The AGC of Missouri will bestow its prestigious SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award on James Frey, retired senior vice president of Alberici Group, Inc., during the organization’s September 15 membership meeting.
According to AGC of Missouri President Len Toenjes, the SIR Award is reserved “for members who have gone beyond the call of duty towards the betterment of our association and Missouri’s construction industry.” It is not an annual award, but is only bestowed for for special recognition of extraordinary service.
Frey graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1974 with a degree in civil engineering. He 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.
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.
Over the years, Frey served on numerous industry committees and was a sought after speaker for national meetings and seminars, including for programs from the Design-Build Institute of America, AGC of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Risk Management Institute.