DCA Hosts Big Turnout In Miami, Raises $538,000 in Annual Auction

By Oliver Klinger, Publisher | April 2013, Vol. 68 No. 4
Rob Lyons, Mears Group; Kevin Michels, DCA president; Tim Bell, Midwestern Contractors; and Ben Nelson, Pilchuck Contractors.

Through DCA’s sophisticated committee structure, members are engaged and educated in areas such as government relations and legislation, advancements in HDD, safety and risk management. The membership and education committees look for ways to add value to new and existing members. Additionally, the labor committee is tasked with negotiating collective bargaining on behalf of its unionized members.

Outgoing President Kevin Michels’ first DCA convention was when he was four-years-old at Del Coronado, CO. He noted that this was the 42nd convention he has attended.

Michels remarked that for him the DCA stands for success. “DCA is fortunate to have grown to the size it is today due to the success of its members, both contractor and associate members. DCA is an organization chock-full of many successful, long-established companies that have a passion for what they do, and fortunately DCA has been the recipient of some of that passion.” He also extended thanks to his mother and late father for bringing him to DCA conventions at an early age.

2013 officers, directors

New officers elected for 2013 are: President Tim Bell, president, Midwestern Contractors, Chicago, IL; Vice President H. Grady Bell, vice president of Business Development, Laney Directional Drilling Co., Humble, TX; Treasurer Frank Patterson, president, Patterson & Wilder Construction Co. Inc., Pelham, AL; Immediate Past President Kevin Michels, vice president-Equipment Division, Michels Corporation, Brownsville, WI; and Executive Vice President Rob Darden, DCA, Richardson, TX.

Directors include: Ben Nelson, vice president, Gas Distribution Division, Pilchuck Contractors Inc., Kirkland, WA; Jay Osborn, president, Q3 Contracting Inc., Little Canada, MN; Dale Anderson, executive vice president, Miller Pipeline, Indianapolis, IN; Michael J. Hickey, executive vice president-Construction Operations, The Hallen Construction Co. Inc., Island Park, NY; Larry Ernst, president, Midwest Underground Inc., East Moline, IL; Dale Mykyte, CEO, Pe Ben USA Inc., Houston, TX; and Dale Lappe, vice president, Gas Construction Services Manager, Snelson Companies Inc., Sedro-Woolley, WA. Past president director is Keith Swerdfeger, chairman of the board, K. R. Swerdfeger Construction, Inc., Pueblo West, CO.

The Associate Member Directors are: John Weaver, corporate business manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division, Moline, IL; and Alternate Associate Member Director Bob Darby, president, Darby Equipment Company.