Members enjoyed a rollicking good time as they gathered together for one last hurrah in 2017 at the AGC of Texas 2nd Annual Christmas Party, sponsored by the Associate Division. Over 300 members and their spouses attended the December 4 event, held at the Four Seasons Ballroom. The idea for the Christmas Party came about as the Goals and Objectives Committee remarked that the Chapter could do better than the Parking Lot Fish Fry, and charged the Associate Division to come up with an alternative. Chairman Colin Keane organized a Planning Committee of active General and Associate Members who, after the first meeting, immediately took to the idea of a Christmas Party.
The membership welcomed its 2018 officers at the first annual Membership Luncheon and Board of Directors Meeting, held January 3 in Austin. 2017 President Seth Schulgen passed the gavel to Chad Clark of Clark Construction, who takes over leadership in 2018 (after a few gag gifts and sincere words of encouragement and confidence). “Thank you for presenting me with this gavel,” said Clark to Schulgen. “I look forward to serving the industry as president. You did an excellent job last year, which will certainly make things a lot easier for all of us. We have an excellent board of directors and I am looking forward to a great year.”
RIO GRANDE VALLEY AGC MEMBERS have come up with a good way to raise money for their PAC: Come to South Padre Island and let’s go fishing. Bring the family. The 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Classic fishing tournament (Aug. 10-11) netted the Pharr Area PAC more than $28,000. Participation increased with 22 boats this year compared to the 14 boats that attended the first event. “It’s perfect. We have the island and most of these guys don’t have to come too far to participate,” AGC Pharr Area Chair Ben Salinas (Valley Infrastructure) said. “This is a good way to support the industry.”
LEGENDARY TOM JOHNSON STEPPED ASIDE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF AGC of Texas on Wednesday, September 6, after helping lead the association and the state’s highway construction industry for more than a half century. In his typical self-effacing manner, Tom thanked AGC members during brief remarks to the Chapter Board of Directors. “I have enjoyed every day working for you and I will enjoy every day as I work a little less for you but still as meaningful. It’s been a great run, and thank you,” he said, receiving standing applause.