Education News


George Tyrolt (Dunn Company) was selected to receive an Education Foundation Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.  George is the son of David and Alissa Tyrolt of Decatur.  George intends to study Construction Management at Purdue University.  He looks" forward to working in this challenging and rewarding field".  George is no stranger to the Education Foundation.  He has participated in the Canadian Fishing for many years.  Congratulations George!

Jackson McPhail was also selected to receive an Education Foundation Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.  Jackon's father, Jerry McPhail, works for E.T. Simonds Construction.  His mother is Jennifer McPhail.  Jackson has other ties to the construction industry.  His uncle Jim McPhail is employed by Southrn Illinois Asphalt.  Jackson has three family members who own constructin companies and other family members who work or have worked in the construction field.  Jackson intends to pursue a businees/pre-law program at Southern Illinios University.  He is interested in business law with an emhasis in construction law and construction litigation.  Congratulations Jackson!

Our third recipient is Joseph Martini. Joe's father Dan Martini is president of J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds. His mother is Susan Martini. Joe is considering studying business/accounting at Loyola University or Illinios State University.  Joe has also participated in the Canadian Fishing for several years.  The fishing trip "gave me my first real exposure to the construction industry....I had the opportunity to spend tiem with some great people."  Congratulations Joe!

Clayton Goeken received the scholarship for this upcoming year.  His parents are Mike (United Contractors Midwest) and Beth Goeken.  Clayton intends to pursue a degree in business with an emphasis in construction management at Eureka College or Illinois State Unversity.  He believes he will be able to use this degree in many areas of construction such as a project manager or an estimator.  He is also interested in quality control.  Clayton states he applied for the scholarship "mainly because my dad has enjoyed a successful career in the construction industry for over 30 years."  Congratulations Clayton!


2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the first scholarship awarded under the Foundation’s authority.  To celebrate, we will be highlighting past scholarship recipients in the Construction Newsletter.  If you know a past recipient, please send us the contact information.

Currently there are six students receiving the scholarship. 

John Kintz is majoring in civil engineering at the University of Iowa.  John’s parents are Bob and Mary Kintz.  Bob works for Associate Member Call One.

Jon Kinney is majoring in Construction Management at Western Illinois University.  His parents are Bill and Jennifer Kinney of Kinney Contractors.

Emily Coates is pursuing a degree in engineering at St. Louis University. Emily’s parents are Bill and Evelyn Coates.  Bill works for United Contractors Midwest.

Jared Beeson is attending Eastern Illinois University majoring in engineering physics.  His parents are Jeremy and Jennifer Beeson.  Jared’s father works for United Contractors Midwest.

Joshua Boyda attends Illinois State University and is pursuing a major in geology.  Mike and Laura Boyda are his parents.  Mike works for Associate Member Vulcan Materials.

Dillon Ingles also attends Western Illinois University and is majoring in construction management.  His parents are Corey Ingles and Terri Ingles.  Corey is employed by G.M. Sipes Construction.

David Tyrolt received the scholarship in 1990 while attending Indiana University.  David majored in Management and is now the President of Dunn Company in Decatur.  David is also the Treasurer for AGCI and has served on the Board of Directors representing  District 7 and as Chairman of the Education Committee.  David’s father, Frank Tyrolt is retired from Dunn Company and a Past President of AGCI.

Nick Miller studied at Purdue University, earning a BS in Civil Engineering in 2008 and a MS in Civil Engineering in 2009.  He works for Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) and is currently concluding a three-year assignment in Gladstone, Queensland Australia.  His parents are Greg and Joan Miller.  Greg is President of Diamond Construction and is AGCI’s Immediate Past President.

Michael Breheny received the scholarship while attending St. Louis University.  In his essay, Michael wrote, “With the help of this scholarship I plan to further my studies as a Business student, in route to one day work with the members of A.G.C.I. as an insurance salesman.”  Michael currently is employed with AGCI Member J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds.  His parent are Kevin and Sue Breheny.

David Stark, Jr. attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is Vice President of AGCI Member Stark Excavating, Inc.  Dave has recently been elected to serve on AGCI’s Board of Directors as a Director representing Highway District 5.  He previously served as a Director-at-Large.  His father, David Stark Sr. is President of Stark Excavating.

Steve Starwalt received the scholarship while attending the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He majored in Civil Engineering.  At the time, Steve’s father, Glen Starwalt owned Wortman-Starwalt, Inc. in Effingham.   Steve was employed with  Wortman-Starwalt until his father passed away.  He is now employed at Howell Paving as an Estimator.

Justan Mann attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale majoring in Civil Engineering.  Justan’s parents, John and Barb worked for O’Daniel Trucking in Carmi, Illinois.  Justan is an Acting Deputy Director of Highwaysat the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Corey Dowd received the scholarship for 2 years while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign.  He received a degree in civil engineering.  He started his academic career at Eastern Illinois University before transferring to U of I.  Corey is employed by AGCI member Hanson Engineering.  Corey’s parents are Randy and Toni Dowd.  Toni works for AGCI Member Ne-Co Asphalt.

Jeff Dokey received the scholarship for 4 years while attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  Jeff majored in Construction Management and is currently working for AGCI member Halverson Construction as a Project Engineer.  Jeff’s mother, Susan works for AGC of Illinois.

Ryan Wisch graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  He currently works for AGCI Member DeLong’s Inc. as a project manager and is attending classes on a part time basis pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.  Ryan’s father, Gary also works for DeLong’s Inc.

Doug McPherson graduated from the University of Evansville while receiving the scholarship from 1989 through 1993.  Doug is  now the Executive Vice President of AGCI Member Mt. Carmel Stabilization Group.

David Riordan was the first scholarship recipient in 1985.  He attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana majoring in civil engineering.  David currently is employed by Tobey’s Construction & Cartage of Herscher as a Project Manager.    His parents are Norm and Sharon Riordan. Norm Riordan (Tobey’s Construction & Cartage) has served AGCI as a Past President.

Ric Cooper received the scholarship for 4 years while attending Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville where he graduated with both a bachelors and masters in civil engineering.  Ric is now a professional engineer working as a plant engineer for American Bottoms Wastewater Treatment Facility in Sauget, Illinois.  His parents are Rich and Deann Cooper of Salem, Illinois.  Rich is employed by AGCI member County Materials Corporation in Salem.

Chris Peisker just completed his first year with Exelon at the Braidwood Generating Station.  He is currently working in an engineering division that oversees the monitoring and maintenance of the mechanical systems in the plan.  He provides documentation and oversight of the systems he’s responsible to maintain, including on-site and contracted services.  He graduated in December 2013 from the University of Illinois with his degree in Nuclear Engineering.  Chris’ parents are John (formerly with O’Neil Bros.) and Lynn Peisker.

Blair Dunn attended St. Louis University, graduating in 2010 with a business degree.  He is employed at Alpha Packaging as a sales representative.  Blair’s parents are Bob and Diane Dunn.  Bob is Vice President of Operations at Dunn Company in Decatur.

Alex Joines graduated from the University of Illinois in December 2014 with a double degree in Accounting and Information Technology.  He is currently studying for the CPA exam and working at the accounting firm of Geoffrey Johns & Associates in Kankakee.  His father, Jimmy Joines is Vice President of Kankakee Valley Construction Co. and serves on AGCI’s Board of Directors.

Adam Bruner transferred to Florida Gulf Coast and graduated on December 12, 2014.  He is now working for the Boston Red Sox but plans to go to Graduate School this fall.  He is the son of Bob Bruner (United Contractors Midwest), who currently serves as AGCI’s President.

Brian Blair graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1995.  He went to work for Feutz Contractors, Inc., starting in the field managing projects, and soon moved into the office to work on IT and estimating.  He now oversees internal operations along with IT, EEO, and other duties as needed. 

Scott Blair graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1997.  He went to work for Feutz Contractors, Inc., starting in the field managing projects and currently works in estimating and project management from the office.

Brian and Scott’s parents are Steve and Jane Blair.  Steve is Chairman and CEO of Feutz Contractors in Paris, Illinois.

