Skill, Integrity & Responsibility (SIR) Award

This award is the highest honor given to a deserving individual each year at the Annual Convention in June. The SIR Award recipient exemplifies these values embraced by the AGC organization and has consistently demonstrated outstanding service, industry leadership, and involvement in the community.

On June 13, 2017, Philip Edward (“Phil”) Beck (r), a partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP (“Smith Currie”), received the 2017 AGC Georgia SIR Award from Randy Hall, the association's 2016-2017 President.

Phil graduated from UT in 1978, with high honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and remained at UT, where he enrolled in the JD/MBA Joint Degree Program. Phil received both his law degree and his Master of Business Administration Degree (with a concentration in Finance) from UT in 1981.

Phil first became aware of Smith Currie when he interviewed with the firm at the beginning of his second year of law school, as he began contacting Atlanta law firms about the possibility of a summer clerkship. Before interviewing with Smith Currie, Phil did not know there was any such thing as a “construction lawyer,” and he had no prior construction, engineering, or related experience. Phil was impressed with attorneys he met at the firm and the culture of this law firm co-founded by prior SIR Award recipient Overton Currie. Phil clerked for Smith Currie during the summer of 1980 and returned to Atlanta in the fall of 1981 to become a full-time attorney at Smith Currie, where he has now practiced construction law continuously for over 35 years.

He has represented clients in connection with a broad range of construction issues, problems, and disputes arising out of both public and private construction projects throughout the United States and abroad. He has also drafted and reviewed thousands of design and construction contracts. And, he has served as a construction arbitrator and mediator. 

Early in Phil’s legal career at Smith Currie, he became active in AGC – initially AGC Georgia, and later AGC of America. On occasion, Phil has provided legal representation to both AGC Georgia and AGC of America; but most of his work with AGC has been volunteer work. Phil served on the AGC Georgia Board of Directors, is a long-time member of its Legislative Committee, and served on other committees. Phil was named an AGC Georgia Volunteer of the Year for 2014-2015. 

Phil is past Chair of AGC of America’s Service & Supply Council and a past member of national’s Executive Board. He also served as Vice Chair and then Chair of AGC of America’s Contract Documents Forum and was recognized as AGC of America’s 2014 Chair of the Year. Since 2015, Phil has been a Life Governor on AGC’s Board of Governors and a member of the AGC Education and Research Foundation Board of Directors. While Chair of AGC’s Contract Documents Forum, Phil also served a term as Chair of the ConsensusDocs Content Advisory Council (the drafters of the ConsensusDocs contract forms), a Council he served on from 2009 to 2016.

Trying to follow in Overton Currie’s footsteps and following the example of many Smith Currie attorneys, Phil has written and lectured extensively on various topics related to the construction industry and construction law, and has been a featured speaker on numerous programs and seminars sponsored by various educational institutions and construction trade associations. He has also served as an adjunct professor of Construction Law at what was then Southern Polytechnic State University, as well as a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech. Phil is a regular speaker on AGC of America’s Project Manager Course and Advanced Management Program, as well as BIM Courses offered by both AGC Georgia and Carolinas AGC. He also recently spoke at AGC Georgia’s Supervisory Training Program in Dublin, Georgia.

Phil has been ranked as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by the publications Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine each year of the ranking’s existence. He is also listed annually by Chambers USA in its listing of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” and in the publications The Best Lawyers in America and The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers. He has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer rating for both legal ability and ethical standards (the AV Preeminent Rating) for 35 consecutive years.

Phil is happily married to the love of his life, Debbie Alexander Beck. Between them, Phil and Debbie have three wonderful children (Phil’s daughter Allison Beck Dean, and Debbie’s children, Angela Lauren Burton and Alex Pound), two terrific sons-in-law (Dustin Dean and Zack Burton), and one adorable grandchild, Ivy Jean Burton. Tragically, Phil’s son, Andrew Eller Beck, a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he played lacrosse and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering, passed away in 2015, at the age of 28. He is fondly and proudly remembered and lives on in spirit and as a constant inspiration to Phil to be the best person he can be.

Phil is a sports enthusiast, and an avid University of Tennessee and Atlanta Braves fan. When not working, Phil also enjoys playing golf in his standing Sunday afternoon foursome at Capital City Club, and with his AGC friends at AGC events. Phil and Debbie also enjoy spending weekends at their mountain cabin in Big Canoe, as well as spending time with family. Phil’s career-long association with AGC and his many friends and clients whom he has come to know through AGC have greatly enriched his life and his personal and professional development, making him grateful beyond words for the SIR Award he will receive. 

