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February 4, 2019
During its annual convention on Feb. 1 in Bellevue, the AGC of Washington recognized three members Jake Jacobson, Jay Demme and Cara Buckingham for their commitment and dedication to the industry and local community.
Contractor of the Year
As the immediate past president of AGC of Washington, Jacobson was recognized for his enthusiasm, dedication and engagement on behalf of the association and its members. His knowledge, wisdom and unique industry experiences make him invaluable to the organization. Jacobson is a key member of the AGC leadership team and is involved in numerous committees, task forces and programs; he also attended meetings across the chapter. He was instrumental in establishing the AGC Environment Committee and fosters open communication with the state Department of Ecology.
Specialty Contractor of the Year
Demme was recognized for his involvement with one of the main AGC of Washington pillars: fair and open competition. Demme has been involved with the association’s Open-Shop Committee since 1987, and most recently chaired the reinvigorated Open-Shop Committee that has morphed into the Fair and Open Competition Committee. He also served on the PLA Task Force, as well as representing AGC on the city of Seattle Priority-Hire Advisory Committee. Demme is a constant voice for the open-shop part of the construction industry advocating locally, regionally and state wide.
Associate of the Year
Buckingham, information director for Birch Equipment, serves on AGC of Washington’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As a small, local, independent and woman-owned business, Birch Equipment is acutely aware of the positive impact that supplier diversity programs can have on small and minority-owned businesses. Buckingham emulates that awareness, represents her company in that space and is an expert in helping other firms navigate within that space. She has recruited new DBE members into AGC of Washington, and has recruited new committee members as well.
Sean Lewis is the marketing director for AGC of Washington. He has been in the construction industry for more than 25 years.