A new PDCA chapter is now serving the local pile driving industry in Texas and will gather for a networking event in late February. In a letter to the locally elected leadership of the group, PDCA President Brian Heck reported that their request to affiliate as a PDCA chapter "was reviewed and unanimously approved by the PDCA Board of Directors" during its January Strategic Planning meeting.
Heck continued; "we are extremely impressed by your hard work and want to congratulate you again for accepting the responsibility to organize the PDCA of Texas." The formal communication completed several months of work by contractors, suppliers, manufacturers and engineers in Houston and beyond who pursued establishment of a formal presence for PDCA in the region. A Texas Chapter has not been available for local member engagement for several years.
As previously reported, four individuals have come forward to voluntarily serve as Texas Chapter leadership, they include:
- President: Brandon Bicknell, Russell Marine LLC. Brandon is a veteran contractor in the Houston region who joined Russell Marine as VP in 2019. Effective December 2021, he was promoted to President of the company.
- Vice president: Condon Verble, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Condon has spent 20 years in the pile driving industry where he has been a General Superintendent. He assumed this role at McCarthy in 2019 and works in very active pile driving operations.
- Treasurer: Arjin Dogan, JD Fields & Company, Inc. Arjin is a recently graduated engineer from the University of Texas at Tyler and began with J.D. Fields as Engineer in July 2021. The Houston Business Journal published the announcement of her hiring in a January '22 article.
- Secretary: Armando Guajardo, BRC International LLC
The PDCA of Texas Chapter is planning to host an industry networking event on February 24, 2022 at Pinstripes in Houston near River Oaks. Check back for details and registration information.