Industry Pioneer Jerry Shaw To Be Honored As UCTA’s Most Valuable Professional

November 2013, Vol. 68 No. 11

Jerry Shaw, president of SAK Construction, has been named the 2014 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by award sponsors Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine. The MVP Award is bestowed annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the underground infrastructure industry.

A special luncheon will be held to honor Shaw’s achievements in the industry on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 held in conjunction with the annual UCT conference in Houston. The banquet will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

Noted for being a pioneer in the underground construction industry, Shaw continues to play a leading role more than 30 years later as president of SAK Construction, where he leads day-to-day operations. Shaw’s long-term success in the industry is rooted in his dedication to building a team of talented professionals committed to solving any underground construction challenge.

Shaw began his career in 1979 when he joined the tunneling and boring company, Affholder Inc., where he quickly worked his way up to senior management. Affholder Inc., in addition to focusing on tunneling, became the first mid-American licensee of the Insituform process. In 1982, the company went public as Insituform Mid-America, acquiring additional territories to become the largest Insituform licensee in the United States. From 1983 to 1987, Shaw served as a tunneling project manager for the Affholder tunneling division. From 1987 to 2005, he led day-to-day tunneling operations for Affholder, taking the company from $25 million to $125 million in revenue.

Today, Shaw is a co-founder of SAK Construction, where he continues to focus on solving customer’s pipeline rehabilitation needs using tunneling and trenchless solutions. In only a few short years, Shaw’s leadership has helped propel SAK to one of the fastest growing pipeline rehabilitation contractors in the country.

To make reservations for an individual or table at the MVP luncheon, visit the UCTA website at, or contact Ginger Coleman,, (713) 839-0808. Pre-registering is encouraged as seating is limited.

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