On March 25 the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) elected Kristine Young president of the organization at its annual meeting held in conjunction with CONEXPO/ConAgg in Las Vegas.
Young is the chief executive officer of Des Moines Iowa-based Miller the Driller. She is the first-ever woman to lead the U.S. construction industry and will oversee the trade group’s work on behalf of the commercial construction industry.
“I’m humbled that this association has always treated me as a fellow contractor that happens to be a woman instead of a woman that happens to be a contractor” said Young. “Being the first is never about being alone it took the time energy and encouragement of many people to get me here today.”
As president 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 much-needed investments to the nation’s aging infrastructure. She will also 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 over 20 percent.