The Georgia Utility Contractors Association recognized Ralph Byrd, Utility Business Services Inc., as the GUCA Associate Member of the Year for 2013 to 2014. His devotion to the association in the past year helped him achieve this prestigious member award.
Founded in 1994, Utility Business Services has been in business for 20 years. The company specializes in reviewing damage claims for liability and reasonableness of amount, and Byrd serves as vice president and chief operations officer. He and his partner, Bill Schultz, are the only employees, and they run the show at Utility Business Services.
Byrd is a regular speaker on Damage Prevention issues at GUCA industry luncheons, which are held monthly throughout the state. He provides members with valuable information and has given presentations including: How to file a Claim for Lost Time Due to Improper Utility Locates Using the Local Court System; Loss Prevention When There Is a Utility Damage; and Managing Your Utility Damage Claims and Public Service Commission NOPV’s. Byrd attends all GUCA meetings, and is always open to answer questions and provide insight. He also has served on the GUCA Industry Relations Committee as well as the GUCC Legislative Committee, a group of industry stakeholders that help shape the Georgia Dig law.
Byrd believes strongly in being an active member. He believes in GUCA and what the association does for the industry.
“GUCA is a powerful and effective advocate for its members on legislative issues.”
He and his company do what they can to help make the association and industry stronger.
Byrd’s community involvement includes serving as chairman of the board for the Athens Pregnancy Center and as a Sunday school teacher for Prince Avenue Baptist Church. He and his wife have one son in the United States Marine Corps, another son in the United States Army and a daughter currently in college.
For more information on GUCA, visit www.guca.com.
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