Legacy donors have helped turn the AGC of Texas Scholarship Fund into a powerhouse as it approaches its 24th anniversary celebration this fall. The Scholarship Gala earned exclusive responsibility in 2011 for funding a scholarship program that—through the indefatigable motivation of AGC members—has sent hundreds of men and women to college. Each year’s final tally tops the year preceding it—a record $870,000 raised last fall (2017) financed $10,000-a-year scholarships for 27 students.
A grinning Seth Schulgen apologized for the manufactured story necessary to trick Tom Johnson to show up for a surprise party and the unveiling of the Thomas L. Johnson AGC Building to honor the retiring industry legend. Nearly 100 people attended the Tom Johnson tribute dinner Jan. 3 at the Austin Headliner’s Club intended to cast a final spotlight on the longtime executive vice president for the Associated General Contractors of Texas. Johnson stepped aside from his day-to-day duties last fall after more than 50 years with the association.
Hurricane Harvey rammed into the Texas coast on August 25, bringing devastating winds and relentless rainfall. The hurricane and subsequent flooding were responsible for 68 direct deaths in Texas--over half of which occurred in the Houston metro area—and an additional 35 “indirect” deaths, caused from electrocution, vehicle accidents, and isolation from medical treatment. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates Harvey’s price tag at around $125 billion. It is the most significant tropical rainfall event in US recorded history. Hundreds of thousands of homes and business suffered serious damage or were totally destroyed.
The January Membership Luncheon featured a special presentation--and very special guests--as the Chapter posthumously bestowed the Life Member Award to A.J. Clark of Clark Construction, for exceptional efforts in service on the highway industry. Clark, a longtime member and advocate of AGC of Texas, passed away in June of 2017. Life Member Awards honor the men and women who, through extraordinary efforts, influenced the industry in a positive way. The award was presented to his widow, Kathleen Kelly Clark, and attending family: son, President Chad Clark and wife Melanie; son Cody Clark; brother David Clark; niece Ciara Clark and nephew Corey Clark.