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AGC of America Presentation

Friday, August 11, 12:15–2:15 pm

Steve Sandherr, AGC of America Chief Executive Officer

Steve Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, AGC of America

Stephen Sandherr joined the AGC of America staff in 1984 as assistant director of Collective Bargaining Services. From 1986 to 1989 he served as AGCA’s director of Congressional Relations. After a short break, he rejoined AGCA as executive director of Congressional Relations in 1991, and was promoted to chief executive officer in 1997.

Steve’s role is to maintain relations with AGCA’s 94 chapters nationwide, coordinate government relations activities, and enhance AGCA’s involvement with business coalitions.


Art Daniel, President of AGC of America

Art Daniel is President and COO of AR Daniel Construction Services, Inc. a family owned construction business in Cedar Hill, TX. AR Daniel Construction performs highway and utility construction in Texas and surrounding states. Art is a 1973 graduate of Houston Baptist University with post graduate and graduate studies in Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Art has been actively involved in AGC at both the chapter level and national level. Art served as AGC of Texas President in 2004 and has served and chaired numerous committees and task forces as well as serving as the Municipal and Utility Division chairman. Art has served as Chair of the Utility Infrastructure Division as well as on numerous AGC of America task forces and as a Board member of AGC Charities. He is also a member of the Consulting Constructors Council.

Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America

Ken Simonson is chief economist for the AGCA. He joined AGC on September 10, 2001, and has since provided insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries. Ken has 35 years of experience analyzing, advocating, and communicating about economic and tax issues. Before joining AGC, he was senior economic advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. He also worked with the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and an economic consulting firm.



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