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Jack Kelley (2003)


Jack Kelley (2003) Kelley retired as president of the renowned Brewer, ME-firm of Nickerson & O’Day in 2007, but remains connected to the industry and invested in its future. In fact, the company, which Kelly led for some 25 years, honored its former officer, establishing a scholarship in his name at the University of [read more...]


Larry C. Gaskins (2002)


Larry C. Gaskins (2002) Gaskins touted the importance of the association during his decades-long run as the owner and president of the Jacksonville, FL-based L.C. Gaskins Construction Co. Participation in an association, he once said, is an obligation. He took pride in the fact that his company’s managers and supervisors took full advantage of [read more...]


Robert J. Desjardins (2001)


Robert J. Desjardins (2001) One of Maine’s own, DesJardins was an alumnus of the Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corporation, which he joined in 1967. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maine at Orono and following decades of field experience became the first Mainer to be named an honorary member of the [read more...]


Ralph W. Johnson (2000)


Ralph W. Johnson (2000) Johnson joined the ranks at Turner Construction’s Chicago office as a field engineer, actively seeking and absorbing knowledge as he navigated the many cogs that spin the wheel of a formidable general building construction firm. He worked in field supervision, purchasing, estimating, project management and other areas on the way [read more...]


Terry Deeny (1999)


Terry Deeny (1999) Terry Deeny, like all the presidents in this illustrious lineup, had already built an impressive resume before assuming the AGC presidency. Deeny, whose father founded the stalwart Seattle Deeny Construction firm in 1938, joined the family business in the 1960s. Over the decades, he helped them garner an armful of AGC [read more...]


Peter K.W. Wert (1998)


Peter K.W. Wert (1998) “The family-owned business, I believe, is the core of America’s economic engine,” Pete Wert said back in 2002. Wert, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1960 with a degree in geology made his career in such a business, the one his father-in-law, Haskell Lemon, founded in 1948. Wert [read more...]


J. Howard Mock (1997)


J. Howard Mock (1997) Born in Colorado, Mock acquired a B.S. in in civil engineering and a master of business administration degrees at the University of New Mexico, putting in a couple of years in his father’s home building business, some time at the Shell Oil Co. as a district engineer and two more [read more...]


Lee Wray Russell (1996)


Lee Wray Russell (1996) Russell & Sons, the company his dad founded in 1945, was celebrating its 50-year anniversary right around the time Russell took the helm at the AGC. With modest beginnings as a company that worked primarily on ponds and waterways, over the decades it continued to grow into various arms of [read more...]


Tim D. Word, PE (1995)


Tim D. Word, PE (1995) Proud Texan Timothy Dean Word, Jr. was double degreed, first earning a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M before earning a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1952. Following graduation, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served [read more...]


James W. Lail (1994)


James W. Lail (1994) A native of Georgia, Lail served his country in the Marine Corps before moving to Tennessee to attend the University of Chattanooga, then embarked on a long and storied career. His first job, with Lawson Electric Company, spawned a friendship with a local contractor that resulted in a move to [read more...]

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