Bates to be honored with construction ethics award
The presentation will be made to Bates' family at the Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire spring economic update at The Derryfield in Manchester. The award honors the 'individual, business or organization that, through its words and deeds, best demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in construction.'
Bates, affectionately nicknamed 'Killer,' died July 15, 2011, at age 58 after a seven-month battle with cancer. He began his career at Weaver Brothers in 1971 after graduating from Kearsarge Regional High School, working summers until 1975, when he earned a bachelor's degree from Plymouth State College. Becoming a full-time employee that year, the Warner native worked his way up from laborer to president and co-owner of the company, which he and his brothers acquired in 1994.
'We could always trust Mark,' said Christian Zimmerman, president of Pike Industries. 'He never had a hidden agenda. When bidding work large or small, he offered his opinion truthfully, even if we didn't like what he was saying. But that was Mark. He put everything on the table so you always knew where you stood, knowing it was the right thing to do. The 'right think to do' is who he was.'
In a news release, friends fondly recalled how everyone he encountered, from a state senator to the woman who cleaned his hospital room, received his signature greeting, a sincere 'How's it goin' today? Everything alright?'
Brian Good, a 27-year Weaver Brothers employee, talked about Bates' impact both personally and professionally. 'Over the years, Mark helped many people, including employees, friends and people outside the business. He gave them support in many ways, including lending leadership, advice, comfort, or just an ear for listening. He was a generous man with good judgment, character, and was well respected among his peers.' Career employees at Weaver Brothers were the rule, rather than the exception.
In addition to the award plaque, the ethics honor carries with it a $1,000 donation to the recipient's charity of choice, which the Bates family has designated to go to the William Weaver Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The award was established and is underwritten by David W. Wood, a nationally recognized writer, publisher and marketing consultant specializing in the construction industry.