Congratulations 2013 Award Recipients!

Dr. Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu

Dr. David Shirah

2013 Outstanding Educator

David is a California State University, Chico alumni and 1985 Construction Management graduate. He is a licensed general contractor and Professional Agent Construction Manager. David is serving in his 6th year as full-time faculty for Chico State’s Construction Management Department and has taught and developed curriculum for nine (9) different construction management courses since joining the faculty in 2007. Prior to making the transition from the industry to academia, he spent 24 years in the construction industry as a principal of his own general contracting and CM company, and worked in both private and public sectors as a construction manager, real estate developer, and public agency Administrative Director administering and developing new construction and facilities, leasing operations, and creating sheltered construction worksites for at-risk youth. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he serves on the University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Advisory Board, serves as community service faculty co-advisor, faculty advisor for not only the AGC student chapter, but also Chico State’s Design-Build Institute of America and Construction Management Association of America student chapters. He is still active as a general contractor and CM acquiring, developing and constructing projects for school districts as an Owner’s Representative. David has served on many community boards and councils to include serving as past Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Chair of the North Central Counties Private Industry Council in California. Most recently, David was recognized by Chico for his work as the faculty advisor for Chico State’s AGC student chapter by receiving the university’s Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award in 2010-2011 and was recognized for his dedication to students outside the classroom receiving the university’s Peals of Wisdom Award in 2010 from the university’s Associated Students.


Braden Burke

Jason Kleiman

First Place Winner
2013 James L. Allhands Essay Competition

Jacob Kleiman, a 5th year senior at Marquette University’s Construction Engineering and Management Program, was the first place winner in the 2013 James L. Allhands Essay Competition for his outstanding essay on the topic, “Placing the Ethical Cornerstone.” He said he is “delighted and humbled” to have been named as the first place winner of the Allhands competition. Jacob and his faculty sponsor, Mark O. Federle, were honored by the AGC Education and Research Foundation at the 2013 AGC Convention. Jacob’s career goals are to use his talents and passion to continually learn the trades and daily operations of the construction industry, one day becoming a project superintendent. As a youngster who loved watching Michael Jordan, Jacob reflected on a few of his inspiring words. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Jacob’s life goal is to make it happen.


Todd Rapoport

Second Place Winner
Clemson University
2013 James L. Allhands Essay Competition

Matthew Dunk

Third Place Winner
Texas A&M
2013 James L. Allhands Essay Competition