Past honorees of the prestigious SIR Award include:

2016    Chris R. Sheridan, Sheridan Construction
2015    David R. Hendrick, 
Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt
2014    Gary Young, Young Contracting/SE, Inc.
2013    L. Tom Gay, Gay Construction Company
2012    Gerald Driver, Driver Construction Company, Inc.
2011    Roger S. Huggins, Rogers Construction Company
2010    Presley Daniel “Dan” Yates, Jr., Yates Insurance Agency, Inc.
2009    E. Turner Collins, Jr., Collins & Company
2008    E. Ray Morris, Venture Construction Company
2007    Raymond Moody, Batson-Cook Company
2006    Overton A. Currie, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
2005    Doug Bodenhamer, Capital Construction Company
2004    Ted Cooper, Cooper & Company General Contractors, Inc.
2003    Ed Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company
2002    Gerald V. (Jerry) Anderson, Jr., Anderson Construction Company of Fort Gaines
2001    T. Thorne Flagler, III, The Flagler Company
2000    Edward Van Winkle, Jr., Van Winkle Construction
1999    W. Hayes Hoobler, Capital Construction Company
1998    Carroll L. Carter, Chris R. Sheridan & Company
1997    Herb Edwards, Beers Construction Company
1996    George Reddick, Jr., Reddick Construction Company
1995    John F. Chambless, Georgia Branch, AGC
1994    John W. Holliday, Sr., Holliday Construction Company, Inc.
1993    Charles H. Foster, Jr., Foster & Company General Contractors, Inc.
1992    Marvin M. Black, Marvin M. Black Company
1991    Cliff C. Glover, Batson-Cook Company
1990    T. R. Benning, Jr., Benning Construction Company
1989    C. P. Richards, ABCO Builders, Inc.
1987    Thomas P. Samford, T & B - Scottdale Contractors, Inc.
1986    T. T. Flagler, Jr., The Flagler Company
1985    J. Doyle Butler, Jr., Capital Construction Company
1984    Robert H. Strickland, Georgia Branch, AGC
1983    Ira H. Hardin, Hardin Construction Group, Inc.

2013 L. Tom Gay, Gay Construction Company
2012 Gerald Driver, Driver Construction Company, Inc.
2011 Roger S. Huggins, Rogers Construction Company
2010 Presley Daniel “Dan” Yates, Jr., Yates Insurance Agency, Inc.
2009 E. Turner Collins, Jr., Collins & Company
2008 E. Ray Morris, Venture Construction Company
2007 Raymond Moody, Batson-Cook Company
2006 Overton A. Currie, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
2005 Doug Bodenhamer, Capital Construction Company
2004 Ted Cooper, Cooper & Company General Contractors, Inc.
2003 Ed Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company
2002 Gerald V. (Jerry) Anderson, Jr., Anderson Construction Company of Fort Gaines
2001 T. Thorne Flagler, III, The Flagler Company
2000 Edward Van Winkle, Jr., Van Winkle Construction
1999 W. Hayes Hoobler, Capital Construction Company
1998 Carroll L. Carter, Chris R. Sheridan & Company
1997 Herb Edwards, Beers Construction Company
1996 George Reddick, Jr., Reddick Construction Company
1995 John F. Chambless, Georgia Branch, AGC
1994 John W. Holliday, Sr., Holliday Construction Company, Inc.
1993 Charles H. Foster, Jr., Foster & Company General Contractors, Inc.
1992 Marvin M. Black, Marvin M. Black Company
1991 Cliff C. Glover, Batson-Cook Company
1990 T. R. Benning, Jr., Benning Construction Company
1989 C. P. Richards, ABCO Builders, Inc.
1987 Thomas P. Samford, T & B - Scottdale Contractors, Inc.
1986 T. T. Flagler, Jr., The Flagler Company
1985 J. Doyle Butler, Jr., Capital Construction Company
1984 Robert H. Strickland, Georgia Branch, AGC
1983 Ira H. Hardin, Hardin Construction Group, Inc.Past honorees of the prestigious SIR Award include:
2013 L. Tom Gay, Gay Construction Company
2012 Gerald Driver, Driver Construction Company, Inc.
2011 Roger S. Huggins, Rogers Construction Company
2010 Presley Daniel “Dan” Yates, Jr., Yates Insurance Agency, Inc.
2009 E. Turner Collins, Jr., Collins & Company
2008 E. Ray Morris, Venture Construction Company
2007 Raymond Moody, Batson-Cook Company
2006 Overton A. Currie, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
2005 Doug Bodenhamer, Capital Construction Company
2004 Ted Cooper, Cooper & Company General Contractors, Inc.
2003 Ed Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company
2002 Gerald V. (Jerry) Anderson, Jr., Anderson Construction Company of Fort Gaines
2001 T. Thorne Flagler, III, The Flagler Company
2000 Edward Van Winkle, Jr., Van Winkle Construction
1999 W. Hayes Hoobler, Capital Construction Company
1998 Carroll L. Carter, Chris R. Sheridan & Company
1997 Herb Edwards, Beers Construction Company
1996 George Reddick, Jr., Reddick Construction Company
1995 John F. Chambless, Georgia Branch, AGC
1994 John W. Holliday, Sr., Holliday Construction Company, Inc.
1993 Charles H. Foster, Jr., Foster & Company General Contractors, Inc.
1992 Marvin M. Black, Marvin M. Black Company
1991 Cliff C. Glover, Batson-Cook Company
1990 T. R. Benning, Jr., Benning Construction Company
1989 C. P. Richards, ABCO Builders, Inc.
1987 Thomas P. Samford, T & B - Scottdale Contractors, Inc.
1986 T. T. Flagler, Jr., The Flagler Company
1985 J. Doyle Butler, Jr., Capital Construction Company
1984 Robert H. Strickland, Georgia Branch, AGC
1983 Ira H. Hardin, Hardin Construction Group, Inc.
 
