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AGC of California Celebrates 100 Years of Building a Legacy and New Officer Corps at First-Ever Installation & Awards Gala

SACRAMENTO – AGC of California (AGC) welcomed nearly 700 attendees at it’s first-ever Installation & Awards Gala at the historic Fairmont San Francisco on Friday, January 31, 2020. The prestigious black-tie event kicked off AGC’s Centennial anniversary celebrations by combining for the first time two of AGC’s flagship celebrations – the Installation of Officers and Awards Program – at the site of AGC’s 75th anniversary and other historic moments. 

“While we celebrate a significant milestone for AGC of California, what we are truly celebrating is the significant impact California’s construction industry has had on the way we live, work and play over the last century,” said Peter Tateishi, chief executive officer of AGC of California. “Since the early 1900s, California’s construction industry has been the foundation upon which our society has been built. We are honored to not only celebrate our past and present projects and the leaders at the forefront of this work, but to also induct a new Officer Corps who will lead us as we rise to new challenges in the future.”

As part of the Installation of Officers, AGC was honored to induct Mike Blach, chairman of Blach Construction, as the 2020 President. Mike has led a storied career in the construction industry, starting at 16-years-old working as an apprentice carpenter, job clerk and expediter during summers and school vacations at Blach Construction, the company his father started. At 26-years-old, Mike then took over leadership of the company after his father’s unexpected passing and has since grown the company to excel in every facet of its’ operations. Now, as the 2020 President of AGC of California, Mike will take his collaborative and servant-style of leadership to AGC’s State Board of Directors to affect positive change in the Association so that it can better understand and support the needs of member contractors. 

“It’s an honor to serve as President during AGC’s Centennial year. It will be a year I’ll remember forever,” said Mike Blach, 2020 president of AGC of California. “I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of the many past Presidents who have led the organization to it’s success over the last 100 years, and to build upon our strong foundation to launch our next century.”

At the Gala, AGC also hosted an “Oscar-style” awards celebration, recognizing excellence in the industry with a prestigious Construction Education Friend Award, Achievement Award or Constructor Award. One individual was awarded the Construction Education Friend Award for their outstanding contributions to construction education efforts and the development of our state’s future workforce. Additionally, three leaders were awarded an Achievement Award for their significant dedication and commitment to the industry over the years. Lastly, nine AGC contractors were honored with a Constructor Award for their groundbreaking projects requiring advanced skill, unique undertakings and an ability to address the most difficult challenges. Congratulations to the following award winners:

  • Construction Education Friend Award - Tammy Castillo, Local 3 Operating Engineers
  • Associate Achievement Award - Abbigail Brown, CPM Logistics LLC
  • Skill Integrity, Responsibility (S.I.R.) Achievement Award - Darrin Lambrigger, Port of Long Beach
  • Specialty Contractor Achievement Award - John Gutierrez, Griffith Company
  • AGC Community Service Award - Construction Leadership Council of Southern California for “Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, Phase 1”
  • Heavy Civil Under $20 Million - Granite Construction Company for “Lost Creek Dam Modification Project”
  • Heavy Civil $20-$100 Million - Teichert Construction for “San Francisquito Creek”
  • Heavy Civil Over $100 Million - Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. for “Spillways, Oroville Emergency Recovery” 
  • Builder Under $30 Million - Clark Construction Group – California LP for “Pacific Visions at the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Builder $30-$200 Million - Hensel Phelps – Herzog, A Joint Venture for “Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Division 16 – Southwestern Yard”
  • Specialty Under $10 Million - Royal Electric Company for “Bidwell Canyon State Park”
  • Specialty Over $10 Million - Brightview Landscape Development Inc. for “Orange County Great Park Sports Park”
  • Excellence in Partnering - Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. for “Spillways, Oroville Emergency Recovery”

Since the early 1900s, AGC members have laid the foundation for how we live, work and play. Over the last century, these trailblazing organizations from across the state have banded together to create one unified voice, fighting for the betterment of the industry. They have rolled up their sleeves and created opportunities to build and strengthen the state of California by building groundbreaking projects, shaping policy, improving industry relationships, and developing our workforce. As we enter the next chapter in AGC’s history, the impact member contractors will have on society will only increase.

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About the Associated General Contractors of California
Founded in 1920, the Associated General Contractors of California has been the premier organization of choice by experienced and next generation construction and contracting professionals. Through dedicated advocacy, education, career development and networking opportunities, AGC members receive top-tier access with state and local governments, while connecting with industry leaders through innovative programs and events. Visit us at www.agc-ca.org.