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DCA Leadership

DCA Board of Directors

DCA is guided by the experience and expertise of the Board of Directors. Each year, during the DCA Convention, new board members are elected to two-year terms and other directors remain to fulfill their elected term. 

The 15 members of the 2019-20 board met for the first time on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the 58th Annual DCA Convention at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas. They will also meet at the 2019 Mid Year Meeting and at the 2019 DCA Fall Meeting.

The following individuals make up the 2019-20 DCA Board of Directors: 

Michael Hickey


Mike started in the business as a commercial diver in 1978 for Oceaneering International in Morgan City, Louisiana. In 1980, Mike returned to New York and started work as a laborer in the gas utility industry. In 1990, Mike and his three brothers joined the Hallen family. In 1994, Mike was put in charge of the utility operation for Hallen and has done so ever since. Mike is currently the chairman of the DCA Safety / Risk Management Committee.

Mike Hickey is currently the Executive Vice President of Operations for The Hallen Construction Company in the New York tri state area.

Ben Nelson

Vice President

Ben began working as a parts runner and laborer for Pilchuck Contractors in 1990. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1996, he began work­ing full-time for Pilchuck Contractors. He has moved up through the company as an estimator, project manager and operations manager. Pilchuck was purchased by Michels Corporation in 1999 and 2013, Pilchuck transitioned into Michels Pipeline Construction.

Ben Nelson is the president of Michels Pacific Energy in Santa Clara, California

Ray Swerdfeger


Ray grew up watching the company grow from a few employees to over 500 at its peak. As a child, Keith would often take Ray to work on the weekends teaching him to operate backhoes and loaders. From the age of 15, summer and winter breaks from school were mostly spent in the field learning to install pipe and build brick manholes. After high school, Ray went on to earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University. In January of 1995, he started full time with the company as a crew foreman in New Mexico. In 1997, Ray became superintendent of the directional drilling crews in Denver. He expanded the directional drilling into a full service trenchless division. 

Ray Swerdfeger is president of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction, Inc., in Pueblo, Colorado.

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).

Rob and his wife, Sheri, live in Plano with their two children, Andrew and Ashley.

Robert G. Darden is Executive Vice President for Distribution Contractors Association, in Richardson, Texas.

Jay Osborn

Immediate Past President

Osborn started out in the business as a laborer and progressed through the ranks as a fuser, operator, foreman and manager. He joined Quality as General Manager and Partner in 1999 and was appointed President in 2002. Jay possesses over 30 years of experience in the underground utility field.

Jay Osborn is the president of Primoris Services in Little Canada, Minnesota. 


Dave Nelson

Past President Director

Dave has worked in the distribution construction industry for more than 50 years.  He served as DCA President in 2000 and was elected a DCA Honorary Member in 2013.  Dave currently serves as co-chairman of the DCA Labor Committee, the Operating Engineers National Training Trust, and the Laborers Fringe Benefit Collection Trust, and also serves on the DCA Executive/Finance Committee.

Dave Nelson is a consultant for Michels Corporation, headquartered in Brownsville, Wisconsin.


Doug Anderson


Doug began his career as a laborer in 1993 for Mueller Pipeline (MRM) in St. Paul, Minnesota.  During his time with the MRM network of companies, Doug worked in New Jersey, Buffalo, and various areas of the Midwest.  He filled the roles of fuser, operator, and foreman before being promoted to manager of distribution for Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.  During that time, he worked on several fiber optic, pipeline, and distribution projects.  

Doug joined the INTREN team in Union, Illinois, in 2011.  As director of operations, Doug helped established contracts in the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas while continuing to expand their Midwest footprint. Doug joined Miller Pipeline in 2019.

Doug has been member of the DCA since 2011. He has participated on various committees and works with the Labor Committee during negotiations. 

Doug Anderson joined Miller Pipeline in 2019.



Dan Carson


Dan Carson is the president of Carson Corporation headquartered in Lafayette, New Jersey. Dan has 30 years of experience in the construction industry as a specialty contractor performing both HDD and Civil Construction. Dan joined the DCA in 2013 and is a vice-chairman on the HDD Committee. 

