GUCA Partners with Members to Provide Industry Workshop GUCA Central Georgia Industry Meeting
FOREST PARK, GA — The Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Inc. (GUCA) held the Central Georgia Industry Luncheon at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon, Georgia. GUCA partnered with Ferguson Waterworks, Stone & Baxter Attorneys at Law, and Waite’s & Foshee Insurance Group to dedicate a workshop for the professional development of GUCA members and guests.
This was an open invitation event for GUCA members, prospective members, municipalities and government officials. No one in the area wanted to miss out on this opportunity to network while receiving time sensitive information and updates regarding the association and industry. Forty members and guests attended this meeting and took advantage of this informative workshop and great networking opportunity.
The overall topic of the workshop was on “Contractual Risk Transfer” in the construction industry. Attorney’s Matt Cathey and Dan Taylor addressed specific clauses that are frequently found in contracts with regards to lien rights as well as how to handle “Paid when Paid” and “Paid if Paid” clauses. They provided some very practical and insightful advice to the attendees and took questions from the group.
The attorney’s presentation was followed by Cal Garretson, a Risk Management Professional at Waites & Foshee Insurance Group. Mr. Garretson took the time to go over the indemnity provisions often found in construction contracts addressing various strategies used by his clients to better protect their businesses from claims that may not have had anything to do with their work. He followed his presentation with a question and answer period as well as helping the attendees with specific concerns they see in the market now. Examples included: how to negotiate with self-insured project owners and the best ways to protect your business when engaging with rock and dirt haulers.
Those in attendance were also updated by GUCA Executive Director Vikki Consiglio about upcoming events, safety classes, and industry and legislative issues. She also highlighted the GUCA affinity programs including the Wade Ford Vehicle Discount Program, TD AmeriTrade Contractors Retirement Plan, BITCO Safety Dividend Program, PAHPT Health Benefit Program, Verizon Wireless Discounts and the HB Next Safety Compliance Partnership.
The importance of generating new membership was emphasized by Membership Committee Chairman Cal Garretson, Waites & Foshee Insurance, Inc. He encouraged members to promote GUCA membership in the Central Georgia area in an effort to strengthen local membership.