Members' Edge

Building Credibility On The Job And Challenging Stereotypic Bias

  • What's it like to be a woman working in construction and being respected in a male-dominated profession? 
  • How do you manage condescending comments while in a position of authority?
  • How has work/life balance impacted your career?
  • As a woman in construction, do you feel safe, secure and valued?
  • As a man working with women, how do you deal with uncomfortable topics?

Do any of these questions sound familiar? 

In the past 10 years, the construction industry has embraced diversity and there are a lot more women entering the profession and working on jobsites. The culture within the office and on the jobsite has also changed: More women are reaching management levels. Amidst all of this, however, women are still overcoming challenges to prove themselves. What makes them succeed and how can they get support?

 Join us Jan. 9 for this FREE event for men and women. Hear how six male and female colleagues overcame stereotypical challenges and made their relationship work.


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Jan. 30 - The Briar Club

Annual Chapter Meeting & Networking Breakfast

We kick off the New Year with guest speaker Ed Emmett, former Harris County Judge, senior fellow at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at the university's Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Sponsorship & Registration Details here.


Feb. 11 - Greater Houston Gun Club

AGC Advocacy Sporting Clays Tournament

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned enthusiast, enjoy a morning of shooting fun and your chance to win some great prizes! Sponsorship, raffle and registration details here.


March 27-28 - Constellation Field, Sugar Land

29th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off & Fair

Get ready to fire up the barbecue pits as Houston's commercial construction industry takes over Constellation Field for two days. View The Full Details here.

This year's charity: Paws For Heroes

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To all of our members who volunteered their time in 2019 to teach classes and lead workshops, a heartfelt THANK YOU!
AGC Houston is privileged to have such dedicated members whose efforts to lead and elevate our Chapter makes it one of the strongest in the nation! 
Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge, we're so grateful for your help!

Applications  due Jan. 31. AGC Houston Is Looking To Give Big $ To Construction Scholars!

Qualifications Include:

Applicant must be employed by an AGC Houston member firm.
Applicant is a dependent of an individual employed by an AGC Houston member firm.
Applicant is an active AGC Student Chapter member.

Click here for full details.

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Join us Friday, Jan. 31 for the first Safety Committee meeting of the year!

We will hear from a Houston Fire Dept. Arson Investigator and the importance of fire prevention. CompGroup's Julie Shatz will talk about EMR and  the impact on your company.
7:15 - 9 a.m. Contact Kim Mason for details.

AGC News
Attention AGC Houston members! Applications for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship are now open! The AGC Houston scholarship program has awarded over 168 scholarships totaling $512,000 to students pursuing construction-related careers.
Whether you or one of your family members is taking construction-related courses, apply today! Deadline is Jan. 31. 
Each year around this time, AGC asks its members across the country to predict what next year will be like for their businesses. The newly-released  2020 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report shows strong demand for work and even stronger demand for workers.
Read the full survey results.
AGC of America kicked-off this two-part series discussing how natural disasters affect construction; pre-loss planning; lessons learned in mitigating losses – including insurance considerations before the event; and challenges in restoration and resumption of business operations, immediately post-impact. 
Check out this podcast episode.
On Dec. 19, the Senate passed many non-funding AGC-backed measures as part of the agreement reached to fund the federal government through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2020.
The AGC Annual Convention provides contractors of all sizes the opportunity to gain business-critical insights into the issues affecting their operations.
 From risk management to safety on the jobsite to the latest in project management solutions, AGC brings together experts from across the industry to share their knowledge and help prepare contractors to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
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Member News

Cadence McShane Construction recently completed Houston Independent School District’s new Barbara Jordan High School for Careers. The 120,000-square-foot facility replaces the existing high school campus and features 25 classrooms, six laboratories, a variety of technical learning spaces, a cafeteria with a commercial kitchen, indoor and outdoor collaborative learning spaces, a child care center and an innovative career exploration theatre.

