The Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Award was established by AGC of Minnesota in 2003 following the untimely and early death of Jeff Jensen, the third-generation owner of J.R. Jensen & Son, Inc., located in Superior, WI. Jeff’s grandfather, James R. Jensen, founded the company and later passed it to his son Keith, Jeff’s father. Due to Jeff’s then Keith’s passing in 2003, Douglas Montavon and Todd Rothe purchased the firm to carry forth the Jensen legacy under the renamed J.R. Jensen Construction Company. J.R. Jensen is a full-service construction firm performing Industrial, Energy and Commercial work primarily in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. J.R. Jensen joined AGC of Minnesota in 1970 and remains a member to this day.
Jeff Jensen was, by all accounts, ahead of his time in demanding a safe workplace at all levels of the organization, from the top down and including subcontractors. Jeff graduated from Michigan Tech with a civil engineering degree and worked as a field operations employee before moving into management. As such, Jeff had a firsthand knowledge of what safety could and should be.
In addition to his passion for safety and safety procedures, Jeff was a pioneer in labor negotiations, joining with AGC Minnesota in negotiations with a computer. According to Dave Semerad, then AGC CEO, “In the early 1990s, Jeff brought his computer to negotiation sessions, and we started costing proposals using computer generated spreadsheets. We also typed out proposals for presentation to the unions. Jeff was the first to bring a computer into negotiations!”
AGC Minnesota is proud to honor Jeff Jensen’s memory with the Jeff Jensen Memorial Award.
Nominations for the 2019 awards are due by August 24, 2020, and the awards will be presented at our annual Recognition Evening, Fall 2020.