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excitement of the job. And you might work on 15 or 20 projects
a year, getting exposed to all different types of construction. It
was never a dull moment."
Which was never truer the day that John Caddell, then
Blount's president and CEO, was handed a golden parachute in
1983 after more than 31 years at the helm.
Caddell, then in his early 50s, was hardly ready to retire.
"Two weeks later, he started his own company - working
out of his house," says Stewart. "He and his wife, Joyce, along
with their son, Kirby - who I knew better than John at that
time - started the company with a used Mercedes as a large
part of the net worth."
They called and asked Stewart if he'd like to come onboard.
"My wife was pregnant with our third child at the time. They
had no insurance and really no company, but just knowing what
John had done at Blount, it was kind of a no-brainer."
Stewart joined their makeshift crew, working out of Caddell's
house.
Fast-forward 11 years and Caddell had grown, and in 1994,
the upstart company bought what was left of the former giant.
Stewart stayed in estimating and moved through the ranks, first
to chief estimator, then VP of the department. The estimating
group, which started out with three or four, today boasts more
than 20.
Of course, Stewart is now the company's CEO, but there are
many capable hands at the helm to allow him the freedom to
focus on his AGC presidency for this exceptional centennial year.

THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS
"We obviously want to celebrate 100 years," he notes, "that's
a great accomplishment! There are so many special people who
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have gotten us where we are, and the industry's changed quite
a bit - and that's noteworthy."
Even so, his theme - Focused on the Future - states a clear
intent.
"We can't just sit on our hundred-year laurels," he says.
"It's great that we've accomplished the centennial, but you
can say the same thing about AGC that you would any stock
prospectus: past performance is no guarantee of future results.
And so Focused on the Future is about staying in touch with what
will keep AGC relevant for the next hundred years."
Many changes, he says - the bulk of them in the last 10 or
15 years - have allowed the association and the industry to see
more advancement - great leaps forward - than in the many
decades prior.
"So, [the theme] is really about looking at what the next 20
or 30 years are going to look like and based on that - what will
AGC look like...? There are so many innovations, techniques
and ideas out there being introduced in construction, and as an
industry we can do better in adopting them faster."
He's discussed these advances with colleagues and found
some to be skeptical.
"'Yeah,' they'll say, 'that's great but it probably won't happen
for another hundred years.' I disagree."
Stewart cites robotics, 3D printing and rapid advancement in
prefabrication as just a handful of modernizations to which AGC
should pay close attention.
"In some cases, it's still rudimentary technology; but it's happening now! The Corps of Engineers just recently 3D printed the
largest concrete building to date up in Illinois (it's true, the project
came out of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
in Champaign; the structure totaled 512 square feet). All this
innovation is going to change our industry, and when it does,
AGC needs to be able to adapt."
Outgoing President Art Daniel, for one, believes Stewart will
help guide the association toward that goal and into this brave,
new world of technology.
"He brings a unique energy and passion for the industry, so I
think he's going to pick up the torch and carry it just fine," says
Daniel of his colleague. "We've worked closely together leading
into the centennial year and have had lots of talks about this great
monument, but we don't want to get bogged down in history.
Eddie firmly believes that we need to be looking forward, which
I think bodes very well for the industry and the association."
Daniel describes Stewart as measured and thoughtful.
"He tends to quietly gather all the facts, and he listens to
people's thoughts," says the 2017 president. "He deliberates

Focused on the Future is about staying
in touch with what will keep AGC
relevant for the next hundred years.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Focused on the Future
Simonson Says
2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
Span Cycles
Chapter Connection
Technology Toolbox
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 8
Constructor - March/April 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 10
Constructor - March/April 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Focused on the Future
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 18
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Simonson Says
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Span Cycles
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Chapter Connection
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Technology Toolbox
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Legislative and Regulatory News
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Member and Chapter News
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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