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Medal of Honor Recipient Addresses Annual CAM Meeting

Wed February 20, 2019 - Midwest Edition #4
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The Construction Association of Michigan's (CAM) annual Michigan Construction & Design Trade Show returned to the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit Feb. 5.

In addition to the trade show, the association held its 133nd Annual Meeting and a presentation of awards from CAM Magazine, including the Construction Project of the Year Award.

The meeting's keynote speaker was Sammy Lee Davis, author of "You Don't Lose 'til You Quit Trying; Lessons on Adversity and Victory from a Vietnam Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient."

The event attracted industry professionals from many of Michigan's leading construction companies and architectural and engineering firms.

A new feature of the show was a series of free workshops conducted by Spark Business Works, a Michigan-based software development company, which included a session with Renard Richmond, the new construction outreach manager of the city of Detroit, and a review of mobile apps presented by Bob Kernen of jācapps.

According to Rob Riegel, CAM's manager of expositions, exhibit space for the trade show was sold out, with nearly 100 vendors presenting the latest in industry-related services, products and equipment innovations.

As one of North America's oldest and largest construction associations, CAM's roots stretch back to 1885, when it was originally founded as the Builders Exchange of Detroit and Michigan. Based in Bloomfield Hills, the association is dedicated to serving Michigan's general and specialty contractors, subcontractors, equipment and material suppliers and service providers including design firms and legal and financial institutions. CEG

Vietnam War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Lee Davis was the keynote speaker at CAM’s 133rd Annual Meeting.
Vietnam War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Lee Davis was the keynote speaker at CAM’s 133rd Annual Meeting.

Jeffers Crane Service’s Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg said the show was a great way to support CAM while meeting with clients and prospects.
Jeffers Crane Service’s Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg said the show was a great way to support CAM while meeting with clients and prospects.

(L-R): Michigan Cat’s Shawn Miller, Kevin Studley, Christine Mech, Mike Comito and Rick Wisniewski welcomed the opportunity to speak with construction, engineering and architectural professionals at the show.
(L-R): Michigan Cat’s Shawn Miller, Kevin Studley, Christine Mech, Mike Comito and Rick Wisniewski welcomed the opportunity to speak with construction, engineering and architectural professionals at the show.

Brian Fraser and Jill Kirkwood of Pavement Recyclers of Michigan LLC were ready to talk about their company’s lineup of Bagela equipment.
Brian Fraser and Jill Kirkwood of Pavement Recyclers of Michigan LLC were ready to talk about their company’s lineup of Bagela equipment.

Operating Engineers Local 324 representatives Dustin Nothelfer (L) and David Swanson demonstrate a simulator used in training.
Operating Engineers Local 324 representatives Dustin Nothelfer (L) and David Swanson demonstrate a simulator used in training.

Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan’s Andy Hildebrandt (L) and Robert Dickerson spoke with attendees about the dealership’s horizontal drilling and other equipment.
Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan’s Andy Hildebrandt (L) and Robert Dickerson spoke with attendees about the dealership’s horizontal drilling and other equipment.

AIS Construction Equipment’s Michael Boulus welcomed attendees and talked to them about the dealership’s lineup of equipment for sale and rent.
AIS Construction Equipment’s Michael Boulus welcomed attendees and talked to them about the dealership’s lineup of equipment for sale and rent.

(L-R): Tony Androsuk, Frank Boskovich and Mark Veith of Southern Truck Equipment had a host of options to discuss to upfit contractors’ vehicles.
(L-R): Tony Androsuk, Frank Boskovich and Mark Veith of Southern Truck Equipment had a host of options to discuss to upfit contractors’ vehicles.

Alta Equipment Company’s Jim Butler (L) and Dave Brown spoke with attendees about the dealership’s Volvo and other equipment lines for sale or rent.
Alta Equipment Company’s Jim Butler (L) and Dave Brown spoke with attendees about the dealership’s Volvo and other equipment lines for sale or rent.