The Toys for Tots team was out in full force collecting donations at the UTCA show.
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.