Contractor of the Year Award
GUCA awarded Michael Rogers, the vice president of Blount Construction Co. Inc. located at 1730 Sands Place in Marietta, with the 2013-14 contractor of the year award.
The company became a GUCA member in 2005 and has been an active member with several employees participating on the GUCA Legislative, Education and other committees, as well as the GUCA Board of Directors. The company is very active with other associations, including GHCA, ARRA and CEFGA.
Rogers brought attention to much needed changes to GUFPA by providing input and service through the GUCC Legislative Committee. He was instrumental in representing the utility construction industry on the CEFGA Foundation Board. Service on this board guarantees utility contractors are represented throughout the state of Georgia — in workforce development, Go Build Georgia and high school curriculum. The board also heads up the CEFGA Expo where GUCA and the underground utility construction industry have their own “World of Underground Utility Construction.”
He has also served as a volunteer Cherokee County Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician from 2000 to 2013 and has been been a Goodwill Decatur mentor since 2011 and a Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance mentor from 2008 to 2009.
Golden Shovel Legislative Service Award
GUCA presented the Golden Shovel Legislative Service Award to Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-West Cobb).
The award is given once a year to the Georgia State Representative or Senator who exemplifies character and initiative to help make productive changes to improve the quality of the environment, stimulate the economy, provide jobs and play an integral role in passing favorable or opposing oppressive legislation that affects the utility construction industry.
This is second time Sen. Tippins, a former GUCA president and board member, has received the award and it is in recognition of his service to the utility construction industry. He played an integral role in writing favorable legislation for GUCA in the 2014 Legislative Session, including Senate Bill 363, which was a major piece of legislation containing language addressing lenders giving notice to contractors when the construction loan is nearing default.
Although Senate Bill 363 did not pass, it did have the commitment and signatures of a majority of the Senate leadership. GUCA will continue to meet with Tippins and others this summer to reword and rework the bill’s language for re-introduction next session.
Sen. Tippins, who owns and operated Tippins Contracting Co. for over 40 years, represents the 37th District and the citizens of northwest Cobb County. He was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and serves as the chairman of the Education and Youth Committee. He also serves as a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary and Transportation committees.
Sen. Tippens served previously on the Cobb School Board from 1997 to 2008, with three years as chairman. He has also served as board member of Calvary’s Children’s Home and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, board member and former president of the North Georgia State Fair and Governor appointed board member of Georgia Student Finance Commission. In 2008, Sen. Tippens was named the Cobb County Citizen of the Year.