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MITA’s 2015 Conference Celebrates ’The Road to Success’

The event featured keynote speaker J.B. Berntstein, who was the inspiration behind Disney Film’s Million Dollar Arm.

Fri February 13, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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Efficiency Production’s Mike Ross was on hand to discuss the company’s line of trenching and shoring equipment with show attendees.
Efficiency Production’s Mike Ross was on hand to discuss the company’s line of trenching and shoring equipment with show attendees.
Efficiency Production’s Mike Ross was on hand to discuss the company’s line of trenching and shoring equipment with show attendees. Jameson Van Dam (L) and Mark Carlson of Miedema Auctioneering & Appraisals spoke with attendees about their auction services. (L-R): At the AIS Reception, Pat Jesse, Jake Oosterhouse and Josh Loyd of AIS Construction Equipment Corporation helped out with the hosting responsibilities. (L-R): At the Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers reception, Ritchie Bros’s Steve Gorman catches up with Frank DiPonio of  DiPonio Contracting Inc., and Scott Finkbeiner of Rauhorn Electric and Ritchie Bros’s Tim Keane. Pro-Tec Equipment’s Dave Miedema (L) and Paul Rosemeck discuss their company’s line of trench shielding and shoring products with attendees. (L-R): Sandy Miller, Gianni Campo and Brian St. Louis of Michigan Volvo Dealer, Alta Equipment Company greet attendees to the MITA Trade Show & Conference. (L-R): GeoShack’s Rick Wells, Ryne Ritchie and Dan O’Reilly discuss the latest in  laser and GPS technologies. (L-R): At Southeastern Equipment Company’s booth, Mike Zalewski is joined by Mark Vidosh and Steve Clelland to discuss their lineup of equipment. Jeffers Crane Service’s Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg  discuss crane equipment with attendees. (L-R): At the Michigan CAT booth, Jordan Winters tests his skills on the motorgrader simulator while Gordon Wearsch and Dan Muncie cheer him on. MITA Preident Keith Rose of Rieth-Riley Construction Co. addresses the assembly. Carleton Equipment’s Ray Henwood (L) and Ryan Barratt talked about their Bobcat and  Doosan equipment.

The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association’s (MITA) annual Conference and Trade Show was held at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on Jan. 21 through 23. The theme this year was “The Road to Success” and featured a general session and award ceremony, focused meetings and several sessions covering subjects ranging from an update on the MITA Political Action Committee initiatives, compliance issues, healthcare and accounting and succession strategies.

The event featured keynote speaker J.B. Berntstein, CEO of an athlete management firm, Access Group, and the inspiration behind Disney Film’s Million Dollar Arm, a movie about two men from India recruited to play Major League Baseball in the United States.

This year at the show, a great deal of attention was focused on Proposal 1, legislation introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder for a long term, and many agreed, much needed increase to Michigan’s transportation funding of $1.2 billion annually.

The MITA trade show provided an opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with Michigan’s leading equipment, product and service providers. To conclude the first day of meetings, AIS Construction Equipment Corporation/Contractors Rental Corporation hosted an open reception followed by a reception hosted by Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers. Alta Equipment Company sponsored the Presidential Breakfast on the second day of activities and Michigan CAT sponsored the Industry Reception to close the event.

Established in 2005, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association’s (MITA) is a state wide association focused on Michigan’s road and bridge, sewer and water, utility, railroad, excavation and specialty construction representing nearly 600 Michigan companies throughout the state.




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