Cornerstone - Winter 2015 - (Page 7)

FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Do You Find Value in Your AGC Chapter? BILL SCOTT, III LINBECK GROUP, LLC Last September, I attended the National Chapter Leaders Conference (NCLC) in Washington, D.C. and BuildCon 2015 in San  Diego-both produced by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA). I came away from the events with a huge sense of gratitude for the professional staff that works for us in Washington and the extraordinary work they produce. The Houston chapter also does its share of "heavy lifting," and it's not by chance that we are considered to be a leader in addressing issues that impact our industry on the state and local scene. I left Washington impressed with how much the AGCA staff does to ensure that the federal government does minimal damage to our businesses. The AGC of America representation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) both exemplify why we need a national voice. The national staff has built credibility with both federal agencies, which allows them to influence and provide input into the rule-making process. This is highly valuable because it ensures that our industry's concerns are heard and, in many cases, have an effect on the final rulemaking. Among the Houston members attending the NCLC were James Bryant, Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd. and Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston. We met several representatives who are trying to get work done, despite an overall legislative effort that produces few results. Federal agencies, driven by a liberal administration, are pushing to issue rules and orders that could make our work environment miserable. Because AGCA is respected and valued by most representatives and senators, I can assure you that AGC is making a difference on our behalf. Winter 2016 It was clear from discussions at BuildCon 2015 that many building contractors face similar issues in their chapters and businesses. The lack of a qualified workforce is a serious matter, which is compounded by the rising retirement of many baby boomers and a restricted influx of new faces to our industry. While few chapters have a complete solution, each is collaborating to share best practices and efforts. Houston is addressing the issue through its participation in the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) and the Greater Houston Partnership's UpSkill Houston committee (see page 10 for an article about the work that emanates from this group). Few groups have owners helping to address the worker shortage like C3 is doing and I would encourage you to become an accredited C3 contractor. Skill and safety training are minimum requirements to ensure that we attract new workers to our industry and have an adequate workforce in the future. I highly recommend every general contractor and specialty contractor member join this group. We are fortunate to enjoy one of the strongest economic areas in the country and heightened levels of work. As members of AGC Houston, we benefit from the collective work of our association. To ensure that AGC Houston continues to offer services and benefits relevant to its members, we will soon survey key groups within our organization to gain valuable input. Survey results will be compiled and used in an upcoming strategic planning process scheduled for late 2016. I welcome your feedback on the value of AGC and how to make it more relevant and valuable. I also ask that you reflect on what you can give back to our industry. Please get involved in AGC Houston and give us your time to better the chapter and our industry. ■ AGC Houston Leaders Head to Washington, D.C. for National Chapter Conference AGC chapter leaders descended upon Washington, D.C. for its annual National and Chapter Leadership Conference September 27-30, 2015. Held at the Willard InterContinental Washington, the event brings chapter leaders together to discuss best practices and meet with members of Congress to address AGC's top legislative issues. On hand to represent our chapter were Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston; James  Bryant, Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.; and Bill Scott, III, Linbeck Group, LLC. Pictured against the backdrop of the Washington Monument and the White House are Jerry and Gail Nevlud, Susan and James Bryant and Bill Scott, III. 7

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

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
Meet Your New Board of Directors
Upskill Houston: The nation’s first business-led, community-wide, integrated effort to increase the “middle skills” workforce.
Berger Iron Works Receives AIA Houston Artisan of the Year Design Award
Great Apes Return to Houston: W. S. Bellows Construction Corp. takes on a unique journey to create the Houston Zoo’s African Gorilla Forest
Target Budget Design: Providing Value with Cost Certainty
Past Events
Member News
Index of Advertisers/

Cornerstone - Winter 2015