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Founded in 1972 and open to union and non-union general contractors and construction managers, AGC, Akron Division, offers its members a wide variety of unique benefits and access to some of Northeast Ohio’s largest construction companies and organizations through strategic partnerships.

It’s important to note we’re a trade association and not a union. While we collaborate with local unions, we’re different in that we’re an organization founded and funded by contractor businesses. We participate in public relations, advertising, education, and other services that promote our industry.

Our Mission Statement

We strive to promote understanding, high standards, and good relations on behalf of our contractors with the construction industry and the community.

Our Executive Team & Staff

It takes the right kind of leadership to ensure our members – and organization – continue to flourish. We’re proud to say our executive team and staff members boast almost 200 years of combined industry experience.

Brian Exl, AGC Akron Division, Board President
Brian Exl Board President
Brian Exl

Brian Exl, the current Board President of AGC, Akron Division, is a Vice President at The Ritenour Group with over 25 years of professional experience in the construction industry. He specializes in pre-construction and estimation, with expertise in metal studs, drywall, acoustical ceilings, and exterior facades.

Brian has been formally trained in Lean practices and methodology, bringing efficiency and innovation to every project. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and has been an active member of AGC since 2014.




Tom Agresta, AGC Akron Division, Board Member
Tom Agresta Board Member
Tom Agresta

President of The Eclipse Companies, Tom Agresta has worked in the construction industry his whole life – both of his grandfathers were in construction and each owned his own company – and boasts over 20 years of construction leadership experience. Assisting his wife in starting Eclipse 15 years ago, Tom has managed work for the company in seven different states (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) and has played a major role in its overall success.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and has been with AGC, Akron Division, for the past four years. In addition, Tom is an active member of AGC, Ohio Division.

Mike Deiwert, AGC Akron Division, Board Member
Mike Deiwert Board Member
Mike Deiwert

Mike Deiwert began his construction career in 1982 as a Purdue University co-op student before graduating and joining The Ruhlin Company as a project engineer. He’d go on to work with Ruhlin until his retirement and play a major role in managing some of the areas largest new building and renovation projects, such as the Cleveland Hopkins Airport Doppler Radar Weather Tower, Anheuser-Busch’s fully-automated warehouse in Columbus, and Coshocton County Hospital’s surgical suite and medical office building.

Mike’s tenure at Ruhlin includes a number of years as Vice President. In this position, he managed approximately $80 million in yearly construction yearly along with a staff of over 20 people, and also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors for eight years. He retired as an active manager at Ruhlin in 2022 and now offers his services as a project consultant when needed.

His involvement with AGC, Akron Division, dates back to 2004 and includes two separate terms as Board president as well as 14 years (to date) as a member of the Executive Committee. Mike also has four years of service on the AGC Ohio Executive Board and has served as president.

Charles Izzo, AGC Akron Division, Board Member
Charles Izzo Board Member
Charles Izzo

A construction industry veteran of 43 years, Charles Izzo spent 17 years in various management positions at Turner Construction before starting Infinity Construction Co., Inc. in 1996. As President/CEO, he’s led the company to complete over $1.1 billion in various projects while registering annual sales of $80 million.

Charles holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University. He’s been involved with AGC for over 20 years and has served as Board president for the Akron, Cleveland and state of Ohio divisions. His tenure as a State AGC Board member dates back to 2007.

Aaron Hall, AGC Akron Division, Executive Director
Aaron Hall Executive Director
Aaron Hall

The Executive Director of AGC, Akron Division, Aaron Hall serves in the same capacity with the Mechanical Contractors Associations (MCA) of Akron and Mahoning Valley, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association of East Central Ohio (ECO-SMACNA), the Akron Canton Mansfield Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (RSMCA), and the Construction Industry Development Board, Inc. (CIDB). He represents these associations on a local, state and national level to ensure the construction industry’s interests are properly reflected in legislation.

A former Ohio carpenter and graduate of The University of Akron, Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with minors in Marketing and Advertising and Professional Speaking and Writing. His education extends to completed courses on negotiations, grievances and dispute resolution at the Cornell School of Industrial Relations, Michigan State University, Harvard University, Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He’s also a Master Facilitator through the Leadership Access Institute, a Master Trustee through the IFEBP Trustees Masters Program, and has attained Executive Leadership Accreditation from the MCA of America.

Aaron’s leadership experience also includes service with numerous industry committees, including the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau Board of Directors (NCPWB), Mechanical Contractors of America (MCAA) Industry Improvement Committee, the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) Board of Directors, and as chairman of the MCAA Associated Executive Council (AEC).

He currently serves as a trustee on the United Association Local 219 Pension, Annuity, Health and Welfare, and Industry Training funds, in addition to the United Association Local 396 Pension Fund, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Health and Welfare Committee, and the Ohio State Carpenters Health and Welfare Trust Fund and Collections Committee.

A technology advocate, Aaron also has extensive experience as a national instructor and consultant on how to properly integrate and utilize tablets, smartphones (specifically iPads and iPhones) and other cutting-edge tools to help improve productivity and professionalism in the industry.

Joe Stella, AGC Akron Division, Assistant Executive Director
Joe Stella Assistant Executive Director
Joe Stella

Joe Stella serves as Assistant Executive Director of AGC, Akron Division, and holds the same position with the Mechanical Contractors Associations (MCA) of Akron and Mahoning Valley and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association of East Central Ohio (ECO-SMACNA). He’s been in his current position since 2017.

An experienced public sector contract negotiator and union representative of 15 years, Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Akron and has attained Executive Leadership Accreditation from the MCA of America. He also attends annual trustee training through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

Joe is extremely active in the industry, serving as a trustee on Sheet Metal Local 33 Health & Welfare Fund, Tri-County Pension Fund, UA Local 219 Health & Welfare Fund, and Local 219 Training Fund. He’s also been a member of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Akron’s Canton Board of Directors since its inception in 2017. He works extensively with local schools and universities in leading workforce development and outreach efforts, utilizing partnerships with the Six District Compact, Akron Public Schools, and Kent State University to promote opportunities in the construction industry.

To that end, Joe helped establish a new nonprofit organization called Akron Canton Builds. Its purpose is to promote union skilled trade programs to communities and schools in Summit, Stark and surrounding counties.

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The choice to become an AGC Akron member isn't just a choice to join our industry's leading trade association – it's an opportunity to be part a family. Open to union or non-union general contractors or construction managers, we offer a variety of benefits designed to support our members and provide positive impacts on their careers.

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