Golden Anniversary: DCA Meets in Puerto Rico

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) celebrated its 50th annual convention March 1-6 at the beautiful El Conquistador Resort on the island of Puerto Rico. DCA 2010 president Kevin Miller, Miller Pipeline, directed the convention activities. The turnout was excellent, with more than 300 attendees.

DCA stated before the convention that the objective was to “educate and entertain members” — this was certainly as the case with an agenda loaded with activities. Business sessions included a keynote breakfast presentation by Brian Bowen, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology; another keynote breakfast presentation by Michael Rogers, “The Practical Futurist,” a business session presented by Wally Adamchik with FireStarter Speaking and Consulting; and a highly charged GPS panel that covered fleet management.

Social activities were highlighted by a walking tour of the El Yunque rain forest and a kayaking tour through a nearby bay. The annual auction was a record-setter, with Butch Graham of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers directing the activities, raising more than $400,000.

The week-long activities concluded Saturday evening with the annual President’s Reception and Dinner. At the dinner, Miller turned over the president’s gavel to Greg Dahl, ARB Inc. For 2011, Kevin Michels, Michels Corp., will serve as vice president and Timothy Bell, Midwestern Contractors, will serve as treasurer.

DCA will meet again at its 23rd annual mid-year meeting July 20-24, at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock Vt.. The 51st annual convention will be held Feb. 3-8, 2012, at the Fairmont Orchard, Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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