Post Event Press Release: NAMC 49th Annual National Conference

August 02, 2018

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2018
Contact: NAMC National Office
(202) 296-1600

Post Event Press Release: NAMC 49th Annual National Conference
“Building on the Legacy”


NAMC National Board of Director swearing in ceremony at the Hall of Fame Gala on Friday Night

Plano, TX — The National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) has announced the installation of its new board of directors. The 2018-2019 NAMC National executive officers are Wendell Stemley, President; Dan Moncrief, III, Executive Vice President; Pete Varma, Treasurer; and Demetria Bivens, Secretary. New national board members were sworn in by the Honorable Lisa Green, Judge of County Criminal Court #5 in Dallas County, in front of hundreds of conference attendees and guests at NAMC’s 49th Annual National Conference Hall of Fame Gala on Friday, June 15, 2018.

Joint Venture Project Team of the Year Award was presented to Balfour Beatty, Managing Partner of the BARA Joint Venture Team (Balfour Beatty, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell & Company, and Azteca Enterprises) for excellence and significant contributions to diversity and inclusion through its partnering efforts on the Parkland Hospital Project in Dallas, Texas.

NAMC held the successful 49th Annual National Conference at the Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Plano, Texas. This year’s theme was “Building on the Legacy”.  The conference started on Wednesday, June 13 with workshop sessions at the Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center and concluded with the Hall of Fame Gala on Friday evening, June 15, 2018. Minority contracting, development business leaders, and major corporate representatives from across the country attended. Marc Williams, Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation, was the keynote speaker at the Gala.

NAMC members visited the Facebook Data Center in Fort Worth, Texas, which was hosted by Facebook and DPR Construction.The Fort Worth data center is one of Facebook’s newest projects and occupies over one million square feet. NAMC members learned about some of the newest trends in construction center technology.

DPR Construction representatives conduct a Facebook Data Center tour with NAMC members

Honored at the Gala were Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York for the NAMC Parren J. Mitchell Advocacy Award in recognition of the collaborative efforts between NAMC and the governor on business and socioeconomic issues and for his continued effort to level the playing field for small and minority owned businesses. The NAMC Ray Dones Service Award was awarded to Demetria Bivens, for her significant contribution to the NAMC organization’s mission.

Left to right: Demetria Bivens, DFW Chapter and Wendell Stemley, NAMC President

Balfour Beatty, Managing Partner of the BARA Joint Venture Team (Balfour Beatty Construction, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell & Company and Azteca Enterprises), received the 2018 NAMC Joint Venture Development Team of the Year Award for the Parkland Hospital project. This year’s Hall of Fame inductee was Kevin Ramsey, founder of Alameda Construction Services, Inc. The 2018 Major Corporate Owner of the Year Award  was presented to Wells Fargo, and Kendra Stuart, a NAMC Student Chapter member and construction engineering major at Florida A&M, received the NAMC Student Chapter President’s Award.

Left to right: Arthur Queen, Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin Ramsey, and Wendell Stemley

The National Association of Minority Contractors would like to thank all our members, sponsors, major corporate partners for making this a successful event. This conference has truly set the stage for continuing to build on our legacy of having some of the top minority contractors in the nation with over a billion dollars of project capacity. NAMC stands ready to meet the challenges of the new design build national markets and increase opportunities for minorities and women in construction. We thank all our attendees for a truly successful 49th Annual National Conference and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2019 at the 50th Annual National Conference in California.

Founded in Oakland, California in 1969 by Raymond Dones and Joseph Debro, NAMC is the oldest minority construction trade association in the United States with over 50 Hall of Fame members and Legacy Builders and an annual project capacity of over one billion dollars nationally. Through a network of local chapters and in collaboration with strategic and corporate partnerships, NAMC assists members with building capacity by providing access to opportunity, advocacy, and contractor development training.