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FROM THE PRESIDENT/CEO

Understanding and Growing a
Diverse Contracting
Community
Engaging in the Knowns and Unknowns

JERRY NEVLUD
AGC HOUSTON

"As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also
know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we
do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns-the ones we don't know we
don't know."
Donald Rumsfeld - 13th and 21st United States Secretary of Defense
AGC HOUSTON IS FIRMLY COMMITTED
to the efforts of creating a sustainable
workforce in the commercial construction industry. We are equally committed
to not only growing the capacity of the
minority contracting community but also
to assisting those companies in achieving
long-term success. One thing I have found
out in participating on the committees,
boards and taskforces associated with both
of these worthwhile initiatives is that it's
important that all involved engage and
acknowledge in what we know and what
we don't know.
The chapter's effort on developing a sustainable workforce is dedicated to its work
with The Construction Career Collaborative
(C3) and with the Construction Sector of
the Greater Houston Partnership's UpSkill
Houston initiative. The success to date
and the continued momentum of both of
these organizations is directly related to the

input of general and specialty contractors,
building owners, academics, architects and
community-based organizations. Sharing
what is known and understanding what is
not known is helping to establish a more
surefooted path forward.
Increasing minority contractor capacity was a top directive from the chapter's
2012 strategic planning session. Early on,
the Diversity Committee realized the success for growing capacity was in the ability to help minority businesses grow to a
sustainable level. Again, the opinions of
the contractor community, minority contractors, public officials, surety representative and training directors are helping
to develop the next best steps. The data
gathered from the recently released survey,
coupled with the first of many interviews
with minority contractors, is helping the
committee to better focus on customizing
its mentoring program.

AGC Houston Staff
Jerry Nevlud: President/CEO
Ada Lam: Chief Financial Officer
Charlene Anthony: Senior Director Construction Futures, Education
Catherine Bezman: Senior Director Communications, Marketing
Kim Mason: Director of Safety Services
Shannon Giordano: Director,
Membership & Events

Tamara Hancock: Executive Administrator,
Government Affairs,
Industry Liaison, Diversity
Amy Mui: Director of Finance
Anavell Trevino: Administrative Assistant
Brenda Ward: Administrative Assistant/
Building Services Coordinator
Tasha Hernandez: Administrative Assistant

Fall 2017

From a personal standpoint, I must say that
it is a privilege to work with individuals from
so many different disciplines-general and
specialty contractors, academia, communitybased organizations, public entities, minority
startups, etc. To say that every individual has
a different idea, a different opinion or even no
understanding to each specific point, would
be an understatement. However, to make the
best decision, it is important that each of us
knows from where the other is coming from.
As Stephen Covey listed as habit #5 in his
bestseller, Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People or as it is stated in the Prayer of
St. Francis (Peace Prayer), "seek first to understand, then to be understood."
AGC Houston's tagline states, we are
"bringing people together to discuss the
issues important to our industry." That
often entails sharing more of what we
don't know-or what we thought we didn't
know-than what we know we know. ■

AGC Houston Mission
Bringing people together to advance
the issues important to the commercial
construction industry.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Fall 2017

From the Chairman of the Board, James Bryant
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
Houston-Area Construction Companies Team Up to Promote National Safety Stand-Down
OSHA Launches Application to Electronically Submit Injury, Illness Data
Midyear Safety Meeting and Networking Breakfast Recognizes Excellence in Safety
The Revised AIA Prime Contract
New Technologies Present New Liabilities
AGC Houston Members Head to Pacific Northwest for State Convention
Menil Drawing Institute Gets Ready to Open Its Doors
Member News
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - Intro
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - ebelly1
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - ebelly2
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 4
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 5
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - From the Chairman of the Board, James Bryant
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Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 8
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - Houston-Area Construction Companies Team Up to Promote National Safety Stand-Down
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 11
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 12
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - OSHA Launches Application to Electronically Submit Injury, Illness Data
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - Midyear Safety Meeting and Networking Breakfast Recognizes Excellence in Safety
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 15
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - The Revised AIA Prime Contract
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 17
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 18
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - New Technologies Present New Liabilities
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - AGC Houston Members Head to Pacific Northwest for State Convention
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Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - 22
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - Menil Drawing Institute Gets Ready to Open Its Doors
Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - Member News
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Cornerstone - Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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