Dan Carson is the president of Carson Corporation headquartered in Lafayette, New Jersey



Steve Dockendorf


Steve started his career as a laborer and fuser for NPL Construction Company in 1980. Over the next 38 years, Steve has held various positions with NPL: foreman, safety director, general superintendent, area manager for Minnesota, regional manager in the upper Midwest, and now vice president of operations for NPL's Minnesota region. In addition to his role in Minnesota, Steve is also vice president of safety for all of NPL.

Steve Dockendorf is vice president of safety and Minnesota operations with NPL Construction Company.


Jeff Green


Jeff began his industry career in 1985, working for Pittman Construction, St. Louis, as a laborer for the water and gas utilities.  In 1990, he joined NPL as a general foreman, and in 1995 he moved his family west to grow the company as an operations manager and regional manager.  Jeff was instrumental in starting operations in Colorado, California, Utah, and Ohio, and was responsible for the start of the Special Projects division.  Jeff joined InfraSource as vice president of transmission in 2013 and is currently the company’s president. 

Jeff Green is the president of InfraSource in Kansas City, Missouri, and is currently the co-chairman of the DCA HDD committee. 


Jim Lagios


Jim started as a laborer for Michels Pipeline in the HDD division in 1989 and has moved up through the ranks of several reputable HDD organizations over the last twenty-five years. Jim is currently the president of Atlas Trenchless.
Jim has 26 years extensive hands-on experience in the HDD industry, having held senior management positions in several high profile HDD organizations.

Jim Lagios is President of Atlas Trenchless.


Kevin Parker


Kevin Parker joined Mears Group in 1984 and is presently vice president of Safety, Health, Training, and Environmental Compliance. Kevin started attending DCA functions in 2008, and was awarded Safety Director of the Year in 2012. He regularly attends the spring DCA Safety Congress and has been both a roundtable panelist and moderator at the April DCA & AGA Utility Workshop. He is co-chair of the DCA Safety/Risk Management Committee, and is a member of the DCA Government Relations Committee, DCA Work Group on the Golden Shovel Standard, and DCA OQ Portability Task Force.

Kevin Parker is Vice President of Safety, Health, Training, and Environmental Compliance for Mears Group.


Mark Albert

Director at Large

Mark has guided AGI through the rapid expansion in the natural gas industry and through his vision has helped to create processes, both internally and in the field, that make AGI the best in the industry.  This includes the concept and development of proprietary software that streamlines billing, the creation of a much-needed gas distribution training/apprenticeship program, and a very detailed damage prevention process that he created and initiated, which is now referenced as an industry best practice.  Mark is a member of the New England Gas Association (NGA), the National Utility Contractors Association of Rhode Island (NUCARI), and is on the Board of Directors of Four Corners Construction.  He studied business at Rhode Island College and engineering at the University of Rhode Island. 

Mark is the president/CEO and  backbone of AGI Construction in Smithfield, Rhode Island.


Vince King

Associate Member Director (Senior)

(Elected by the Associates)

Vince King, vice president of sales, North America. Employed with McElroy Manufacturing since February of 2012 and active with DCA since the fall of 2013. The last two years he has been able and enjoyed attending four of the main conferences throughout the year, and plans to continue. During conferences, Vince attends as many of the committee meetings as possible and enjoys providing input and learning about all of them.

Vince King is vice president of sales, North America for McElroy Manufacturing.


Woody Ferrell

Associate Member Director (Junior)

(Elected by the Associates)
Woody Ferrell is currently the national accounts manager for Komatsu Construction Equipment’s Oil and Gas Pipeline Division, located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.  He serves pipeline contractors in the U.S. and Canada..  Woody is currently co-chairman of the DCA Membership Committee and has served on the Curtis Allen Scholarship Committee.  He has also supported the DCA Oil and Gas Pipeline initiative by attending DC fly-ins.

Woody Ferrell is currently the director of equipment sales for Cross Country Infrastructure Services Canada.