Danny Rodgers, Board Member, Receives "Cornerstone Award" - Highest Honor Given By The Association Builders & Contractors (ABC)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Associated Builders & Contractors of Alabama Inc. will hand out its “Excellence in Construction” awards at a banquet tonight at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

Danny Rodgers of Dunn Investment Co. will receive the 2013 Cornerstone Award, the highest individual award ABC uses to recognize professional and public service achievements.

Since retiring as president and chief operating officer at Dunn after 43 years in the construction industry, Rodgers has continued to volunteer to mentor homeless men at Birmingham’s Firehouse Shelter while he nears the completion of a four-year course that will ordain him a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

“Danny is the 20th recipient of this award over the history of Association of Builders and Contractors of Alabama,” Jay Reed, president of ABC Alabama, said. “His commitment to his family, the community and to our industry made him an obvious choice. I feel the industry will truly agree that Danny’s integrity alone makes him the cornerstone he is to every life he touches.”

Rodgers said in an interview he is humbled and proud to receive the honor, whose previous recipients include Harbert Construction’s John Harbert, BE&K’s Ted Kennedy, Blount Inc.’s Winton Blount, Brasfield & Gorrie’s Miller Gorrie, Hoar Construction’s Rob Burton and Doster Construction’s Thomas Doster III.

“My first thought was, “What the heck am I doing in this fraternity of great contractors?’” Rodgers said. “I’m very humbled by it, obviously, because I have a rich family tradition with ABC.”

Rodgers said he subscribes to ABC’s principles of entrepreneurship, open competition and free enterprise and has since watching his uncle become a prominent contractor in Nashville and a supporter of ABC.

“This honor is a consequence of being very blessed and being part of an industry and an organization that makes a lot of sense and I have seen uphold the same values for the last 60 years.”