AGC of Washington honored Gary Smith President of Lease Crutcher Lewis as Contractor of the Year; Thom Sicklesteel President of Sicklesteel Cranes Inc. as Subcontractor of the Year; and Annie Lombroia Chief Results Officer for Ashbaugh Beal as Affiliate of the Year. The awards were presented during AGCs annual convention on Jan. 27.
Smith was honored as Contractor of the Year for his work with AGCs Property Committee which oversees AGC of Washingtons real estate assets particularly the AGC Building in Seattle. In his role as committee chairman Smith leads the group that has kept the iconic AGC Building at an enviable occupancy rate of nearly 100 percent.
Gary takes seriously his role to maintain the AGC-owned building and marina at South Lake Union as valuable assets for the association said 2011 AGC President Pat McGarry. Gary has led an aggressive program to update the property. Tenants have choices yet AGC maintains a very high occupancy rate because of Garys insistence on preserving the AGC Buildings status as a solid Class A property.
Smith was also honored for his leadership abilities. AGC contractors justifiably have pride of ownership regarding the property and therefore strong opinions about what needs to be done to improve it McGarry said. Gary is a skilled consensus builder and natural leader who got AGC Property Committee members to coalesce around an effective plan of action.
Smith is a former member of AGCs Board of Trustees an officer for the Northwest Construction Consumer Council and a member of the Lean Construction Institute.
As Subcontractor of the Year Sicklesteel was recognized for his efforts to educate the industry on crane safety. Not only did Thom devote his considerable expertise to represent the industry with the Department of Labor and Industries as it crafted crane related regulations he also donated countless hours educating the construction industry about the new regulations and crane safety in general said McGarry. He has generously and freely shared his knowledge with others and the end result is a safer industry.
Sicklesteels firm Sicklesteel Cranes Inc. has long been a leader in safety. In 2011 the company received the AGC Build Washington Grand Award for Safety Excellence.
Lombroia was awarded Affiliate of the Year honors for her efforts to improve AGCs education and networking opportunities.
Annie facilitates Ashbaugh Beals generous sponsorship of AGC programs and she is personally involved in a wide range of AGC activities said McGarry. She helps plan everything from golf tournaments to AGC Future Leadership Forum events. Annie is a consistent presence at AGC Southern District dinners where she helps to raise money for local food banks and she helped launch the AGCs new Women in Construction effort. It is not stretch to say that Annie is the most widely-known member within AGC. Simply put Annie is an associations greatest asset — an active volunteer.
At the convention AGC also presented a Membership Award for Best Growth and Retention to AGC’s Northern District (Kyle Zender Interwest Construction Inc. District Representative and Liz Evans AGC Norhtern District Manager).
AGC also recognized these companies for achieving membership milestones:
- W.G. Clark Construction Co.
- Liberty Mutual Surety – Western Region
- Propel Insurance
- N C Machinery Co.
- Concrete Technology Corporation
- Lincoln Construction Inc.
- KLB Construction Inc.
- Joseph S. Simmons Construction Inc.
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Lovsted Worthington LLC
- Schiffrin Olson Schlemlein & Hopkins PLLC
- Emerald Paving Inc.