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UTCA Hosts 45th Annual Convention at Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City

Fri October 08, 2010 - Northeast Edition
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Paul Vaughn (L), Gehl product specialist, and Robert Traenkner, sales representative, both of Norris Sales Company, Sickerville, N.J., stand ready to discuss Gehl skid loaders and much more, including equipment from Multiquip, Wacker Neuson and Stone to n
Paul Vaughn (L), Gehl product specialist, and Robert Traenkner, sales representative, both of Norris Sales Company, Sickerville, N.J., stand ready to discuss Gehl skid loaders and much more, including equipment from Multiquip, Wacker Neuson and Stone to n
Paul Vaughn (L), Gehl product specialist, and Robert Traenkner, sales representative, both of Norris Sales Company, Sickerville, N.J., stand ready to discuss Gehl skid loaders and much more, including equipment from Multiquip, Wacker Neuson and Stone to n (L-R): Trico Equipment was represented by George Hamlin, municipal sales/field sales manager; Sharleen Hogan, marketing assistant; Jack Teahan, product support specialist; and Roberto Luaces, territory manager. (L-R): Jeff Merle, vice president of machinery sales; Jamie Foley, president and CEO; Scott Warren, equipment consultant; Lauren Stanley, advertising and promotions manager; Warren Gonzalez, equipment consultant; Mike Held, vice president of marketing, IT Ramdas Iyer (C), general manager, and Jamie Vokes (R), national sales manager, both of Pirtek USA, are busy touting their company’s onsite hose service. (L-R): Eric Seikel, Ed Cilli and Steve Izzi, all of Hoffman Equipment, made the trip down from Piscataway, N.J., to tout the company’s product lineup, including Manitowoc, Grove, Atlas Copco, Genesis, Doosan, JCB and more. Eager to assist convention visitors with crushing and screening needs are Jurgen Urbano (L) and Brian McCammon, both of Emerald Equipment Systems Inc. Bobcat of North Jersey, Totowa, N.J., was represented by Ray Bickel (L), sales representative, and Ken Kruppo, Bobcat specialist. Standing ready to explain the features and benefits of Terex equipment (L-R) are Mark Dombrowski of Modern Group, Carey Dail of Terex, and Craig Nebel and Bob Pelouze, both of Modern Group. David Glasofer of Image Up takes his best shot in the money booth, sponsored by The Kennedy Companies. Glasofer gathered in $111. Convention visitors interested in learning more about John Deere equipment could stop by the JESCO booth. (L-R): Dave Dellaratta, Rob Gamber, Ken Pesta, Gregg Swartz and Anthony Falzarano, all of JESCO.

The Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 45th annual convention Sept. 23 through 26 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

As part of its four-day event, the UTCA presents a trade show highlighting New Jersey equipment distributors and holds a luncheon during which a well known celebrity, business leader or political leader speaks to invited guests. This year was no exception. Chris Gardner is a millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist made famous by Will Smith’s portrayal of him in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. In the early 1980s, Gardner raised his young son, Christopher Jr., while struggling with homelessness. Eventually through tenacity and hard work, he was able to overcome his homelessness by becoming a top trainee at Dean Witter Reynolds and was eventually recruited by Bear Stearns & Company in San Francisco. Today, he is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co, based in Chicago. Penn-Jersey Machinery; Sax, Macy, Fromm & Co.; and Tilcon sponsored Gardner’s presentation.

Also an annual event is the presentation of the Larry Gardner Memorial Award to a UTCA member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association. This year the award went to Michael McKenna of Lewis & McKenna, a legal firm that specializes in business, construction and commerce litigation.