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Association News - July 2006

IEC of Utah Hosts Apprenticeship Graduation

Keynote speaker David Stanley tells 24 apprentices that 'hard work' will be the key to their success.

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) of Utah held its second annual apprenticeship graduation May 19 at Wheeler Farm in Murray, Utah. The event was attended by more than 120 individuals, including 24 graduating apprentices, their parents, and IEC officers and members.

Keynote speaker David Stanley, associate director for construction services for the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, talked about the current positive economic state of the construction industry and encouraged graduates to work hard in pursuing their career goals.

"If you want to be successful, start with the bottom line of work," said Stanley. "The principle of work has been taught from the foundation of the world. When you commit to work for someone, work for them. Your integrity to that commitment will follow you throughout life."

The graduating class includes: Humberto Bardales, Jereme Barnes, Brett Bowles, James Burningham, Phil Capell, Adam Carter, Cody Cook, Adam Cravens, Sean Crowther, Colby Davis, Brandon Finlayson, Isaac Gonzales, Joshua Hardman, Samuel Hendon, Alan Hone, Shane Johnson, Jesse Kass, Rick Kocherhans, Terence Louder, Lance Murdoch, Luke Peterson, William Richardson, David VanCott, Jim Winder.

IEC executive director Renee McDonough said the graduates should be proud of their accomplishments and their effort and determination to graduate.

"It's a strong commitment," McDonough said, of the four-year program, adding that the apprentices work full-time during the day and then attend night school. "The apprenticeship program keeps (students) up to speed on electrical equipment and other changes in the industry. Everything is going so high-tech that going to school helps them actually learn about new technology that they might not learn about while on the job."

Each apprentice in attendance received a certificate and an appreciation 'goodie bag' donated by various sponsors.

Other speakers included IEC vice president Larry Clubb and state electrical board chair Brad Stevens.

Stanley's Becknell Appointed to ACEC's National Transportation Committee

Larry Becknell, vice president and senior transportation engineer for Stanley Consultants, Salt Lake City, has been appointed to the National Transportation Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
The nation's largest engineering organization, ACEC represents more than 5,500 firms throughout the country. ACEC's transportation committee monitors national transportation policies, issues and regulations. As a member of the committee, Becknell will assist in developing strategies and policies regarding national transportation issues while presenting ACEC's positions to our national congressional leaders.

"One of the main objectives of anybody on this committee is to help encourage and give information to our congressmen that helps pass transportation bills," said Becknell, who noted that President George W. Bush signed the most recent transportation bill, ISTEA-LU, back in January, which will span the next five years.

Becknell said locally, the most important transportation need right now is getting Legacy Highway completed.

"If I-15 is shut down in Davis County, there is no way from Salt Lake County to Davis County," he said.

He also said the Mountain View Corridor is another key future transportation project, but added that alternative funding for that project might be the only way it gets off the ground.
Becknell has been a member of ACEC since 1996. He is past president of ACEC's Utah state chapter and a past National Director. He is also a past president of the American Public Works Association (APWA), past president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for the state of Utah, and past president of the Intermountain Section of ITE.

Brewin Tabbed as NRMCA President

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, at its annual convention in May in San Antonio, elected Peter Brewin as chairman of its Board of Directors. Brewin succeeded Hale Ritchie, Lafarge North America, who completed his one-year term at the conclusion of the convention.

Brewin is president of Trinity Industries' Concrete & Aggregates Group, Dallas. Formally of Cemex's California Ready Mix and Aggregate division, Brewin has served as the California state director of RMC 2000, as a member of NRMCA's National Promotion Committee and the Pacific Southwest Regional Promotional Committee. He has also been published in numerous trade publications and has been a featured speaker at industry forums on the local, regional and national levels. Brewin graduated with honors from Boston College and holds an MBA from St. Mary's College of California.

NRMCA, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. Founded in 1930, the association provides its members with education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs to enhance the success of the ready mixed concrete industry.

AEM Representatives Named to U.S. Trade Advisory Committees

Darrin Drollinger and Nick Yaksich of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have been named to serve on federal-level Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs), which are public-private partnerships designed to ensure industry input into U.S. trade policy negotiations.

The ITACS were established under the Trade Act of 1974 and are jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

Drollinger is AEM's vice president for Technical and Safety Services and serves on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC 16). Yaksich is the association's vice president for Global Public Policy and serves on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods (ITAC 2).

AEM has a long history of participation on U.S. trade committees, in recognition of the importance of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry to the U.S. and world economies, and the association's role as a global industry leader. Association members manufacture construction, agricultural, forestry, mining and utility-related equipment, products and services.

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