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DCA STAFF

The headquarters of the Distribution Contractors Association is located in Richardson, Texas - 15 miles north of Dallas.

Robert Darden, CMP, CAE

Executive Vice President

Rob joined the staff in July 2009 bringing to DCA over 25 years of international meeting management and association experience, most recently as Executive Director of QuEST Forum, an international telecom association. Previously he held executive positions with the Young Presidents' Organization and Spear One Productions. Rob graduated from Louisiana State University and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and has earned certifications as a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and CAE (Certified Association Executive).

Teri Korson

Membership & Administration Manager

Teri Korson serves DCA as the Membership and Administration Manager, with a variety of responsibilities including accounting and finance, membership administration and project coordination.  Teri also manages the annual Safety Congress and supports all of the meetings of DCA.  Teri joined DCA in June 1993 as an administrative assistant and has Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of North Texas. Prior to DCA Teri held a position as a bank officer with First City Bank. She also acts as liaison with several DCA committees.


Candace Green

Marketing & Communications Manager

Candace Green joined the staff in November 2008 as the Publications Manager for DCA.  While attending college, where she studied Visual Communications, Candace worked in her father's print shop learning the trade. After college, she was employed with the Boy Scouts of America, working in their electronic publishing department as a computer graphics specialist.  She has worked as the senior graphic designer for AVIDGOLFER Magazine, and Travelhost Magazine and as the Creative Director for a public relations firm. Candace is responsible for maintaining both print and online media publications as well as handling all DCA marketing initiatives and social media.

Becky Hopkins

Meetings & Education Manager

Becky Hopkins has been an event professional throughout her career.  Becky is the founding partner of Your Event Source International started in 1997.  YES! International is a conference management company focused on producing domestic and international conferences for companies and associations such as Young Presidents’ Organization and Oracle.  In 2010 Becky worked as deputy campaign manager in a US Senate race. Recently she worked with Visiting Nurse Association of Texas in the Foundation Department producing fundraising events. Becky is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration.

 

Eben Wyman

Washington D.C. Representative

Eben M. Wyman served with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) from 1993-2000, or for seven of his 25 years working in Washington. While with OPS, he had the opportunity to manage the agency’s response to the Clinton Administration “Regulatory Reinvention” initiative, participate in the Pipeline Risk Management Demonstration Program, and represent OPS in the development of the Common Ground Study of One Call and Damage Prevention Best Practices. Following the release of the study, he helped with the establishment of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) on behalf of OPS. From 2000 – 2012, Eben served as Vice President of Government Relations for the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), where he worked on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters for the utility and excavation construction industry, including expansion of national infrastructure markets, tax policy, labor issues, pipeline safety and underground damage prevention, federal procurement, immigration, OSHA reform, and other pertinent issues. He served as staff liaison to NUCA’s Government Relations and Political Action Committee and Damage Prevention Committee. In his 12 years with NUCA, he secured appearances for and prepared 16 witnesses representing NUCA before several House and Senate committees. Eben also served as manager of the Clean Water Council (CWC), a coalition of some 40 national organizations representing underground utility construction contractors, design professionals, manufacturers and suppliers, labor representatives and other organizations committed to ensuring a healthy quality of life through sound environmental infrastructure. In April of 2012, Eben founded Wyman Associates, a government relations firm located just outside of Washington, D.C. Wyman Associates currently represents several national organizations representing contractors, manufacturers and distributors in the natural gas pipeline construction industry, power and communications construction industry, and plastics pipe industry. Issues of interest include federal energy policy, infrastructure investment, broadband deployment and telecommunications policy, tax reform, labor policy, and state damage prevention laws and enforcement practices. Eben also helps manage an ad hoc coalition of several corporations, national and state associations, and public entities working collectively to increase private and public sector investment in water infrastructure markets across America.