During 2011, AGC of California’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has been in full swing to fulfill its mission to help cultivate the next generation of leaders in the construction industry with a variety of events held throughout the year, including a recent “Legends in Leadership” forum.

The CLC’s purpose is to act as a conduit for participants to network, exchange ideas about work and the industry, and gain continuing education, including both professional development and leadership skills.

The “Legends” forum in Fullerton brought together nearly 50 attendees to hear from three of the best minds in the construction industry today. With a combined 90 years of experience among them, the speakers included Jim Waltz, chairman of the board of The Griffith Company and past president of AGC of America; Steven S. Rados, co-president of the Rados Companies and Steve P. Rados, Inc., district director of AGC’s Orange County District and a national director for AGC of America; and Wayne Lindholm, executive vice president of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and past president of AGC of California.

The panelists addressed a variety of questions regarding leadership during the event, offering insight into the decision making process they follow for selecting and promoting leaders, top achievements as well as challenges they have faced in their careers, and their top three recommendations for achieving success in the industry, among other things.

Also in Southern California this year, the CLC held a bowling membership social June 23 in Orange as well as an education seminar on Feb. 23 entitled “Improve your cash flow on delay and disruption claims with difficult owners.” Many more events are planned in the year ahead. For more information on the CLC, contact Tony Morelli at (805) 388-7330, email morellit@agc-ca.org, or visit AGC online at www.agc-ca.org.

In other AGC of California news, the association and its Construction Education Foundation honor each year excellence in the construction industry through the AGC Awards Program. Through four distinct award programs, AGC recognizes both the outstanding construction projects that are being built in California as well as the outstanding individuals contributing to the overall success of the industry.

AGC of California’s Constructor Awards Program, also known as the “Oscars” of the construction industry, recognizes AGC members for outstanding projects, skill, and the ability to address the most difficult challenges contractors encounter. There are seven Constructor Award categories open for entries for 2012:

Contribution to the Community

Excellence in Project Management – Projects $10 million or below

Excellence in Project Management – Projects over $10 million