ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF CALIFORNIA
Jaimie Angus began working as a laborer for Griffith Company in 1987 while he was completing his degree in aerospace engineering at San Diego State. The second generation in his family to work in construction, Jaimie followed in the footsteps of his father, a former Griffith Company superintendent. During his rise from laborer to estimator to Los Angeles District Manager, Jaimie participated in a number of Griffith Company’s notable projects, including the $20- million Vista Village Redevelopment Project and the $71- million Pier T Project. In 2010 Jaimie was appointed Executive Vice-President and assumed day-to-day operations responsibilities. As President, Jaimie oversees operations throughout the Company including estimating, project management and field forces. Jaimie has been instrumental in developing our large job project management team skills while building high profile Port of Los Angeles projects like the $126 Cabrillo Way Marina and the $54- million Harry Bridges Buffer Projects. In 2006 and 2007, Jaimie served as Chair of the AGC of California’s Los Angeles District, including the coordination of the District Workforce Development efforts. While serving as a State Board Director in 2013 Jaimie chaired the Joint Engineering Division Board. In 2016 Jaimie served as AGC California President.
VICE PRESIDENT, LABOR RELATIONS
In his role as Vice President of Labor Relations at Granite, Steve Clark is responsible for developing and executing the labor relations strategy and policy for one of the largest diversified heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers in the United States.
Steve started his career as a second-generation Operating Engineer at Local 3 and then became a representative of the Foundation for Fair Contracting, a labor-management cooperative organization. Following his time at the FFC, he spent 14 years with the Associated General Contractors of California in various positions, culminating in the role of Executive Director. His valuable years of experience working directly with labor, associations, and contractors have given Steve a unique perspective on labor relations and the interrelationship between labor organizations and the construction industry.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently the Chair of Transportation California and has served on the boards of the California Alliance for Jobs, Southern California Partnership for Jobs, the Southern California Contractors Association, co-chaired the Operating Engineers Local 3 Negotiating and Craft Committee; and was a former Trustee for Operating Engineers Local 3 Trust Funds.
When not completely consumed by the daily rigors of work, Steve enjoys downtime with his fiancé, Nicole Laurence, at their home in Aptos, California. Steve has three children Jon, Amy, and Scott; granddaughter Kaitlyn and daughter-in-law Kim.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
Matt Pim is President and CEO of Riverside Construction Company, a full-service general engineering contractor specializing in heavy / civil construction in Southern California. For over 48 years, Riverside has built projects for both the public and private sectors of the construction industry primarily within the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, Victorville, and Temecula Valley areas. Projects include roadways / freeways, street improvements, site work development, bridges, retaining walls, dams, flood control channels, storm drains, underground utilities, and parks. Riverside Construction is a highly respected company with a solid reputation for quality work and is proud to be an employee-owned company. All the employees have a stake in the success of the firm and are committed to quality work and service. Matt started with the firm working summers while in high school and started full time in 1982. He rose through the ranks starting as a laborer, then working with the carpenters, and operating heavy equipment. Matt became a superintendent and was responsible for running multimillion dollar jobs in the 1990s. He was made operations manager and vice president in 1997. As the company became 100% employee owned in 2002, Matt was elected President, CEO, and Trustee. In the years following 2007 saw Matt lead an effort to diversify into underground utilities, HVAC, and property development, in the way of high-end single family home lots. Matt is a member of: The Beavers; Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA) [Board Seat, 2014 President]; Trustee CIAF, FCIA; Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPJ) [Board Seat]; Construction Industry Advancement Fund; The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Co. [Board Seat]; Community Bank [Advisory Board]; Security Bank [Community Board]; and the Orange County Wheelmen.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COUNCIL OF LABORERS
Jon is Business Manager of the Council. He began his career in the Labor Movement in 1986 and has worked for several unions, including the Cement Masons and Operating Engineers (Stationary) Local 501. He has been a compliance representative investigating unscrupulous contractors on public works, an organizer in both the private and public sector, a Field Representative and Chief Negotiator. To broaden his experience, Jon accepted a position in January 1995 with the AGC of California and served as the Director, Industrial Relations. He believes it gave him a unique glimpse into the daily challenges union contractors face from their non-union competition and sometimes from the trades to which they are signatory. In 1998, Jon left AGC to become Executive Director of Audit and Collections for the Construction Laborers Trust Funds for Southern California. In mid-2000, he began a new challenge by the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and Laborers Local 1184. It was to represent the Hod Carriers (Plaster Tenders) in the (12) Southern California counties after LiUNA! consolidated all Plaster Tenders under Local 1184. Under his leadership, a new apprenticeship program experienced much success turning out qualified journeymen that replaced (and continue to replace) an aging plaster tender workforce while maintaining the highest retention rate of all the apprenticeship programs in the wall and ceiling industry.