Barbara Jordan High School for Careers will provide students from area high schools with real-world experiences in a variety of professions, including: Auto/Diesel, Audio/Visual, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, STEM and Welding.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has hired Christian Annexy as Project Director for the Heavy Civil group. In his position, Annexy will be focusing on client relationships, personnel development and market sector growth within Texas. Annexy possesses strong ties to the local market and brings a depth of award-winning experience most notably in the water and wastewater sectors. He will serve as an integral team member and key resource in helping the firm continue expand its presence.
Annexy brings 15 years of heavy civil, water and wastewater construction experience to McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Kansas and is completing a Master of Science in Construction Project Management from Northwestern University.
Keyan Zandy,  COO for Skiles Group and Joe Donarumo, Senior Superintendent, Director Lean Application for Linbeck Group, LLC, authors of  The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field, will be discussing their new book on Jan. 22 at Page, from 4 - 6 p.m.
A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean speaks directly to the “boots on the ground,” simplifying and clearly articulating the benefits of six primary Lean concepts, and delivering them in a highly-relatable, immediately-applicable, and field-friendly manner.
The event ($15 per person) will focuss on six principles that attendees can follow and implement to lead their team and dramatically improve their project delivery process. 
For more information, contact Keyan Zandy at or call, (214) 850-8555.

Several men at Jacob White took on the challenge of ‘No Shave November’. While some "looked a little rugged after 30 days," according to Katie Mickler of Jacob White. The firm pledged a $500 donation per participant, which would go toward a chosen charity.  
The team team raised more than $7,000, which went toward purchasing furniture and much-needed items for a family of five.  
On Dec. 9, Christmas came early for a single mother raising her children in the Spring Branch school district. Jacob White provided beds, dressers, a kitchen table, chairs and a living room set , along with all kitchen and bathroom essentials. They were also given $300 in gift cards to help them this holiday season. The firm also helped another family in need by providing more than $450-worth of supplies, clothes, toys and gift cards.
The fundraise also inspired two of Jacob White's specialty contractors to help: McDonald Electrics paid the family's outstanding electric bill and J&S Mechanicalpaid the rent for January.

AGC Houston was saddened to hear about the loss of Leticia Elias-Clougherty, President of Elias Commercial Roofing Systems. Leticia was former President of Aztec Roofing & Sheetmetal and served as president of the Roofing Contractors Association (RCAT) – Houston Chapter. She was a board member of RCAT’s Texas Chapter and was well regarded in the industry through extensive volunteer work in many organizations including: National Association of Minority Contractors, Hispanic Contractors de Tejas, National Association of Woman in Construction and American Subcontractor Association. She will be greatly missed.
Industry friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Dec. 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1505 Kane St. at 10 a.m.
Read the obituary here.
Membership Benefits

Whether your plan represents $400 or $38 million, your company benefits from group pricing, which makes the Southwest 401 (k) plan extremely competitive.

To learn more about the AGC Houston 401(k) plan, please contact R.W. Baird at (713) 296-8066 or



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News you can Use
The Federal Communications Commission's designation of the 988 suicide prevention and mental health hotline highlights the need for employers to be engaged in the mental health of employees, Denise Brodey writes. Brodey outlines several ways companies can improve their workplace culture.
Big projects breaking ground propelled construction starts by 37% in November compared with October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $988.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building starts rose 61%, and nonbuilding starts climbed 82%.
A fire in the subroof area on an upper floor of Globe Life Field should not delay the opening of the stadium in Arlington. Crews will remove, inspect and replace 2,000 square feet of the roof.
Creating a more equitable and diverse workforce results in business benefits such as: reduced turnover, innovation and growth. Download the whitepaper to learn about concrete steps that firms can take to improve diversity and inclusion.
Investors injected $3.1 billion into technology startups last year as a way to solve construction industry problems, Jennifer Alsever writes. That investment in technology from scheduling software to robots leads to difficulty in getting construction crews from foremen to frontline workers on board, she notes.



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