Marcus Bruce graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University.  He went to work for IDOT upon graduation and has been with District 6 in Springfield for 26 years.  He has worked as a civil engineer in Construction, Design, Planning, and High Speed Rail.

Jared Ruhrup graduated from the University of Iowa with a civil engineering degree in May, 2014.  Jared was a member of Iowa’s Army ROTC and now is serving as a second lieutenant in the Army 36th engineering brigade at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Jordan Ruhrup graduated from the University of Iowa in December, 2011.  She is working as a nurse on the critical cardiac floor of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Both are the children of Al Ruhrup of United Contractors Midwest.

Kristopher Montgomery graduated in 2005 from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Design and Management with a minor in Business Administration and works for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. located in St. Louis, Missouri.  He started as a Project Engineer for McCarthy on a project for Edward Jones in the St. Louis area.  At the completion of that project he was transferred to an Alegent Hospital Project in Omaha, Nebraska. After the hospital project was complete, he was transferred back to St. Louis and worked as a liaison between the Corporate IT Department and the Construction Operations group.  He is currently a Project Superintendent on the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare Replacement Medical Center in New Orleans.  Kristopher is the son of Wendeline Schluter of Halverson Construction.

Michael Hass graduated from Iowa State University.  After graduation he went to work for The Weitz Company until 2001 when he went home to Valley Construction.  He stayed at Valley until 2006 when he went back to Weitz.  Weitz moved him two years ago to West Palm Beach, Florida to lead the senior living practice for the eastern half of the country.  Michael’s father, Bill, is President of Valley Construction in Rock Island.

Congratulations to the four new scholarship recipients for the 2015-16 academic year.

Will Frey (AGC of Illinois)

Riley Kemper (Varsity Striping & Const.)

Robert Kinney (Kinney Contractors)

Stephen Saunders (United Contractors Midwest)

Erich Thomas graduated from Bradley University in 2006 with a degree in civil engineering.  While at Bradley and immediately after graduation he worked as a construction inspector on the I-74 reconstruction in Peoria.  As a consulting engineer he worked on many overlay projects in the Peoria and Galesburg area, and as a resident engineer on two projects near Brimfield, Illinois.  In 2010 he earned his professional engineering license.  In 2013, Erich started his own woodworking business in Princeville, Illinois, constructing furniture, picture frames, and millwork.  Being self-employed allows him to be at home to raise his three children.  Erich’s mother Judy Thomas is employed by Valley Construction.

Jason Holdorf graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a BS in Civil Engineering.  He worked for Missman Stanley & Associates until 1998.  From 1999 to 2001 Jason worked for Valley Construction Co. as an estimator and project manager.  He then worked for Verbeke-Meyer consulting engineers as a design engineer in the municipal and site work design areas.  He is currently the Land Development Manager for Missman Inc., Consulting Engineers in Illinois and Iowa.  Jason says that his 3 summers of working outside construction during college and his 3 years as project manager and estimator in construction were invaluable to his experience in his current design work.  Jason is also on Missman’s Board of Directors.  Jason’s father, Gary, works for Valley Construction.

Bill Antonacci is Project Engineer for the City of Springfield, City Water Light & Power, Major Projects Development Group.  He oversees construction projects at the Dallman generating Station and Water Purification Plant in which he inspects and ensures the contractors’ compliance to the contract specifications.  He also coordinates between plant operations and contractor construction and oversees the installation and startup of mechanical systems within the projects.  He worked on the $500,000,000 construction of the Unit 4, 200 megawatt Power Plant, the $32,000,000 construction of new Pump Station Buildings and Equipment for the Water Division, and on various other projects within the Generating Stations and Water Plant.  Bill graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996.  His father, Larry, is Vice President/Chief Estimator at  Halverson Construction.

Rachel Clark (Rohrer) works for Walgreens at their corporate campus in Deerfield, IL and lives in Waukegan, IL with her husband Ty. She is an estimator and project manager for new construction and renovations nationwide.  Rachel’s father Tom Clark was employed by Midwest Foundation.

If you know of any past scholarship recipients who have not been highlighted please send their contact information to Susan at  A list of scholarship recipients is available on AGCI’s website.




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