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When did Veterans Day start and why is it on November 11?

Veterans Day began in 1919 as Armistice Day, marking the date when Germany and the allies signed a 1918 agreement to cease World War I hostilities. Earlier in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, saying: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory."
 

 

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities End 11-16-2017
 
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Membership Benefits
AGC members are eligible to participate in more than 20 discount programs specially designed to meet the needs of contractors. Whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle for your fleet or for ways to cut costs on fuel and shipping, AGC programs can save you money. Enroll and maximize the value of your membership. Discover more.



  • Up to a 16-month rate guarantee for new members under the program! 
  • AGC member companies that join the Medical Program November 1, 2017 or later will have guaranteed rates through March 1, 2019
  • 65 companies enrolled in program, generating more than $10 million a year in premiums
 
  
The Associated General Contractors of America, in collaboration with ClickSafety, is pleased to offer ClickSafety training to member firms, further solidifying AGC's commitment to Safety training. As a result of this collaboration, all AGC member firms are eligible for a 10% percent discount on ClickSafety training courses.
AGC News
Celebrating 100 Years of Construction!
February 26-28, 2018 | New Orleans, LA

Celebrate the 100th anniversary at the Boogie Woogie Bugle Bash, benefiting the Education & Research Foundation. February 25, 2018, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. at the National WWII Museum.

Click here for all the conference and gala details.

AGC Houston is pleased to announce that applications for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence In Leadership Scholarship are now being accepted through January 31, 2018. We're excited to announce that a new streamlined scholarship application process is being implemented this year. The Greater Houston Community Foundation will be managing the applications.

Applicants will need to set up an account, identify the scholarship and complete the application online.

For specific information related to the application process, please click here.
AGC of America Chief Executive Officer Stephen E. Sandherr and Tom Couling, Zachry Construction, the chair of AGC’s environmental forum, joined senior officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  in the launch of the agency’s Smart Sectors program.  EPA invited AGC to partner on an aggressive effort to eliminate or improve harmful rules that have failed to deliver results and stifled economic growth.

For more information, go to www.epa.gov/smartsectors or contact Melinda Tomaino at (703) 837-5415 or tomainom@agc.org.
Hurricane Recovery Work May Have Boosted Employment Levels Slightly, But Overall Conditions Remain Strong for Construction Sector Even As Employers Work to Address Growing Labor Shortages

Construction employment increased by 11,000 jobs in October to the highest level in nine years, while the industry’s unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, the lowest October rate since 2006, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials said that while hurricane recovery work may have helped boost employment in the sector, most of the gains are occurring because of strong demand for many types of private-sector projects across much of the country.
Hurricane Harvey Related News
  
 
In response to the recent storm devastation along the Texas Gulf Coast and on the island of Puerto Rico, the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors recently announced its decision to donate $100,000 to the relief efforts of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. 

"In the days and weeks following Hurricane Harvey, we heard many stories from a number of our member companies about the devastation that many of their employees endured, and in many cases are still struggling to overcome," stated AGC Houston President/CEO Jerry Nevlud. "I am really proud of how our board of directors was willing to step up to support our workforce."

To that end, AGC Houston joined forces with AGC of America, which set up a call for funds through AGC Charities, encouraging companies to donate and for individuals to apply for financial help. The $100,000 pledge will be divided equally between the two hurricane relief efforts. Donations and applications are being accepted through November 21, 2017. 

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AGC Houston is pleased to announce the addition of William J. Martinez as Government Affairs and Diversity Manager. A native Houstonian and sixth-generation Texan, William graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's of science in political science. Previously, Martinez worked in public affairs for the Houston Police Department and served in a variety of campaign and political roles over the last several years. He has volunteered thousands of hours and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a wide variety of political and charitable causes.

Welcome to your new home, William!

Orange was the stand-out color worn by AGC Houston members at the last Membership Mixer of the year on November 2, 2017. "It's something all of us are proud of and something we all needed - coming together after Hurricane Harvey, and celebrating the victory of the Houston Astros, our World Champion World Series Winners!" exclaimed AGC Houston President/CEO Jerry Nevlud.

