(L-R): Brandon Bicknell, Mike Leal, Derek Brodnax, Condon Verble
Please join PDCA in welcoming the newest members of the leadership team at the PDCA Texas Chapter. Following the Chapter elections held January 18th, the 2022 President and Vice President retain their posts. Brandon Bicknell of Russell Marine, LLC will lead the group for another year, while Condon Verble from McCarthy lends his support again, as second in command. Meantime, two PDCA Associate Members emerged as winners for the open seats of Treasurer and Secretary.
Mike Leal is the new Chapter Secretary for 2023.The Outside Sales Manager at Lodge Lumber Co. in Houston has been with the company for the past decade. During that time, he has become heavily involved in PDCA, including through national and Chapter events and committee participation, among other means of participation. Said Mike, following his election; "I'm honored to join the
board and look forward to supporting the efforts toward growing the Chapter and delivering value to its members."
The new Chapter Treasurer is Derek Brodnax. A sales representative at Service Steel Warehouse, Derek has developed a large network in Texas and beyond, in the driven pile industry. He too can regularly be seen at PDCA Chapter and national events, as well as jobsites throughout the south. Regarding his new post with the Chapter, he tells us: "I am grateful to be elected to the board to serve our members - we are excited to see what 2023 has in store!"
Regarding the schedule for Texas Chapter functions in 2023, they have released the following calendar. PLEASE BE ADVISED, THE JUNE 9 GOLF DATE IS TENTATIVE. So, save the dates!
(L): PDCA Events Manager Kathy Harper and Gulf Coast Chapter President Dylen Andre; (R) Gulf Coast Chapter Secretary Heath Stevens
Welcome Heath! The first quarterly meeting of the Gulf Coast Chapter gives Secretary Heath Stevens his debut in leadership. He was elected to the position by the membership which entrusts him with certain duties such as maintaining a careful record of Chapter business proceedings.
Sec. Stevens' Meeting Minutes will establish Topgolf as a business meeting venue; someone send Kelly Clarkson the memo.
Following the March 2nd gathering at TopGolf, André said the Chapter will release the remaining dates for its 2023 events. Those will include three additional quarterly meetings and a new Sporting Clay Shoot, which becomes an annual event rather than an outing that occurs every other year. Watch your inbox and check back here regularly for more information on upcoming events in the PDCA Chapters.
The PDCA South Carolina Chapter encourages interested parties to consider the following invitation from The Citadel Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the 2023 ASCE Carolinas Conference, coming to Charleston, SC in April.
Please see the following letter from Dr. Timothy W. Mays, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, and direct any questions to his office:
The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter has new leadership, ready to hit the ground running, as the driven pile industry prepares for 2023. During its 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting held at Messina's in Kenner, LA on November 17th, Chapter Members elected the following team to serve as the voluntary, 2023 Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Dylan Andrè of Patriot Construction and Industrial, LLC
- Vice President: Anthony "Tony" Sepulvado, Jr. of Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
- Treasurer: Brent Guthrie of Cajun Industries, LLC
- Secretary: Heath Stevens of Gulf Coast Pre-Stress Partners, LLC
In addition to the election of officers, the Chapter hosted time for networking, dinner and drinks, and covered an agenda to discuss its aspirations for growth, expansion of educational opportunities, and other matters brought to the floor.
Chapter Members also heard a presentation from Meeting Sponsor JD Fields & Company, Inc. Representatives Alwyn McDowell and Joe Tridico spent some time updating attendees about steel pipe and steel sheet pile in the current marketplace. Following prepared remarks, they engaged the membership with Question and Answer time.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter thanked its sponsor for underwriting the event and its membership for its ongoing participation in the local pile driving industry.
Special thanks to our guest photographer
PDCA thanks volunteer photographer Derek Brodnax of Service Steel Warehouse for providing some 'scenes' from The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter's 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting. Derek is SPOTTED in the mirror reflection, in the photo to the left. A recent addition to the PDCA Communications Committee, he was agreeable to helping bring you coverage of this important event for the pile driving industry in the Gulf Coast region. Thanks Derek! The Communications Committee has openings if you too, are interested in helping collect content from Chapter meetings and other events, for eventual use in PDCA Publications.
Ms. Watkins attended the quarterly meeting of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter, she was accompanied by her father, grandparents and an aunt. During a special segment of the final 2022 meeting for the organization, Chapter board member Scott Nigels and son of the late McLeod "Mac" Creighton Nigels introduced Mary Coastal to attendees and presented her the award consisting of a commemorative plaque and a $2000 monetary gift. The annual scholarship dates back to 2007 and is presented in the name of "Mac" Nigels who was a highly respected civil engineer in Charleston following his 1955 graduation from The Citadel.
