The Engineering & Utility Contractors Association recently held its 41st annual installation of the board of directors and officers at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco with more than 250 people and 25 contractor companies in attendance.

From left, Mike Ghilotti, Rob Layne, Mark Breslin and Mike McElroy.
From left, Mike Ghilotti, Rob Layne, Mark Breslin and Mike McElroy.

The evening began with an inspiring invocation by Mike McElroy of FMG, Inc., followed by the installation of new President Rob Layne of O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc., along with the 2011 board of directors and officers.

Layne is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a major in civil engineering. He worked at Kiewit Pacific in Southern California before moving back to the Bay Area and working for O.C. Jones & Sons in Oakland, where he helped procure and build the company�s largest project to date, the 120-acre intermodal expansion for Union Pacific at the Port of Oakland. Today, he is vice president and operations manager and has an interest in the company.

Layne, a EUCA member for 16 years, has served on the organization�s government relations committee, Caltrans committee, scholarship committee and board of directors.

Awards given out for the evening included the Associate Distinguished Member Service Award to Bruce Adams of Reed & Graham, Inc.; and the Digger Award to past president Andy Vasconi of A.J. Vasconi General Engineering, for dedicated service and committee leadership.

A special Honorary Lifetime Award was given to Dan Lowry, RGW Construction, Inc., for his longstanding commitment to the industry. He is the ninth person to receive the award.

The 2011 EUCA Board of Directors and Officers includes:

Rob Layne, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc., president
Mike McElroy, FMG, Inc., vice president/president-elect and secretary/treasurer
Mike Ghilotti, Ghilotti Bros., Inc., secretary/treasurer-elect
Christian Young, D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc., past president 2010
Nikki Affinito, Union Bank, associate director
Jami Brady, BakerCorp, associate director-elect
Don Cabianca, Cal State Constructors, Inc.
Jerry Condon, Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Greg Gruendl, Ray�s Electric
Steve Lydon, TerraCon Pipelines Inc.
Robert Purdy, RGW Construction, Inc.
Danny Wood, Jr., D.A. Wood Construction Co., Inc.
Kevin Albanese, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc.
Bruce Daseking, McGuire and Hester