We always enjoy blogging about the good things going on within the construction industry, and this past weekend, we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in the annual meeting of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia). As always, the AGC Georgia staff planed a wonderful family-oriented weekend in Sandestin, Florida, and there were many opportunities to see friends and colleagues, network and meet with other construction professionals, and celebrate the construction industry in Georgia.
The program began with a wonderful dinner opened to attendees, spouses, and children. In addition to delicious food, there were activities for children of all ages. The next morning, AGC Georgia got down to business (literally) with the annual meeting and recognition of participants, sponsors and Georgia’s construction safety awards. The next day included presentation of the AGC Build Georgia Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners!
In addition to the award ceremonies, the speakers throughout the weekend were educational and interesting and included Alan Landes, President and COO of Herzog Contracting Corp who is also the sitting president of the national AGC, a wonderful presentation from the “Chief Impossibility Officer” Joe Turner who combined magic and illusion to introduce useful business skills, and Rick W. Allen a candidate for the US Congress, who, if he wins, will be the only contractor in Congress! It truly was the a great combination of construction, business, awards, networking and relationship building!
Although there were plenty of informal gatherings before and after the official meetings, the final official event was a formal dinner which included one of the highlights of the weekend: the presentation of the “Oscar” of the Georgia construction industry. The SIR Awards recognizes skill, integrity and responsibility in the industry. According to AGC Georgia, this award honor those who consistently demonstrate the following:
Skill: The possession and application of the necessary technical knowledge and practical experience to execute projects in a professional and efficient manner.
Integrity: The character to comply with the spirit and letter of contracts and to handle every transaction with fairness and honor.
Responsibility: The possession and application of the necessary finances, cash or credit, together with the needed equipment and organization to fulfill all commitments promptly and completely.
This year’s recipient was the deserving Gary Young of Young Contracting in Atlanta. Congratulations to Gary for his commitment to the AGC, personal values, and the industry!
Since 1918, AGC has been an advocate for contractors, subcontractors and materialmen, and if you are not involved with your local chapter, we encourage you to consider joining. Next year’s AGC Georgia Annual Meeting is slated for Amelia Island, and the Cobb Law Group is already looking forward to attending!
It’s not too late! Although over 325 construction professionals have already signed up to attend, the AGC Georgia (the Associated General Contractors of Georgia) still has space for you to participate in its inaugural Construction Professionals Conference & Marketplace.
With over forty learning sessions, the event is divided into four-tracks catering to the construction industry:
- Executive Operations (including contracts, liens, payment bonds, leadership and best practices for industry executives, owners and leaders)
- Human Resources (including employee management and legal compliance for your HR department)
- Safety (including jobsite leaders and company-wide safety issues for every part of your business), and
- Technology (including BIM, construction apps, deployment, managements and Bluebeam)
Mark’s lecture is part of the Executive Operations track which focuses on current lien and bond laws, best practices, and proven leadership strategies from an owner’s/executive’s point of view.
Specifically, Mark’ program, entitled Best Practices for Contractor Survival, will include a combination of current issues, practical tips, and lessons learned in several areas of construction law including contract negotiation and drafting, Georgia’s lien waiver laws, preparing and filing mechanics and materialmen’s liens in Georgia, construction project insurance tips, registration of foreign subcontractors, and project management. Learn practical tips and on-the-ground knowledge to streamline and protect your interests. But, to learn more, you’ll have to register for the symposium.
See below for registration information:
Construction Seminar: AGC Georgia’s Construction Professionals Conference and Marketplace
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Place: Georgia International Convention Center, College Park
- Over 40 learning sessions on Safety, Executive Operations, Technology and HR
- Marketplace with 50 exhibitors
- Over 300 attendees
- Presentation of Ron Amerson Supervisor Safety Awards
- Keynote presentation – Social Media Overload
Click here to learn more and to register! We look forward to seeing you.
“It is a natural fit that we should join this amazing organization,” says Cobb Law Group’s managing partner Mark Cobb, “For over 20 years, our law firm has almost exclusively represented construction processionals through our two offices and our Georgia virtual law firm; needless to say, many of our clients are members of the AGC Georgia. Our law firm’s statewide practice, our dedication to clients’ needs, and our emphasis on educating clients represent values which we share with AGC Georgia. We believe that tapping into the resources of the AGC will benefit our clients, and we look forward to being an active participant in the AGC and, in particular, their legislative activities.”
The AGC is a membership organization dedicated to improving, educating. and encouraging commercial construction contractors, job site safety, current technology and techniques while strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners as well as between contractors and subcontractors. The AGC Georgia is one of the most highly-regarded professional trade associations in the state, and its members represent over 470 of the top-tier general contractors, residential/light commercial builders, construction managers, design builders, municipal-utility contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers (in other words, they represent, educate and assist all of Georgia’s commercial construction industry!)
Recently, Mark Cobb attended the AGC Georgia President’s Tour Meeting which included talks by AGC Georgia’s Board of Director’s President, Ken Swofford of Swofford Construction, Inc. of Austell, Georgia and AGC Georgia’s CEO Michael Dunham. There was discussion among the speakers and the attendees related to:
- the future of private construction in Georgia (for example, many people no longer do their banking at branches as they use ATMs and on-line services; thus, how does this impact the need for banks to build more branches?);
- the future of public construction in Georgia (for example, with an increasingly attractive virtual education options, what will the future needs for construction of physical schools and colleges be?);
- ethics in the construction industry–particularly in Georgia and how to improve relationships between owners and builders and the relationships between general contractors and specialty subcontractors; and
- current trends in the marketplace including the economic forecast, bonding issues, subcontractor certification, and payment delays.
In addition to a nice luncheon, great networking opportunities and stimulating discussion, it was a fun event! Mark Cobb is very grateful for Irene Gleason of Wiregrass Electric, Inc. for first introducing him to this august organization, and he is grateful for past-president of the Board of Directors, Tony Pellicano of Pellicano Construction in Albany, Georgia for sponsoring his membership. We strongly encourage our readers and clients who are not already members of the Associated General Contractors to seriously consider becoming members. An AGC membership can help your business in many ways including safety training, legislative updates, networking opportunities, and discounts on services and products need by construction professionals. You will be glad you joined! Click here to learn more about AGC Georgia.
Please leave a comment if you have anything to add about the AGC or AGC Georgia’s activities and opportunities.