On October 26, 2017, Jon was appointed Business Manager of the Southern California District Council of Laborers. Jon is Chairman/Co-Chairman of the Laborers Health & Welfare Trust, the Laborers Pension Trust, the Laborers Joint Apprenticeship Committee and Training Trust, the Laborers Vacation Trust, the Plaster Tenders Joint Apprenticeship Committee and Training Trust, the Center for Contract Compliance as-well-as several committees of all these Trusts.
SOUTHWEST CARPENTERS REGIONAL MANAGER
Josh Raper is a Southwest Carpenters Regional Manager overseeing operations in team rooms in the Los Angeles and Bakersfield areas. He also serves as a Southwest Executive Board member and Southwest Trustee on the Health and Welfare, Pension, Vacation and Training Trust Funds. In addition to his roles as Regional Manager, Executive Board member and Trustee, he was recently appointed to Jurisdictional Director. As the newly appointed Jurisdictional Director he has the instrumental role of overseeing projects that are awarded within the Southwest that fall into ‘carpenter work’ and ensures that the bids and projects are awarded to the Carpenters Union.
Raper began his career in the construction industry over twenty-five years ago. He had strong roots in the union and followed in his family’s footsteps. He was aware in order to provide a prosperous life for his own family that union wages and benefits would get him there as a carpenter.
His trade specialty was structural concrete and the infrastructure industry within Southern California. His keen sense of industry and the ability to meet and exceed project expectations help move up in his career exceedingly quick. He was involved in some of Central Valley’s significant developments.
In 2015, he caught the attention of high-ranking officers within Southwest Carpenters who asked him to interview for a Special Representative position to represent the union. He was immediately hired and continues with the same job site tenacity that has him move up swiftly in ranks.
He continues to stay humble, he continues to work hard for the membership and industry alike taking a firm, but fair approach to bring a win-win situation to all involved.
His dedication to the trade is reflected as he continues to develop and improve upon industry partnerships between labor, management and clients.
Ronald J. Sikorski was elected Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers in June 2015 and appointed International Vice President. He is honored to serve the membership of Local Union No. 12.
In 1975, he graduated from the Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program as an equipment operator. He served as a Job Steward on several jobs in the construction industry.
Ronald was hired as a Business Representative in 1980 and promoted to District Representative in 1996. He served as Vice President of the Riverside/San Bernardino Central Labor Council since 1980.
In 2008, he was appointed Vice President of Local Union No. 12.
He is currently Vice President of the State Building & Construction Trades Council and Vice President of the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Southern California Partnership for Jobs.
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 12
ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
Now serving as manager and partner at Mike Bubalo Construction Co., Inc., David joined the company in 2000. Currently he oversees estimating, engineering, and operations activities for large-scale underground utility development projects in five Southern California counties. Formerly, David served as project manager at Steve Bubalo Construction Co., Inc., responsible for estimating sewer, storm drain and waterline projects. He began his professional career at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, where he held civil engineering positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in the post of Section Head, Design Division, Contracting Section. David is a member in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ASCE’s Construction Institute. He serves on the board of directors of the Engineering Contractors Association (ECA), and the Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ). His group technical committee efforts involve developing specification standards for public works projects. David holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He has completed graduate courses at USC in advanced steel and concrete design, and at California State University, Los Angeles in engineering applications of computers and advanced structural analysis.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Eddie Sprecco grew up in a large construction family in East County San Diego. After graduating from El Capitan High School in Lakeside, he enrolled at U.C. Davis to study Civil and Environmental Engineering. His career path took a turn when an internship for an Assemblymember piqued his interest in politics and public policy. According to Sprecco, his unique educational background has been an asset.
Upon graduation, Sprecco was hired into a permanent staff position and eventually served as Legislative Director. Sprecco was the Campaign Manager for a successful State Senate race, a move that enabled him to relocate back to Southern California. Over the coming years, he would manage state and local campaigns with a focus on Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego.
