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signing milestone agreements with four
unions in December 1990.
Watkins believed in surrounding himself
with a team having diverse points of view.
"Your way is not the only way, and it's also
not necessarily the best way," Watkins told
AWCI's Construction Dimension in 2015.
"Keep an open mind. Act like a sponge as
you take in new ideas." Watkins received
the 1995 Pinnacle Award, AWCI's most
prestigious and elite honor.
Michael R. Boyd. Michael R. Boyd of
Garland, Texas, was AWCI president,
1991-1992. Boyd and his brother, Pat
(2002-2003 AWCI president and 2013
Pinnacle Award winner), grew up around
construction, and started working for
their parents at age 11. Boyd won AWCI's
Outstanding Young Member award in 1975.
He served on numerous AWCI committees,
frequently as committee chairman. Boyd was
instrumental in developing AWCI's highly
successful EIFS education and certificate
program and served for a time as chairman
of AWCI's EIFS Curriculum Committee.
Boyd received the Pinnacle Award in 2001.
William A. Bell. William A. Bell, chief
executive officer of Grayhawk Corporation,
Lexington, Ky., was AWCI president,
1992-1993. He was his high school basketball team's "flashy little guard," Construction
Dimensions said. He had a "special brand of
enthusiasm." In 1967, Bell bought Drywall
Inc., ran the business from his garage and

Joint Success
AWCI and CISCA joined
forces in 1997 at AWCI's
80th annual convention
in New Orleans. The
convention had 279
exhibitors, 1,450
exposition attendees
and nearly 2,000
seminar attendees.
AWCI President Stephen
R. Baker (center) said it
was likely AWCI's biggest
convention to date.

built it quickly into a $6 million operation.
Bell diversified into commercial drywall,
metal framing, insulation, acoustical tile
and panel fabrication.
Bell chaired the AWCI Convention
Committee and was 1985 Outstanding
Regional Chairman. He received the J.
D. McNulty Award in 1987, for his work
with prefabrication. In 1997, Bell received
the Pinnacle Award, AWCI's top honor.
James Mark Cassidy. James Mark Cassidy,
owner and president of Cassidy Brothers
Inc., Rosemont, Ill., was AWCI president,
1993-1994. He partnered with his father
in the early 1970s. Cassidy Brothers did

the interior plastering work on high-profile
projects such as Chicago's Sears Tower (now
Willis Tower).
Cassidy promoted the industry tirelessly.
He was president of the Gypsum Drywall
Contractors of Northern Illinois, president
of the Construction Employers Association,
chairman of the Joint Conference Board of
Cook County and founder of the Chicagoland
Construction Safety Council. Cassidy received AWCI's Pinnacle Award in 1988.
Michael L. Chambers. Michael L.
Chambers, president of J & B Acoustical,
Mansfield, Ohio, was AWCI president,
1994-1995. Born into a family of lathers,

AWCI.org
AWCI's website,
awci .org, debuted in
August 1996 . "Anyone from anywhere
around the globe
can go into the
AWCI website and
locate a member
contractor, supplier
or manufacturer,"
said Steven A . Etkin,
AWCI executive
vice president and
CEO, said in the
AWCI Members
Only newsletter .

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Celebrating 100 years

AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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