One of the greatest privileges of serving as the AGC of America president is being able to meet so many members who are passionate about our industry and their involvement in this association.
The Texas Project Award Program began in 1987 when Raymond Stotzer, Engineer-Director of the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, and Tom Johnson teamed up to implement this award program to recognize department and contractor project personnel who work together to produce successful, high quality projects through difficult circumstances.
TxDOT welcomed AGC of Texas members to join their annual TxDOT Maintenance and Traffic Operations Conference, held September 5-7 at the downtown Fort Worth Convention Center. A first for AGC members, attendance quickly exceeded original estimates by hundreds, with a total of approximately 1600 attendees.
It's a beautiful Texas spring day, and Madison Inge sits under the big top tent, laserfocused on the dozens of door prize tickets organized in front of her. She is listening intently to the winning numbers at the AGC DFW Future Leaders Fifth Annual PAC Spring Fling and Shrimp Boil. When asked what she put her tickets in for, her concentration doesn’t waver. “She’s really into this,” laughs her dad, Travis Inge, senior vice president of corporate banking at Frost. Madison, 7, has her heart—and all her attention—set on winning a $400 gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge, the big prize in an assortment of other raffle opportunities.
There is no doubt that the members of the AGC of Texas work extremely hard in both their individual firms and within the association. A simple look at the TxDOT letting schedule will reflect a tremendous amount of work going on in the Texas transportation market. Monthly letting totals are expected to be in excess of $1 billion from May through the end of the fiscal year in August. Despite the challenging workloads, AGC members do have time to mix in some fun. The 49th Annual AGC of Texas Management Conference was held June 10th through the 13th in Charleston, South Carolina.
My term as President is officially “over the hill” as of this issue. I’ve heard it said before that a president spends about ten months learning the ropes and is finally fully trained just as he leaves the position. After reaching the halfway mark, I’m inclined to agree. It is extremely fortunate that the Chapter’s member involvement is unsurpassed. It’s easy to be a leader when standing on the shoulders of giants. And as I look at the activity of the Chapter so far in 2018, I’m truly honored to be able to watch our growth from this vantage point. The Finance Committee reported during the June Board of Directors meeting that we have experienced an uptick in expenditures from our area meetings.
Industry icon Tom Johnson’s name now adorns the AGC of Texas building. AGC leaders recently honored Tom, who helped grow the Chapter’s influence and impact during his 50-year career with AGC.