Kristine Young, CEO of Miller the Driller, becomes the first woman president of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Kristine Young, CEO of Miller the Driller, based in Des Moines, Iowa, has been named president of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). As the new president, Young becomes the first woman to head the AGC.
In accepting the position, Young says, “I’m humbled that this association has always treated me as a fellow contractor who happens to be a woman, instead of a woman who happens to be a contractor. Being the first is never about being alone, it took the time energy and encouragement of many people to get me here today.”
In her new position Young will oversee the association’s efforts to advocate for measures to boost demand for construction activity by enacting pro-growth tax and trade policies and making investments to the nation’s infrastructure. Young also will work to overturn a new measure that forces governments at all levels to withhold 3 percent of the value of all major construction contracts beginning next year, something she notes will add to an unemployment rate for the industry that already is greater than 20 percent.
Along with Young, the AGC named three other people to top positions with the association: Joseph Jarboe, senior vice president of Clark Construction Group, Bethesda, Md., was named AGC’s senior VP; Paul Diederich, president of Industrial Builders Inc., West Fargo, N.D., became AGC’s VP; and Howard Pebley, president of McAllen Construction Inc., McAllen, Texas, became the association’s treasurer.