Missouri’s building contractors honored James E. Frey, retired senior vice president, Alberici Group, Inc., with the AGC of Missouri Skill, Responsibility, Integrity Award. The award was presented by AGC of Missouri board chairman, Phil Hocher (right), president of Pace Construction Company, at a membership meeting held on September 15.
“This is a very special recognition for Jim, who served the AGC of Missouri in a top leadership role for more than a decade,” commented Len Toenjes, CAE, president. “This coveted award is not bestowed annually, but rather is reserved for special recognition of service above and beyond on behalf of our organization. We congratulate Jim on his service and thank him for his many contributions to the betterment of Missouri’s construction industry.”
A 1974 cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in civil engineering, Frey served as chairman of the AGC of St. Louis (predecessor to the AGC of Missouri) in 2002 and as a member of the board from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2010 he chaired the Competitiveness Nucleus Group that worked to improve competitiveness in the construction industry and led to the adoption of more consistent contract language in basic trade contracts, thereby increasing productivity. From 2006 to 2010, he served as co-chair of PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc. (Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment, now known as the St. Louis Construction Cooperative), the nation’s first voluntary construction labor-management organization. In 2011, PRIDE honored him with its Al Fleischer Management Award.
Over the years, Frey has served on numerous key committees, including service as a member of the AGC Labor Policy Committee and also representing the AGC on the St. Louis Council of Construction Employers.
He has spoken at numerous national meetings and seminars, including programs for the Design-Build Institute of America, AGC of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Risk Management Institute, just to name a few.
A member of Alberici Corporation’s board of directors from 2004 to 2009, Frey was a member of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, serving the last three years as chairman. He also was a member of that institution’s Construction Department Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995. He served on the Advisory Council for Missouri University for Science & Technology Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering Department in 2005.
Active in the community well beyond the construction industry, Frey served on Fontbonne University’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2008 where he was a member of the Executive Committee. He served on the boards of KETC/St. Louis Videonine/Medianine, Inc. from 1996 to 2001. From 1989 to 1999, he served on the board of the Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children and as their president from 1996-1998. He was on the College for Living board of directors from 1988 to 1998, and served as that organization’s president from 1994 to 1998. For St. Joseph’s Academy, he was chairman in 1995 and served on its Financial Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1995.
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is the largest organization representing the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri.