Posts Tagged ‘Perry Nations’

SkillsUSA awards the best in construction craft students

The tension was evident last week at the 2013 SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championships. Held Feb. 26-27 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson, the event crowns the state’s best construction craft students in the state, students who will go on to the national championship. For the first time this year, the competition was open to […] [...]

Building a better image for future construction industry

While the competitors in the 2013 SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championships were showcasing their construction craftsmanship, construction and education leaders were doing their best to shine an even bigger light on career opportunities in the building community. Officials were all smiles last week at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson as high school and community college […] [...]

Retirement won’t stop Nations’ legacy

Perry Nations, 75, a strong voice for the construction industry for more than 35 years, retired as executive director of Associated General Contractors on Dec. 31, 2012. Two days later, he took a new job as vice president of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. “I’m a workaholic,” Nations admits. “It is a challenge to come […] [...]

Read February 15 issue of MBJ

>> BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR Old Capitol Inn’s Mende Malouf Alford wins top MBJ honor Also in this week’s paper: >> DOR HQ STILL UNCERTAIN State legislature divided over future home of Department of Revenue— by Ted Carter >> MDA Financial reporting bill for state economic development agency heads to State House— by Clay Chandler […] [...]

Construction industry tightening belt to adjust to higher fuel costs, budget cutbacks

Just when the recession may be coming to an end and the construction industry thinks of brighter days ahead, fuel prices make a dramatic move upward and government entities make budget cuts. How are Mississippi’s construction companies adjusting? “The higher gasoline costs are definitely having an adverse effect on our members,” said Mike Pepper, executive […] [...]

Builder groups split on new Congress

Trade associations split on what to expect following elections The state’s two leading construction trade associations are divided as to whether the new-look Congress will be a plus for builders. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is optimistic. The Associated General Contractors (AGC), on the other hand, is more guarded in its outlook. Now, the […] [...]

Illegal workers

E-Verify program is far from perfect By NASH NUNNERY I contributor pnash22@aol.com The official mandate to require all federal contractors to check the legal status of their employees to confirm their eligibility to work in the U.S. is now a year old. But one Mississippi construction official says that although E-Verify helps in filtering illegal […] [...]

Wildfire!

Drought turns state into kindling For the second time this year, state officials are in a high state of alert due to a spate of wildfires statewide. Wildfires have already claimed property across the state, but unlike the oil spill, have also already threatened lives. And, the drought conditions fostering the threat could have an […] [...]

Q&A: Perry Nations, Executive Director, Associated General Contractors of Mississippi

Building a career For the past 35 years, Perry Nations has worked everywhere from construction worksites to the halls of the State Capitol as executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. The MBJ recently caught up with the busy executive and asked him about the AGC and its mission, his strategies for effective […] [...]

Nations wins workers’ comp award

Perry Nations was recently honored by the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association and the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission for his four-year service as president of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. Nations is executive director of the Mississippi chapter of the Associated General Contractors, a position he has held for nearly 35 years. [...]

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