The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) was established to fulfill the need to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the construction industry as well as the association both at the local and national levels. The purpose of the CLC is to act as a conduit for participants to network, exchange ideas about work and the industry, serve local communities and continuing education which includes both professional development and leadership skills. The CLC is dedicated to mentoring the future leaders just as those have done in the past for us. The AGC Student Chapter at Texas A&M Kingsville is a new partnership we will continue to support.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019
MICHAEL BUSSELL, President, AMBROSE CONSTRUCTION, LTD.
Michael Bussell is from Corpus Christi and graduated high school from Flour Bluff in 2006. He graduated college with a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 2012. After graduation, Michael went to work for Ambrose Construction as a Project Manager / Estimator located in Corpus Christi. Ambrose Construction focuses on the commercial construction industry as a concrete subcontractor. They specialize in suspended concrete slabs, etc. Michael joined the Construction Leadership Council in 2016 and is looking forward for our chapter to step up in our community and look for future leaders and skilled labors to make our community the best that we all know it can be. Michael enjoys playing golf whenever he has free time. His favorite quote is “Just remember, you cannot climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets” – Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jonathan Torres, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAIR, Facility Solutions Group
Jonathan was born in Corpus Christi, grew up in Orange Grove, and attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he studied Music and Business. Jonathan currently works for FSG Electric as an Electrical Construction Superintendent and Assistant Project Manager / Estimator. He is the current President of the Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend, Past President of the Coordinated Community Response Coalition on DV and SA, a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi (Class 44), LCC Alumni Board Member, and a past honoree of CC Under 40, as well as a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Jonathan joined the Board of the Construction Leadership Council in 2014 as its first recruit, and continues to grow the organization to engage each existing member in creating the future for our industry and to ensure that we continue to be an extremely diverse community of individuals working together for common purpose.
“There is a certain enthusiasm in Liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in Acts of bravery and heroism” – Alexander Hamilton
Lori Withrow-Irwin, Financial Chair, AGC South Texas Chapter
Lori has been a South Texas Coastal resident most of her life. She resided in both Corpus Christi and Portland Texas growing up and graduated from Gregory Portland High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University with a Major in Animal Science. Her working experiences include working in the legal field as a Client Intake Specialist, working in the Oilfield Industry as an Administrative Assistant, as well as working in her family’s home repair service business running all ends of the business. She has worked as a New Home Construction QC Coordinator overseeing the day to day construction process, as well as selecting materials within allowances all for the buyer. Lori currently works as the Member & Event Director for Associated General Contractors of South Texas and joins the CLC as the Finance Chair. She has over 20 years experience in Non-Profit event planning and fundraising and is very excited to be part of the CLC and its mission. She simply enjoys living life and lives by the principle of “be willing to learn something new each day, for knowledge is but one of the greatest of all gifts, and once you have that, it can never be taken away. “Learning never exhausts the mind”-Leonardo da Vinci
Adam Houchin, Fundraising Chair, Ram Tool Construction Supply
Adam Houchin is from Corpus Christi and graduated High School from Calallen in 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Business Management from Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi in 2014. After graduation, Adam began his career in outside sales working for Ram Tool Construction Supply. Ram Tool provides a daily service to contractors in the area to meet all of their supply needs and keep the job progressing forward. Adam joined the CLC in 2017 and is looking to meet other young and upcoming individuals in the local construction market and also encourage others to step up and be involved in bettering our community. Adam enjoys playing guitar, hunting, fishing, and playing golf whenever he has free time. His favorite quote is, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky
Tommie Lee Jr., Events Chair, TL Electric, Mechanical and Plumbing
Tommie Lee Jr. (TJ) was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and attended high school at Medina Valley in San Antonio. TJ attended both Northwest Vista and Del Mar College. TJ worked in food service through high school and started working in electrical construction when he was 18 years old in San Antonio. A year later, TJ moved back to Corpus Christi and started working for TL Electric. TJ is currently working as an Electrical Construction Superintendent for TL Electric. TJ joined the Construction Leadership Council in 2018 to learn more from other leaders and expand his knowledge of construction. TJ enjoys working as an electrician especially knowing that his work is just as important as other trades and the sense of achievement he gets when seeing the final product such as light or a piece of equipment being energized. His words of wisdom for younger generations is that in construction there is always a purpose or reason to what you are building. Take pride and passion in the work you do. Always live and learn to be better and have the motivation to grow and strengthen your knowledge in a trade. Never settle for the minimum and don’t expect to start at the maximum.
