Twenty-three students were chosen to receive 2019 AGC Scholarships on the 25th Anniversary of the AGC of Texas Scholarship Program. The future scholars were recognized at the June membership luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. Students receive $10,000 per year/$40,000 for four years.
Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff was the guest speaker at San Antonio Monthly luncheon in May. Prior to the beginning of his public service career in 2005, Commissioner Wolff was a Navy veteran, worked in Human Resources, and served as COO for First American Title. He was elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2005 and was elected Bexar County Commission for Precinct 3 in 2008. Wolff serves as vice chair of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for allocating over 500 million dollars annual to transportation initiatives.
The Annual Summer Slam Fishing Tournament took place May 16-17 in Port Aransas. Benefiting the San Antonio PAC, the event draws not only San Antonio contractors but members across the state. This year, the event raised over $25,000 for the fund.
Scott McCarthy, Mark Gacke, Albert Schlather, and Steve Riordan made up a winning team from Hunter Industries. Hunter had the second biggest red (7.35lbs.) and most spots on a red (10).
The Angling Angels were the tournament’s only all-female team this year, made up of Sharon Chandler (Flatiron Corp.), Danette Shelton (Roadway Specialties), Sherril Lester (QMF Steel), and Meg Lisenby (Pipe Wholesalers). Stringer weight was 12.63lbs.
Foremost Paving Team’s Perry Newby, Joe Forshage, and JJ Rodriguez pose with their haul. Foremost had the second largest trout, weighing in at 3.88 lbs.
Aptly named Trout Trucking show off a beautiful pair of trout and a sizeable redfish, caught by William Hull and Tom Hernandez.
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick discussed the importance of oil and gas for the state’s economy during a lunch speech Monday (May 6) with AGC of Texas members.
Texas produces 3.4 million barrels of oil per day, which means $40 million a day in oil and gas severance tax revenue for the state. Half of the oil and gas tax revenue flows into the state highway fund (Prop 1, 2014). Only 34 of the state’s 254 counties do not produce oil.
The oil and gas industry faces similar challenges that others do, she said: Finding workers. “We all need educated people. That’s our biggest challenge in whatever industry you’re in. It’s finding the workforce and finding a skilled workforce. We need workforce development.”
She called the Permian Basin, which produces 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, “the biggest oilfield in the world.” Infrastructure is another problem in addition to finding pipe welders and other crew members. Oil producers need to move the oil to market – and that means a need for a thousand miles of additional pipelines. “Infrastructure is a real challenge and not just for us sitting on I-35 every day,” she told members, noting the state’s population is expected to double over the next 30 years.