2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Mark Hourigan ’81
President, Hourigan Construction Corporation

Mark Hourigan ’81 embodies the entrepreneurial spirit, founding the Hourigan Construction Corp. in 1993 and serving as its President. The company doubled its volume every year in its first six years, and 23 years later, the firm has approximately 130 employees and $250 million in revenue. Projects the company has worked on include the Washington Redskins practice facility, the Stone Brewing Company brewery, and the Altria Center for Research & Technology, which is the largest project built in the Richmond, VA area.

Hourigan, always an innovator, has made a commitment to more environmentally sustainable commercial construction through a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. Hourigan Construction Corp. recently completed the Brock Environmental Center, an educational facility that achieves Net-Zero energy, water, and waste consumption. This building is currently the Greenest building on the planet!

As an undergraduate at Gettysburg, Hourigan competed in varsity swimming and tennis, and was captain of the soccer team. He was an officer of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and a member of the Interfraternity Council. Hourigan graduated from Gettysburg College in 1981 with a BA in Business Administration. He then earned an MBA from the University of Richmond in 1987.

Mark and his wife, Lisa, live in Richmond, where they’ve raised their three children.

John “Jack” Howard ’79
Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Jack Howard ’79 has enjoyed a distinguished and extensive career in the DC political arena, working in some of the most key roles in Washington. He served as Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush in the Office of Legislative Affairs and as Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush. Howard also worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Majority Leader Trent Lott and was Policy Director and Assistant to the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Howard currently leads a team of 30 lobbyists as the Senior Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recent legislative wins include the renewal of the Trade Promotion Authority Act and the reauthorization of the Education and Secondary Education Act.
Previously, Howard was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, a lobbying and consulting firm specializing in international affairs and trade advocacy.
Howard graduated from Gettysburg College in 1979 with a BA in Political Science. As an undergraduate, he was president of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and a staff writer for the Gettysburgian.

He and his wife, Kelly, live in Olney, MD, and have a grown son and daughter.

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