2013 L. Tom Gay, Gay Construction Company
2012 Gerald Driver, Driver Construction Company, Inc.
2011 Roger S. Huggins, Rogers Construction Company
2010 Presley Daniel “Dan” Yates, Jr., Yates Insurance Agency, Inc.
2009 E. Turner Collins, Jr., Collins & Company
2008 E. Ray Morris, Venture Construction Company
2007 Raymond Moody, Batson-Cook Company
2006 Overton A. Currie, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
2005 Doug Bodenhamer, Capital Construction Company
2004 Ted Cooper, Cooper & Company General Contractors, Inc.
2003 Ed Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company
2002 Gerald V. (Jerry) Anderson, Jr., Anderson Construction Company of Fort Gaines
2001 T. Thorne Flagler, III, The Flagler Company
2000 Edward Van Winkle, Jr., Van Winkle Construction
1999 W. Hayes Hoobler, Capital Construction Company
1998 Carroll L. Carter, Chris R. Sheridan & Company
1997 Herb Edwards, Beers Construction Company
1996 George Reddick, Jr., Reddick Construction Company
1995 John F. Chambless, Georgia Branch, AGC
1994 John W. Holliday, Sr., Holliday Construction Company, Inc.
1993 Charles H. Foster, Jr., Foster & Company General Contractors, Inc.
1992 Marvin M. Black, Marvin M. Black Company
1991 Cliff C. Glover, Batson-Cook Company
1990 T. R. Benning, Jr., Benning Construction Company
1989 C. P. Richards, ABCO Builders, Inc.
1987 Thomas P. Samford, T & B - Scottdale Contractors, Inc.
1986 T. T. Flagler, Jr., The Flagler Company
1985 J. Doyle Butler, Jr., Capital Construction Company
1984 Robert H. Strickland, Georgia Branch, AGC
1983 Ira H. Hardin, Hardin Construction Group, nPast honorees of the prestigious SIR Award include:
2013 L. Tom Gay, Gay Construction Company
2012 Gerald Driver, Driver Construction Company, Inc.
2011 Roger S. Huggins, Rogers Construction Company
2010 Presley Daniel “Dan” Yates, Jr., Yates Insurance Agency, Inc.
2009 E. Turner Collins, Jr., Collins & Company
2008 E. Ray Morris, Venture Construction Company
2007 Raymond Moody, Batson-Cook Company
2006 Overton A. Currie, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
2005 Doug Bodenhamer, Capital Construction Company
2004 Ted Cooper, Cooper & Company General Contractors, Inc.
2003 Ed Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company
2002 Gerald V. (Jerry) Anderson, Jr., Anderson Construction Company of Fort Gaines
2001 T. Thorne Flagler, III, The Flagler Company
2000 Edward Van Winkle, Jr., Van Winkle Construction
1999 W. Hayes Hoobler, Capital Construction Company
1998 Carroll L. Carter, Chris R. Sheridan & Company
1997 Herb Edwards, Beers Construction Company
1996 George Reddick, Jr., Reddick Construction Company
1995 John F. Chambless, Georgia Branch, AGC
1994 John W. Holliday, Sr., Holliday Construction Company, Inc.
1993 Charles H. Foster, Jr., Foster & Company General Contractors, Inc.
1992 Marvin M. Black, Marvin M. Black Company
1991 Cliff C. Glover, Batson-Cook Company
1990 T. R. Benning, Jr., Benning Construction Company
1989 C. P. Richards, ABCO Builders, Inc.
1987 Thomas P. Samford, T & B - Scottdale Contractors, Inc.
1986 T. T. Flagler, Jr., The Flagler Company
1985 J. Doyle Butler, Jr., Capital Construction Company
1984 Robert H. Strickland, Georgia Branch, AGC
1983 Ira H. Hardin, Hardin Construction Group, Inc.
 

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