The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) has recognized companies and individuals who promote diversity in the construction industry.

SLCCC is an association of the larger and most frequent buyers of construction services in the St. Louis area.

The group named the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) as organization of the year for its policies and practices that promote women- and minority-owned business participation in its design and construction projects. The agency also mentors small firms.

BAM Contracting was recognized as the outstanding minority business because it consistently provides high-quality construction services.

Dr. Deborah Henry of St. Louis Community College and Scott Wilson, President of S. M. Wilson Co. received the Diversity Champion award.

Dr. Henry, an assistant history professor at St. Louis Community College, has championed diversity in construction for more than two decades. She helped create the Missouri Women in the Trades chapter in St. Louis, and served as the first board president of the Association for Construction Careers, Education and Support Services.

Scott Wilson, president of S. M. Wilson, was honored for building partnerships among key business organizations to achieve diversity goals. As chairman of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) board, he led the organization to fund a new staff position to recruit for the Construction Careers Center and to recruit women- and minority-owned firms to AGC. He chairs the Regional Business Council Diversity Committee and personally mentors minority contractors.