AGC Diversity Committee Continues Making Strides


Fall was a busy season for the AGC Diversity Committee. Along with steadily making connections in the industry, the group has taken on a new challenge – developing an online platform to serve as an industry portal connecting small and minority trade contractors to GC members. This robust site will have a number of features which will bridge the gap (virtually) between making these connections. The site will be unveiled late first quarter 2020. 

But, this new program isn’t the only thing keeping the Diversity Committee busy!

In September the second Meet the Primes: One-on-One event was held at the chapter office. The annual event is an opportunity to connect qualified, small and minority trade contractors with AGC general contractor buyers. In addition to meeting key GC decision makers, attendees were introduced to each of the GC’s procurement practices, a key condition in creating a path to achieving their long-term growth goals. 

Participating subcontractors included: 
  • TAG Electric Company, LP
  • A.G. Welding
  • Precision Site Services, LLC
  • Hou-Scape, Inc.
  • HLS Landscape
  • Emerald Standard Services, Inc.

Participating GCs included:
  • Linbeck Group, LLC
  • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Tellepsen
  • Vaughn Construction

In October, members of the Diversity Committee attended a Port of Houston Authority (PHA) kick off meeting for its disparity study. Conducted by Griffin & Strong, PC, the study is planned for completion in 2021. The committee will be monitoring its progress, as well as the progress of the Harris County and METRO studies which are currently underway. More information regarding the PHA study will be provided at PHADisparityStudy.com.

Additionally, several committee members volunteered their time to teach classes at the Construction Contractors’ College. The six-month program is designed to prepare small and minority business owners for bidding on contracts in the public and private sectors. Diversity Committee volunteers have taught classes on estimating, scheduling, and OSHA 30-hour training. 

Finally, in November the committee headed downtown to the Houston Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to meet their team and new director, Gabriela Zambrano. MBDA recently rolled out new procurement and certification tools aimed at helping minority-owned businesses navigate the many opportunities available. 

For more information, or to get involved, visit the Diversity Committee online or contact William Martinez
  

About the AGC Diversity Committee

The Greater Houston Region is recognized as having one of the most diverse populations in the United States. For AGC Houston, with this diversity comes the need to grow the strength and capacity of minority and small businesses desiring to be part of the commercial construction industry. In response to this need, and in collaboration with various service providers and public support agencies, General and Specialty Contractor members of AGC Houston have created a committee to address this important opportunity.
  

Mission

To assess and assist small and historically underutilized trade contractors in increasing their capabilities and growing their businesses to meet the current and future building needs in the region. 
 

AGC Diversity Committee Members: Pictured (top, left to right): Jerry Nevlud (AGC), Christy Moore (Markle), Jim Stevenson (McCarthy Building Companies), William Martinez (AGC); and (bottom, left to right): Gary Allen (McCarthy Building Companies), Lana Coble (Tellepsen), and Tandelyn Weaver (Construction Contractors' College). Not pictured: Ike Allen (Linbeck Group), Tom Vaughn (Vaughn Construction) and Tamara Hancock (AGC)