Chapter Growth at PDCA Northeast, the 'Driver' Behind Annual TopGolf Event


The PDCA Northeast Chapter has successfully engaged the pile driving industry throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and surrounding states through the variety of events it hosts each year. A popular event that attracts members, but also focuses on organizational growth, is the annual TopGolf Meet & Greet and New Member Outreach gathering in Edison, New Jersey.

Members brought their industry peers identified as potential PDCA Northeast Chapter members, to the regional TopGolf location on May 15th, where they experienced many of the attributes offered through PDCA. In addition to competing from the TopGolf tee boxes, attendees enjoyed networking and refreshments.

The Chapter leadership team thanks all event sponsors, attendees, and friends considering membership, for participating in the annual TopGolf event. PDCA recognizes Megan & Jaxson Sadler for providing a few photos from the rainy evening, despite the wet conditions. However, members stayed dry under cover as they showed off their driving abilities.

The Chapter reconnects on August 9th in Coplay, PA for the annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser

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Past Pres. Roasted, Insurers Talk Heavy Civil Issues at SC Chapter Dinner


(L-R) Chapter VP Jordan Houston, Bill Thomas, Brian Land, Candi Stegall, Pres. Kent Parker, Kali Shaefer

During the first three months of 2024, the PDCA South Carolina Chapter delivered members a full slate of events that provideded a variety of opportunities for member engagement; among them were educational enrichment through the Driven Pile Technical Seminar, fellowship and trivia during an impromptu happy hour, and extension of a longstanding Chapter tradition with the annual Oyster Roast. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, the Chapter convened for its first formal dinner meeting of the year, and the first chance for president Kent Parker to conduct official Chapter business. 
After the networking happy hour that precedes every Chapter dinner, Parker called the meeting to order and delivered opening remarks. The new president began: "Wow! I want to thank John King for his dedicated service as past president, but I have to tell you - I feel like Ronald Reagan taking over for Jimmy Carter up here. The bar was set, but not too high..." The good-natured remark drew laughter from King, and those in the crowd who understood that it was a well-intended, ice-breaking quip to highlight King's propensity for discussing politics.
(L-R) Pres. Carter, John King

**(Parker's invocation of two former, American presidents references politically motivated recollections of their two very different, but no less distinguished, public service careers. PDCA does not endorse political ideologies, but in this case, recognizes the words as nothing more than harmless, playful rhetoric, rooted in 40-year-old political party-line narratives. May former President Reagan rest in peace, and may former President Carter receive the best care available in his fragile state. Both highly-accomplished men led remarkable American lives.)

Following the short, general business meeting that recapped the various events to date in 2024, Parker recognized two Chapter Board members who won 2023 PDCA Association Awards, recently announced during a special awards ceremony in Dallas, TX. Jason Moore, a former Chapter and PDCA president, and presently the Chairman of the PDCA Communications Committee, was presented the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. Also, Greg Canivan, a past Chapter president and current PDCA Board of Directors member, received the John T. Parker Industry Ambassador Award, a special honor that singles out a South Carolina Chapter member for demonstrating a commitment to advocating the driven pile on both local and global platforms.


(L-R) Jason Moore, Greg Canivan awarded during special ceremony

Parker introduced the informational program while attendees enjoyed a buffet-style dinner. Adam Jarrett and Kali Shaefer are insurance professionals with Assured Partners, who specialize in management of a heavy construction clientele. Jarrett delivered a presentation entitled 'The State of the Insurance Market,' which discussed the conditions, sometimes negative, that commercial customers are facing, but also pinpointed signs for optimism in some of the industry forecasting. At the same time, he articulated the mounting challenges that carriers face due to ongoing changes in the regulatory environment. His presentation prompted a series of questions at the conclusion of the program.

Before the meeting ended, Parker held a raffle for attendees through a random drawing of business cards. Chapter member Taylor Kelso  was the lucky winner of a $75 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. The next meeting of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter is scheduled for August 8th at the Town and Country Inn & Suites in Charleston, SC.

See who was SPOTTED at the 2024 second quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Chapter:

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Time is Running Out: West Coast Students Apply for Chapter Scholarship by 7/1


Past Winners of the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship

A longstanding tradition at the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter is the annual scholarship program which encourages high school seniors and college students to consider careers related to the pile driving industry; construction management, engineering, business, among them. The program contributes to regional workforce development, broadens relations between the pile driving industry and the public, and provides deserving students some financial relief as they pursue higher education.

