ADL HEARTLAND TO HONOR ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF MISSOURI (AGCMO)
Brothers Lazaroff and Friends to Headline Family Friendly Musicfest
ST. LOUIS (July 17, 2019) – ADL Heartland will present the 2019 Distinguished Community Service Award to AGCMO at a family friendly musical gathering Sunday, September 8 at Delmar Hall in The Loop. AGCMO is being recognized for its commitment and that of its leaders and staff to community engagement and programs highlighting the benefits of diversity and inclusion in workforce development, education and innovation in the construction industry in Missouri and beyond. AGCMO has been described in the industry as a “village of builders, suppliers and community partners…working together for more than 10 years to raise up and increase participation by minority- and women-owned businesses in Missouri’s construction industry. And their efforts are starting to pay off.” (St. Louis Construction News and Review, May 2019). While this may be known in the construction trades, ADL presents the Distinguished Community Service Award to more broadly recognize significant advances in minority membership, leadership, program innovation, and mentorship, from youth to skilled tradespeople. Among their accomplishments, AGCMO is:
- The first of the 89-chapter AGC of America to hire a full-time diversity director 10 years ago; Vice President Steve Lewis is primarily responsible for the growth in diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Increasing diverse membership in AGCMO from miniscule 10 years ago to 14 %, with plans to grow total membership by an additional 25% by 2021.
- Installing Becky Spurgeon, president of Interface Construction Corporation, a minority-owned business, as chair of AGCMO’s board of directors in January 2020.
- Benefited by AGCMO Board Member Michael Kennedy, Jr., chief executive officer of KAI Enterprises, a minority-owned business, as vice chair of AGCMO’s Building Division Board of Directors.
- Advised by a robust Diversity Committee that crosses all disciplines within the industry and is currently comprised of 21 members, with 60% diverse representation.
- Represented by 4 St. Louisans who serve on AGC of America’s national Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In addition, AGCMO:
- received the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Chapter Award from AGC of America in April 2019.
- participated in the Stempel Plan Mentor-Protégé program in a joint venture with the St. Louis Minority Business Council while the program was in effect;
- provides significant financial support and serves on the board of directors of the Regional Union Construction Center (RUCC);
- operated the Construction Careers Center Charter High School (2001-14) to offer opportunity for high school students to be introduced to the construction industry.
EVENT: ADL IN CONCERT: Music for Love & Respect
2019 Distinguished Community Service Award
AWARD RECIPIENT: Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO)
DATE: Sunday, September 8, 2019
TIME: 4 – 6 pm Music & Award Presentation
PLACE: Delmar Hall in the Loop, 6112 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis 63110
The ADL’s Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes and honors corporations, agencies and individuals that demonstrate strong commitment to diversity through education and/or advocacy, working with individuals of all backgrounds in intentional efforts to lift up the benefits of diversity and its importance in building community.
TICKETS and sponsorships are available at https://support.adl.org/event/st-louis-distinguished-community-service-award-2019/e241648 or by contacting Megan Williams, email@example.com, 314.627.1333.