The AGC of California Achievement Awards honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to the construction industry in the categories of:
- Associate Achievement Award
- Contractor Achievement Award
- S.I.R. (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Achievement Award
- Specialty Contractor Achievement
Congratulations to the 2017 Achievement Award Winners:
ASSOCIATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP
Eileen M. Diepenbrock is a partner at Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP, focusing on construction law, government contracts and business litigation. She has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent Lawyer, the highest rating awarded. In 2015, she was inducted into the American College of Construction Lawyers. In November 2008, she received the distinction of being listed in Forbes as one of The 10 Most Dependable™ Litigation Attorneys of California. Beginning in 2011, she has been recognized every year as among the Northern California SuperLawyers, and in 2015, she has been recognized as among the top 50 women in the Northern California SuperLawyers. She consistently has been named among the “Best of the Bar” by the Sacramento Business Journal, and she has been recognized among the Women Leaders in Law in the Corporate Counsel Journal and American Lawyer in 2013.
Eileen has been actively involved in various construction industry organizations throughout her career, including AGC of California since 1993. In 2000 she served as Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee. She is a past director on the State Board and has served on the Legislative Committee throughout her involvement with AGC-CA. In 2000, she represented AGC-CA in working with other industry representatives to develop model prequalification documents adopted by the Department of Industrial Relations. In 2015, she worked with other AGC-CA members to develop updated model prequalification documents. Her legislative work on behalf of AGC-CA has included, among other things, drafting and advocating before the Legislature the adoption of legislation to protect contractors on hard bid contract awards that are invalidated due to no fault of the contractor. The bill passed and was signed into law as Public Contract Code section 5110. In 2016, Eileen served as in the industry expert to the Legislature on similar legislation for lease-leaseback projects. That bill too passed and was signed into law as new Education Code section 17406. On the judicial side, Eileen was retained by AGC-CA in 2004 to represent a member in a test case against CalTrans, successfully establishing that the requirements of Wage Order 16 regarding mandatory rest periods were a changed condition entitling contractors to additional compensation. Throughout her nearly 25 years of involvement with AGC-CA, Eileen been involved in a number of amicus briefs to the California Supreme Court; has spoken numerous times during State Board meetings, LAC retreats, district meetings, small conferences and workshops on legal developments that affect the industry; and has provided extensive pro bono legal services to the organization and its members.
CONTRACTOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Denise Dutra Maloney
The Dutra Group
“I still remember looking down, and how proud I was of those callouses on my hands. Although I was 17 years old and between school, studying and friends, I had just earned my Inland Waterway Tugboat license – just like my father and grandfather had done.” Even as a young woman Denise Dutra had already developed what many today call “grit” – that amazing combination of passion, determination, discipline and optimism that is the cornerstone to achievement.
Since earning her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology, Denise’s career and impact on the California construction industry spans 25 years over multiple positions – including Deck Hand, Estimator and Project Manager. As the owner of DD-M Crane and Rigging, Denise joined an elite minority of Women Business leaders. Her technical expertise, client-centric focus and never-ending work ethic on projects up to $200M earned the firm recognition as the USACE – South Pacific Division, Contractor of the Year for 2015. Over the years, Denise’s hands-on approach and skill project management and oversight has been vital in delivering tough projects including the Upper Newport Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project in Orange County, California; the Folsom Dam Dike 5 Project in Folsom, California; and the Sacramento Bank Protection, Phase II, Lower Sites and Miller Park Projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Sacramento.
In her current role as the Director of Business Development for the Dutra Group – a name synonymous with Bay Area Dredging and Marine Construction – Denise continues to lead, now catalyzing innovation and optimizing strategies across multiple business units while guiding this 5th generation family business to grow and advance in the ever changing and challenging marketplace of a new century. Her investment in the industry includes board and leadership positions within the Association of General Contractors of California, North Bay Chapter (North Bay AGC); Society of American Military Engineers, Sacramento Post (S.A.M.E); the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (C.M.A.N.C); and the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute (ASCE CI).
Threaded through this storied career, Denise has delivered thousands of volunteer hours supporting, mentoring and guiding a new generation of young people within the industry and beyond. Under her guidance as Chair of the Dutra Museum Foundation Golf Tournament, over $32,500 has been raised to directly benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Marine and Petaluma. Denise leads similar efforts for her local post of the Society of Military Engineers ("SAME”). Her investment of time and expertise has exponentially grown scholarships available to high school and college students studying engineering or related technical disciplines. From 2008 to 2016, the post has awarded some 247 scholarships totaling $327,000.
Over a career that has been as much about giving as receiving, it has been passion, determination, discipline and optimism that have underpinned Denise’s success as a professional, parent, community partner and construction industry leader.
SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dennis "Chip" Sterndahl
Sterndahl Enterprises, Inc.
Dennis (Chip) Sterndahl entered the construction industry in the midst of finishing High School in 1970. Chip began his career in construction having learned the highway and striping trade and parking meter repair and installation. Chip is innovative, a diligent learner and hard worker and by 1972 he had become a foreman for the company responsible for thermoplastic and pavement marker installation on state highways all over California. Throughout the next decade Chip climbed the ladder by holding a variety of positions and implementing changes to equipment to increase productivity levels. In 1979, Chip designed and built an epoxy machine for mixing and dispensing 2-part epoxy used in applying pavement and thus began the inception of Sterndahl Mfg. Co. By 1980, Chip left Traffic Appliance Corp to pursue his own contracting ventures in the highway striping industry. Sterndahl Enterprises, Inc. became incorporated in February 1982 and Chip has served as the President and Manager from then on. Chip is a valued member of AGC of California and the American Traffic Safety Services Association. Chip serves and is committed to several professional organizations having served as the past chairman for the Specialty Contractors Council for AGC, the Chairman of the Collective Bargaining Committee for the Striping Agreement representing management through AGCC, a trustee of the Laborers Training Trust, an active member of the 120 Club.
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2016 Achievement Award Winners
- Contractor Achievement Award
James "Jim" Troup, Monterey Mechanical Co.
- Specialty Contractor Achievement Award
Tom Brickley, Brickley Environmental Inc.
2015 Achievement Award Winners
2014 Achievement Award Winners