel.
All DBE Prime Time Graduates were recognized and presented with a certificate of completion. Here, AGC member Terry Lacy Little of Eagle Barricade, receives her certificate from Dallas Area Chairman Bill Cheek and Fort Wort Area Chairman Paul Causey.