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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
“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
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.
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