UTCA Holds 50th Annual Convention in Atlantic City

The Awards Luncheon’s keynote speaker, sponsored by Penn-Jersey Machinery, was baseball legend Tim McCarver.

📅   Wed October 21, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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George Helmer of G. Helmer Construction, Williamstown, N.J., had his name drawn to participate in the Money Booth, sponsored by the Kennedy Companies. Helmer collected $205.
George Helmer of G. Helmer Construction, Williamstown, N.J., had his name drawn to participate in the Money Booth, sponsored by the Kennedy Companies. Helmer collected $205.
George Helmer of G. Helmer Construction, Williamstown, N.J., had his name drawn to participate in the Money Booth, sponsored by the Kennedy Companies. Helmer collected $205. Mark Dombrowksi (L), sales representative, Modern Group Ltd., goes over the features of the equipment with Michael J. Hawn, Exterior Remodeling, Sicklerville, N.J. Baseball legend Tim McCarver addresses the crowd during lunch at the 50th annual UTCA convention. Foley CAT of Piscataway, N.J., had yet another big presence at the annual UTCA show in Atlantic City, N.J. (L-R): Kirk Chagnon, Jeff Merle, Ryan Foley, Scott Warren, JennaRose Caruso, Cindy Snow, and Warren Gonzalez, all of Foley CAT. At the JESCO booth, the company was represented (L-R) by Gregg Swartz, Rick England, Sal Saladini and Michael Delia. Every year at the UTCA convention, Binder Machinery Company of South Plainfield, N.J., has a prominent display. (L-R): Brendan Binder, president and COO; Harry Rice, Jared Nutter and Michael Finnegan, all of Binder Machinery. Groff Tractor New Jersey LLC (formerly Trico Equipment Services) was represented in part by Lorrie Adler, marketing coordinator, and Bob Taormina, major accounts manager. Ed Cilli (L), sales representative, and Eric Seikel, sales manager, both of Hoffman Equipment Company, Piscataway, N.J., stand ready to answer customers’ questions. Norris Sales Company representatives man the booth, (L-R) including Aaron Brown, sales representative; Frank Kimberling, inside sales; and Ed Zoranski, sales representative, all of Sicklerville, N.J. On hand to discuss Harter Equipment’s line of products (L-R) are Dick Clark, equipment sales representative; Victor Riga, vice president of sales; Brian Hammond, equipment sales representative; and Matthew J. Sams, equipment sales specialist, all of Scott Smith (C), territory manager of IronPlanet, Medford Lakes, N.J., speaks with his first customer, George D. Helmer (L), G Helmer Construction, Williamstown, N.J., as Rick Persson, territory manager of IronPlanet looks on. The father and son team, Robert Mennona (L) and Robert Mennona III, assistant manager, represented Jersey Rents, Bayville, N.J., at the UTCA convention.

The Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 50th annual convention and trade show Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

On Friday, Oct. 2, equipment dealers and construction services companies met with Garden State contractors (and contractors from neighboring states) during the trade show in the Borgata. The Annual Awards Luncheon began at noon, where the Larry Gardner Memorial Award was presented to Linda Gardner of Brent Material Company. 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, was Tim McCarver. A catcher during his playing years between 1959 and 1980, McCarver played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and the Boston Red Sox. In his early career with Cardinals, he was the favorite catcher of Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

Today, many baseball fans know McCarver as a long-time broadcaster/color commentator and is currently an announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals.