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CAWV Annual Meeting 2021

July 8-11, 2021

 The Greenbrier Resort   |   White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia


















CAWV Annual Meeting 2020 RECAP

July 16-19, 2020

 The Greenbrier Resort   |   White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia



The 240 members and guests attending the 2020 CAWV Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier July 16-19 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. The Highway/Heavy Division hosted Jimmy Wriston, deputy secretary of the WV Department of Transportation and deputy commissioner of the WV Division of Highways, who provided members an update on the WVDOH’s construction and maintenance program. (Click here for a recap of this year's Highway/Heavy Division meeting.) The Building and Utilities divisions also met.


Dan Fordice, senior vice president of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, spoke at the General Business Session. In his introduction of the Vicksburg, MS heavy contractor, President Meeks thanked Fordice for the service AGC provided to its members during the COVID-19 pandemic. “From getting construction declared an essential business to making sure contractors could participate in the Paycheck Protection loan program to weekly webinars and mailings on how contractors can keep their employees safe and healthy on the jobsite, AGC showed why the CAWV’s partnership with them is beneficial to contractor and associate firms in West Virginia,” President Meeks stated.


“Many states shut down their construction programs but not in West Virginia,” Fordice told members. “You are showing the rest of the country how industry can work under COVID-19. You are the ones who are building, and are going to rebuild, the nation’s economy.” He discussed the $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill proposed by Democratic House members. “There are a lot of green building issues in this bill that are not usually included in an infrastructure bill. I encourage you to stay engaged in the bill’s discussion so we can show how investing in construction can create high paying jobs,” Fordice remarked.


Outgoing CAWV President Doug Meeks, president, Brewer & Company of West Virginia, Inc., Charleston, thanked members for their hard work throughout the year. “I’ve been involved with the CAWV for 27 years and I’ve learned a lot about the organization this year,” he said in his remarks at the President’s Banquet. “Not only did I learn our members build buildings, we build everything in this state. I also learned we build relationships.”


He stated that R.M. Brewer, Brewer’s then-president, and his dad, Dick Meeks, were very engaged in the CAWV. They encouraged him to become involved as well. “I got involved in the Young Contractors Committee and I began seeing fellow members in social settings around Charleston. We became friends and they soon provided encouragement. The friends I have made through the CAWV are now the best and most important relationships in my life,” he noted.


In his closing remarks, the sprinkler contractor urged members to get their people involved in the Contractors Association. “Make them get involved in the association,” President Meeks emphasized. “It will lead to their success, and it will lead to your company’s success.”


The outgoing president introduced and congratulated the incoming officers and directors. “They will be engaged and will work hard for the industry. I’m very pleased to introduce your new president, Michael Gianni. Mike has been involved in the construction industry all his life. He has participated in just about every activity of the association. He will do a great job as president,” said outgoing President Meeks.


CAWV’s 2020-2021 President Michael Gianni, president, The James White Construction Company, Weirton, thanked the outgoing president and praised him for his year of service to the association. “Doug, your father, Dick, would be very proud of you. You have been at almost every committee and task force meeting to guarantee that the CAWV’s opinions and recommendations were communicated loud and clear. You didn’t know the word ‘pandemic’ when you became president, but you led the association through uncharted waters this year. You did a fantastic job as our president.”


The new president is a 1975 graduate of Weirton Madonna High School and a 1979 WVU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has been involved with the construction industry his entire life and is the third-generation part owner of the family business, The James White Construction Company, with his brothers Robert and Don Junior.


He served as president for the West Virginia Utility Contractors Association (WVUCA) from 1998 to 2001 and has served in just about every capacity within WVUCA and the CAWV. He is involved in the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council in Wheeling, currently serving on the Board of Advisors after serving as its president in 1997 and 1998. Mike has three adult children, one daughter-in-law, four grandchildren and one on the way. He has spent what he calls the “better” part of the last 20 years living life with partner Terri Binkoski.


“I am very honored to serve as your president this year,” said President Gianni. “I have been around the industry and association for quite a while and I’m looking forward to working with my fellow officers, many of whom are young and up-and-coming leaders of our industry. We will grow our membership and continue to foster the great relationships we have with our funding agency partners.”


For a complete wrap-up of the 2020 Annual Meeting, see the July/August issue of West Virginia Construction News.



Agenda 2020

Annual Meeting Program 2020



Thank you to the 2020 Annual Meeting sponsors!



Encova Insurance





Mountain State Insurance Agency, Inc.





Belt Paving

Civil & Environmental Consultants

LOC Investment Advisers

Triton Construction, Inc.

West Virginia Paving, Inc.




84 Lumber

BOCA Construction, Inc.

Highway Safety, Inc.

IVS Hydro, Inc.

McGriff Insurance Services

USI Insurance Services, LLC





ALL Construction, Inc.

Arnett Carbis Toothman LP

Greer Industries, Inc.

Mid Atlantic Maintenance Corp.





Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.





Blackwell & Company





Daniels Law Firm, PLLC





Safety Caution Equipment / Mid Atlantic Maintenance Corp.




Ace Aggregates, LLC

Adams Trucking & Supply, Inc

Allegheny Surveys, Inc.

Appalachian Aggregates

Austin Powder Appalachia LLC

BB&T, now Truist

Bowles Rice

Brown Edwards & Company, LLP

Central Supply Company

C.I. Thornburg Company, Inc.


Decota Consulting Company, Inc.

E.L. Robinson Engineering Company

Energy Transportation, LLC

Friedlander Company


J. B. Turman Engineering, PLLC

Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC

Liberty Mutual Surety

LOC Investment Advisers

Markosky Engineering Group, Inc.

Marcum Pump & Equipment, Inc.

Matson Machinery

McKinley Architecture + Engineering

Mead & Hunt

Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council


Palmer Engineering

Peoples Insurance Agency

Permatile Concrete

Potesta & Associates

Precision Pump & Valve Service, Inc.

Prestress Services Industries, LLC

Rollins, Cleavenger, & Rollins CPA

Rumble Ready Mix

S & S Engineers, Inc.

Sauls Seismic, LLC

Scary Creek Materials

Shamblin Stone, Inc.


State Equipment, Inc.

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Sutter & Stalnaker, PLLC

The Rodeheaver Group, PC

The Thrasher Group, Inc.

TRC Engineering, Inc.

United Bank

Williamson Shriver Architects, Inc.

Wolfe’s Excavating, LLC

Woodford Oil Company

ZMM Architects & Engineers

Zurich Surety




The next CAWV Annual Meeting will be held July 7-11, 2021 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.