Members packed the back bar area as well as the patio at Crisp Bistro in The Heights. Congratulations to Gilbane Building Co. as one of their team members won the Predator FPV grand prize. We also gave away t-shirts, Koozies and other goodies, including two tickets to the upcoming AGC Houston Technology Conference November 28. For more about the conference and to see who is registered, please click here
 
Member News
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Board Certified Construction Attorney and Registered Architect Denis Ducran has joined the firm as senior counsel.
"Denis Ducran’s expertise as general counsel for a large general contractor, and as an architect, is invaluable to the firm and to the continued growth of the Houston office," said Curtis W. Martin, Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office. "His addition expands Peckar & Abramson's capabilities to serve our client base in Houston in the areas of risk assessment, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution." Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Ducran served as General Counsel and Vice President of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.

Attorney Brandon Rutledge joined the firm as a Litigation Associate. An accomplished litigator, Rutledge focuses his practice on construction law, commercial litigation, and energy & defense matters. His clients include a range of professionals in the construction, energy and manufacturing sectors, including owners, contractors, sureties, energy firms, and public and private companies.
Prior to joining the firm, Rutledge served as defense counsel for a Houston-based energy firm that represented oil and gas entities across all 50 states. He earned his J.D. from South Texas College of Law and a B.S. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in policy & economic analysis and a minor in business.
 
News you can Use
Speakers at the 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference in Chicago have a positive outlook for the construction sector in the next two years. Robert Murray of Dodge Data and Analytics forecasts a 3 percent in increase in construction in 2018 but predicts an 8 percent decrease in multifamily housing.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring construction companies to file workplace injury and illness reports electronically by Dec. 1 for each location that has more than 20 employees. Different forms are required depending on the size of the company.

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, the DBIA-SW Region will present a luncheon to discuss the "SH 288 - Connecting Houston with Toll Lane Expansion: A Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project."

The event will take place from  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm at The HESS Club. 
 
FMI's national survey finds 89 percent of participants report talent shortages and 75 percent are investing in people programs to develop and retain people. One of the key findings is that most respondents are not identifying and developing high-potential employees—a missed opportunity to push young people into leadership roles and create a sustainable leadership pipeline.
On November 2, 2017, AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr released a statement regarding the Congressional proposal to reform the federal tax code:

"The tax proposal released today provides a much-needed framework that will provoke important debate about the best way to improve the tax environment for employers and workers. As Congress and the Trump administration work to further refine today’s proposal, we will continue our vigorous advocacy work to ensure the measure benefits construction employers of all types and sizes.  In particular, we will work to ensure that pass-through businesses, including the majority of construction firms, also benefit from tax reform. Any failure to address pass-through businesses in the final plan would mean many construction firms would not benefit."
New Members
Welcome New Members! Please Consider Contacting These Companies For Your Business Needs
American Global of Texas, LLC
Paul Messenger
24624 Interstate 45 North
Spring, Texas 77386 
(832) 941-1811

AMG Engineering, Inc.
Kaci Guy
1400 Broadfield Blvd #200
Houston, Texas 77084
(281) 994-7840

Central Management, Inc.
Shawn Ullmann
820 Gessner #1525
Houston, Texas 77024
(713) 961-9777

Houston ADR 
Susie Atkins
2808 Richmond Ave. Suite E
Houston, Texas 77098 
(713) 877-8366
 
NBG Constructors
Caryl Coronis
9702 Synott
Houston, Texas 77083
(281) 251-6100

Safety First Consulting, LLC
Robert J. Box
7 Switchbud Place Suite 192-156
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
(844) 537-7233
www.safetyfirstconsulting.com

SC Fuels
Tanya Garcia Jaso
jasot@scfuels.com
10333 Richmond Ave. Suite 830
Houston, Texas 77042 
(281) 841-1078

Waste Transfer Partners, LLC
Austin Fatjo
1415 S. Voss Rd. Suite 110-549
Houston, Texas 77057 
(713) 882-8850
 
 

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