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January 28, 2013
The AGC of Washington honored Sean Woerman, senior account manager for Lydig Construction, as Contractor of the Year; John Huntley, president of Mills Electric Co., as Subcontractor of the Year; and Michael Grace, partner with Groff Murphy PLLC, as Affiliate of the Year. The awards were presented during AGC’s annual convention on Jan. 25.
Woerman was honored for his work with AGC’s Future Leadership Forum (FLF). He is a founding member of the FLF steering committee and in 2012 served as chairman of AGC of America’s national Construction Leadership Council (CLC).
“In 2007, AGC of Washington’s board wanted to build a professional development program that would also be an avenue for greater participation in AGC by up-and-coming construction industry leaders,” said 2012 AGC President Steve Isenhart. “Sean took the ball and has been running with it ever since. He helped build the FLF from the ground up, and this year he put our program on the national map by bringing the national CLC Fall Working Weekend to Seattle for the first time.”
The CLC event drew more than 120 young construction professionals from around the country to Seattle for two days of knowledge-building and networking.
Woerman also serves on the AGC Education Foundation board of trustees and is an active member of its continuing education advisory committee.
Education Foundation Executive Director Diane Kocer said, “Sean is committed to education and is a bridge between the young professionals in FLF and the Education Foundation, helping to ensure our programs are state of the art.”
Huntley was recognized for his community leadership and AGC involvement.
“As a Whatcom County resident myself, I know how much John means to our philanthropic community,” said Isenhart. “His influence and generosity can be seen throughout the area.”
Huntley is the president of the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and an active member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham. As a member of the Whatcom Hospice board, he played a key role in creating the Whatcom Hospice House.
Huntley was also at the forefront of AGC’s efforts to support Rob McKenna for governor.
“John encouraged and organized others in support of policies important to construction,” Isenhart said. “It’s not easy for a business owner to invest so much time and resources into political action, and we are grateful John stepped up for the industry.”
Grace was awarded for his leadership of AGC’s legal affairs committee.
“Mike led AGC’s legal affairs committee into several successful efforts to protect contractors’ interests,” said Isenhart. “He has authored or co-authored amicus briefs and presented oral arguments in support of the industry’s views regarding cases before the courts. Through his leadership, AGC’s legal affairs committee has remained a valuable resource for AGC and the industry.”
Isenhart added that Grace has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics.
At the convention, the AGC also presented a Membership Award for Best Growth and Retention to AGC’s Southern District. John Korsmo of Korsmo Construction is the Southern District representative, and Tim Attebery is the district manager.
Jerry VanderWood is director of communications for the AGC of Washington.