Also on hand for the annual presentation of the Nigel's Scholarship were several past presidents of PDCA and the South Carolina Chapter. Among them were John King, Dave Chapman, Buck Darling, Jason Moore and current President Brian Heck. Harry Robbins also attended and addressed the group as founder and past president of the Chapter, a distinction also held by Moore and current President King. Scott Webster, Diane Fischer, and Greg Canivan all presently serve on the Board for the national organization and were in attendance at the Chapter meeting, as well. Following the scholarship presentation, PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters provided attendees with an update on resources currently available through the organization, a preview of an active 2023 beginning in just weeks, and encouragement to get involved in PDCA.
Value Driven Webinar Series, On-Location in South Carolina
Prior to the PDCA South Carolina quarterly dinner meeting, the November installment of the Value Driven PDCA Webinar Series was delivered live and on-location from the Town and Country Inn & Suites facility in Charleston, SC. Readers might recall that the August webinar was broadcast from Chesapeake, VA. Executive Director Frank Peters and Events and Education Manager Kathy Harper moderated the monthly, virtual resource made available to members and other interested parties. Joining Frank and Kathy was special guest and November presenter John Davagian (pictured), Managing Partner at Davagian Grillo & Semple, LLP in Sudbury, Mass., who gave a program on legal contracts. Mr. Davagian focused his presentation on Gotcha Clauses and liquidated damages.
The final installment of the Webinar Series is coming to you on December 8th and will feature a program on Steel Durability in Marine Construction.
Contractors and engineers on the West Coast gained up to 3.5 PDH in November, thanks to a pair of technical seminars on which the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter partnered to deliver. JD Fields & Company organized events in Huntington Beach, CA and Seattle, WA and filled each 4-hour time slot with a series of technical presentations from pile drivers and engineers who addressed various geotechnical challenges. Among the presenters were Blue Iron Foundation & Shoring, Geo Engineers, Inc., Fields, and others.
Dean Abbondanza (pictured, presenting), is Director of Engineering at JD Fields & Co. said that around 30 attendees participated in each, no-cost seminar. He continued that such events have been productive this year and that the steel manufacturer plans to continue offering regional seminars in 2023.
Kristoffer Brown He is a senior at Chico State studying Business Management. He plays on the varsity soccer team and achieved the CCAA All-Academic Honors Award in 2020 and 2021. He has also made the Dean's List for three semesters. His uncle is a contractor and developer, and his aunt is an architect; he wishes to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in construction.
Will Millette He will be a freshman at Colorado State University, studying Construction Management. He attended Las Lomas High School and received the Varsity Soccer Coaches Award for demonstrating athletic growth, commitment and dedication to the program. He worked at Concord Iron Work Inc. for the summer.
Jensen Vieira He recently graduated from El Camino High School in Sacramento and will studying Engineering at University of Nevada in the fall. Jensen was the captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team and lead his team to win the Capital Athletic League Championship and secured a bid to play in the Nor Cal Playoffs. In academics, Jensen maintained a 3.5 GPA for all 4 years of high school. He also won the Mathematics Department Award for Excellence in AP Calculus.
(L-R) Robert Halupka, Kristoffer Brown
(L-R) Jensen Viaira, Will Millette
Zachary Lindsay He attended Freedom High School and then to Los Medanos College for two years. He is now transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study Construction Management.
Robert Halupka He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory High School. He is currently studying Civil Engineering at University of Portland.
Congratulations the six current students who aspire to be the future of the deep foundation construction industry!
(Left to right: Michael McCormick, Don Surrency, John King, Sonny DuPre, John Skinner)
A 2022 objective of the South Carolina Chapter of PDCA and current president John King is to recognize the contributions of some of the region's important figures who spent impactful careers serving the Charleston market and helped shape the driven pile industry into what it is today. During its third quarter dinner meeting on August 18th, President King arranged for four retirees to receive The Harry Robbins Chapter Award. Three contractors and one supplier were introduced by a family member or close colleague and presented with a unique pile driving rig trophy to signify their contributions to the industry. Those recognized in August included Sonny DuPre who followed his father at the helm of Cape Romain Contractors, Michael McCormick who was a co-founder of Pile Drivers, Inc., John Skinner who retired after a long career at Parker Marine Contracting in 2021, and Don Surrency who was a leading representative at Koppers, Inc. for more than 30 years. PDCA thanks the four gentlemen for helping shape the modern, driven pile industry into what it is today.
In addition to the special recognitions, Chapter members and friends gathered at the Town & Country Inn & Suites in Charleston for a networking reception, buffet dinner featuring various southern cuisine favorites, a Chapter business update and a feature presentation from Kathy Harper of the PDCA national office in Orange Park, Florida. There, Kathy is the Manager of Education and Events; she provided dinner attendees with a 'behind the scenes' look at the evolution of such industry staples as the PDCA Annual Conference, DICEP, the PDCA Value Driven Webinar Series and Contractors Foundation Institute: Driven Pile Academy, among others. Members from the South Carolina Chapter are active in national level PDCA events and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about their origin.
The capacity event attracted more than 60 attendees.
Kathy Harper from PDCA
A popular networking reception preceded the meeting.
PDCA South Carolina Chapter thanks the sponsors for the Quarterly Dinner Meeting!
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