This program is limited to students in the western United States. If you are the parent of a young adult or have connection with one who qualifies for this scholarship, you are invited to share this opportunity with them. Applicants must complete and return the application form, which contains guidance on all program procedures and deliverables, by July 1, 2024. To access the application form, please click the button below:


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Texas Chapter Hosts Dallas Reception, Cowboy Hats Encouraged


The PDCA Texas Chapter Reception was one of the PDCA-specific events to take place adjacent to IFCEE 2024. It was a social engagement on the evening of May 8th, in the Cotton Bowl Room at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Chapter members and PDCA stakeholders from throughout the country gathered for networking and refreshments.

A large group of sponsors made the event possible - the Texas Chapter thanks the following organizations for their generosity: CPS Houston, INC., Meever USA, Inc., American Piledriving Equipment Inc., Aggregate Technologies, Inc., Russell Marine LLC, Dark Horse Metals, LLC, Lodge Lumber Co., McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Nucor Skyline, Pile Solution, and PVE Equipment USA. The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter and Pacific Coast Chapter were also sponsors.

See who was SPOTTED at this event: 

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UPDATED! Pacific Coast Shoot Draws Large Crowd, Raises Funds for Students


(L-R) Doug Ollis, Dermot Fallon, Tommy Haupt, Darren Riddle, Jeff Arkin, Mark Weisz, Ryan Turner. Not pictured, Matt Lehmann

Pile drivers in California and throughout the West Coast know to reserve the last Friday in April for the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot, an annual fundraising event conceived to assist young people seeking higher education in pursuit of a construction management or engineering career. The annual event for 2024 was a resounding success when upwards of 130 deep foundations professionals assembled on April 26th at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve, east of Oakland, CA, on a cool, crisp Friday morning. It was the start of an eventful day that involved a clay shooting competition, a Chapter meeting, networking, a hearty lunch, and an enviable collection of raffle prizes. Most importantly, it generated $25K for the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Fund.

As the day wore on, the temperature warmed and the competition smoldered. Several shooters qualified for various team and individual awards, presented by Chapter President Dermot Fallon.

In addition to the competition on the shooting course, President Fallon called for a vote of the Chapter membership, to elect a new leadership team (pictured at the top of the post). Mark Weisz returns as Chapter Treasurer and Doug Ollis comes back to the leadership board. New to the board are Tommy Haupt, Matt Lehmann, Darren Riddle, Jeff Arkin, and Ryan Turner

Following the business meeting, a spirited raffle and live auction helped grow the scholarship fund that will be awarded to select student applicants in August, in advance of their first semester in an institution of higher education. The event raised around $25,000, thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors. Those who sponsored a shooting station included: Independent Pipe, Nucor Skyline, Bay Machinery Corp. Oldcastle Infrastructure, PJ's Rebar, Northern CA Carpenters, Magna, Central Concrete, and Pile Drivers, Bridge, Wharf & Dock Builders.

Some participants went home with great prizes like an all expense paid hunting trip, bragging rights and a trophy, a new gun, fishing gear, adult beverages, new logo items, and more. But all participants left the event knowing that they contributed to the important cause of helping develop a new generation of deep foundation professionals in the west coast region.

Enjoy the following photo montage of the2024 PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot....

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Pile Drivers to Gather May 15 at TopGolf in Edison, NJ for Annual Chapter Event


George Harms Construction Company dispatches a foursome of 'ringers' for the 2023 Northeast Chapter TopGolf event.

Show off your robust network in the Northeast pile driving community, show off your 350 yard drive, or show off both at the annual PDCA Northeast Chapter TopGolf Meet & Greet and New Member Outreach event, coming back to Edison, NJ on May 15th.

Each year, the PDCA Northeast Chapter offers the social at TopGolf with the objective to grow the organization. The networking function is open to PDCA members, as well as their guests from the deep foundation construction industry who might consider participation in Chapter membership. Your ticket gets you admission to the event, plenty of time in a TopGolf tee boxes, food, drink, and a full evening of reconnecting with industry colleagues and friends.

You must register yourself and your guest(s) to ensure entry to the reserved space at the Edison, NJ TopGolf located at 1013 US Route 1. Click the button below to purchase your tickets.  See you on May 15th!




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Reception @ IFCEE from PDCA Texas Chapter, Open to All PDCA Members


PDCA Texas Chapter members gathering for a November 2023 happy hour event in Houston

If you are attending IFCEE 2024 in May, plan to join the PDCA Texas Chapter for a FREE networking reception on May 8th in the Hyatt Regency Dallas - Cotton Bowl Room. The event runs from 5-7 PM and is open to all PDCA members.

