Young Leadership Program Member of the Year Award
AGC Georgia started a tradition in 2016 of honoring YLP members for exceptional contributions in one or more areas of the program’s three key objectives; Charitable Works, Leadership Development and Networking. The YLP Member of the Year Award is presented each June at AGC Georgia's Annual Convention during the Annual Business Meeting.
2017 YLP Member of the Year
Matt Lee, Project Manager, Young Contracting
Matt(l) is pictured receiving his award plaque with 2016-2017 AGC Georgia President Randy Hall.
In late 2015, our Young Leadership Program submitted an ambitious application to host AGC of America’s national conference for emerging leaders in our industry. Our chapter was selected, and the conference was held in Atlanta October 2016. The event was a tremendous success, setting a record for attendance by young leaders across the country and solidifying the conference’s reputation as a premier professional development opportunity.
The driving force behind the organization of that three-day meeting—and the person most responsible for its success—was Matt Lee. He worked relentlessly to secure and to arrange logistics for jobsite tours of both the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park. Matt also coordinated content with the professional development speakers, secured sponsorships to defray the chapter’s costs, and stepped up at the last minute to fill a gap in the program by volunteering to moderate a panel of other young leaders himself.
In addition to his work on the national Leadership Development Conference, Matt has also spearheaded the YLP’s charitable project for the Baker family. One-year-old Bo Baker has been diagnosed with a rare and incurable genetic disease known as AGS. Matt saw a family in need of help, brought it to the attention of the YLP, and is administering the YLP’s donation of in-kind services and $20,000 to retrofit the family’s home to meet Bo’s special needs.
During the 2016-2017 YLP year, Matt also continued his service on the AGC Georgia Political Action Committee Board of Trustees and became a member of the AGC of America Business Development Forum Steering Committee. Matt is involved at his alma mater, Georgia Southern University, and recently served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee, and the Civil Engineering and Construction Management Industry Advisory Board. He has been recognized among Georgia Southern alumni as one of the “40 Under 40” demonstrating excellence and leadership in the community.
2016 YLP Member of the Year
Jacob Patton, CEO, All-State Electric
Jacob (l) is pictured receiving his award plaque with 2015-2016 AGC Georgia president Trey Anderson.
Jacob Patton's dedication to multiple projects and activities has been instrumental in the YLP efforts throughout the 2015-2016 program year. From the first mention of working with the Cox family in Forsyth, Georgia to rebuild their home after a devastating fire, Jacob took the lead. This project was not only the largest the YLP had taken on, but the most complex due to special needs for the couple’s young daughter. This project was a mammoth undertaking and was a success thanks to Jacob’s efforts.
He is also very involved in our effort to increase YLP services to members in Central Georgia. While serving as CEO of his own firm, he has been involved in planning, coordinating and recruiting attendees for networking events and leadership development sessions hosted in the area.
In addition, Jacob supports YLP fundraising and recruited the most sponsorship dollars for the group's first annual sporting clays fundraiser in November 2015.