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2011 SIR Photo_305x200Join us on Saturday, November 1 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel for an extraordinary night filled with celebration to honor four stars of the construction industry. The SIR Awards Gala, presented by Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, is the Oregon-Columbia Chapter’s most anticipated black tie event.

Known as the “Oscar” of the industry, we pull out all the stops for this special event. AGC members, associates, and their families gather to recognize leaders in the construction industry and celebrate their achievements.

The SIR Award represents skill, integrity, and responsibility. It is presented as the industry’s highest and most prestigious award. SIR recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the construction industry and their communities. Please plan to attend this extraordinary event!

SIR Statue_AGC_200x4062014 SIR Award Recipients

Jack Markgraf, Retired President, Horizon Erectors
Jim McKune, President, McKUNE LLC
David Rogge, Retired Assistant School Head for Construction Engineering Management, Oregon State University
Scott Williams, President, Hamilton Construction Company

As we count down to the event on November 1, we will be blogging about each of our four SIR Award recipients.

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[hr] Honoring One of our Four SIR Award Recipients

Scott Williams, President, Hamilton Construction Company
Scott Williams, President, Hamilton Construction Company

The first eight years of Scott Williams’ life were spent in Milwaukie, Wisconsin. His father, who owned a bakery with Scott’s uncle and grandfather, decided he had had enough of the harsh winters and moved his family to Medford, Oregon, where Scott and his three sisters would spend their youth.

Scott worked for the family business growing up, and developed a strong work ethic, but while doing odd jobs around the bakery found he liked to build things, and was interested in math and engineering. After graduating from Crater High School, he enrolled in Oregon State University’s civil engineering program. While attending orientation with his dad, he attended a presentation by Hal Pritchett, and immediately switched to the construction program.

Hal quickly became a mentor to Scott, and he suggested that Scott apply for an AGC of America scholarship as a freshman; he was the first student at OSU to be awarded the scholarship, and received it three years running.

While at Oregon State, Scott married his high school sweetheart, Kitty McRae, and after graduating, moved to Portland to work for WH Gregory Company. After four years there, Gregory closed its doors, and Scott moved on to a company headquartered in Canada, working on a project in Bellingham, Washington. Finding the company culture different than he was used to, Scott found himself looking for new employment.

Hamilton Construction, was bidding on a job; after interviewing Scott, they determined that if they were awarded the project they would offer him a job. They got the job, and Scott moved his small family to Eugene.

After 35 years, Scott is still working at Hamilton. He began his career there as an engineer and project superintendent, spending winters estimating. After a few years he moved into the office, working as a full time estimator, then as chief estimator. From there he moved to vice president, and eventually became president of the company in 2000.

Under Scott’s leadership, Hamilton Construction has adopted a policy of giving back to the communities in which their employees live and work. Scott fully supports their company philosophy of giving back a percentage of the profits each year to charitable organizations, and employees are encouraged to get involved in their communities. Hamilton supports these efforts, both financially and by allowing flexible schedules when possible, for coaching sports teams and participating in fundraising activities. Their safety program is tied to the community as well; if a project reaches set goals, Hamilton donates funds to a school close to the project, to be used for safety enhancements. They have given over $15,000 to local Coburg schools alone.

Throughout his career, Scott has been surrounded by strong AGC members, and served as president of the student chapter at Oregon State during his senior year. He joined the chapter board of directors in 1993, and took his turn as president in 2000. He has been an AGCA national director for many years, and has sat on and chaired numerous committees both locally and nationally. He has also been a member of the board for the Construction Education Foundation and Construction Engineering Management Advisory Board at Oregon State.

Scott has received numerous awards over the years, and has been recognized as the Business Person of the Year, Contractor of the Year, and a Pillar of the Community. Hamilton has received a bounty of awards including AGC of America’s Build America Awards, Construction Safety Excellence Awards, and AGC in the Community, as well as Top Projects, Engineering Excellence, and numerous environmental stewardship awards.

Scott enjoys spending time with his two children, Amy and Luke, and his three grandchildren. Scott and Kitty love to travel, and when Scott retires, they look forward to spending more time enjoying their friends and family.


[hr]Master of Ceremonies

Rick Dancer
Rick Dancer, Owner of Rick Dancer Media Services, Former Television News Anchor 25 years, Secretary of State Candidate in 2008

Rick Dancer is an award winning storyteller. He worked as a TV news anchor/producer/executive editor for over 25 years, and is currently owner of Rick Dancer Media Services. In 2008, he was also a candidate for Oregon Secretary of State.


Event Schedule

6 pm Reception
6:45 pm Dinner
7:45 pm Program
9 pm After Party

[hr]RSVP before October 24.

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Dinner Tickets

Individual Dinner Tickets $150 per person
Reserved Table for Eight $1,150


Enjoying a night in the town at the 2011 SIR Awards Gala.
Enjoying a night in the town at the 2011 SIR Awards Gala.

Make the Evening A Night Out On the Town and Stay at the Marriott

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201

Reservation Deadline: October 10
Guest Room:
$109, plus tax.
Call, 800-266-9432
Be sure to mention you are attending the AGC SIR Awards Gala to receive the special discounted group rate.


Steve and Terry Pinnell at the 2011 SIR Awards Gala
Steve and Terry Pinnell at the 2011 SIR Awards Gala

Attire for the Evening

The SIR Awards is a formal event.
Men: Black tie or suit Tuxedo Coupon
Ladies: Evening gown or cocktail dress

[hr]Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

Premier Sponsor


Event Sponsors

Hamilton Construction Company
Jordan Ramis, PC
Knife River
P & C Construction Company

Corporate Sponsors

Miller Nash, LLP
Moss Adams, LLP
The CAF Union Contractors of AGC
SAIF Corporation
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Stoel Rives, LLP

Supporting Sponsors

Enterprise Fleet Management and Commercial Trucks
Northside Ford Truck Sales
Star Rentals


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