President Pebley provides the State
of the Chapter Address to kick off the
2019 Administrative Conference
“The AGC/TxDOT Executive Safety Conference was the most humbling event I have attended as AGC of Texas President”
My travels across the state to attend area meetings slowed down over the summer, but that’s not to say my duties to the Chapter slowed down at all. This summer was packed full, with the Management Conference, Administrative Conference, AGC/TXDOT Executive Safety Conference, numerous task force and committee meetings, TxDOT BOSS event, and the ever-popular Pharr Area PAC Fishing Tournament. The months of June, July, and August had me crisscrossing the state _ and even the nation _ to attend all these great events.
Past President Clark and his lovely wife Melanie hosted the Management Conference at the historic and incredible Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach. This always successful event boasted another record attendance, and we presented a united force to our good friends in the Texas Legislature: Comptroller Hegar, Tommy Williams from the Governor’s office, and our longstanding transportation advocates in both the House and Senate. Those in attendance were able to enjoy the business sessions, networking events, and the best of South Florida.
After relaxing at home for a few brief weeks, we were off again to attend the Administrative Conference. This conference’s attendance has continued to grow every year, and the kid-friendly environment has made it a favorite destination for many AGC member families. My youngest son says it’s the best hotel he’s ever been to.
We received congressional insight from Congressman Will Hurd and got an update on AGC of America advocacy in Washington from Jimmy Christianson. We were honored to welcome TxDOT Executive Director James Bass, Chief Engineer Bill Hale, and Director of District Operations Randy Hopmann, who moderated a selection of District Engineers on the final day of the conference. Once again, the information they imparted was very encouraging and insightful.
I also want to give a special thank you to Jeff Smith and all the child labor that went into the hand-crank ice cream maker for making the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever had.
In the Rio Grande Valley, TxDOT hosted the Business Opportunities Start Small (BOSS) event to reach out to the subcontractor community not yet working on TxDOT projects. This was a very successful, well-attended event. There were several panel discussions that imparted a great deal of information on the attendees related to the department and how to work effectively with prime contractors. I was pleased to meet several DBE subcontractors in the area that I hadn’t met before.
With all this hard work being done, it was time to take a break to enjoy a couple of days off at South Padre Island. The Pharr Area PAC fishing tournament was the perfect event to relax and enjoy the company of AGC members from all around the state. This very successful event raised valuable funds for our PAC and allowed members to enjoy time on the Laguna Madre Bay.
The AGC/TxDOT Executive Safety Conference was the most humbling event I have attended as AGC of Texas President. It was so gratifying to see how effectively TxDOT and member firms were working hand in hand to make not only our work sites safer but making all of Texas’ roads safer for the traveling public. The AGC/TxDOT Safety Committee did an outstanding job in getting Texas A&M Corp of Cadets Commandant Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, Jr. to speak at this conference. His words inspired me and all the attendees to take care of our people and be a leader within our organizations and family.