Thanks to the following sponsors, happy hour food and beverages will be available:
  • CPS Houston
  • Meever USA
  • Russell Marine LLC
  • Dark Horse Metals
  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter
  • PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter
Registration for this event is required, please click the button below to reserve your spot:

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FREE TopGolf Fun Follows April 18, Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting


PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter leadership team (partial), L-R: Beau Haydel, Tony Sepulvado, Scott Williams. Tyler Roberts not pictured.
 

Phetteplace (L) attends Gulf Coast Chapter Crawfish Boil before presenting at 2024 Engineers Conference.
 
Don't miss an evening of professional development and golf!

Pile drivers throughout the Louisiana and beyond will gather on April 18th at TopGolf Baton Rouge for a quarterly meeting of the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter, followed by plenty of time to show off their drives in the high-tech tee boxes. The event begins at 5:30 PM, and includes networking, food, and a technical presentation from Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engineers, Inc. Through a generous donation of regional PSC supplier, Louisiana Concrete Products, this Chapter function is offered at no cost.

RSVP is requested for this event by April 15, 2024, to Gulf Coast Chapter President Tony Sepulvado at asepulvado@bohbros.com. Make sure and reserve your spot and ensure there is enough food and beverage for all attendees!

Advance registration is required, please click the button below:

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Lunch & Learn From Texas Chapter Draws 70 to Hear Industry Presentations


Members of the PDCA Texas Chapter gathered Tuesday, March 19th at the Hyatt Regency - Baytown hotel, near Houston, to hear presentations from suppliers of steel and concrete piling, as well as a 30-year veteran pile driving contractor. Approximately 70 attendees gained new insights into the industry and enjoyed the opportunity for lunch and networking. 

Program speakers included Jody Singletary from Dunham Price, a seasoned producer of concrete pile manufacturing. He addressed matters pertaining to quality in concrete piling and its manufacturing process. This segment was made possible through sponsorship by APE-American Piledriving Equipment.

Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse also presented to the assembly. With more than 35 years in the construction industry and expertise in ground engineering, Mr. McShane has worked in the steel piling industry, exclusively, for the past decade. With a resume that includes practical experience on four continents, he addressed material quality in relation to steel products. This presentation was courtesy of Taylor Marine Construction.

A marine and heavy civil construction veteran pile driver, and presently general superintendent at McCarthy Building Companies, Condon Verble concluded the program in his capacity as president of the PDCA Texas Chapter. He briefed attendees on Chapter initiatives and activities it will be offering to members throughout 2024. OTTO Fabricators and proprietor George Cerda sponsored this final segment of the Lunch & Learn event.

The PDCA Texas Chapter Lunch & Learn was made possible through support from the following event sponsors:
  • CPS Houston
  • Flexifloat
  • PACO Ventures
  • APE-American Piledriving Equipment (presentation sponsor)
  • OTTO Fabricators (presentation sponsor)
  • Taylor Marine Construction (presentation sponsor)
Shiri Foster of Lodge Lumber gave introductions of the Lunch & Learn speakers and provided event photography. Mickey Thatcher, Texas Chapter VP from Russell Marine LLC, also contributed photos.

(L-R) PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters, Texas Chapter Sec. Mike Leal, speaker Gerry McShane,
TX Chapter VP Mickey Thatcher, TX Chapter Treas. Derek Brodnax, TX Chapter and speaker Condon Verble, speaker Jody Singletary.
G. McShane
C. Verble
J. Singletary

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Register Now: Win Argentina Hunting Trip at 4/26 Pacific Coast Chapter Shoot


Shooters enjoy a beautiful day during the 2023 PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot

Registration is open for the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter's 13th Annual Scholarship Shoot, a popular event that raises funds for regional students pursuing college degrees in engineering and construction. The friendly competition among pile driving professionals takes place Friday, April 26, 2024, at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve, 2099 Collinsville Road, Birds Landing, CA.  

Following the shoot, a BBQ lunch takes place on the grounds of Birds Landing where shooters will be recognized for individual and team scoring. Also, there will be a raffle featuring donated prizes, including a variety of firearms and shooting accessories. And be sure to participate in the live auction which features a 3-day dove hunt for four people in Argentina, courtesy of Norte Hunters!

PDCA members and non-members are welcome to participate in this annual event; to register, or for more information about competing in the shoot, attending the lunch and prizes portion, or simply donating to the Scholarship fund, please click the button below:

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