Despite his campaign work, Sprecco calls politics a “necessary evil” and favors the post-campaign work, including his service to multiple state legislators as District Director and as Land Use Advisor to a San Diego County Supervisor.
Sprecco expects lobbying and political action to be a continued focus of the Chapter during his tenure as CEO. He lists Stormwater Liability, Project Labor Agreements, and Infrastructure funding as key issues that will garner the most resources.
Also, Sprecco plans to promote careers in the industry to the next generation. “AGC has an excellent Apprenticeship program, safety program, continuing education program and also supports various college programs including SDSU Construction Engineering Management. We have to engage students as early as middle school to speak to the many opportunities for well-paying and fulfilling careers in construction. With the programs available today at AGC, a person can walk in off the street and get the skills to be a carpenter, foreman, project manager, or company owner – all without student loans.”
Sprecco had also been involved in the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), a group of next generation leaders at the AGC crucial to the future success of the industry. The CLC engages in up-and-comers and getting them involved in leadership roles. Future efforts will focus on sharing the institutional knowledge from retiring industry leaders to the professionals following in their footsteps.
Sprecco is married to Danielle Stevens, the Controller for her family’s local construction company, and they have two daughters.
BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Bryan Zatica is President and CEO of the Macro-Z Technology Company (MZT). Since founding MZT in 1989, he has built a financially sound, multidiscipline heavy construction company specializing in facilities and civil construction. He began his career over 33 years ago as a cost engineer on large-scale public-works, then progressed through the ranks of field engineering, project management, and estimating. MZT provides construction services throughout the West Coast for a variety of owners including the Veterans Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Transportation, General Services Administration, Federal Prisons, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, NASA, State, County and local cities. MZT has been awarded hundreds of projects which include wastewater treatment plants, pipeline construction, water course channel work, command headquarters and support facilities, fire stations, multi-story building construction, multifamily housing, commercial high-rise construction, hospital renovations and repairs, environmental restoration, MetroRail station construction, new freeway and bridge construction, seismic repair and strengthening of existing infrastructure. Mr. Zatica has received many prestigious awards, including Civil Works Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, SBA Minority Small Business Person of the Year, SBA Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year and has been inducted into the Society of American Military Engineers Academy of Fellows.
John Hakel is the Executive Director at Southern California Partnership For Jobs. A Partnership comprised of 2750 constructions firms who employ more than 90,000 union workers in the 12 counties of Southern California. Their mission is to engage elected officials and educate the public on the need for continued infrastructure funding creating thousands of career constructions jobs in our communities.
He is a member of the Southern California Associations of Governments; Inland Empire Economic Partnership; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Orange County Business Council; Advisory Board Member of Mobility 21 and is currently serving on the Los Angeles Community College District Oversight Committee. Since 2016, John has established personal working relationships with California Transportation Commission, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and Riverside County Transportation Commission. He was among the top leaders in the local passage of Measure M (LA County). Which created 485,000 jobs and decades of work for the construction industry. His involvement with the passage of SB1 Statewide transportation initiative created 5.2 Billion dollars of infrastructure improvements that will provide construction careers for our men and women throughout California for over the next 10 years.
Under John’s leadership, Southern California Partnership for Jobs has grown from a newly established organization to a name that elected officials and the top leaders in the infrastructure world have come to recognize and want to be involved with.
Monika Earle is the media relations specialist for the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ). Earle joined the Partnership in August of 2019.
In this role, Earle oversees all media relations efforts for the partnership along with the creation of unique content and all SCPFJ social media efforts.
Her background includes over twenty years of experience in PR, Marketing, Media Relations and Event Planning.
Earle began her career working in-house at American Isuzu Motors in their PR Department. During her tenure there, she introduced the Isuzu Trooper, Rodeo and Amigo to the American market and the U.S. automotive press.
Following her time at American Isuzu, Earle worked as a Digital Media Specialist at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In this role, she managed all online databases across four California Campuses and material for the FIDM website including reviews and promotional materials. In addition, she arranged for special events in the library of the Los Angeles Campus for students.
Earle later worked in the Public Relations Department of the iconic SEMA Show which draws Automotive enthusiasts from across the globe. There she oversaw the Media Center including media credentials and onsite press conference coordination.
A native of Fullerton, CA, Earle graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.