• Eric W. Ryberg Award

  • The Eric W. Ryberg Award was established in 1960 in honor of Eric W. Ryberg, the third president of the AGC of Utah. This Award is presented each year at the AGC’s annual convention to one person whose outstanding service to the general contracting industry of Utah is exemplary. 

  • Note: Eric W. Ryberg Award Nominations are part of the S.I.R. Awards application process and the recipient is recognized at the Annual AGC convention.

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    In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson felt that a general contractors’ association should be established and subsequently the AGC of America was formed. In 1922, with the vision and determination of a few local contractors, Utah followed suit and established its own local chapter. V.P. Strange was the local President and Eric W. Ryberg was the Secretary/Treasurer.

    As one of the original founders of the AGC of Utah, Eric W. Ryberg moved into the office of local President in 1924.

    Mr. Ryberg was born in Goteborg, Sweden and immigrated to America as a young child, together with his family. Eric grew up, married and moved on to establish, with his brother, Ryberg Bros. Construction. As his career in construction bloomed, Eric saw the need for a ready mix concrete product. His entrepreneurship and vision led him to form Utah Sand & Gravel, which later became Monroc.

    Eric W.’s vision and business acumen are well known, however, those that knew him well remember him as a devoted family man that spent his entire life making friends and being of service to others. In the midst of the depression, his two daughters remember looking for employment and finding jobs for the summer, only to have their father suggest that they leave jobs for someone else that needed it more. While the added income would have been nice, the Ryberg family didn’t need it.

    Gertrude Garff, one of Eric W.’s daughters, remembers that her father was always grateful – for his family, the opportunity to live in America, his business success, and his many friends. In remembering her father, Mrs. Garff said that she couldn’t remember ever living anyplace where the American flag wasn’t flying at every appropriate opportunity. He loved his country and everything it stood for.

    In 1927 while Lindbergh was flying over the Atlantic, Eric W. Ryberg was on his way to Belgium to represent the Utah Chamber of Commerce. He traveled widely, representing many civic and professional organizations, graciously giving his time, advice and assistance.

    The Eric W. Ryberg Award is the highest honor that the AGC of Utah bestows upon a member. A person given the award should proudly understand the legacy of the man for which the award was named.



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