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Growing Up with AGC INCOMING AGC PRESIDENT PAUL DIEDERICH CARRIES A PASSION FOR THE INDUSTRY AND THE ASSOCIATION BY DEBRA WOOD A “TORNADO BABY,” 2013 AGC PRESIDENT Paul Diederich has spun a life devoted to his family business and strengthening the construction industry through the AGC. “It’s been a blessed life,” says Diederich, president of Industrial Builders in Fargo, N.D. “And I think it was because there was some sort of destiny that caused me to be on this planet. It has been enjoyable to think every day has been here for a purpose, and I’m trying to make the most of it.” Diederich began life on March 14, 1958, nine months after a tornado leveled his parents’ home. His granddad pulled his mom, Irene, and siblings from the rubble, while his father, Warren, rushed home from a job in Bismarck, N.D. That storm also wiped out the basement office of Industrial Builders, the family business. His brother Donn and sister, Laura, continue working at the fi rm. Another brother, Mike, has retired. “Industrial Builders and AGC have been part of my life since I can remember,” says Diederich, who remembers cleaning grease out of a Bay City Crane as a teen and driving the company truck as soon as he received a license at age 14, only to have a fender bender a few months later. “It’s the only accident I have had in a company vehicle,” he says. Industrial Builders and the Diederich family have a long tradition of supporting AGC. Company records from 1961 indicate the board recommended paying $3,000 to Warren Diederich for expenses related to his attending an AGC annual conference while on “an AGC vacation” and serving as president of AGC of North Dakota. Diederich remembers staying home while his parents went to the meetings and them coming home talking about the interesting people they met and learning things they would otherwise not have known. “I grew up with the idea the AGC was not only a good idea for a business but also for personal development and building knowledge a contractor needs to know,” Diederich says. Diederich has drawn on that early memory and made “Building Knowledge” the theme of his presidency, based on his passion for education and all of the things he has learned from AGC. AN EARLY CONNECTION WITH AGC Diederich fi rst formally volunteered with AGC of America while as a student in Arizona State University’s construction program. He wanted to venture further from home than where his parents went to college and experience more of the world. He felt ASU would help him learn the contracting business. He served on the Student Chapter Task Force for AGC of America’s Construction Education Committee and was chairman of the task force beginning in 1980. 16 constructor | M ARCH/ APRI L 2013 Diederich’s theme “Building Knowledge” encompasses a broad range of possibilities beyond what many may think of as education.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor -March/April 2013

Editor's Note
President's Message
CEO's Letter
Growing up with AGC
Constructor Marketplace
Off-Site Modular Construction Improves Quality and Safety of Projects
Technology Toolbox
Constructive Commentary
Index To Advertisers

Constructor -March/April 2013