DCA Boosts Industry Leadership Role

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

“The PDC is a great networking opportunity with member companies encouraged to bring management personnel, operational support and other staff members to hear best practices from leaders in the industry”, said Michels. “Each year we learn from the prior program and improve the product. I believe the PDC will be a premier educational event and strong member benefit in the years to come.”

Michels said the DCA took steps to significantly increase government relations activities in 2012 with the appointment of an advocacy specialist in Washington D.C. to help the association understand and navigate through the legislation and regulations that affect the industry and association members. DCA contractors will be meeting with federal agencies to discuss new and existing laws and regulations that directly affect the industry, including pipeline safety and operator qualifications.

Growth
At year’s end, DCA membership had posted a significant net increase of a nearly 20 new members providing a strong base with good balance between regular and associate members.

Looking ahead, Michels said the DCA will expand its outreach efforts, and with a new working committee formed in 2012, which will continue to develop ways in which DCA can contribute to the industry.

Michels is vice president of the Michels Corp., one of North America’s largest multi-division utility contractors. He is the third member of the Michels family to be president of the DCA. His father, Dale, and brother, Pat, served previously. Following him as DCA president will be Timothy Bell, president of Midwestern Contractors.

Founded in 1961, 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.

The association also provides signatory members with a labor relations service, negotiating collective bargaining and national distribution agreements, and maintains alliances with other industry groups to pool resources, ideas and information in order to help members operate their businesses more efficiently.

DCA offices are in Richardson, TX. Rob Darden is executive vice president. Information about the association is available on its web site (www.dcaweb.org).