The Associated General Contractors Of Tennessee



Join us October 6-9, 2021
at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa

Experience for yourself how our Annual Convention provides contractors of all sizes and markets the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage, to help protect key business interests, make important industry connections, and to prepare your company for the challenges (and opportunities) facing our industry.

The AGC of Tennessee Annual Convention brings together members from across the state for four days of workshops, keynote speakers, relaxation, and networking with members. You'll have the chance to catch up with your colleagues and friends from across the state, pause and relax, enjoy the beautiful beach, play golf and tennis, and take advantage of great shopping in Sandestin.

As we collectively emerge from the pandemic, grapple with economic uncertainty, and navigate the legislative and regulatory policies of the new administration, there is no better time than now to come together.  See you at the beach!





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Stephen Sandherr 
Chief Executive Officer
Associated General Contractors of America

Stephen Sandherr joined the AGC of America staff in 1984 as Assistant Director of Collective Bargaining Services. From 1986 to 1989 he served as AGC’s Director of Congressional Relations. He practiced law with the firm of Thompson, Mann and Hutson in Washington, D.C., from 1989 to 1990, and served as Labor and Small Business Counsel for the National Association of Home Builders from 1990 to 1991. He rejoined AGC as Executive Director of Congressional Relations in 1991 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 1997.

Currently, as Chief Executive Officer, Steve’s role is to maintain relations with AGC’s 93 chapters nationwide, coordinate government relations activities and enhance AGC’s involvement with business coalitions. In 2006, the American Society of Association Executives cited AGC as one of nine “remarkable” associations in its landmark study,“7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.” CEO Update, which tracks people in association and non-profit executive careers, listed Steve as a top CEO in 2009, and a Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, listed Steve as a top lobbyist for the last seven years, representing the only commercial construction industry association on the Top Lobbyists of 2009 - 2015 lists.

Steve is a 1980 graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1983, and is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. He is a trustee of the National Building Museum in Washington. He resides with his wife, Cynthia, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Don't miss his presentation at Convention on Friday, October 8th.  

Ann McGauran 
Tennessee State Architect 

Ann is an Architect with over 25 years of architectural, project management and real estate operations experience, primarily with large multi-facility institutions. Throughout her career, Ann achieved client-centered results by balancing stakeholder needs with organizational priorities. 

After graduating from Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction with a Bachelor of Architecture, Ann spent the first half of her career working at HLM, RLF and GS&P architecture and engineering firms in Florida and Tennessee achieving licensure in both states and her NCARB certification. The second half of her career, she has worked for facility owners managing design and construction projects, guiding process improvement teams and leading various aspects of real estate operations with Vanderbilt University and the State of Tennessee. During this time, Ann received a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University. 

In February, the Tennessee State Building Commission voted unanimously to appoint Ann as State Architect. Ann is the first woman to serve Tennessee in this capacity since the position was created in 1955. The State Architect and staff serve as support for the functions of the State Building Commission and also provide oversight for all state capital projects and real estate transactions that are under authority of the State Building Commission, to assure compliance with State statutes and policies.
Ann, her husband Mick and their two sons Sean and Liam live in Nashville. Their home was built in the late 1800’s and renovated/restored by them.

Don't miss her presentation at Convention on Thursday, October 7th.
Michael Marasa, PE 
Senior Engineer

Michael J Marasa, PE is a Senior Engineer with Keller North America, the largest geotechnical contractor in the United States. Mr. Marasa uses his 41 years of experience as a practicing geotechnical engineer to assist engineers and contractors with matching appropriate geotechnical construction techniques to specific site challenges and performance requirements. He frequently makes in-house presentations to engineering and construction firms to educate or update staffs on current ground improvement and foundation construction techniques including grouting, micropiles, earth retention, vibro techniques, and many others. He has authored papers on ground improvement and specialty foundation systems and has presented at numerous seminars and short courses.  Mr. Marasa is a graduate of the University of Louisville with advanced studies in the geosciences. He has been a practicing geotechnical engineer over 41 years and had registrations in multiple states. He joined Keller-NA, Inc. in early 2005 as Senior Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager. 

Other highlights:
  • Past-President ASCE Nashville Branch
  • Founder, Past Chairman and board member ASCE TN Section Geotechnical Group
  • Founder and board member Charlotte Geotechnical Group
  • Founder and board member Raleigh Geotechnical Group
  • Former Member ASCE National Committee on Construction Quality Management & Inspection
  • Member ASDSO, Geo-Institute, ABC, US Society on Dams, HBI Vibro Committee
  • Member ASFE/GBA Geotechnical Committee
  • Chairman, Tennessee State GI Conference
  • Author of several technical papers and articles
Don't miss his presentation,"Investigation and Treatment of a Swallvette: Sinkhole Remediation at the National Corvette Museum"at Convention on Thursday, October 7th.  CLICK HERE to view a description of the presentation.


Ed Wallace
Managing Director

Ed consults with and speaks for corporations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Fares to Friends, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last, and his most recent the #1 best seller, The Relationship Engine. Ed was recently published in the Harvard Business Review. In addition, he is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s program.

Don't miss his presentation,"Building Business Relationships that Last", at Convention on Friday, October 8th.



Join us for four days of networking, learning, relaxation, and fun! No time is better than now to gain a competitive advantage, to help protect key business interests, make important industry connections, and to prepare your company to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.


Contact for more info, to sign-up for activities, or to register.