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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...]


Byron L. Farrell (1993)


Byron L. Farrell (1993) After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering, Farrell joined the ranks of the longstanding Illinois firm founded by his father-in-law: Helmkamp Construction Co. in the 1960s. By the following decade, Farrell and his team had grown the company into an excavating, trucking and equipment rental giant [read more...]


Robins H. Jackson (1992)


Robins H. Jackson (1992) Careful stewardship and an intelligent balance between protecting the environment and economic growth were among the hallmarks of Jackson’s presidency. Born in Illinois but raised in Iowa, Jackson graduated from Iowa State with a civil engineering degree, at first joining his brother’s small firm, then moving into the realm of [read more...]


Marvin M. Black (1991)


Marvin M. Black (1991) The Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, named for this past president, is among the most highly coveted honors in the industry. Black, a Georgia contractor whose company had a hand in many well-known projects, including work on the University of Georgia Bulldogs’ Sanford Stadium, was known for his innate [read more...]


Daniel Kirk Fordice (1990)


Daniel Kirk Fordice (1990) A native of Memphis, TN, Fordice studied engineering at Purdue University, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees before serving with the United States Army as an engineer officer. After leaving the armed forces, Fordice settled in Vicksburg, MS, taking over the company his father founded – Fordice Construction Co. – [read more...]


Paul Emerick (1989)


Paul Emerick (1989) Emerick, who became chairman of AGC’s Building Division and chaired and served on dozens of other committees, began his professional life as a teacher who built houses in his spare time on weekends. Before long, word of his skills spread and Emerick Construction was born. Over the decades, he became known [read more...]


James W. Supica (1988)


James W. Supica (1988) Supica served on the AGC’s joint cooperative committee with the Missouri State Highway Department for a time before moving on to head the Lenexa, KS-based United Construction. He served in top positions at construction associations in both states, though the latter eventually became home. A highway contractor who, among other [read more...]


Dana Huestis (1987)


Dana Huestis (1987) His late father founded Falls Construction Company in 1947 and the family still runs the business out of its original location. Dana followed in his dad’s footsteps, and went on to become the company president, as did his brother, Guy. Huestis’ active involvement with AGC was hardly the only feather in [read more...]

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