MITA Holds Sixth Annual Conference, Trade Show in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Sat January 30, 2010 - Midwest Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Jay Gruber (L) and Nick Langenderfer of Titan Equipment were on hand to greet attendees.
Jay Gruber (L) and Nick Langenderfer of Titan Equipment were on hand to greet attendees.
Jay Gruber (L) and Nick Langenderfer of Titan Equipment were on hand to greet attendees. (L-R): Visitors to the AIS Construction Equipment exhibit were greeted by Craig Williams, Rachel Lorraine, Amanda Smith and Cliff Wells. Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg of Jeffers Crane Service were kept busy talking with contractors. JDE Equipment Company’s Bill McDaniel (L) and Ken Geoghegan discuss John Deere’s lineup of construction equipment (L-R): Brian Borich of Ajax Paving Industries stopped by the Southeastern Equipment Company exhibit to catch up with Mike Zalewski and Mike Kelleher of Galaxy Sales LLC. Mike Ross of Efficiency Productions is eager to discuss with visitors trenching and shoring safety. Dave Twombly (L) and Ric Simon are proud to announce Volvo’s new dealer in Michigan, ALTA Equipment Company. Allen Breskey (L) and Joe Edwards of Michigan CAT greet contractors at the MITA Conference and Trade Show. Steve Gorman of Ritchie Bros. is poised to discuss how to  turn iron into gold (or cash).

The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) held its 6th Annual Conference and Trade Show at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Jan. 20 to 22.

The theme for this year’s event was Leadership and Preparedness in Tough Times. Along those lines, MITA Board President Tom Diponio and MITA Executive Vice President Bob Patzer opened the General Session by introducing keynote speaker Lt. General Russel Honore, (Ret.), an expert on preparedness.

Speaking from experience, Honore provided insights on the leadership principles required for management in crisis situations. Honore was in charge of the entire army east of the Mississippi and was responsible for bringing calm to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Conference sessions covered such subjects as claims, labor contracts, MIOSHA Enforcement Initiatives, managing employee benefits and an MDOT roundtable discussion. During the evening of the first day of the conference, JDE Equipment Company hosted a cocktail reception where contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and MDOT representatives could meet and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.

Breakfast on Jan. 22 was sponsored by Wolverine Tractor and lunch was served within the exhibit hall area compliments of Michigan CAT.