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  • Alabama AGC Makes Key Management Changes

    The Alabama AGC has made some important changes, moving personnel into key management roles within the association, said Chief Executive Officer Billy Norrell.

    Bill Caton has been named Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Rodgers has been promoted to Vice President and Mary Yarbrough has been named Controller.

    “These changes represent the strength and experience at the Alabama AGC,” Norrell said. “Bill has been with the association for more than 20 years, Mary has been with us for 10 years and Jeff has been involved as a member and now an employee for more than a decade.”

    Norrell was hired as Chief Executive Officer in 2013 after long-time executive Henry T. Hagood, Jr. stepped down. Norrell, whose family founded and owns and operates G.W. Norrell Contracting Co., came to the Alabama AGC after 16 years as the executive of the Alabama Road Builders Association.

    “Bill and Jeff grew up in the industry,” Norrell said. “Their families have been deeply involved as construction company owners and executives in the Birmingham area for years. Mary came to us as an accountant with heavy experience in corporate accounting and internal controls. In his time here, Bill has done almost every job within the association.

    “This experience in our management team helps ensure that Alabama AGC will continue to be the industry leader well into the future.”

    The Alabama AGC is the leading non-residential construction association in Alabama. The industry giant – with assets of more than $100 million and the most stable self-insured workers’ compensation fund in the industry — represents the construction industry statewide and in the panhandle of Florida with offices in Florence, Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Pensacola, FL.


  • Alabama Construction Giant Dead at 69

    Henry T. Hagood, Jr., 69, passed away Feb. 9 at his home — his family at his side — after a valiant battle with cancer.

                 The funeral will be Thursday at First Baptist Church in Trussville, where Mr. Hagood was a member. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church with the service at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

                 Surviving Mr. Hagood are his loving wife Dot, their two children Jody (wife Molly), Kim (son Blake) and his brother Forest (wife Vickie).

                 The family has asked that contributions be made in Mr. Hagood’s memory to the American Cancer Society for use in kidney cancer research.

                 Mr. Hagood was a leader in the construction industry, serving as the executive officer of the Alabama Associated General Contractors for 45 years.  During that time he grew the association from a small group of contractors to an industry giant representing the entire state with assets of more than $100 million.

                 The Alabama AGC, under Mr. Hagood’s leadership, helped guide the industry through some challenging times, including labor strife in the early 1970s, contractor licensing and liability issues and workforce issues. Mr. Hagood’s foresight and energy helped to ensure that Alabama has developed the skilled workers it needs for its nationally prominent construction industry and the industrial growth that has led this state into the 21st century.

                 In the early 1980s, when insurance markets were in turmoil, the Alabama AGC formed CompTrustAGC, a self-insured workers’ compensation fund, to help stabilize the market and hold prices in check for the industry. The fund has become a dominant leader in the construction industry in Alabama.

                 Mr. Hagood also was at the forefront of the affirmative action issue, leading the Alabama AGC to form the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority in 1990. Since then – with Alabama AGC and industry support — the BCIA has worked tirelessly to help grow the minority construction community.

                 When Mr. Hagood, then 24, was hired to serve as executive director of the Alabama AGC in June of 1969, the association had been described as a “rather loose knit group of rather large GCs who speak with authority they don’t necessarily have.” Since that time, the Alabama AGC has grown to have offices in Florence, Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Pensacola, FL with a board of directors that includes contractors from all specialties and sizes and geographic regions of Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida.

                 Under Mr. Hagood’s leadership the AGC has grown to represent a diverse and important industry and it truly speaks with authority.


  • Legislative up April 7, 2014


    Volume 22 No. 5                                                                                           April 7, 2014 


     The 2014 Regular Session ended on Thursday, April 3rd, almost a month earlier than required by the State Constitution.  The majority of members wanted to get out of Montgomery as soon as possible before there were any more indictments or guilty pleas.  Representative Greg Wren’s resignation and guilty plea on Tuesday got everyone’s attention and was the main topic of conversation through sine die.   Where all of this will lead is anyone’s guess, but everyone is watching.


     As to your industry and association, it was a fairly quiet session.  We followed some twenty bills, most of which did not pass or if they did, will have no effect on our members.  Two that did pass on the last day of the session do need to be noted.


     House Bill 24 was authored and driven by the Utility Contractors Association and was endorsed by AGC.  It was billed as prompt pay legislation but had its genesis in requiring that awarding authorities have any grant or matching funds on hand before a contract was put out for bid. They did get such language in their bill.  In addition, any pre-bid meeting will be at least seven days prior to the bid opening, there will be no changes to specifications within 24 hours of the bid opening, and the awarding authority shall designate a person to review the progress of completed work.  That person shall approve or deny the work progress within 10 days of the contractor submitting his or her invoice.


     Senate Bill 19 will allow an awarding authority to enter into a contract if an advertisement for sealed bids was submitted to a newspaper and the newspaper only published the advertisement for two weeks instead to the number of days required by law.


     Also, congratulations to the Construction Recruitment Institute. Their sunset bill passed with no problems and they are in business until October 1, 2018.  Their Board of Directors was increased as well and everyone hopes this will help the board carry out its duties.


     As stated earlier, this was a fairly quiet session for your association.  Thanks to all of those who we did need to call on to talk with legislators.  This is an election year and now that the session is over, I will be traveling the State making PAC contributions.  If you are contacted to attend an area meeting in conjunction with one of these events, please try and attend.  Your presence will be as important as the contributions.


     Until next time. . . . . . .                                                                                                                
    Chris Williams                                                     
    Director, Governmental Relations   
    “Legislative Update”               
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     Association dollar working for you!



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