NUCA 2023 Annual Meeting Recap

NUCA’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas was a huge hit and members from all corners of the nation took the time to network with fellow members and participate in the exciting events including informative speakers, the presentation of NUCA’s most prestigious awards, the association’s business, and mesmerizing entertainment.

Guest Speaker: Vince Hafeli, Ajax Paving

Guest Speaker Vince Hafeli, president of Ajax Paving of Florida, discussed Suicide Prevention, featuring his story about his struggles with mental health and how his awareness pledge is trying to change the industry and save the lives of our endangered people.

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Utility Construction Economic Outlook with Aniban Basu

Associated Builders & Contractors’ Chief Economist Aniban Basu returned to the NUCA convention, to discuss and analyze changes ahead for the utility construction industry in the next year, particularly considering the challenges that the industry and nation face into the future.

Transition of Leadership

The reins of Chairman of the Board are passed from Immediate Past Chairman Ryan Kinning to newly appointed Chairman Tom Butler.

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Newly Chartered Chapter: NUCA Austin Chapter

NUCA’s Newest chapter, Austin, was welcomed into the NUCA Family!


Ditchdigger of the Year: Lauren Atwell, Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors

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Associate Member of the Year: Rob Krzys, Benjamin Media

2022 Safety Awards

Overall Winner: Cleary Construction

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2022 Chapter Merit Awards

Legislative – Government Affairs: NUCA of Las Vegas

Special Events: The Arizona Chapter of NUCA; The AZUCA Women in Infrastructure Mixer

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National Community Service Award: NUCA of Middle Tennessee, Oak Cottage for Women

Periodical Publications & Annual Publications, Educational Programming: NUCA of Nebraska

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Workforce Development Grant Award: NUCA of Middle Tennessee, Workforce Development Academy

Jeffrey Hanson Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Chapter Executive: Linda Goslee, NUCA of the Carolinas

Outstanding Leadership by a Chapter President: Adam Terry, NUCA of Kentucky

2022 Excellence in Construction Awards

NUCA’s Excellence in Construction Awards (formerly Top Jobs) were presented during the 2023 Annual Meeting. The awards recognize outstanding member projects that went above and beyond, overcoming unique challenges on their jobsites or featuring significantly demanding projects.

Overall Winner: Cleary Construction, Tompkinsville, KY – 12” Steel Piping – Rock Island to Crossville Phase 2

Evening Entertainment: Steve Falcon

Steve mesmerized attendees with his hypnotic powers and hilarity ensued.

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