ALEC’s CEO, Kez Taylor, has been awarded the Editor’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award at the Construction Week Awards 2019, which was held at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis on 4 December.
The industry paid tribute to all that Taylor has achieved through the 18 years that he has been at the helm at ALEC. Taylor has been pivotal in driving the company’s success since joining the company in 2001. The business recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
He has been heavily involved in finalising contracts for major projects around the region, and is also focusing on the firm’s long-term goal to prioritise 3D printing, artificial intelligence/virtual reality, and modular construction.
Commenting on picking up the Lifetime Achievement Award, Taylor told Construction Week: “We’re in a tough industry, and it’s not always easy. But when you’ve got a great bunch of people, and you all pull together, you can achieve anything. Our game is not an individual game; it’s a team game. When you’ve got a great team of people working together and supporting each other, then, I think, you can achieve great things.”
Taylor added: “I’ve come out of South Africa, and I’m very proud of that. The industry in South Africa was very delivery-driven and teamwork-driven, and that’s the kind of upbringing that I got involved with and I am grateful for that.”
“Coming to this part of the world, we’ve been fortunate to take up massive projects that have had to be built. We uphold the record of pulling off all our jobs on time, all the time, within budget, and succeeding as teams. I think the greatest thing has been getting a group of people to work together and deliver on these tough jobs.”
Taylor has also been ranked as Number 1 on Construction Week’s Power 100 list for two consecutive years.