Chairman’s Message – March/April 2024

Tony Privitera

It is an honor for me to serve as NUCA’s Chairman over the next year. Starting a new job can present a lot of challenges, but I’m glad that I have had several terrific predecessors before me, including former chairmen Tom Butler and Ryan Kinning.

I’m Tony Privitera, Executive Vice President of Mark One Electric Company, headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas. I’ll be 60 years old this year, on NUCA’s 60th anniversary. I’ve worked at Mark One since I was 14 years old. I’ve seen every side of my company. I’ve managed the managers, and really understand this industry from a contractor’s point of view.

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As you gain experience at a job and in life, you understand authority and how to use it to further the goals of an organization. You also make mistakes along the way. And in the end, you realize your mistakes are the way you learn to use authority for the greater good.

Now it’s my turn to take what my predecessors have achieved and take NUCA to that greater good, to benefit all of us in this industry.

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Over the next year, I’m going to focus on three important values that can make NUCA the best member-driven organization in the construction world.

Retention. Membership strength is not only achieved through signing up new members. It is also achieved through retaining an increasing percentage of existing members.

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That’s achieved through the most rewarding part of any business relationship. That’s the personal connection each one of us makes with a business partner, or a new subcontractor, or an old friend.

Workforce. Workforce development is also one of my leadership goals over the next twelve months. I want to make Dozer Days a national program that every chapter can use for their own local workforce development successes.

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Advocacy. Personal connections are also delivering results in NUCA’s advocacy agenda in Washington. This is an election year, and we’re able to get things done on Capitol Hill through our political action committee and its support for those lawmakers who look out for us. This is the year to support our PAC, and I encourage you to do so.

Personal relationships open doors. They open them on Capitol Hill, and they open them for all of us when we talk to our fellow industry members about NUCA and our Chapters.

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Our work is not just about digging trenches; it’s about building bridges—bridges that connect people, businesses, and aspirations. Connections matter. They can lead you to new heights you’ve never imagined. But you have to make these connections and use them for everyone’s benefit.

Thank you for this honor. I promise to lead this association to continued growth and inspire each of us to make those personal connections to benefit our companies and our industry. I want to make this another year at NUCA that we can be proud of.

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Sincerely yours,

Tony Privitera
NUCA Chairman of the Board / Mark One Electric Co.