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Members Recognized for Service to the Chapter

Members Recognized for Service to the Chapter

2013 Chapter President Tom Gerding (L) presenting the Paul Emerick Training Award to Ralph Henderson, Rogue Community College (r), at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting.
2013 Chapter President Tom Gerding (L) presenting the Paul Emerick Training Award to Ralph Henderson, Rogue Community College (r), at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting.

Each year at the chapter Annual Business Meeting, awards are presented to members who have given extraordinary time and service to the chapter. As an association, the support and activity of our members is important for success. 2013 Oregon-Columbia Chapter President Tom Gerding presented the following awards at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting held on Friday, January 10 in Portland.

Bill McNutt Chapter Committee Award

Bill McNutt, past chapter president, was a champion of the chapter’s committee structure. He stressed a belief that is still true today: “The most important work of this chapter is done at the committee level.” Since 1961 the chapter has been recognizing the energy, dedication and selflessness displayed by members who serve on its various committees with this award.

  • Pete Kosky, Star Rentals: In recognition for outstanding commitment, dedication, and leadership as chair of the AGC Golf Tournament Committee

Business Council Chair Award

AGC business councils are a key component of the chapter’s governance structure and largely guide its response to specific industry challenges and opportunities. This award recognizes extraordinary leadership in guiding a council during the previous year.

  • Brian Gray, Knife River – Western Oregon Division: In recognition for outstanding commitment, dedication, and leadership as chair of the Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council

National AGC Committee Award

This award honors efforts “above and beyond the call of duty” on the part of chapter members serving long hours on AGC of America committees.

  • Charles Schrader, Slayden Construction Group, Inc.: In recognition of service to the chapter and commitment to the industry through national AGC committee participation

Paul Emerick Training Award

This award is given in honor of past chapter and national president Paul E. Emerick and recognizes the outstanding efforts of a person or company dedicated to education and training at all levels of the construction industry.

  • Ralph Henderson, Rogue Community College: In recognition of outstanding efforts and dedication to education and training for the construction industry

Ross B. Hammond Labor Relations Award

The Ross B. Hammond Award recognizes a member’s contribution to supporting and promoting union contractor concerns within the Oregon-Columbia Chapter.

  • Bob Okano: In recognition of outstanding service to the chapter and commitment to supporting and promoting union contractor concerns within the Oregon-Columbia Chapter

Board Member Rookie of the Year

Presented to a first-time board member in recognition of their willingness and ability to step in and contribute to the chapter in many valuable ways during their first year on the board of directors.

  • Kyle Izatt, Advanced American Construction: In recognition of outstanding service to the chapter and commitment to the industry through participation on the chapter Board of Directors

Legislator of the Year Award

In recognition of the results of efforts on behalf of the construction industry during the 2013 Oregon Regular and Special Legislative Sessions.

  • House Republican Leader Mike McLane
  • Senator Betsy “15th Vote” Johnson

Presidential Awards

Presidential Awards are presented annually at the prerogative of the chapter president for activities and accomplishments that contribute to the ongoing success of the chapter in its pursuit of excellence as the “voice and choice” of the construction industry.

  • Jim McKune: In recognition for exceptional management of the AGC Center building project
  • John Rakowitz, AGC Staff: In recognition for exceptional leadership and guidance during the 2013 Oregon Legislative Session
  • Robert Schommer, Schommer & Sons, Inc.: In recognition for exceptional leadership and commitment to the success of the chapter foundation auction

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