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AGC Houston Presents 2016 Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Awards, Standard of Excellence Recipient and Recognizes Leadership AGC Class of 2016 Graduates THANKS TO THE PATrICK J. KILEy ExCELLENCE IN LEADErSHIP Awards, nine Houston-area college-bound and university students received scholarships to pursue degrees in a construction-related discipline. AGC Houston held the annual event on April 14, 2016 at the HESS Club, which also served to present AGC of America scholarships to deserving university students; recognize the Standard of Excellence Award recipient; and celebrate the Leadership AGC Class of 2016 participants. Guests were treated to a heartfelt presentation by Texas A&M University's Bob Segner, Professor of Construction Science, Associate Department Head, who encouraged each young construction professional to "be a lifelong learner, always do the right thing, and maintain an ironclad work ethic." Professor Segner introduced each scholarship recipient with a short biography and each was congratulated by Patrick J. Kiley, Kiley Advisors, LLC; Jason Kopke, Marek Sawing & Drilling, LLC; and Stan Marek, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. with a framed certificate and an AGC Houston hardhat. In its 21st year, the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship program has awarded 122 scholarships, representing $418,000. Congratulations to everyone and many thanks to our generous members who continue to support our industry's future! 2016 Patrick J. Kiley Excellence In Leadership Scholarship Award Winners. Patrick J. Kiley introduced Bob Segner, Professor of Construction Science, Associate Department Head, Department of Construction Science, Texas A&M University. 20 Bob Segner, Professor of Construction Science at Texas A&M, encouraged the scholarship recipients to be lifelong learners and maintain an ironclad work ethic. RuthAnn Ritchie This marks the third year that Brookstone, LP employee RuthAnn Ritchie has earned a Patrick J. Kiley Scholarship. A single mother, full time Project Engineer, and a junior at the University of Houston studying Construction Science, RuthAnn hopes to complete her studies and earn a minor in Business. "Working full time and taking nine hours a semester can be very stressful, and still manage to lead a normal life," she confessed. In May, RuthAnn was wrapping up Construction Law & Ethics, Construction Scheduling & Planning and Trigonometry classes and planned on taking Accounting Principles I and II during the summer. Celebrating eight years with Brookstone, LP on April 2, 2016, the road to Project Manager has been circuitous and not typical. "Most of my classmates at UH have been working in the field like me. I really fell into this business after my marriage ended. I was a stay-at-home mom with a background in auto finance. Having to reenter the workforce, I did not want to return to the type of work I did before." RuthAnn interviewed for a position with Brookstone, LP as a project coordinator. "During my interview, I knew I landed in the right place. I have always been intrigued by the construction business and knew that it was for me. I enjoy learning from supervisors and workers-taking every opportunity to work at jobsites. I like the fast-paced environment of this business and it brings new opportunities to learn on the job." She also realized that her future could be much more enriched if she to pursued a degree in construction management. "When my daughter graduated from high school and was going to apply for college, that's when I knew that I, too, wanted a professional degree." RuthAnn has enjoyed seeing more women enter the construction field. "It's a great a great career choice for women and don't let your gender be a deterrent. Don't feel like you are too old to get into this business. It took me two years to register for classes at University of Houston. I was so scared to fail. But because I have so much support and my team keeps me accountable, I have been able to succeed. Never give up. Get to know people within your organization to whom you can turn to. There will be times that you want to quit, but keep on chugging!" Cornerstone

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Summer 2016

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
In Memoriam: Jack Marshall and Dave Chapman
Case Study: A Look at How Vaughn Construction Rebuilt UTMB’s Galveston’s Clinical Services Wing After Hurricane Ike
Temporary Employees: Who Really is the Employer?
Successful Workforce Development Practices: An Update on the UpSkill Houston Initiative in the Construction Sector
AGC Houston Presents 2016 Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Awards, Standard of Excellence Recipient and Recognizes Leadership AGC Class of 2016 Graduates
Scenes from the 25th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Fair
Past Events
Member News
Index of Advertisers/

Cornerstone - Summer 2016