On March 3, Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) president Jim Dillahunty welcomed more than 330 association members, family, and friends to 73rd annual PCCA Convention in Kauai, Hawaii.
Dillahunty, president and chief operating officer of Henkels & McCoy, told the Opening Session audience how he first arrived on Kauai — in 1992 to help the island rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Iniki — and he recounted Henkels & McCoy’s long history in Hawaii, as well as PCCA’s.
One of the convention’s most anticipated sessions was PCCA Solutions in Action: Who Will Do the Work?, which introduced members to the innovators and leaders who have pushed PCCA’s efforts to support workforce development.
The panel included the three presidents from the schools where PCCA is working to develop utility construction programs and the three contractors, who have been working diligently alongside them: Dr. Shawn Strong, president of State Technical College of Missouri, and Heath Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction Co.; Dr. John Will, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, and Chase Lapcinski, Push, Inc.; and Dr. Jerome Webster, president and CEO of Terra State Community College in Ohio, and Todd Myers, Kenneth G. Myers Construction Co.
PCCA held two roundtables this year. The Construction Industry Roundtable featured Jonathan Adelstein, president and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association; Gregg Fujimoto, president of Charter Communications; Jim Alberts, senior vice president of Hawaiian Electric; David Bissell, CEO of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative; Dan Shumate, a director with FMI Capital Advisors; and Mark Bridgers, Continuum Capital.
The Government & Industry Affairs Roundtable was led by Eben Wyman, Wyman Associates, and the PCCA Government & Industry Affairs Committee, which provided details on some of its key issues.
PCCA convention attendees are well known for enjoying themselves, and this year was no exception with tours both scenic and adventurous, the PCCA Golf Tournament, and fantastic parties, including a memorable luau on the convention’s final night. This year’s PCCA Auction raised nearly $450,000 for association programs and services and the PCCA Education & Research Foundation.
At the Closing Luau, PCCA members welcomed its new president, Larry Pribyl of MP Nexlevel and welcomed four new directors: Josh DeBruine of Michels; John Hale of John Deere; Sam Stephens of Tjader & Highstrom; and Chris Wozniak of Intercon Construction.
PCCA’s 2019 Convention will be March 15-20 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & the Royal Beach Casino, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts.