AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter

Contractors Build Amazing Relationships in the Northwest

This Bike-A-Thon™ was exciting in so many ways! The AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter hosted a 2-day retreat centered around the theme of building amazing relationships. This Associated General Contractors (AGC) networking and team building event offered programming for legislative advocacy, workforce development, safety, and membership networking.

Kicking Off The AGC Oregon-Columbia Bike-a-Thon™

AGC Oregon-Columbia ChapterWe were invited to participate in the keynote event on the first day and deliver a brief speech about the value of strong relationships in successful teamwork. These remarks tied into the next day’s Bike-A-Thon™. Our facilitator spoke for about an hour, and included the executive director of the charity we’d engaged with to accept donation of the bicycles we’d be assembling the next day. There were about 200 people in attendance on Day One. The speech was well-received, which was great, and got everyone buzzing about the charity team building project to come.

Team Building in Stevenson, WA

On Day Two, after a boxed lunch on the lawn overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, everyone gathered in the amphitheater area. Because of the size of the group, the organization had pre-sorted folks into groups before the event. This saved a lot of time. Teams of eight were combinations of AGC members, including general contractors, and vendors. While one might see these folks as competitors in the business world, all of the programming emphasized their common interests in promoting construction industry. They build skyscrapers, airports, bridges. The most important thing they build is relationships.

Teams were enthusiastic about the Bike-A-Thon™. These mechanically-inclined folks could probably complete assembly of a bike pretty quickly. But our program gave people an opportunity to work together and put into practice the ideals we’d been speaking about. Each group started out with a few bicycle parts. Then teams competed for the rest of the parts they’d need, through games and challenges that emphasized teamwork and relationships. As the afternoon went on, it became clear how important each person was to the final success of the project.

It’s All About the People

The group was large and the space was limited at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA. But still, the participants raved about how much fun they had! We helped the group build dozens of bikes for a regional kids’ charity in Medford, OR, about three hours away. The state president of AGC Oregon was in tears as he addressed the group after the presentation and gifting of the bicycles to 34 children. The event was not only fun, it was heart-warming. It was gratifying for all to be part of such an exciting program that embodied the goals of the event, building amazing relationships.