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Nevada Chapter AGC Announces 2011 Officers and Board of Directors



The Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America has named its 2011 officers and board of directors. The new officers are as follows: Dave Backman, President (K.G. Walters Construction Co.); and Matt Frazer, First Vice President (PAR Electrical Contractors), Scott Hiatt, Second Vice President A& K Earthmovers), Craig Holt, Treasurer (Sierra Nevada Construction).

Backman is Sr. Vice President and principal of K.G. Walters Construction Co. and has been in the construction industry since 1985.  K.G. Walters Construction is a general engineering contracting firm specializing in constructing water/ wastewater treatment facilities and pumping facilities for public agencies as well as industrial process treatment facilities for private industry and utilities.

Most recent notable projects completed include the new Fernley Water Treatment Plant ($40M) for the City of Fernley and a Design-Build Cooling Water Treatment Plant for the new Tracy-Clark Combined Cycle, Gas Fired Power Plant for NV Energy.

“Serving as president of Nevada AGC will definitely be a highlight in my career,” Backman said. “I’m humbled to be in the presence of so many reputable associates of the construction industry represented by AGC and am honored to have been selected to serve in this capacity.  Our membership has its work cut-out for itself as we find our way to economic recovery in our very hard hit industry and participation in the 2011 Legislative Session is of prime importance this year to help set the recovery stage.”

Backman has chaired AGC’s Public Works Committee and Membership Committee and has served on the Labor Policy Committee and Safety Committee.  He has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Concordia University, Portland with graduate studies through Concordia, St. Louis.  He and wife Kathy have been married for 29 years with one son who works for K.G. Walters and two daughters who are civil engineering graduates from the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Nevada Chapter AGC also named its 2009 Directors: Le Arnold, (TNT Construction), Bill Balsi, Sr.  (Valley Concrete Co., Inc.), Justin Ivory (A-1 Steel), Craig Holt (Sierra Nevada Construction), David Knaub (K7 Construction, Inc.), Eric Scolari (RHP Mechanical Systems), Kevin Weiske (Moody-Weiske Contractors), Sherri Key (Lindell’s Painting), David Knaub (K7 Construction, Inc.), Brien McKenzie (McKenzie Construction, Inc.), Kyle Larkin (Granite Construction), and Lance Semenko (Q & D Construction), Vickie Francovich (Building Solutions), and Johnnie Stolz (Omboli Interiors)

The AGC also named its Ex-Officio Directors for 2011. They are:

  • Jack Byrom – Truckee Meadows Water Authority
  • Clint Capurro – Capurro Trucking
  • Jim Dodson, PBS&J
  • Bruce Gescheider – Moana Nursery
  • Gordon Hinkel – Basalite Concrete Products
  • Brian Hartman – Hartman Engineering
  • Scott Smith- Kleinfelder
  • Art Sperber- Sperber Consulting

The AGC’s National Directors for 2011 are:

  • Fred Reeder, Reno Tahoe Construction
  • Frank Lepori, Frank Lepori Construction
  • Mike Cate, Pavers Plus
  • Piero Bullentini, Martin Iron Works
  • Rod Cooper, Granite Construction
  • Deane Shaver, Shaver Construction, Inc.
  • B.J. Sullivan, Clark & Sullivan Constructor
  • Craig Willcut, United Construction

The Nevada Chapter AGC is comprised of Northern Nevada’s top general contractors, specialty contractors and building professionals. The Chapter’s 300-plus members make up a bulk of the area’s construction firms and related businesses. The construction industry accounts for more than 18,000 Washoe County jobs and shows one of the highest average hourly wages at nearly $21, according to the Nevada Department of Employment.

The Nevada Chapter AGC’s success over the years can be directly attributed to working together to build a better community.  AGC members build our hospitals, roads, runways, schools and parks, and also contribute to the quality of life that makes Nevada a great place to live.

For more information, visit www.nevadaagc.org or call Buzz Harris at the Nevada Chapter AGC office, (775) 329-6116.

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