By Cuauhtemoc "Rod" Rodriguez
Cuauhtemoc "Rod" Rodriguez
As I sat down to write my first message as AGC President, it was hard not to reflect on the path that got me here today. I have to thank my sister, Claudia, for getting me involved in such an incredible organization.
In 2005, Claudia was working for Coldfoot Environmental. She came into my office one day as I was buried in a set of drawings and suggested we join the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. Our company was young at the time, and as many of you know, the first few years are tough and it’s hard to know what to prioritize. I told her, “Fine. I’m not sure what we’re going to get out of it, but fine.” Little did I know, Claudia helped me make one of the best decisions for my business.
She started attending AGC events, but I always had an excuse — scrambling to get a bid done, too busy running the business, you know how it goes. But Claudia saw the value in AGC, and I’m grateful she had the foresight and forceful nature only a sister can get away with to finally get me involved. After much persuasion, I went with her to an event, and I was hooked.
Since then, AGC has been like family to me. Some of my best friendships were formed at AGC. Some of the people I trust the most, I met through AGC. AGC has been an amazing resource! When we needed a good banker, we found one at AGC. When we needed a good bonding and insurance agent, we found one at AGC. When we needed help reviewing a labor contract, AGC staff was right there for us.
Now, a decade later, my role at AGC of Alaska has evolved from being a Specialty Contractor member to now serving as your Alaska chapter president. Why? The answer is simple. I have had the opportunity to work closely with some of Alaska’s finest contractors through my participation on the AGC board of directors, and their dedication and commitment to the industry not only made me want to learn more about AGC but also become more engaged and help meet the needs of its members. I’ve seen the difference AGC makes in the lives of many contractors and not just in Alaska. I’ve seen the impact of AGC across the nation, and I like it.
We are a very diverse group of members, proud of who we are, what we do and what we’ve accomplished. We share a passion for construction and the building of our great state. AGC is made up of visionaries and innovators, of women and men full of grit and dedication to leaving a legacy greater than their own. For over 70 years in Alaska and over 100 years nationwide, AGC has been shaping and influencing the world of construction. You all, as members of AGC, have been part of this amazing history and shaping this organization.
As I begin my time as AGC president, I believe our industry will encounter issues with the state budget, regulations, legislators, workforce development, just to name a few. I’m confident in the abilities of our board, our members, our new executive director and our staff in achieving our goals. We’re surrounded by an amazing group of individuals who are committed to our cause, and that’s why we’re here.
That said, I would like to take a moment to thank some of those individuals who have worked so tirelessly on of our behalf: outgoing president Jim St. George, who worked hard with our finance committee; immediate-past president Dan Hall, who helped increase our member participation in committees; and past president Dana Pruhs, who invited me onto the board.
I’d also like to acknowledge the retirement of John MacKinnon and to thank him for his support and leadership. Although his retirement plans have now been delayed, I’m pleased to see him serve our state as the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.
Lastly, I would like to thank my beautiful wife and my boys. None of this would be possible without your love and support. Thank you for all you do.
In closing, I would like to leave you with this thought: Be AGC. Make your company AGC. Make your projects AGC. Add the AGC logo to your job banner, job sign board, send AGC your project photos and submit your
projects for AGC awards. Make your employees AGC. Encourage them to attend our functions, networking events, trainings or even join a committee. Trust me, they will have a good time and they will learn a lot. I did, and I have my sister Claudia to thank for that.