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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Shoals Section Hosts Alabama AGC President Rick Pate

Alabama AGC President Rick Pate addressed the Shoals Section at its monthly member meeting on the evening of July 9.

In President Pate's address in which he provided an update of Alabama AGC, Pate talked about the benefits of being an active part of AGC.  Having served Alabama AGC and AGC of America in a variety of leadership capacities on both local and national levels, Pate has seen firsthand the work that AGC puts forth in the interests of the construction industry - working to protect the industry from onerous legislation and regulations, providing multiple industry education and safety training programs, and creating alternative options to industry issues such as workforce development and insurance options.

President Pate credits his decision to join Alabama AGC as having paid for itself on one project, and anticipates that most members do the same if they engage as active members of the association, and utilize the many services the association offers.

"If you are a business owner and you have access to a tool that pays for itself and makes you a smarter and better business owner, why would you not consider using such a tool.  Associations can provide such a service," stated Pate. 

"So if you are working in the construction industry, why would you not consider being a member of the largest and oldest trade association in our state and country that represents all contractors working in the non-residential construction industry - and when you join, just don't be a member on the roster but get involved.  You and your business will benefit as a result."

As with so many other who serve the association, Alabama AGC appreciates the leadership and service of Rick Pate.  Pate, a longtime member of the Central Section of Alabama AGC, is the owner of Pate Landscape Co., Inc.  Prior to serving as President, Pate has served as the Associate President of the Alabama AGC and as Chairman of the National Specialty Contractor Council for AGC of America.  Pate  also currently serves on the AGC of America Board of Governors.

Shoals Section Vice President Drew Christopher of B.H. Craig Construction Co., Inc. welcomes members before Alabama AGC President Rick Pate's remarks.

Shoals Section Vice President Drew Christopher of B.H. Craig Construction Co., Inc. welcomes members before Alabama AGC President Rick Pate's remarks.