UTCA Holds 52nd Annual Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

📅   Mon October 16, 2017 - Northeast Edition #21


The Toys for Tots team was out in full force collecting donations at the UTCA show.
The Toys for Tots team was out in full force collecting donations at the UTCA show.
The Toys for Tots team was out in full force collecting donations at the UTCA show. (L-R): Ken Pesta, Anthony Falzarano and Dave Dellaratta were among the contingent representing JESCO at the UTCA show. William McNamara (L) of The Churchin Group meets with Vincent Ryan, president of Bobcat of North Jersey. Foley Cat of Piscataway, N.J., once again was prominently and well represented at the annual UTCA show. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor and Benghazi survivor, delivered the Keynote speech during the UTCA luncheon. Carl Bloomfield of the Graham Co. was this year’s recipient of the UTCA’s annual Larry Gardner Memorial Award. The booth for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers was manned (L-R) by Moe Iacoboni, Adam Byrne and Fred Vilsmeier. The Transport Equipment Sales team (L-R) are Tom Guzzi, Dave O’Hara, Pete Smertsky and Bill Smith. (L-R): Ed Zoranski, sales representative; Aaron Brown, sales representative; and Frank Kimmerling, inside sales, all of Norris Sales Company, Sicklerville, N.J., are ready to greet UTCA attendees at their company’s booth. Fred Vilsmeier (C) of Ritchie Bros. meets up with David Manwiller (L) and Ben Polesir, both territory sales managers of Company Wrench. Greeting UTCA attendees at the Modern booth (L-R) are Brianna Hughes, customer development specialist; Ron Dortone Jr., sales representative, construction equipment division; Mark Dombrowski, sales representative; and Bob Pelouze, construction sales representative. Millstone, N.J.’s Harter Equipment was represented (L-R) by Steve Pedrani; Vic Riga, vice president of sales; Dick Clark and Matthew Sams, both equipment sales representatives. Ready to discuss Volvo equipment, Doosan Portable Power products, Takeuchi and more (L-R) are Chuck Dull, vice president and general manager; Michael Douglas, governmental sales, compact specialist; Todd Ewing, account manager; and Jim Gill, regional branch manager and director of recycling and material handling. Poised to discuss JCB, Doosan, Manitowoc cranes and more (L-R) are Eric Seikel, Ed Cilli, Steve Izzi and Kim Bruno. Komatsu Northeast of South Plainfield, N.J., was represented (L-R) by Kyle Floyd, Alan “AJ” Binder, Rudy Martinez, Tom Shabala and Bill Kretschmer. As a new company based in Hillsborough, N.J., BrenCo Equipment Supply & Technology used UTCA as a good forum to introduce itself to New Jersey contractors. (L-R) are Dace Knight, general manager, Utah location; Shawn Mulvenna, account manager; Brendan Binder, president; Mike Finnegan, vice president of product support; Shaun Shirey, Leica product specialist; and Danielle Savage, director of sales and business development. Although it’s hard to tell, that’s Arthur Holdsworth III of LN Rothberg & Son in The Kennedy Companies “Green Machine” trying his best to grab as much cash as he can. He collected $115.

The Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 52nd annual convention and trade show Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

On Sept. 29, 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 Carl Bloomfield of the Graham Co. Each year, this award is given to a UTCA member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto, former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor and Benghazi survivor, delivered the Keynote speech during the UTCA luncheon.

Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, helping to save more than 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for more than 13 hours. Paronto's story is told in the book “13 Hours,” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.

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