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tures, JESCO, M.L. Ruberton Construction, Northeast Remsco Construction, Tilcon, South State, and Vianini Pipe. Last but not least, very special congrats to George Helmer who was recognized for twenty-two years of service to the Association as a member of the Board of Directors and now serves as Board Member Emeritus. We will miss his leadership on the committee.

political world mixed in with the crowd, including State Government Committee Chair Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7), Assembly Environment Committee Chair Tim Eustace (D-38), Transportation Committeeman Assemblyman Dan Benson (D14), and longtime industry ally Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-30). Further strengthening the partnership with our friends in labor, we were also very pleased to be joined by leaders and representatives from the Operating Engineers Union Local 825 and the Laborers International Union Locals 472 and 172. The President’s Reception was followed by the annual PAC Auction Party, which benefits the Constructors for Good Government Political Action Committee. This year’s event featured more than 100 items available in both silent and live auctions. Professional auctioneering by Ritchie Brothers energized the room to raise more than $38,000 for the PAC, which helps ensure that UTCA can continue the fight for legislative and regulatory change. Many thanks to all of our donors and bidders, your generosity is critical to strengthening our industry’s voice in Trenton.

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Michele Kremer has her extended time in the money booth as winner of the Saturday morning Scavenger Hunt

The Saturday morning breakfast program paid tribute to outgoing President Jim Coddington, with the traditional presentation of the personalized manhole cover by Campbell Foundry. Jim Coddington has always been an outstanding leader and ambassador for the construction industry. Throughout his presidency, Jim effectively and articulately represented the UTCA in meetings with elected officials at all levels of government, heads of State Agencies, labor officials and leaders of many other industries. Thanks to his leadership, the Association was a driving force in the passage of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Renewal, establishment of the local government transportation infrastructure bank, the passage of our signature Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) legislation, and the supplemental $400 million appropriation to support transportation infrastructure spending. Jim also traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with Congressional representatives to address industry concerns and the need for long term and sustainable federal funding for infrastructure. Jim worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our industry, and we cannot thank him enough. The program closed with a drawing sponsored by our Premier Sponsor, Construction Risk Partners for his-and-her’s watches and a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Congratulations to Noah Rice of Reinforced Earth Company who won the Surface Pro and Tino and Mary Ann Garcia of Ferreira Construction who took home the designer watches.

Jim Coddington presents Steve Brawer with the NJ Construction Industry Hall Of Fame Award

Jim Coddington is presented with his personalized manhole cover for his year of service as UTCA President

We would also like to thank the corporate sponsors of our PAC Auction Party, without whom, none of this would be possible: Atlantic Concrete Products, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, Earle Asphalt, EIC Associates, High Steel Struc-

We rolled out a new event this year to liven up the exhibit floor, inviting attendees to test their sleuthing skills in our inaugural Saturday Scavenger Hunt. Hunters received a list of clues and scrambled to find the answers from the vendors on the floor. In the end, Michele Kremer proved her skills by getting all of the correct answers and her name chosen out of a drawing, and was able to nab nearly $200 in an extended spin in the Money Booth! The exhibit floor came to a close with a grand prize drawing sponsored by Hoffman Equipment. Congratulations to Nick

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Utility & Transportation Contractor October 2017  
Utility & Transportation Contractor October 2017