NUCA Convention 2013 Offers Hope for the Year

NUCASometimes all the options were almost overwhelming at this year’s NUCA Convention in Phoenix, Feb. 10-14. From the welcome reception and Yellow Bird Dancers right up to the final Corona Ranch rodeo and “calf-roping trials,” the week was full of the banter of networking, learning and engagement with utility and excavation industry leaders.

Each day began with a fantastic keynote speaker and visits with NUCA’s National Partners. Former Southwest Airlines CEO Howard Putnam spoke about leadership and ethics. Outspoken columnist Gene Marks, a frequent guest on Fox Business, MSNBC and CNBC and a writer for Forbes and The New York Times, discussed how changes in the economy will affect business and how to prepare for the future. And Cliff Meidl, a victim of an unmarked utility accident who went on to become a two-time Olympic champion, spoke about the passion to serve, inspire and help others — especially those overcoming significant challenges.

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Three boot camps, four forums and a big batch of case study presentations added serious heft to a convention that brought contractors together to solve problems and face the future with a little more unity. “The programs, speakers and breakout sessions were great,” said Dan East of Garney Construction.

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