This year, ABC of Greater Houston is celebrating 50 years of supporting the merit shop construction industry. On Thursday, April 25, members and community leaders gathered to commemorate the accomplishments of past chapter leaders and celebrate the chapter’s successes. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a proclamation in honor of the anniversary and declared April 25 as “ABC Houston Day.” Founded in 1969, the ABC Greater Houston Chapter serves several hundred commercial and industrial contractors, suppliers and construction associates in the metropolitan area. “ABC has been a part of my family for over twenty years,” says 2019 ABC Greater Houston Chair Brandon Mabile, business development manager at Performance Contractors. “I’ve grown up with ABC, and I’m very excited to celebrate all that the chapter has done to help pave the way for contractors to work in an open shop environment with the business rights and freedoms we readily enjoy today.” Over the past 50 years, ABC of Greater Houston’s focus has been on educating its members, teaching the value of safety and encouraging political advocacy. The chapter, along with the other 68 ABC chapters, also works to recruit more people into the construction industry to address the shortage of skilled craft professionals. “I’m honored to be able to serve the Houston chapter,” said Chapter President Russell Hamley. “I’ve been a part of the association for nearly 25 years, and I have seen the association grow in size and influence and expand our development and education programs. I’m excited about what the association will accomplish in the next 50 years.” Photo by Robert Chevis Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gives a proclamation in recognition of ABC Greater Houston’s 50th anniversary with (from left to right) ABC Houston President Russell Hamley, City Council Member Mike Knox, 2019 Chairman Brandon Mabile and City Council Member Mike Laster.