Cheryl Yoder, controller of Johnson-Davis Inc. in Lantana, FL, became the 39th president of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) during Utility Construction EXPO ’05 in Orlando.
“Words cannot express how honored I am to be president of the National Utility Contractors Association,” Yoder said in Orlando. “It’s humbling to be the leader of an organization with a rich history as one of the most influential organizations in the business world of utility construction.”
She added, “I really love this business. I like the pace, diversity and challenge of this industry.”
Yoder has more than 20 years of experience in the underground utility construction industry.
Her career in utility construction began in 1980 when she was hired as a secretary at Terra Excavating in Jupiter, FL. She worked her way up to office manager, and with her background in finance, she started reading contracts and handling payroll. By the time she became general manager, she was handling all the purchasing, insurance renewals, small bids and some negotiating. She became a junior partner in 1989.
Yoder left Terra Excavating in 2004 to become controller at Johnson-Davis Inc.
Yoder joined NUCA in the mid-1990s. She became a vice president in 1998. In 1999, she was a member of the education task force and the membership and dues task force, and chaired the Insurance and Documents Committee.
With the support of the late Andy Mayts, who was NUCA president in 1999, Yoder thrived at the national level. She was appointed to the Administrative Committee in 2002 as treasurer.
“I would like each NUCA member to understand NUCA as well as the board of directors does, and I would also like to see every member have the same dedication to NUCA, whether they ever chair a committee or hold a leadership position. I want them to know that their commitment to this association is what will make NUCA strong.”