AGC of Alaska congratulates Davis Block & Concrete for receiving the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year Award. Established in 1993, the award recognizes businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization.
Since 1975, Davis Block & Concrete has provided livelihoods on the Kenai Peninsula, in Anchorage and throughout the state of Alaska. The Davis family was recognized as a model of the determination and sound judgment that drive Alaska’s successful small companies.
Each year the Alaska Chamber recognizes a leading small business, a local Alaska chamber of commerce and an outstanding individual for their accomplishments and contributions to the state’s economy. The awards were presented at the 2016 Fall Forum in October at The Cannery Lodge in Kenai.
Longtime Alaskan Harvey Dougherty, who died Sept. 12, 2016, will be remembered for his contributions to his community, his church and the state. He was 86. Dougherty was a beloved member of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, receiving the Hard Hat Award in 1997 for his lifetime of achievement to the construction industry in Alaska.
After serving in the U.S. Army, Dougherty moved to Alaska to start a 66-year adventure, marrying Jeanne and starting a family. He worked for Kaiser Cement for more than 35 years, starting in the warehouse running the sack machine and quickly turning it into a lifelong career in sales for the business. After his first retirement, Harvey stated marketing for Domtar Gypsum wallboard and ABI Cement. He also created a market for the waste from the Healy power plant, “fly ash,” selling it to customers throughout Alaska.
Dougherty was active in the Petroleum Club of Anchorage for more than 50 years, serving as club president in 1981. He also was active in the Anchorage Downtown Rotary.
His family describes Dougherty as, “Always putting others before himself.” He was an avid fisherman and “provider of great stock tips,” and was known for his sense of humor and great attitude — often saying that he flew “at 20,000 feet.”
Lifelong Alaska Michael F. Brady died Oct. 5, 2016. Born the eldest of seven children in the Territory of Alaska, Brady was instilled with a strong work ethic that stayed with him all his life. He felt fortunate to be raised in Alaska. Brady was a strong supporter of the construction industry and served as a past director of AGC of Alaska and a vice president of AGC Safety Inc.
Brady began his career at a very young age working in the family business, Ken Brady Construction Co. His father was a strong believer in child labor; while in elementary school Brady spent summer days and occasional weekends on job sites. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the company built numerous elementary schools in Anchorage, and Brady told friends that as a child he worked on Northwood Elementary during the summer and then attended the school in the fall.
After graduating from Oregon State University, Brady returned to Anchorage and took charge of the company’s finances. In 1982, Mike, along with his brother, Tim, assumed control of the business, and over the next 30-plus years the brothers completed numerous construction projects throughout the state.
Brady served as a management trustee for the Alaska Laborer-Employers Trust from 1995 to 2016, as a board member of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. from 1992 to 2006 and as chairman from 1996 to 1997. He also supported youth sports through the years. His passion for boats and spending time on the water as a child extended to adulthood with many weekends spent in Prince William Sound with Lissa and friends aboard the “49er” and later the “Aqua Vitae.”