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Justin Bruce Elected President of TAUC; New Board Members Announced

May 25 2022
Associations, TAUC News

NAPA, CA – Justin Bruce, Executive Vice President of Bruce & Merrilees Electric, was elected President of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) at the group’s annual Leadership Conference, held May 17 – 20 in Napa, CA. He succeeded Steve Johnson, President of GEM Inc.

In Johnson’s outgoing remarks he noted “I’ve known Justin for years; he will bring an incredible amount of dedication, energy and professionalism to the job. I am confident Dan (Hogan) and Justin will make a great team.”

President Bruce told those in attendance “The next three years will be an exciting journey… our industry is preparing for more work from both the private and public sectors than we’ve seen in decades. But in order to complete that work, we need people. We need to recruit qualified workers — both into the building trades and into leadership and support roles for our member contractors.”

“And that means looking everywhere – thinking outside the “way we have always done it”. I am sure that everyone in this room can agree that the industry needs to continue seeking out and recruiting more diverse candidates for our trades and our businesses. I’m excited for TAUC to help on that front.” Bruce also highlighted five priorities for the association: Environmental Health & Safety; Industrial Relations; Innovation and Technology; Government Affairs; and Customer Engagement.

The next three years will be an exciting journey… our industry is preparing for more work from both the private and public sectors than we’ve seen in decades.

TAUC President Justin Bruce

As Executive Vice President of Bruce & Merrilees Electric, Justin Bruce brings over 20 years of corporate, project and sales, and business development experience.  He also serves in the sales and marketing / business development role for the company while overseeing estimating.

New Board of Directors Announced 

Also at the Conference, several changes to TAUC’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors were announced.

Bill Cornett, Jr. of GEM Inc. was elected chair of the Industrial Relations Committee and moves on to the Board, and Todd Doenitz of Barton Malow will serve as Vice Chair. Rob Branyan of The Boldt Company was also elected as a director to the Board.

In related moves, Board member Jim Daley of JJ White, Inc. was elected Secretary of the TAUC Executive Committee.
Additionally, Shawn Long of Genesys Industrial Corporation concluded his term as members of the Board of Directors. The Board — and TAUC as a whole — thanks him for his hard work and service.

Executive Committee Slate of Officers

  • President Justin Bruce of Bruce & Merrilees Electric
  • First Vice President – President-Elect Chris Buckman of BMWC Constructors
  • Second Vice President Jacob Snyder of Enerfab Power & Industrial Inc.
  • Treasurer Mike Haller of Walbridge
  • Secretary Jim Daley of JJ White, Inc.
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