Join industry professionals in honoring the 2018 Most Valuable Professional at the annual UCTA/Underground Construction MVP Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 30, during the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition (UCT Conference. Victor (Vic) Weston, renowned and revered as a long-term role model for collaboration and support between the construction industry and higher education, will be the 2018 honoree.
Weston is president and owner of Baton Rouge, LA, Tri-State Road Boring Inc., a general contracting firm founded in 1975 that specializes in highway drainage and casings, the heavy industrial sector for petrochemical companies, micro-tunneling and directional drilling throughout the Gulf South states
A 30-year history of advocating for strong industry-university relations began with Weston’s membership in the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. He organized regular meetings with Louisiana Tech University leaders to help them align student/workforce development activities with the needs of the construction industry.
“Vic was always at the center of these discussions and was always both encouraging and challenging us to achieve higher levels,” said Leslie Guice, president of Louisiana Tech and former professor and head of the schools civil engineering department.
Weston further advanced development activities by bringing major construction industry speakers to Louisiana universities, ensuring students learned from national experts.
He had a major role in generating millions of dollars of industry support for construction education programs around the state. This included working with the Licensing Board to influence the state legislature to direct surplus board funds to create $1 million Chairs at various universities.
Also working with the Louisiana legislature, Weston and his fellow board members had all Licensing Board fines assigned to the Contractors Educational Trust Fund (CTEF), providing further support of university engineering and construction departments – totaling more than $5 million over the years. CTEF, with Weston serving as vice chairman, has been a member of TTC’s advisory board since its September 1989 inception.
Weston has been an active member of the Louisiana Association of General Contractors for almost 39 years. He has served in a variety of leadership roles including president of the Louisiana AGC chapter and currently, Treasurer. Weston has also been involved in the AGC of America on the national level, serving on the executive committee and executive board. In addition he serves on the board of directions for the Common Ground Alliance, representing the AGC.
For all his efforts in supporting the construction industry and education, Weston was inducted into the Louisiana State University Construction School Hall of Honor in 1993. He is a veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corp for 5½ years.
Registration for the luncheon will be available in mid-October via the UCTA website, uctaonline.org.