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Fri October 07, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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Manning the Norris Sales exhibit (L-R) are Ed Zoranski, sales representative, Norris Sales; Michael Costantino of Sales Solutions Inc., Vineland, N.J.; and Robert Traenkner, sales representative of Norris Sales.
Manning the Norris Sales exhibit (L-R) are Ed Zoranski, sales representative, Norris Sales; Michael Costantino of Sales Solutions Inc., Vineland, N.J.; and Robert Traenkner, sales representative of Norris Sales.
Manning the Norris Sales exhibit (L-R) are Ed Zoranski, sales representative, Norris Sales; Michael Costantino of Sales Solutions Inc., Vineland, N.J.; and Robert Traenkner, sales representative of Norris Sales. Mike DeVito of the UTCA draws another door prize winner during the association’s trade show. Arnold Noriega (L) and Greg Stewart of New Jersey One Call are eager to remind contractors to “Know what’s below. Call before you dig.” Pete Sanchez of American Asphalt Co., West Collingswood Heights, N.J., takes a turn in the Kennedy Companies money booth, an annual event during the UTCA convention. Sanchez hauled in $245, including the cash on his face. Outgoing UTCA President Dave Smith addresses luncheon guests. Brendan Binder, president and COO of Binder Machinery, thanks guests after receiving the Larry Gardner Memorial Award. James Bradley gave a synopsis of his famous novel, “Flags of Our Fathers,” providing background on the six U.S. servicemen who appeared in the famous photograph depicting the flag raising at Iwo Jima during World War II. Past UTCA?President Dave Smith (L) presents Brendan Binder, president and COO of Binder Machinery, with the Larry Gardner Memorial Award. Deere in the spotlight. Each year, JESCO has a prime location near the entrance of the UTCA trade show. (L-R): Eric Paterno, sales manager; Ken Pesta, account manager; and Anthony Falzarano, vice president of sales, all of JESCO. Harter Equipment of Millstone Township, N.J., will be celebrating 45 years in business. Representing the company at the show (L-R) are Matt Jensen, Victor Riga and Larry Gromlich, all of Harter Equipment. Eager to talk cranes, Doosan equipment, LeeBoy paving equipment and many other brands Hoffman Equipment carries (L-R) are Eric Seikel, sales representative; Ed Cilli, sales representative; and Steve Izzi, vice president of cranes, all of Hoffman Equipment Binder Machinery of South Plainfield, N.J., is a proud, long-time supporter of the UTCA. (L-R): Bill Morrison, vice chairman; Alan Binder, executive vice president; Bill Gano; Dominick Vecchiarelli, sales representative; and Brendan Binder, president and Taking a moment for a photo in front of a Case SR175 skid steer (L-R) are Roberto Luaces, territory manager; Gunnar Knauss, territory manager; George Hamlin, municipal sales/field sales manager; Jack Teahan, product support attachment specialist; and Mark Foley Inc. once again had a large presence at the annual UTCA show. (L-R, back row): Jon Souliere, executive director of marketing, human resources and IT; Scott Warren, heavy construction sales consultant; Kirk Chagnon, heavy construction sales consultan Ready to discuss rental equipment and LBX excavators (L-R) are Tom Simon, region manager of LBX; and Bill Sheehan, Robert Mennona and Dave Johnson, all of Jersey Rents, Bayville, N.J. Long Branch N.J.’s Kiely Equipment was represented by Mike Warakomski (L), general manager, and Benjamin Taylor, vice president.

The Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 46th annual convention and trade show Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

On Friday, Sept. 23, equipment dealers and construction services companies met with Garden State contractors during the trade show in the Grand Exhibition Center. The Annual Awards Luncheon began at noon, where Brendan Binder, president and COO of Binder Machinery Company in South Plainfield, N.J., was presented with the Larry Gardner Memorial Award. Each year, this award is given to a UTCA member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association.

The Awards Luncheon’s keynote speaker, sponsored by Penn-Jersey Machinery, is always a highly anticipated event of the four-day convention. This year, James Bradley, author of the best-selling book, “Flags of Our Fathers,” spoke to approximately 1,000 luncheon attendees. Bradley gave a synopsis of his famous novel, providing background on the six U.S. servicemen who appeared in the famous photograph depicting the flag raising at Iwo Jima during World War II.

Bradley then deftly turned the presentation of his novel into a motivational speech, explaining how, when he first pitched his idea for the book, more than 30 publishers ultimately rejected it. He talked about making the “impossible, possible,” by relaying a story about how most militaries had come to consider amphibious assaults, like Iwo Jima and Normandy, impossible in the 1920s — until one person, not a high-ranking military man, came up with a way to do it successfully. He further explained that when “Flags of Our Fathers” was made into a movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Steven Spielberg, the former said that, “I don’t begin thinking that anything is a good idea until at least two people think it’s a bad one.”

Later during the convention, a few highlights included Darrell Harms inducted as new UTCA president; the 2011 Construction Safety Award Presentations, sponsored by George Harms Construction, were made; a grand prize — a week’s vacation to St. Maarten and sponsored by Hoffman Equipment — was awarded; and the annual PAC Auction party was held.