Volunteer of the Year
AGC Georgia started a new tradition in 2014 of honoring one member for generously giving their time and expertise to the association during the previous 12 months. The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented each June at AGC Georgia's Annual Convention during the Annual Business Meeting.
Individuals earning this award believe that by placing their "company hat" aside and working to do what's best for the entire industry pays a much larger dividend for the company they represent and them personally. While AGC Georgia is proud to recognize these members for their extraordinary efforts, we are grateful to have so many loyal members who eagerly chip in when given an opportunity.
2016 Volunteer of the Year
Vice Chairmain, Holder Construction Company
Mike Kenig is one of the biggest champions for Georgia’s construction industry and AGC Georgia. He proudly carries the AGC Georgia flag and thinks about the future of the construction industry as our chapter’s Workforce Development Task Force chairman. Over the last two years, Mike has attended and presented at meeting after meeting with the state and several area chamber of commerces, the Department of Education, the Technical College System of Georgia, as well as events on the national level to discuss our industry’s need for a sustainable workforce. He continues to dedicate hours to bringing the entire construction industry together to focus on delivering a unified workforce investment message.
2015 Volunteers of the Year
Principal, President/COO, R. W. Allen, LLC
Everyone in construction understands the severity of our industry’s workforce shortage and how it’s affecting construction now and the even greater impact it stands to have in the future. Scott Clark actively works in his community to make a difference. Scott recently took the reins of AGC Georgia’s East Georgia Workforce Alliance and the results have been amazing.
School systems with construction programs from a 10-county region around Augusta know Scott. He not only invites students to frequent R. W. Allen jobsites, but he leads many of the tours. Instructors know him as someone they can count on to support their program, and respect him for holding them accountable on raising the bar for their curriculum. Scott hand delivered $500 checks (to buy practice materials) to each instructor who helped prepare students to compete in the SkillsUSA state competitions this March 2015 in Atlanta.
After visiting them in their construction labs, Scott asked each teacher for a wish list of tools and materials, R. W. Allen, LLC fulfilled them. Later he challenged these teachers to take ownership of a mock SkillsUSA competition at the Augusta Fairgrounds in November 2014. R. W. Allen was a major sponsor of the event, but at Scott’s request, teachers from nine schools were very engaged in organizing it. Over 60 students competed in masonry, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and three levels of welding. These schools each brought additional students to observe so they’ll be ready to compete next year. At this event, Scott also asked local trade contractors to host tables and share more about their trade and its career paths. While his primary focus is taking care of the students and teachers in the east Georgia region, Scott also volunteers time to be an active member in our chapter’s Statewide Workforce Development Taskforce.
Partner, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
Often times, fellow members of Doug’s participating in the Young Leadership Program (YLP) suggest that they can’t figure out how he does his day job since the amount of volunteer hours he gives to AGC of America and AGC Georgia are over and above the normal amount for five people!
Doug is a member of the steering committee for AGC of America’s Construction Leadership Council, the equivalent to AGC Georgia’s YLP. He’s currently vice-chair of this national group and will ascend to the chairman’s role in 2016. As a member of the Construction Leadership Council, Doug is a great cheerleader for AGC Georgia. While sharing best practices honed by our program with others from around the country, he also shares ideas from the national platform with his fellow YLP Council members to help strengthen our group’s services and benefits.
As a member of our local YLP governing group, Doug was engaged in the recent development of a new strategic plan. He is also chair of the speaker taskforce. Each professional development program hosted by the YLP is developed through his group. When YLP takes on charitable projects, Doug serves as our in-house counsel to be sure liabilities are limited to both the YLP and AGC Georgia.
Doug also volunteers his time to help better the industry as an active member on the AGC Georgia Board of Directors and Legislative Committee. Nationally, he’s on the steering committee for the project delivery forum, and editor of the State Construction Law matrix.
Partner, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
Phil Beck is very active in AGC at both the state and national levels. In March 2015, he was recognized by AGC of America as Chairman of the Year for his work leading the Contract Documents Forum. He also earned his Life Governorship which is the highest honor for those serving on the AGC of America board of directors. At AGC Georgia, Phil is an engaged member of Legislative Committee. Beginning in late 2014, Phil began an 8 month term as chairman of the group’s taskforce to craft a legislative remedy to a negative court decision in the Pitts Estate v City of Atlanta. He was asked to take on this leadership role after the very sudden and untimely death of David Hendrick, founding partner of Hendrick, Philips, Salzman & Flatt. Mr. Hendrick had just begun working with taskforce members and chapter staff on important negotiations to draft legislation with representatives of the trial attorneys. Phil did not hesitate to jump in and help in any way he could as the group’s new chairman. His skills were a tremendous asset for Mark Woodall during the negotiations.
Phil volunteered hundreds of hours, attended numerous meetings on behalf of the taskforce members, and provided counsel to Mark through the entire legislative process. His involvement culminated in Governor Deal signing HB 412 into law in May 2015. Thanks to his involvement during the 2014-2015 term, HB 412 corrects the bad court decision in the Pitts case and restates the exclusive remedy employer defense.
2014 Volunteer of the Year
Rob McKinney, LEED AP BD+C
During 2013-2014, as risk manager with J. M. Wilkerson Construction Company, Rob not only accepted the challenge of jump starting our association’s Technology Committee, he volunteered his time to share what he’s learned in his path to increasing Wilkerson’s mobile device technology with his peers. He believes in pushing the envelope, sharing best practices with peers, even those considered competitors, and he is always thinking of new ways he can help AGC Georgia offer more technology training and link staff with industry experts he meets along his learning path.
In January 2014, Rob volunteered his time to teach six sessions by remote video conferencing the Technology Committee’s popular “There’s an App for That."
With endorsement from AGC Georgia, he then volunteered to present a similar topic at the March 2014 AGC of America Convention in Las Vegas. The session was standing room only with more than 100 attendees. And even better, AGC Georgia’s logo was throughout the presentation further solidifying our position as a national leader with incredible members. Rob continues to offer his expertise as chair of the Technology Committee and has become a regular presenter at chapter-level technology forums. AGC of America continues to invite Rob to participate on panels for their IT Forum and Technology Showcases.
Rob (r) is pictured receiving his award plaque with 2013-2014 AGC Georgia President Dave Cyr.