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ST. LOUIS – Anthony Thompson, president and CEO of Kwame Building Group, Inc. has received Washington University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award award program annually recognizes a few Washington University alumni with outstanding professional achievement, public service, exceptional service to Washington University or all three. Thompson, who earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Washington University in 1999, was honored for his achievement in construction and project management, advocacy of minority and female-oriented businesses, and the leadership and service he gives to St. Louis.

Through Kwame Foundation, Thompson supports many initiatives to provide as many first-generation and minorities as possible with opportunities to access a great education. He also has endowed two scholarships at Washington University, one in the McKelvey School of Engineering and another at the Washington University School of Medicine. The scholarships honor his late brother, Tyrone, and his mother, former Missouri State Representative Betty L. Thompson.

Under his leadership, Kwame Building Group was just named a St. Louis Business Journal Top Corporate Philanthropist.  Thompson serves on the boards of the St. Louis Regional Crime Commission, Maryville University and a number of St. Louis Regional Business Council committees, including Diversity Inclusion, Public Policy and Workforce Development.

In 2004, Thompson received the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Achievement Award. At the time, he was the second African-American in the school’s history to receive the prestigious award.

The Kwame Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that creates opportunities for youth in underserved communities through mentorship and scholarships. Founded by Kim and Anthony (Tony) Thompson, CEO of Kwame Building Group, the Kwame Foundation develops a doorway of opportunity into the professional world through mentoring programs and scholarship opportunities. For more information on Kwame Foundation, visit or call (314) 754-5619.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

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