The Hard Hat Award is AGC of Alaska’s most prestigious award, established by the chapter to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the Alaska construction industry. The selection of a meritorious individual is a matter of serious consideration, deliberation and evaluation. The selected individual must not only possess the qualities of skill, responsibility and integrity, but must possess a distinguished record of giving their time and talent for the betterment of the industry and community. Their high moral standards, personal values and dedication to excellence characterize such individuals. It is a badge of honor to be worn humbly but proudly, as it represents the gratitude of the industry for a lifetime of contributions.
Mike Swalling presented the 2018 Hard Hat Award to Tamie Taylor on Nov. 10, 2018, during the dinner and dance finale of AGC’s annual conference in Anchorage. Taylor was recognized for years of dedication to AGC and for encouraging girls and young women to enter the construction industry.
Born and raised in Southern Colorado, Taylor had no inkling that she would end up in Alaska or working in the construction industry. After graduating from the University of Southern Colorado with a degree in biology, she worked in the science field for less than a year then started as a secretary in a construction company. When she asked to be sent out into the field as a laborer, her bosses thought she was crazy. Next, she tried ordering and purchasing. She soon realized construction was in her blood.
Taylor moved to Alaska in 1989 and continued learning the construction industry. Today she has nearly 30 years of experience in both project management and government contracting. She has worked for NANA Pacific, Tatitlek Contractors, TDX Holdings and Bering Straits Native Corporation, bringing millions of dollars of work and knowledge to Alaskans. In 2013, Taylor opened her own company, Taylored Business Solutions LLC, offering clients assistance with proposals, project management controls and construction management services.
While Taylor is known for giving 120 percent at work, where she gives even more is in helping others with professional development and in community service. Taylor is one of the few Alaskans who have served as the national president of National Association of Women in Construction, or NAWIC, an appointment she proudly held in 2007. Taylor also has been the president of the Alaska NAWIC Chapter too many times to count and for years has been involved in nearly every NAWIC project. She has been the driving force behind dozens of initiatives to get children, young adults and women interested in joining the construction industry. From supporting the University of Alaska Anchorage’s construction management degree program to helping publicize NAWIC’s Education Foundation, the NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship, the Block Kids contest, Build Design for middle school students, Taylor has had a profound impact by encouraging others to follow her into the construction industry. For years, Taylor has helped to organize AGC’s Family Night, pulling in volunteers and donations from everyone she knows.
In terms of community service, there are few Alaskans who have given back more of their time and dollars for others than Taylor. She’s encouraged girls to get into construction at the Girl Scouts of Alaska Women of Science & Technology Day. She’s been a Big Sister to a high school teen in foster care. She raises funds and shops for the Anchorage Home Builders Association’s kids’ backpack program. She organizes fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity, has served on the board for Wacky Women Golf and regularly attends the 100+ Women Who Care Anchorage events. As a member of the Anchorage Athena Society, Taylor has helped to organize events for society members and is quick to nominate others for recognition in their community.
Even though she’s always working or networking, Taylor somehow also finds time to be a supportive wife to her husband, Paul, an amazing mentor and most importantly the kind of friend everyone aspires to be: always there to encourage, help and just be there in whatever capacity is needed.
The members of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska are proud to welcome Taylor to the ranks of “Distinguished Hard Hats.”
When accepting the plaque and white hard hat, Taylor said she thought she had been selected to sit at the AGC directors’ table as a thank you for her 22 years of organizing Family Night. Standing at the podium and flanked by 11 past Hard Hat winners, Taylor said she felt right at home.
“I’m so proud to join this group up here, as they are all family,” she said.