DCA Boosts Industry Leadership Role

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2013, Vol. 68 No. 2

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) closed out a strong 2012 with an impressive growth in membership, record attendance at association meetings, active educational programs and an energetic government relations program.

Most importantly, members were busy throughout the year, said Kevin Michels, whose term as association president will end at the association’s 52nd annual meeting in March.

“The DCA as an organization and its individual members are in a very strong position,” said Michels. “Our members are fortunate to be in a market where our services are in demand, including new construction, replacement projects and integrity work.”

Many contractor members are active installing pipelines in the Marcellus and Bakken energy shale fields, Michels continued. DCA has long been an advocate of horizontal directional drilling (HDD), and many DCA members have wide experience in directional drilling. Such activity is especially heavy in Marcellus shale areas in the Northeast United States.

Events of the year began in February with strong attendance at the 51st DCA Convention in Hawaii. This successful event was followed by the Safety Congress, Mid-Year Meeting, Fall Meeting and the Professional Development Conference (PDC), each setting attendance records.

Record-breaker

At the week-long annual meeting, in addition to several strong keynote speakers, committee meetings and the election of DCA officers, the DCA’s annual auction was held. The auction has become a primary fundraiser for the association.

“Thanks to the generosity of those who donated items and those who purchased them, DCA had a record-breaking auction,” Michels said.

In April, the two-day Safety Congress brought together safety professionals from across the country to discuss challenges and problems utility contractors face on projects, and exchange creative training ideas to develop and manage a safety culture within an organization. Michels said he expects that the DCA will continue to expand its focus on safety and training.

In November, DCA held its second Professional Development Conference (PDC) with more than 70 attending two program tracks on leadership, management, conflict resolution, negotiations and other topics designed for management and supervisory personnel.