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Leadership

AGC of America is governed by a Management Committee, Board of Directors and a Board of Governors.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association. The Board has full authority to define policy governing its own conduct and the affairs of the Association.The Board is composed of the AGC Officers, the Occupational Division Chairs and Vice Chairs, the Specialty Contractors Council Chair, the Service & Supply Council Chair, the President of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and nine (9) members selected by the President.

The 2017 AGC Officers are:

Art Daniel

Art Daniel

2017 President

Art Daniel is President and COO of AR Daniel Construction Services, Inc. a family owned construction business in Cedar Hill, TX. AR Daniel Construction performs highway and utility construction in Texas and surrounding states. Art is a 1973 graduate of Houston Baptist University with post graduate and graduate studies in Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Art has been actively involved in AGC at both the chapter level and national level. Art served as AGC of Texas President in 2004 and has served and chaired numerous committees and task forces as well as serving as the Municipal and Utility Division chairman. Art has served as Chair of the Utility Infrastructure Division as well as on numerous AGC of America task forces and as a Board member of AGC Charities. He is also a member of the Consulting Constructors Council.

Art and his wife Robbie, who is also active in their business, have been married for 43 years and have two children and three grandchildren.

Eddie Stewart

 2017 Senior Vice President

Eddie is currently in his 39th year of a varied construction career that has spanned a wide range of both domestic and international markets.  He obtained his BS in Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology and later completed the Executive Program at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.  His diverse project background includes embassies, correctional facilities, courthouses, barracks, military family housing, airports, power plants, research and development complexes, hospitals, and other commercial and industrial initiatives.

A member of the original founding team at Caddell, Mr. Stewart held various positions of increasing responsibilities, including Vice President of Estimating and Purchasing, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and currently President/Chief Executive Officer.

Eddie is very active in the Associated General Contractors of America, at both the state and national levels.  He is past president of the Alabama AGC and serves on the State Board of Directors.  At the national level, Mr. Stewart is active on numerous committees and task forces and has served as Chairman of the NAVFAC Committee, Chairman of the Federal & Heavy Division, and multiple terms on the National Executive Board.  He is also a Life Governor on the Board of Governors and member of the Consulting Constructors Council.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia and longtime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, he and his wife Robin of 41 years have raised five children and are enjoying their eight grandchildren.

Dirk Elsperman

Dirk Elsperman

2017 Vice President

With 28 years of experience at Tarlton, Dirk has worked in all aspects of the company’s operations including apprenticing as a carpenter, estimating, project engineering & management, and executive management. His direct project experience includes work in breweries, refineries, sewers & wastewater treatment plants, commercial offices, television stations, and museums.

As EVP & COO at Tarlton, Dirk is ultimately responsible for the successful completion of our projects and partners with Tracy Hart on the administration of the company. He works closely with our project teams in areas of safety & risk management, construction technology, project planning, labor relations, training & education and investments.

Tarlton Corporation is a St. Louis-based builder with offices/operations in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. In business since 1946, the third-generation company employs 350 and has revenues in the $170-200 million range. We work under virtually every project delivery type. Annually we perform 40% of our work with our own forces. The company has four divisions (Core Construction, Vertical Concrete, Concrete Restoration, and Hydrovac Services) and serves the following markets: higher education, healthcare, life sciences, power & energy, water/wastewater, institutional, and telecom.

Dirk has been involved in the Associated General Contractors on both a local and national level. In 2013 as chairman of the board for the AGC of St. Louis, he worked through the merger with AGC of Missouri. His involvement also includes governmental affairs, labor policy/negotiating committees, apprenticeship and trust fund committees, and the young constructors’ forum (back in the day). With the AGC of America, Dirk has worked on a wide variety of projects and committees, ranging from industry relations to project delivery to lean construction to closely held business issues. He also serves on the executive board for the St. Louis Construction Collaborative, a labor-management group that works to improve the construction industry in St. Louis.

Dirk graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management. He earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a LEED A.P., a graduate of the AGC Advanced Management Program, and 30 Hour OSHA certified. He serves on advisory boards for the Salvation Army and Olin Business School. In his free time, Dirk enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, rafting, swimming, cycling and running. 

Michael J. Morrand

Michael J. Morrand

2017 Treasurer

Michael and his wife, Julie, attended Kansas State University, graduated with degrees in Accounting and began their careers at Deloitte and Touche, an international CPA firm in Kansas City. Once there, Michael focused his career in construction and manufacturing. Michael married Julie in 1978.

Michael entered the construction industry in 1977 when he was recruited as the CFO for a large Midwestern contractor. There he managed every administrative facet of the business and gained experience in the daily operations of the firm. In 1993, Michael joined Carrothers Construction Company, a Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Builder, located in Paola, Kansas, as a minority shareholder. He acquired Carrothers in 1998 and focused the company on the “design/building” of Aquatic Centers throughout the Midwest. He sold the company in 2016 and is currently its Chairman.

 The Carrothers Construction Company is a charter member (1923) of the Kansas Contractors Association, and a member of the AGC of Kansas. Michael was honored to serve as the president of the Kansas Contractors Association in 2007, Chair of the Utility Infrastructure Division of the AGC in 2013 and as the 2017 AGC Treasurer. 

Michale and Julie have three children, Kate, Jonathan and Caroline. Kate graduated from the University of Kansas and is the head of the lab and a conservator for the Navy in Washington D.C. in the underwater archeology department. Jonathan is completing his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Missouri. After graduating from Kansas State, Caroline now works as the front desk manager at the Sheraton Crown Center and is newly engaged.

 

Management Committee

The AGC Management Committee manages the day-to-day affairs of the Association and has the authority to transact the affairs of the Executive Board between its meetings. The Management Committee is composed of four AGC Officers who are elected annually and take their seats at the AGC Convention in March each year.

Executive Staff

Stephen Sandherr

Stephen E. Sandherr

Chief Executive Officer - Associated General Contractors of America

Stephen Sandherr joined the AGC of America staff in 1984 as Assistant Director of Collective Bargaining Services. From 1986 to 1989 he served as AGC's Director of Congressional Relations. He practiced law with the firm of Thompson, Mann and Hutson in Washington, DC., from 1989 to 1990, and served as Labor and Small Business Counsel for the National Association of Home Builders from 1990 to 1991. He rejoined AGC as Executive Director of Congressional Relations in 1991 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 1997.

Currently, as Chief Executive Officer, Steve's role is to maintain relations with AGC's national network of chapters, coordinate government relations activities and enhance AGC's involvement with business coalitions. CEO Update, which tracks people in association and non-profit executive careers, listed Steve as a top CEO in 2009, and a Capital Hill newspaper, The Hill, listed Steve as a top lobbyist for the last eight years, representing the only commercial construction industry association on the Top Lobbyists of 2009 - 2016 lists.

Steve is a 1980 graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1983, and is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. He is a trustee of the National Building Museum in Washington.

He resides with his wife, Cynthia, in Alexandria, Virginia.

David Lukens

David R. Lukens

Chief Operating Officer

David R. Lukens joined the AGC of America staff in 1987 as Director of AGC's Highway Division. Since then he has also served as Executive Director of Market Services and Senior Director of Market & Jobsite Services.

After graduating in 1975 from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, he began his career as an engineering consultant to municipal clients in southeastern Pennsylvania. President Reagan appointed Dave to the Federal Highway Administration, where he served from 1981 to 1986. In 1986-1987 he was Senior Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House Public Works and Transportation Committee.

Currently, as Chief Operating officer, Dave is responsible for directing the daily activities of the national staff.

Dave resides with his wife, Holly in Fairfax, Virginia.

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