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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.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: Thomas E. Doster III

Thomas E. Doster, III, is founder, Board Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Doster Construction Company. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama in 1964. After college, he led a combat engineer platoon in Vietnam.

In 1969, he decided to go out on his own and formed Doster Construction Company. At first the company handled remodeling jobs and Mr. Doster operated out of his car. Within a year, however, Mr. Doster won a bid for work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Mr. Doster kept the company focused on educational, health care, industrial, multi-family and hospitality related projects. The company expanded. Doster Construction has completed structures in 27 states, was named America’s ninth busiest general contractor in auto-plant construction, and now has offices in Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando and Montgomery.

Mr. Doster advanced the industry as well. He served others in the profession as President of the Alabama AGC in 1979. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Construction Advancement Program of Alabama, and as Chairman of the Architect Engineer Liaison Committee. He helped construction students at the University of Alabama through the Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, the Leadership Board for the Engineering School, and the President's Cabinet.

In 1991, Mr. Doster received the Outstanding Fellow Award from the University of Alabama's Department of Industrial Engineering. In 1993, he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow by The University of Alabama's College of Engineering. In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Subcontractors Association of Alabama.

His company was twice presented with the Quality Excellence Award by Daimler-Chrysler Corporation and is ranked among the nation's top general contractors by Engineering News Record.