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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.

Keeping the Pedal Down

2015 President Rick Pate will be a tough act to follow. In Rick’s year the Alabama AGC created a Scholarship Foundation, wrote and passed the transformational workforce legislation -- the Alabama AGC Craft Training Act -- that will generate $5 million annually to train open shop craftsmen for the industry, and overhauled our CompTrustAGC workers’ compensation program that continues to lead the industry.

But Rick brought more to the table than just an agenda for his year as president. His work goes back to his time on the Associate Board and his three years on the executive committee, where he helped lead the Alabama AGC in its goal to welcome specialty contractors as full members.

Rick is the first specialty contractor to serve as president of the Alabama AGC. And his insight and leadership on the subject has been invaluable. He helped set the table for the change three years ago while serving on the membership classification committee. And he made sure that Pate Landscape Co. was the first specialty contractor to join as a full member. Rick did not, however, pay the graduated scale offered to members during the transition. He insisted that his company pay volume dues as a full member from the beginning.

It’s that kind of leadership that, year after year for more than 95 years, has made the Alabama AGC the powerhouse that it is today. And that’s why we look forward to 2016 and our new president Dell McDonald. Dell fits the mold.

Dell McDonald

Dell McDonald

He grew up in the construction industry – working from an early age in the family-owned McDonald Brothers Construction, Inc. in Huntsville -- and in the Alabama AGC. Dell has served on the Board at AGC for more than a decade and has served several terms as president of the North Alabama Section.

Dell comes to this year as president with a lot of experience, energy and ideas. He brings vision and excitement to the job.

With Dell at the wheel, we know the Alabama AGC will keep the gas pedal on the floorboard.