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
Associate Achievement Award:
Sam Hassoun is the founder and president of Global Leadership Alliance, Inc. (GLA).
He started his engineering career with the Bechtel Corporation where he worked on several nuclear power plants as well as space and defense projects in Michigan, Texas and California.
Since joining Caltrans in 1988, Sam spent several years in design, construction, and maintenance of numerous transportation projects.
He was appointed to the Director’s Office as the Quality Program Manager for Caltrans.
He subsequently served as the Office Chief of Partnering where he was responsible for developing and incorporating Partnering principles and specifications into Caltrans construction projects as a way of doing business, and pioneered Caltrans to be the first public agency to have on-line performance measures for Partnering.
Sam holds a certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from UC Berkeley. He is an international trainer, a keynote speaker, and presenter on Partnering and Leadership. He is a consultant to numerous organizations and companies on Collaborative Dispute Prevention Systems.
Under Hassoun’s leadership, the firm had partnered and been involved with hundreds of projects totaling over $30 Billion. GLA’s lists of clients include Transportation Agencies, Infrastructure and multi-national Heavy Civil Construction firms, Commercial, and Building Companies. Federal Agencies and NASA are also frequent clients of the firm.
Contractor Achievement Award:
Blois Construction, Inc.
S.I.R. Achievement Award:
“I grew up in the construction industry in our family business. During summer vacations as a kid, I dragged hoses and pumps around our job sites to save my dad the expense of renting a water truck. I definitely learned the business from the ground up and by osmosis around the dinner table.” Those early years lugging hoses earned Jim Blois the nickname Jimmy the Jetter and taught him to value the integrity of the profession and to respect the hardworking men and women in the trenches. In 2003, Jim became the CEO and owner of Blois Construction, Inc., a construction firm with enduring values that has operated for over fifty years.
Not all of Jim’s construction career was with the family business. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Civil Engineering, he gained valuable experience working at other companies before coming back to his natural home at Blois Construction. Upon his return, he aggressively pursued a learning track, which, over time, resulted in him assuming and performing every position and function (from accounting to laborer) in the company. This background served him well when he assumed the leadership of the business.
Blois Construction, located in Oxnard, CA, is a Heavy Civil contractor that has been involved with a broad range of projects (sewer, water, storm drain, channels, treatment facilities, pump stations) in a variety of markets (commercial, industrial, school, infrastructure, and residential) in Southern California. The company is involved in both public and private work, acts as both a general and subcontractor, and performs projects in varying sizes up to $50 million.
Jim expanded the legacy of his father, Bob Blois, and his brother, Steve Blois, by surrounding himself with a great team of employees, managers, and advisors. He consistently emphasizes the importance of collaboration and communication for the team and its members. This focus has contributed to quality growth when times were good—and quality performance when times were not so good. It’s also helped to perpetuate the company’s longstanding reputation for quality, honesty, and partnership in all of its relationships. Safety is a high priority at Blois Construction, and Jim has been instrumental in creating a proactive safety culture at the company, which has been consistently recognized by AGC of California and AGC of America.
A natural curiosity and a passion for learning have fueled Jim to be a strong advocate for the training and development of the next generation of construction leaders, both in the office and the field. Blois Construction has been a strong supporter of AGC scholarship and training programs for many years and has been an active participant in numerous vocational, management, and leadership training platforms for the construction industry. In addition, Jim’s commitment to family and community have resulted in the company’s active financial and in-kind support of many worthy nonprofit organizations, including Young Life, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oxnard, the Ventura Housing Trust Fund, and Ventura County Office of Education. On a personal level, Jim has been a volunteer and leader for several nonprofits and has spent countless hours devoted to the needs of our teenage youth.
Over all these years, Jimmy the Jetter has been true to his humble roots and is more excited than ever about the future of his company and the industry. His commitment to core values, ongoing learning, and open and collaborative communication have had a powerful impact on his family, his team, his community, and the construction industry.
Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Specialty Contractor Achievement Award:
Ivan Ramirez, P.E. is the Construction Manager for the Contract Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA). He earned an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo (1992) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis (2003).
Ivan has worked in the construction industry for over 27 years, spending approximately 20 years working for the California Department Transportation (Caltrans) and the last seven for CCTA. During his tenure at Caltrans, Ivan work his way up through the ranks to serve in various positions on major construction projects. Some of the most notable projects include the New Carquinez Suspension Bridge, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge West Approach Seismic Retrofit, Devil’s Slide Bypass Project, and the Caldecott 4th Bore Improvement Project.
In 2012, Ivan joined CCTA to assist the agency in developing its own construction program. Since then, CCTA manages the Advertisement, Award, and Administration for all of its projects. Ivan is responsible for overseeing the Authority’s $1.5 billion construction program, which includes the State Highway System, Bay Area Rapid Transit System, and local government agencies. Over the last several years, Ivan has focused on innovation implementing initiatives such as e-Construction, e-Bidding, e-Inspection, project controls and the use of drones. Ivan has used the partnering principals to run the construction program, which has had no claims during his tenure.
Ivan has been married to his wife for 22 years and has two children. They enjoy taking road trips together.
Bali Construction, Inc.
Ted was born in Arcadia, California in 1962. He is the father of three lovely daughters and for over 28 years has been married to his best friend Jennifer Polich. He attended Harvard University, playing fullback for the Varsity football team while majoring in economics. His family has a long history in the Southern California construction market. His grandfather, Tom Polich, started in the pipeline business, was the founder of United Concrete Pipe, and later built many of our major freeways under the company name of Polich Benedict. Ted joined the laborers union when he was 16 years old, worked the summers in the field, and learned the trade from the ground up. After college, Ted became fully engaged in the underground pipeline industry while learning to estimate and manage projects for Western Pacific Contracting, The Polich Woodruff Company, and Colich & Sons. Twelve years into his career, Ted was named General Superintendent for Colich & Sons, one of the largest underground construction companies in Southern California at the time. In that capacity, Ted handled multiple projects for agencies such as the City of LA, LACSD, LA County, LADWP and many other public and private owners. In 2003 he purchased a partnership in Bali Construction, Inc. where he currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. Ted has expertise in all areas of construction including estimating, finance, project management, negotiations, marketing, management, and corporate strategy. He has served on Boards of both the ECA & AGC, is currently serving as the Chair of the Joint Engineering Division, AGC of California, and trustee of the Industry Advancement Fund.
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2017 Achievement Award Winners
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