Changing Of The Guard At DCA

Dennis Kennedy Retires As Executive Director After 20 Years Of Leadership
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1
Retiring executive vice president Dennis Kennedy.

"From the beginning," Kennedy emphasized, "the associate members have been extraordinary in their support and loyalty to the DCA and to me. The trade press has been very kind to DCA and my relationship from the very beginning with Underground Construction Publisher Oliver Klinger has been vital to the growth of DCA and rewarding personally. Ollie has been an untiring advocate of the DCA and has given us stature on the national and global stage. His influence on our success cannot be over stated."

The Kennedys are ready to enjoy retirement.

"Our new home," Kennedy said, "will be in the Ouachita mountains of Arkansas in Hot Springs Village, a small city of 15,000 residents with nine championship golf courses, 11 recreational lakes, 26 miles of nature trails only 30 minutes from Little Rock and Hot Springs. I am hoping to enjoy the lifestyle, improve my golf game, catch a few fish and attend a local technical college to master a few hobbies and crafts that I have wanted to do for quite some time."

Kennedy is confident the future of DCA is bright.

"I am pleased that I can pass the torch to the next generation of leaders and watch them grow and enjoy this wonderful organization," Kennedy concluded.

New Executive Vice President Darden shares Kennedy's expectations.

"As DCA approaches its 50th Anniversary there is a generational shift in the industry," he said. "New, young leaders of our regular member contractors and the supplier associate members are becoming active in the committees and leadership of the association. For the past 20 years Dennis Kennedy has built a great foundation. I plan to build upon that legacy and help the association adapt to a new generation of members and a rapidly changing economy. I hope to increase the level of member value through more educational offerings and improved communications tools.

"Internally, we are reviewing the board and committee structure to more actively engage the members. The more member companies are engaged the more they will remain loyal members and help recruit new members. I am looking forward to 2010 as a year in which we set a new strategic plan and lay the groundwork for the next 50 years."

Based in Richardson, TX, DCA serves as a link between its members and government agencies, organized labor and other industry organizations. The association tracks governmental issues affecting distribution contractors, and keeps members informed of the latest developments on the industry's regulatory and legislative fronts with monthly and on line newsletters and updates.