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AGC of California Expands Industrial Relations Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) is pleased to announce Brendan Carter is joining the organization as Associate Vice President, Labor Relations beginning November 1. In his role, Carter will oversee all labor relations activities for the association, leading a skilled and robust team across the state. 

“We are thrilled to have Brendan joining the team,” said chief executive officer Peter Tateishi. “He brings with him extensive industry experience—from the jobsite to the bargaining table.”

Carter is currently the Director of Labor Relations & Employment Policy for the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, managing labor relations for the entire state. During his tenure, he has executed policies and initiatives for the association, leading the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with signatory trade unions. Among his significant contributions, Carter was involved in AGC MA’s Building a Path to Recovery campaign, bringing together members of the MA Building Trades, New England Carpenters, and MA Laborers to address opioid and substance use disorder in the construction industry. He also created and managed workforce development programs for trade and management recruitment, including establishment of an ACE Mentoring program at a local high school. 

“Brendan brings with him a unique and valuable skillset,” said Jerome Di Padova, President of AGC of California and Senior Estimator at Skanska USA Civil. “We set out on an extensive, national search to find the right person to fill this critical role within AGC, and I can say with confidence—Brendan is it.”

Carter got his start in the industry as a laborer, working through the ranks and serving in various roles including Estimator, Project Engineer and Project Manager for a signatory regional specialty contractor, a signatory national general contractor, and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Prior to joining AGC of Massachusetts, Carter gained experience working for a multinational consulting firm on international and domestic complex construction litigation and claims.

He received his Bachelor of Sciences in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and later earned his Master of Construction Management from Western Carolina University. While continuing to work in the construction industry, Carter earned his law degree from University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth. During law school, he served as the American Bar Association Law Student Division Liaison to the Forum on Construction Law. 

“As we approach AGC’s Centennial Anniversary, building out a sophisticated, nimble and effective Labor Relations team has been a primary focus for the organization,” said Dina Kimble, President & CEO of Royal Electric Company and Vice President of AGC of California. “As a businessowner with operations across the state, I’m excited to see Brendan’s strategic vision and direction come to life with our strong teams in both Northern and Southern California.”

In his role, Carter will oversee a growing statewide industrial relations team. Bryan Mathews, Director, Contracts & Compliance for Northern California, joined AGC in 2018 and has successfully helped our members in the north state negotiate several Master Labor Agreements, including the Laborers Tunnel, and Traffic Control/Highway Improvement. Joining Bryan in Northern California is Cassandra Rizzio, Contracts Administrator, who most recently served as the Member Services Representative for the Teamsters Local 315. 

In Southern California, Marc Goldman, Compliance & Grievance Manager, is continuing to make strides supporting members as he played a leadership role during the Operating Engineers Master Labor Agreement negotiations. Goldman is actively engaged in helping members resolve conflicts in Bakersfield on the California High Speed Rail project. AGC is currently interviewing candidates for the Southern California Contracts Administrator position. 

Leading the team is Robert Dugan, Vice President, Advocacy & Public Affairs, who has actively led Master Labor Agreement negotiations in the north and south. Dugan is also working diligently to ensure the voice of members is heard not just during contract negotiations, but also in legislative and regulatory affairs.

Prior to his official start on November 1, Carter will begin meeting with AGC members and labor partners. 

“Brendan is the perfect fit for our growing, strategic labor relations team,” said Tateishi. “During the interview process we saw how Brendan’s background, specifically his growth within the industry and his ability to manage AGC of Massachusetts’ labor relations efforts, would give our members the best possible positioning. We cannot wait to watch him continue driving our mission and providing the best labor relations for our members.” 

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