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UTCA Holds 48th Annual Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

Attendees gather in America's Favorite Playground for the annual event.

Wed October 09, 2013 - Northeast Edition
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Toys for Tots was out in force at the UTCA Convention. Collecting donations (L-R) are Robert Moran, Ronald Powell, Thomas Knoells and Maurice Loveland.
Toys for Tots was out in force at the UTCA Convention. Collecting donations (L-R) are Robert Moran, Ronald Powell, Thomas Knoells and Maurice Loveland.
Toys for Tots was out in force at the UTCA Convention. Collecting donations (L-R) are Robert Moran, Ronald Powell, Thomas Knoells and Maurice Loveland. Robert Moncrief of American Asphalt, West Collingswood, N.J., frantically grasps for all the bills he can during the Money Booth, sponsored by The Kennedy Companies. Mike DeVito of the UTCA counts out Robert  Moncrief’s winnings, which totaled $111. Not bad for 30 seconds of work. Binder Machinery just took on the Takeuchi line of compact equipment. Standing in front of a Takeuchi skid steer (L-R) are Dominick Vecchiarelli, Brendan Binder, Harry Rice, Alan Binder and Jim Gill. The Jersey Rents exhibit was manned by Robert Mennona (L) and Robert Mennona Jr. Penn-Jersey Machinery once again sponsored the UTCA’s keynote speaker — this year, Merril Hoge — during the luncheon on Sept. 20. Here, Penn-Jersey representatives pose for a photo before the luncheon begins. Foley CAT again had a big presence at the  UTCA show. (L-R):  Scott Warren, Jeff Merle, Ryan Foley, Jamie Foley, Warren Gonzalez, Lauren Stanley, Kirk Chagnon, and Bill Grater. Norris Sales of Sicklerville, N.J., was well represented (L-R) by Ed Zoranski, Frank Kimberling and Mike Constantino. (L-R): Ron Dortone Jr., sales representative; Rick Nelson, vice president of sales of construction; and Mark Dombrowski, sales representative, all of the Modern Group, are ready to discuss equipment, including New Holland, Terex, JLG, Lull, Bandit and mor Ready to tout Rhino wheel washing solutions, truck-mounted attenuators, traffic safety equipment rentals and more, are Kiely Equipment Co.’s Kara Donnelly and Mike Warakomski. Nelson Velez (L), product support representative, and Jeff Brown, equipment sales representative, both of Trico Equipment Services, are poised to talk about Case equipment with UTCA members. (L-R): Victor Riga, vice president of sales, and Matt Jensen, equipment sales specialist, both of Harter Equipment, Millstone Township, N.J.; and Kevin O’Donnell, senior vice president of sales of Bell Trucks America Inc. Harter Equipment just signe Representing JESCO of South Plainfield, N.J., (L-R) are Eric Paterno, sales manager; Anthony Falzarano, vice president of sales; and Rich Odierna, territory manager, all of JESCO; Rocky Bare, territory sales manager of John Deere; and Michael Della, terri Ed Cilli (L) and Eric Seikel, both sales representatives of Hoffman Equipment Co., are UTCA tradeshow veterans. (L-R): Patrick Witts, Michael Simonovich, and Todd Legg, all of Xylem, are eager to talk about Godwin Pump’s NC100 Dri-Prime pump as well as other Godwin products.

The Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 48th annual convention and trade show Sept. 19 through Sept. 22 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

On Friday, Sept. 20, equipment dealers and construction services companies met with Garden State contractors (and contractors from neighboring states) during the trade show in the Grand Exhibition Center. The Annual Awards Luncheon began at noon, where Jack Callahan of CohnReznick 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. Callahan has more than 25 years of experience, leading CohnReznick’s Construction Industry Practice and serving clients in most construction sectors, including heavy highway, general contractors, construction management, specialty contractors, building trades, and building supply and equipment companies. He has worked extensively with public agencies and major construction owners to develop successful fiscal and integrity monitoring programs that enable contractors to improve the profitability, safety, and integrity of construction programs. He was a lead partner for CohnReznick on the monitoring and investigative work performed at Ground Zero and at the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

The Awards Luncheon’s keynote speaker, sponsored by Penn-Jersey Machinery, was Merril Hoge, former Pittsburgh Steeler and Chicago Bear running back and current ESPN football analyst.

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