CAGC celebrated its nine winners and their families at the 2022 CAGC Summer Summit on July 23, 2022, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. These individuals – two who have left incredible legacies on our industry, and seven who are still paving the road for future leaders – were honored for their hard work, perseverance and achievement within and throughout their construction careers.
Each of the men and women who were honored embodies the skill, integrity and responsibility that Carolinas AGC (CAGC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) stand for.
HALL OF FAME LEGACY RECIPIENTS
Joseph Bordeaux, Bordeaux Construction, Morrisville, NC
Joseph Bordeaux was born in Harnett Co. where he graduated from Lillington High School. There, he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Anges Smith, to whom he was married to for 69 years. Mr. Bordeaux served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he continued as an active supporter of veterans causes with the Wounded Warrior Project. After his military service, he attended and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in civil engineering. With that degree, he began a long and successful career in the commercial construction industry.
Bordeaux Construction was founded in 1977 by Mr. Bordeaux and his wife, Agnes, and their sons, Tom and David, who joined the team to expand operations. The company was incorporated in 1978 and the legacy lives on with Tom’s son, Blair, who was named President in 2016. After his retirement, Joseph enjoyed spending time with his 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Joseph Bordeaux passed away peacefully in 2020 at the age of 89.
Richard Nickel, Carolina Bridge, Orangeburg, SC
Richard was born in Orangeburg, SC and during his 43 years, married Amanda Avildsen and had 2 wonderful children, Arleigh who is 14 and George who is 13.
Richard was exposed to the construction industry by his father at a very young age. During his teenage years he would work summers at Carolina Bridge Company and the Summer he graduated from high school lived in a spare trailer on the jobsite that he was working on with Carolina Bridge. After that summer, he went on to get his associates degree in Engineering. Richard loved mechanical work and at one time did consider becoming a crane mechanic, but eventually decided to pursue a career in construction at Carolina Bridge. He started as a foreman in Williamston, NC and then worked his way up to President.
For years, Richard was a valuable member of the CAGC SC Bridge Committee, the SC Design Building Committee, the CAGC/SCDOT Joint Committee, and in 2020, the year that he passed away, was a member of the Board of Directors. Carolinas AGC’s Leslie Clark said “you always knew where Richard stood on an issue and he was always willing to step up to help our staff, our members, and our industry.” It also didn’t take Leslie long to learn what Richard was passionate about, his kids, his Carolina Bridge family, and building bridges.
When the news of Richard’s passing spread throughout the Carolinas AGC family the members wanted to know what they could do, so at the request of Richard’s family, the Richard Nickel Scholarship Fund was created. The scholarship grew to over $8,000 in donations from the CAGC members and will assist students in South Carolina that are pursuing a career in commercial construction industry.
HALL OF FAME AWARDS
- Robert Barnhill
- Edison Cassels
- Otis Crowder and Bill Crowder
- Mark Hood
- Marty McKee
- Patricia Rodgers
Learn more about CAGC’s 2022 Hall of Fame Legacy and Hall of Fame recipients here.