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Construction Education Friend Award

Outstanding Contributions By An Individual

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Through the Construction Education Friend Award Program, the AGC Construction Education Foundation (CEF) honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to construction education and workforce development efforts.

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2020 Construction Education Friend Award Winner

John E. Harriel
Morrow Meadow

John E. Harriel, known as “Big John,” is the Diversity Manager/Superintendent for Morrow Meadows. With over 21 years of leadership experience and outstanding outreach efforts, he has made a significant impact on the lives of many in his community. Through his volunteer commitment at 2nd Call, a community-based non-profit that strives to provide second chances to the formerly incarcerated, at-risk, or proven-risk residents of South LA, Compton, Watts and Inglewood, John serves as a conduit to high-paying union jobs and sets a positive example by sharing his personal testimony on how he found redemption and built a successful life after his own incarceration.

Past Construction Education Friend Award Winners

  • 2019 – Tammy Castillo, Operating Engineers Local 3
  • 2018 – Gary Rafferty, Swinerton Builders
  • 2017 – Paul Weber, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2016 – Alan Bond, California State University Chico
  • 2015 – Francois Jacobs, California Baptist University
  • 2014 –  Holly Cindell, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • 2013 –  Robert Bourdet, W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
  • 2012 –  Frank Schipper, Frank Schipper Construction Co.
  • 2011 –  William M. Lyles, W.M. Lyles Co.
  • 2010 –  Jeff Wright, Lincoln High School and Jack Filanc, J.R. Filanc Construction Company
  • 2009 –  Jeff Merker, Sheldon High School
  • 2008 –  Don Gordon, Tradart Foundation

2021 Legacy Sponsors

HCSS Construction Management Software
McCarthy Building Companies
Nor-Cal Pipeline Services