Charles Zurovec, PAST CHAIR/COMMUNITY SERVICE, United Rentals
Charles Zurovec was born in San Antonio and moved to Corpus Christi as a child. Charles graduated from King High School in 2007, received an Associate’s Degree from Del Mar College, and received his Bachelors in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in 2012. Charles is currently working for United Rentals as an Outside Sales Representative. Charles jointed the Construction Leadership Council in 2017 in hopes to get the younger generations involved within our organization and to be more involved in our community. Charles enjoys fishing, hunting, and any activity involved with the outdoors. His favorite quote “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
Brandon Fleming Records Chair, South Texas Building Partners
Brandon Fleming was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Brandon graduated from King High School in 2002 and Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 2010. In the past he worked for Alltech Inspection, Gulf Marine Fabricators, and Wood Group. Brandon is currently working as a Project Manager for South Texas Building Partners. Brandon joined the Construction Leadership Council in 2018. Brandon chose to join the CLC for the opportunity to get to know our fellow industry colleagues more and to become a larger part of our community. While on the board, he plans to accomplish and assist in spreading the construction word to the next generation. Brandon’s input or advice to younger generations is with a large portion of skilled tradesmen nearing retirement age, now is the perfect time to develop a skill and make it a long and successful career. Brandon loves the outdoors especially golf, fishing, and hunting. His favorite quote is “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill
Austin Hagemann, Professional Development Chair, B.E. Beecroft Construction Co., Inc.
Austin Hagemann was born and raised in Portland, Texas. Austin completed his Bachelors in Construction Science from Texas A&M University College Station in May 2017. Austin has worked with Garney Construction, History Maker Homes, and is now currently working as a Project Manager for B.E. Beecroft Construction located in Corpus Christi. Austin joined the Construction Leadership Council in 2018 and looks forward to working closely with the younger generations and helping CLC focus more efforts on teaching high school students the importance of construction and how reward the construction industry can be. Austin enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, BBQing, hunting, and fishing. His favorite quote is “It is, what it is”.
Michael Skrobarczyk, vICE CHAIR/Marketing/SOCIAL MEDIA Chair, Fulton* Coastcon General Contractors
Michael Skrobarczyk was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated high school from Incarnate Word Academy in 2005. He graduated college with a Bachelors in Construction Science in 2010 from Texas A&M University College Station. After graduation from Texas A&M in 2010, Michael moved to Dallas and worked for Hunt Construction Group as an Assistant Superintendent. In 2013, Michael moved back to Corpus Christi and currently works for Fulton Construction. He is currently working as a Project Manager on the renovation & expansion of Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Michael is also currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and planning to graduate in May 2019. Michael joined the Construction Leadership Council in 2017 and is looking forward to helping lead the effort for younger generations to become more involved in the construction industry. Michael enjoys bow hunting, fishing, and traveling when he gets free time. His favorite quote is “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” – Greg Reid
Amy Lee, Executive Director, AGC South Texas Chapter
Amy was born and raised in Idaho. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oregon with a Major in Psychology. Her work experience includes Event Planning and over 10 years experience working with associations. Amy currently serves as the Executive Director for Associated General Contractors of South Texas. She has served and serves on numerous community boards and is the recipient of the 2017 Del Mar Community Service Award. Amy joined the Board of the Construction Leadership Council in 2016, serving as a liaison between the AGC and the CLC Members. Amy enjoys promoting the construction industry and bridging the gap between the community, youth, future leaders and current industry leaders. The opportunities available to those willing to commit to our industry provide a greatness we can all be proud of.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller