UTCA Holds 49th Annual Convention, Trade Show

Tue October 07, 2014 - Northeast Edition
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Ed Cilli (L), sales representative, and Eric Seikel, sales manager of N.J., represented Piscataway, N.J.-based Hoffman Equipment at the UTCA show.
Ed Cilli (L), sales representative, and Eric Seikel, sales manager of N.J., represented Piscataway, N.J.-based Hoffman Equipment at the UTCA show.
Ed Cilli (L), sales representative, and Eric Seikel, sales manager of N.J., represented Piscataway, N.J.-based Hoffman Equipment at the UTCA show. Grant Achey (L) and Ralph Henry Jr. (R), both project managers of Arthur R. Henry Inc., Egg Harbor Township, N.J., stop by the Binder Machinery booth to talk equipment needs with Michael Finnegan (second from L), Brendan Binder (third from L) and Harry Ri This year, the Larry Gardner Memorial Award was presented to Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, PC, a law firm based in Philadelphia, Pa. The Awards Luncheon’s keynote speaker, sponsored by Penn-Jersey Machinery and Tilcon, was JB Bernstein. He is the CEO of Access Group, an athlete management firm and chief marketing officer of Seven Figures Management, a sports marketing and athlete Harter Equipment of Millstone Township, N.J., was represented at the UTCA convention (L-R) by Matthew Sams, equipment sales specialist; Dick Clark, equipment sales representative; and Victor Riga, vice president of sales. Paul Ricciardi (L) and Scott Cohen, both of A&M Industrial, Rahway, N.J., are ready to talk about the “bear” facts of their company’s line of construction safety products. Rich Garwood (L), senior vice president, RBS Citizens, Red Bank, N,J., and Craig Cleary, vice president-Northeast Region, Construction Equipment Financing of GE Capital, are ready to talk financing options with contractors. The Jersey Rents booth was manned by Robert Mennona. Ready to talk about upcoming auctions were Scott Smith (L) and Rick Persson, both territory managers of IronPlanet. From Norris Sales Company (L-R) are Ed Zoranski, Aaron Brown and Frank Kimberling. Poised to discuss the Modern Group product line are Bob Pelouze (L), field sales manager, and Ron Dortone Jr., sales representative, construction equipment division, both of the Modern Group. South Plainfield, N.J.’s JESCO was represented (L-R) by Dave Dellaratta, Eric Paterno, Gregg Swartz and Bob Skinner. (L-R): Steve Scattolini, vice president/general manager; Sean Collins, vice president of sales; Frank Horan, used equipment manager; Robert Taormina, regional manager; and Jack Teahan, product support, all of Trico Equipment Services. Judy Bream of Weldon Materials hauled in $33 in the money booth, sponsored by the Kennedy Companies. Always a prominent exhibitor at the UTCA convention, Foley CAT was represented (L-R) by Jeff Merle, Pete Reis, Jon Souliere, Susan Connolly, Bill Grater, Scott Warren, Kirk Chagnon, Warren Gonzalez and Ryan Foley.


The Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 49th annual convention and trade show Sept. 18 through Sept. 21 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

On Friday, Sept. 19, 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 the Larry Gardner Memorial Award was presented to Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, PC, a law firm based in Philadelphia, Pa. 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 and Tilcon, was JB Bernstein. He is the CEO of Access Group, an athlete management firm and chief marketing officer of Seven Figures Management, a sports marketing and athlete representation firm. Bernstein is best known for setting up an Indian reality TV contest called “The Million Dollar Arm.” The winner received a prize of $100,000 with an opportunity to win a $1 million bonus round afterward. Additionally, the winner received formal training in the United States with the possibility of being selected as a pitcher for a Major League Baseball team. The two 2008 winners, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Kumar Patel, were signed to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bernstein’s involvement with Singh and Patel led to the film, “Million Dollar Arm” and was portrayed by Jon Hamm.