AGC Members Participate in TxDOT DBE Outreach Event
"Stay small and manage your workload," says Ben Salinas (Valley Infrastructure), describing his business philosophy as a DBE subcontractor working for TxDOT. Ben participated in a “DBE Lessons Learned” panel discussion July 31 in the Pharr District, alongside fellow area DBEs Lizbeth Guerra (Trev-Cort Trucking) and Maribel Saenz (Saenz Utility Contractors) and moderated by Civil Rights Division Director Michael Bryant. The event, held in Mission, Texas, was the first under the department’s BOSS brand. Standing for Big Opportunities Start Small, the program targets experienced companies with the skill set to perform TxDOT subcontracting operations who have not yet ventured into the TxDOT market.
Pharr District Engineer Pete Alvarez
District Engineer Pete Alvarez reviewed upcoming TxDOT projects planned through 2021 at the district’s BOSS event, held July 31 in Mission. With Director of Construction Daniel Garcia (left), Pete worked with the Civil Rights Division to create an event in advance of a large design build project in the district. Pete forecasted significantly higher lettings in the upcoming years for his district.
This event was in partnership with the City of Mission, the RGV Partnership, and Mission Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and featured interactive panels with local DBEs, prime contractors, business and financial resource specialists, and subject matter experts from TxDOT's Civil Rights Division and the Pharr District.
The Life Cycle of a DBE Subcontract
AGC President Trey Pebley led a panel discussion detailing the life of a DBE subcontract from the perspective of a prime contractor’s workforce. Martha Garza, Carter Biel and Josh Sheeran participated in the panel at the BOSS event in Mission, Texas, to show DBEs the different personnel who work with subcontractors and they process they follow from bid to payments.
In Appreciation for 20 Years of Service
AGC of Texas President Trey Pebley recognizes chapter building supervisor Eli Garza for his 20th anniversary with AGC during the August Board of Directors meeting.
Hopmann Reviews Record UTP
TxDOT Director of District Operations Randy Hopmann reviews TxDOT funding and highway safety issues during the August membership luncheon at Austin’s Hyatt hotel. The Unified Transportation Plan (UTP) is the department’s 10-year plan to guide transportation projects and their letting. The plan estimates a record $76 Billion in funds available, effectively double the estimated funds available in 2014.
AGC Recognizes Hopmann at August Monthly Luncheon
AGC of Texas President Trey Pebley presents a plaque to TxDOT’s Randy Hopmann while recognizing his long tenure with the agency. Randy is retiring as director of operations for TxDOT. He joined the agency in 1985. Both Trey and Chapter Executive Vice President Jennifer Woodard praised Hopmann for his close working relationship with AGC of Texas over the years.
Scholarship Auction Winner Enjoys Ireland
Wade Miller (Big Creek Construction) and family pose for a picture on their recent trip to Ireland. Wade won the Ireland trip at last year’s Scholarship Gala, which raised over $1 million for the program.
On behalf of McCourt & Sons, Nicki and Colin Keane hosted the Miller group to dinner in Colin’s hometown of Newcastle, County Down, along with a round of golf at the famous Royal County Down Golf Club before attending The Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
L-R: John Miller, Patsy Miller, Cade Miller, Christie Miller, Cannon Miller, Wade Miller, Kullen Miller, Nicki Keane, Colin Keane
Picture taken at The Percy French Restaurant in Newcastle, County Down.
L-R: John Miller, Wade Miller, Colin Keane, Kullen Miller, Cade Miller
Picture taken at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, County Down.