63rd Awards Dinner


The 63rd Annual Golden Beaver Awards Dinner was held Friday, January 19, 2018 at the J. W. Marriott at LA Live in Los Angeles with over 2,200 attending. The guest speaker at the event was Purdue University President, Mitch Daniels.

The Management Award was presented to Riley P. Bechtel of Bechtel Corp. He is the third consecutive generation of his family to receive this award, following his father, Stephen D. Bechtel , Jr.(1992) and his grandfather, Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr. (1963). Riley started his career with Bechtel in 1966 working summer jobs while attending school. After receiving a combined MBA and JD from Stanford University’s Law School and Graduate School of Business, he worked as an attorney for several years before joining Bechtel in 1981. He served in a variety of positions ranging from field superintendent to business development to managing director before being named president and chief operating officer in 1989, adding the chief executive title in 1990 and chairman in 1996. During his tenure Bechtel generated more than $500 billion in revenue, an increase of over 600 percent.

Alfonso “Al” Gonzales of Guy F. Atkinson Construction, LLC, received the Supervision Award. A civil engineering graduate of the University of New Mexico, he began his 43-year-career, all with Atkinson,in 1974 as a field engineer on the Lower Granite Dam and Powerhouse in Washington state. He progressed through superintendent and project manager positions with steadily increasing responsibility for major projects. During his career, Al has managed over $3 billion in heavy civil construction projects, including over $650 million of design-build transportation projects.

The Engineering Award was presented to Dan A. Brown of Dan Brown & Associates, PC, an expert in the design of deep foundations. After earning a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech,followed by a PhD. from the University of Texas, Dan joined the faculty of Auburn University, where he became one of the premier experts in deep foundation design, construction and testing. During this time he formed Dan Brown & Associates, PC, to provide consulting services. In 2009 he left academia to devote his full attention to the high demand for his expertise.

Mark E. Reagan, Chairman of Marsh, Inc. US Construction Practice received the 2018 Service and Supply Award. A graduate of Fordham University, Reagan began his career as an underwriter for Seaboard Surety in New York. After four years he was posted to London to manage the firm’s UK/Europe operations. He returned to the US in several senior executive positions before being named president of AIG’s worldwide bond division. In 1993 he transitioned from the carrier to brokerage side of the business, serving as Chairman and CEO of Willis’ (now Willis Towers Watson) Construction Practice. In 2010 he was named Chairman of Marsh, Inc. US Construction Practice. Mark has a reputation as an innovator of new insurance products, including products addressing the unique challenges of Public Private Partnerships.

The 2018 officers of the Beavers were installed: Tony Ames of Ames Construction, Inc. – Secretary Treasurer; David Miles of Kiewit Corporation – Senior Vice President; Michael Crawford of Sukut Construction LLC – Vice President & G. Michael Hoover of Sundt Construction, Inc. – President

Caption: Dan Brown – Engineering, Al Gonzales – Supervision, Riley Bechtel – Management & Mark Reagan – Service & Supply


Photos available upon request.

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