Cornerstone - Spring 2015 - (Page 12)

FROM THE 2013 & 2014 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Thank You! It's been a Great Two Years STEVE MECHLER BALFOUR BEATTY CONSTRUCTION We are blessed to live in a state and city that are at the epicenter of an unprecedented construction boom and thriving economy that caused it. Now that my chairmanship has come to the end of its two-year term, I believe that our Chapter is stronger than ever. I would like to thank our Board of Directors, the AGC Houston staff, President/CEO Jerry Nevlud, Vice Chairman Bill Scott, III, and all of the hundreds of members who support our chapter in numerous ways. We have accomplished much over the past two years- such as meeting or exceeding our AGC Houston budget, which kept our Chapter on solid financial ground. Two of our most important endeavors are our ongoing Construction Career Collaboration (C3) and our diversity initiative. C3 is in its fifth year and continues to gain momentum, with its mission of building a stronger sustainable workforce and promoting the construction industry as a career choice. Houston owners, general contractors, and specialty contractors are working to attract, train, and retain the craft workforce necessary to build our great city. Last year, we established a C3 board of directors, hired Chuck Gremillion to lead the organization, and funded several beta projects with measurable, positive results. C3 is being embraced by the Greater Houston Partnership and other organizations. Visit www.constructioncareercollaborative.org for more info. AGC Houston's second mission is our diversity initiative, launched last year. The "program" is designed to improve the capacity of our MWBE general contractors and subcontractors. It is still in its infancy and must mature quickly in order to meet the large $2 billionper-year demand of public projects being planned by the area's independent school districts, the City of Houston, Harris County, the Port of Houston, Houston Airport Systems, community colleges, and the higher education institutions. The MWBE target percentages are 25-35 percent with capacity only meeting about a quarter of the requirements. There is much work to be accomplished through other issues that AGC Houston is championing. Please get... and stay connected in 2015! The heart of our success comes from your engagement to advocate, promote, and protect our commercial construction industry. I confidently leave our organization in great hands with Bill Scott, III as our 2015 & 2016 Chairman. ■ 12 To what extent has your involvement in local, state, and national involvement with AGC helped your career and our industry? Serving as the Chairman of AGC Houston has helped me engage our members and address our industry issues with more knowledge and passion. It has also helped to get me closer to many owners while working side by side on pressing issues that face our industry. It has helped Balfour Beatty Construction be recognized as one of the top general contractors in Houston. Being involved locally and attending our national conventions has opened my eyes to the great good that AGC does for our industry. What AGC Houston accomplishments are you most pleased about during your term as Chairman and why? Our Construction Career Collaborative (C3), and diversity initiatives continue to be the most pressing matters facing our industry in Houston. The third accomplishment that I am most proud of is the renewed engagement of our members-from forming and leading our committees to recruiting new members. We have six new Board of Directors members starting this year who are bringing fresh new ideas and passion. Name several defining moments of your career and how they shaped you into who you are today. First, was beginning my career with the Linbeck Group, LLC, which I was part of for over 10 years. The integrity and training that they provided set the foundation for a great start to my career. The second was becoming part of Maxwell Company doing smaller projects with several of my fellow Texas A&M friends and growing the company to become SpawMaxwell in 1998. The third defining moment was Tropical Storm Allison which flooded our city in 2001. On June 5, 2001, the Southeast Texas region was placed on alert to prepare for heavy rains and potential flooding. The next day, Tropical Storm Allison reached land, resulting in approximately 20 inches of rain being dumped in the greater Houston area. While floodwaters rose during the night at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital, patient care continued until 3 a.m. when all electrical systems were submerged in water and the power to all buildings stopped. We were hired to construct three of four pavilions for Memorial Hermann Hospital, which needed to get back up and running within 39 calendar days. While working on Robertson Pavilion, Jones Pavilion, and Cullen Pavilion, I have never seen such teamwork for an absolutely worthy cause. Some owners even delayed or stopped projects we were working on so that we could use their supervision and manpower. Lastly, when SpawMaxwell was acquired by Balfour Beatty Construction in 2009. It has enabled our company to grow, yet retain our core special projects business. We have added three other business units: Large Projects, Education, and Multi-Family. What's your best advice for young professionals in the commercial construction industry? To be successful, you must be emotionally intelligent and know how to connect with people from CEOs to our great craftsmen. Also, you have to learn how to become a selfless leader. Leadership and emotional intelligence contribute to about 80 percent of the success and the other 20 percent is the nuts and bolts of commercial construction. A lot of this can be learned by becoming part of the AGC-starting at the committee level to the Board of Directors. What a great place to get to know your peers, subcontractors, vendors and owners who make up a huge part of this fabulous construction industry! Cornerstone http://www.constructioncareercollaborative.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2015

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
From the 2013 & 2014 Chairman of the Board, Steve Mechler
From the 2013 & 2014 Chairman of the Board, Steve Mechler
Derivative Sovereign Immunity for Contractors on Government Projects
Derivative Sovereign Immunity for Contractors on Government Projects
Nurturing the Next Generation of AGC Houston Leaders
Nurturing the Next Generation of AGC Houston Leaders
Past Events
Past Events
Member News
Member News
Reclaiming The Workforce
Reclaiming The Workforce
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com

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