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NEW ORLEANS – Steve Johnson, President of GEM Inc., was elected President of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) at the group's annual Leadership Conference, held April 30 – May 3 in New Orleans. He succeeded Jake Locklear, President and CEO of APM, who was honored with a special plaque and ceremony.
Noting that 2019 represented TAUC's fiftieth anniversary, Johnson told attendees, "We never want to forget those who came before us and helped forge the trail we travel down today.
"The half-century mark is a milestone – but it's also a turning point," he added. "And once we look back and recognize how far we've come, we owe it to our founders – and we owe it to ourselves – to turn around and look towards the future and plan for the next fifty years. We're standing at a crossroads. Where do we go from here?
"I don't have all the answers, but I'd like to share with you my vision for TAUC and what we can accomplish over the next few years," Johnson said.
As president of GEM Inc., Steve is responsible for all personnel and their overall performance throughout the duration of projects, ensuring that all project personnel meet the commitments made to the client. Other areas of responsibility include accountability to the client for all contractual matters and assurance that the completed project meets or exceeds the client's expectations.
Board of Director Changes
Also at the Conference, several changes to TAUC's Board of Directors were announced. Mike Haller of Walbridge and Shawn Long of Commercial Contracting Corporation were elected to the Board. In addition, Patrick Baker of the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association was appointed to the chairmanship of the TAUC Local Employer Organization Committee, and Jim Daley of JJ White was appointed chairman of the TAUC Industrial Relations Committee. Both Patrick and Jim joined the Board in these capacities as well.
Chad Cotter of Burns & McDonnell, Jacob Snyder of Enerfab and Scott Fisher of the AGC of Michigan concluded their terms as members of the Board, and were honored for the contributions to the association.