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Ames inducted into National Academy of Construction


Ames at College Commons

Wink Ames (center) stands with ASU alumni Rich Pierson (left) and Mike Markham at the groundbreaking of College Avenue Commons, which will house new facilities for the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Photo: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU


William A. (Wink) Ames, a longtime supporter of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Construction.

The academy recognized him “for a lifetime of dedication to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the construction industry through industry associations and education activities.”

One of the founders of Minard-Ames Insurance Services in Phoenix, Ames has been working with construction businesses for more than 50 years. Among his contributions to the industry, the academy noted his decades of teaching professionals and students about the financial aspects of the construction business and helping many start their own construction companies.

Ames is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Del E. Webb School of Construction, which is part of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Along with his children, he endowed the school’s Ames Family Scholarship program. He is the founder and primary supporter of the $1.5 million Beaver-Ames Chair in Heavy Construction at ASU, which established a faculty position to bolster the construction school’s teaching of heavy civil construction and engineering. He also is a regular guest lecturer in construction classes at ASU.

In 2007, Ames was awarded the university’s Alumni Appreciation Award.

He is a member of the Arizona Minority Contractors Association Hall of Fame, and in 2007 won the Arizona Construction Pioneer of the Year award from the Construction Financial Management Association. In 2013, he was commended for outstanding community service by the Arizona Governor’s Office.

Ames is one of 25 new inductees to the National Academy of Construction, chosen from more than 250 industry leaders who were considered for induction.

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