I have always told my children to be careful who you hang out with because your peers can be a good influence or a bad one.
This is good advice for all of us and we have followed that advice here at Harman. Harman Construction Inc. has been a proud member of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) for nearly 30 years.
The (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters.
We believe the AGC makes us stronger in many ways:
- Networking – The ability to network with and learn from the best of the construction industry keeps us sharp and gives us a resource to bounce strategies and ideas off of.
- Training – Top rate instructional seminars and workshops are scheduled to keep our team up to date on trends in the industry and to give us tools to do our jobs better.
- Advocacy – together we can make our voice heard at the national and state level of government. Laws are often made by well meaning (sometimes) politicians who simply do not understand the issues that we face in our industry. It is critical that we do our part to support our industry and make our voice heard.
- Workforce development – Finding well qualified workers for the construction industry is likely the greatest challenge we face. As our workforce has aged we have found that younger workers are often not choosing our industry. The AGC is working tirelessly to get the word out and train our future workforce. Often middle school and high school students are encouraged to go to college even when it may not be the right fit for the student. There are many well-paying and rewarding careers in construction that require a college degree and many that do not. Working with the AGC we can match these young people with a construction career that is right for them.
- Service – AGC members give back to their communities through charity and service projects. The local Valley chapter has sponsored a blood drive in recent years that has contributed on average of 75-100 units of blood each year.
The friendships I have made in my years of serving the AGC in various roles have been fantastic and have made me a better person and professional.
I would encourage each of you to get engaged with and contribute to the associations and peer groups in your work place or areas of interest. You will be part of making a difference in people lives and contributing to the building of better places to live and work.
President & COO – Harman Construction, Inc.