July 11-14 | The Greenbrier Resort | White Sulphur Springs, WV
Over 300 members and guests attending the 2019 CAWV Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier walked away with useful information that will benefit them over the coming year. The meeting began with a reception on Thursday followed by a Board of Directors meeting that discussed a number of industry issues. Golf, trap and fishing tournaments were held on Saturday and many members took advantage of The Greenbrier’s activities. New Secretary of Transportation Byrd White joined members at the Friday Welcome Night Reception, and the Highway/Heavy Division hosted Acting Commissioner Jimmy Wriston, West Virginia Division of Highways, who provided members an update on the WVDOH’s construction and maintenance program. The Building and Utility Divisions also met.
Outgoing CAWV President Roger Thomas, vice president of Kelly Paving, Inc., Williamstown, thanked members for their hard work throughout the year. “It has been an honor to serve as president of the Contractors Association of West Virginia,” he said in his closing remarks at the President’s Banquet. “I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president this year and for all the support I’ve received. It has been quite an experience.” The outgoing president introduced and congratulated the incoming officers and directors. “What a great talent of professionals,” he said. “They will serve well the membership in the coming year.” CAWV’s 2019-2020 President Doug Meeks, president, Brewer & Company of West Virginia, Inc., Charleston, thanked the outgoing president and praised him for his year of service to the association. “Roger has put much time and effort into all areas of the association this past year,” President Meeks remarked. “His leadership has helped not only the construction industry, he’s helped West Virginia in the role he played in infrastructure investment and development.” The Charleston sprinkler contractor highlighted President Thomas’ leadership in the formation of the CAWV’s Workforce Development Task Force and the successful appeal of the WVDEP’s storm water permit revisions. “Because of Roger’s efforts, the association has emerged stronger and better prepared to continue our mission to serve our members and West Virginia’s construction industry.”
President Meeks, who grew up coming to CAWV events with his parents, told members there will be many issues over the next year affecting the association, including providing a future qualified workforce, working with state and federal agencies on issues affecting contractors and the 2020 election, which he noted was “right around the corner.” “We need candidates that are pro-business, pro-construction and want to revitalize our economy with construction jobs. West Virginia must invest in our infrastructure to attract corporations and outside investment.” The new president earned a B.A. in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. He has worked in all phases of Brewer and Company of West Virginia. Under his leadership, the company has grown to 125 employees with offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Martinsburg. He and his wife, Shawna, have two children, Wilson and Maggie. Membership will be a main goal this year. “Without a strong, growing membership that is involved in the association, we will have a hard time achieving our goals. Current members need to continue to be involved. Current members need to introduce coworkers to the association. We need to help recruit new members because they bring new ideas and a new outlook to current issues. A diverse and involved membership is the lifeblood of any organization,” President Meeks stated.
For a complete wrap-up of the 2019 Annual Meeting, see the July/August issue of West Virginia Construction News.
General Business Session Presentation
by Toney Stroud, attorney, Litigation Services for Encova Insurance
A full recap of the 2019 meeting is available in the July/August issue of West Virginia Construction News.