UTCA of NJ Holds 51st Annual Convention and Trade Show

The Borgata was the scene on Friday, Sept. 30, as equipment dealers and construction services companies met with Garden State contractors.

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Tino Garcia (R), immediate past president of UTCA of New Jersey, presents Rob Culnen of C & H Agency with the Larry Gardner Memorial Award.
Tino Garcia (R), immediate past president of UTCA of New Jersey, presents Rob Culnen of C & H Agency with the Larry Gardner Memorial Award.
Tino Garcia (R), immediate past president of UTCA of New Jersey, presents Rob Culnen of C & H Agency with the Larry Gardner Memorial Award. Cal Thomas, syndicated conservative political columnist and analyst, addresses UTCA attendees during the Keynote luncheon. Bob Beckel, political analyst and pundit, makes the liberal case for this year’s presidential election during the UTCA’s keynote luncheon. Norris Sales Company, headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa., with a branch in Sicklerville, N.J., was represented (L-R) by Ed Zoranski, sales representative; and Aaron Brown and Frank Kimberling, both inside sales. Jersey Rents & Equipment Sales of Bayville, N.J., is a diversified distributor of construction equipment, materials and supplies. (L-R) are Robert Mennona III, assistant manager; Rob Mennona, owner; and Jim Szymczyk, branch manager. Eric Seikel, (L), sales manager, and Ed Chili, account manager, both of Hoffman Equipment, Piscataway, N.J., are eager to discuss with New Jersey contractors their company’s extensive equipment line, including Doosan, JCB, Manitowoc, Grove, Atlas Copco and more. Rick Person (L) and Scott Smith, both territory managers of IronPlanet, are ready to discuss upcoming online auctions with UTCA convention guests. Manning the Ritchie Bros. booth at the UTCA convention to discuss their company’s extensive list of upcoming auctions (L-R) are Ryan Funck, Gary King and Fred Vilsmeier. Penn Jersey Machinery was well represented at the UTCA show (L-R) by Todd Ewing, Bob Perusini Jr., John Jaen and Michael Douglas. Harter Equipment of Millstone Township, N.J., a longtime exhibitor at the UTCA show, was represented (L-R) by Vice President of Sales Victor Rega and Dick Clark and Matthew Sams, both equipment sales specialists. Proudly standing in front of a Hyundai excavator are Sam Maury (L), general manager of heavy construction equipment, and Ron Dortone Jr., sales representative, construction equipment division. Representing the Foley CAT booth (L-R) are Jeff Merle, vice president of machine sales; Susan Connolly, COO; Scott Warren, heavy account manager; Warren Gonzalez, heavy account manager; Jamie Foley, CEO; John Lewis, SITECH representative; Ed Gudaitis, vice president of Foley Rents; Ryan Foley, president; Pete Reis, Foley Rents account manager; and Brian Vigilante, Foley Rents sales manager. At the JESCO booth during the UTCA show (L-R) are Shawn Mulvenna, territory manager; Michael Delia, territory manager; Tom Reszkowski, Ditch Witch territory manager; Anthony Falzarano, vice president of sales; Greg Swartz, territory manager; Jerome Ferri, customer support manager; Dave Dellaratta, sales manager; and Steve Mazzarella, territory manager. Rui DaSilva of Vianini Pipe, Somerville, Pa., who is just a bit obscured by the cash flying around in the Kennedy Companies’ Green Machine, was able to capture $96. Binder Machinery Company of South Plainfield, N.J., has been an exhibitor at the UTCA show for many, many years. (L-R) are Alan Binder, executive vice president; Brendan Binder, president and COO; Michael Finnegan, technical solutions expert; and Jared Nutter, account manager, all of Binder Machinery.

The Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) held its 51st annual convention and trade show Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

On Friday, Sept. 30, 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 Rob Culnen of C & H Agency. Each year, this award is given to a UTCA member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association.

The Awards Luncheon's keynote speakers, sponsored by the Engineers-Labor Employer Cooperative and the Utility Contractors Industry Advancement Fund, were Cal Thomas, syndicated conservative political columnist and analyst, and Bob Beckel, political analyst and pundit.

Beckel and Thomas are co-authors of a book titled, “Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America.” In the book, they attempt to expose the hypocrisy of the issues created by both liberals and conservatives that perpetuate and allow both parties to capitalize on political division.

Together, they assert, there is, in fact, much commonality among political issues, even deeply entrenched ones, between the two sides and that communication and subsequently, compromise, are the keys to end ideological gridlock. Thwarting that compromise, they explained, is what they call the broken primary election system, which they said, forces candidates on either side of the political aisle to move too far left or right to prevail, which, in turn, leaves little room for compromise. Both Thomas and Beckel also strongly advocated for term limits, which, they argued, must be implemented to end the incessant need to raise funds in order to be re-elected, thus beholding them to special interests.

During the UTCA convention, the organization also inducted Jim Coddington of Tilcon as its new president, replacing Tino Garcia of Ferreira Construction, whose term expired.