History of SUCA
The Suncoast Utility Contractors Association (SUCA) was officially incorporated
and chartered by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) in May of 1975
to represent the underground utility construction industry in the Tampa Bay area.
SUCA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation with 52 charter members and has
grown to a current membership of 130+. SUCA became a founding state chapter of the
Underground Utility Contractors of Florida (UUCF) in March of 1980.
From 1975 - 1989, SUCA was administered by the staff of the Contractors and Builders
Association of Pinellas County. Near the end of 1989, SUCA leadership decided the
association was strong enough to become autonomous. A group of board members including
Andy Mayts, Lou Merucci, Gary Sawyer, Don Burton, Bill Walton, Brock Locklier and
Tom Woodward selected office space and hired staff to run SUCA on a day to day basis.
Since that time SUCA has worked on legislative issues and ordinances locally, throughout
the state and even nationally through the National Utility Contractors Association
(NUCA). SUCA members have attended meetings and reviewed specifications. We have
met with local agencies, county commissioners, mayors, senators and representatives,
other business leaders and groups, all to speak on behalf of our members. We have
held hundreds of events and meetings offering you opportunities to network with
exactly the right people you need to see. Every member should take advantage of
one of the most valuable membership benefits - access to other members and the networking
opportunities available throughout the year.
All SUCA activities are coordinated through a professionally maintained office and
staff. SUCA members are given access to information on governmental and business
issues affecting the utility industry. SUCA is proud of its many local, state and
national achievements over the past 35 years. Today, many of SUCA’s members and
staff serve on various governmental committees affording members effective political
clout at all levels of government.
We thank you for years of support and participation. It is your commitment to your
industry that allows SUCA to represent you year after year.
What Has SUCA Done For You Lately?
- SUCA Chairman Ken Wachman oversees 30 committees to monitor issues and oversee events.
- SUCA has awarded well over $90,000.00 since 1989 toward higher education to children
of SUCA members through our Scholarship Program.
- SUCA has representation on the Pinellas County Pre-Qualification Committee.
- SUCA endorsed and worked with Pinellas County to promote the “Penny for Pinellas”
local option tax campaign that passed in 1989 and 1997 providing much needed funds
for road and drainage projects. SUCA promoted the ten-year extension of the Penny
for Pinellas in 2007.
- SUCA supports the efforts of Floridians for Better Transportation.
- SUCA meets with cities and counties on issues such as OCIPs, Small Business Enterprise
Programs and Competitive Bid.
- SUCA has members attending contractor roundtable meetings in Manatee County.
- SUCA hosted the first in the state Construction Career Days with FTBA, FDOT and
local schools to educate high school students on the benefits of careers in the
industry. SUCA has received NUCA grants to continue this program and Career Days
won a national award for our educational efforts.
- SUCA has received several national awards including Chapter of the Year, Membership
Award, Special Events Award, the William H. Clausen Award for Community Service
and the Educational Programming Award.
- SUCA has had six members serve as UUCF President and two serve as NUCA President.
SUCA has three members on the NUCA board of directors and three on the UUCF Board
- SUCA has members visit Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.
- SUCA has a strong Community Affairs Program, providing local charitable organizations
with funding from our monthly charity raffles.
- SUCA provides Trench Safety and Competent Person Training classes as needed by our members.
- SUCA joined NUCA’s Safety Ambassadors Club to further their efforts at providing
quality training and materials to members.
- SUCA trades memberships with the Pinellas and Hillsborough safety councils affording
all our members the Council’s services at member rates.
- SUCA has representation on the Tampa Bay Coalition which monitors issues, ordinances
and legislation in a multi-county area.
- SUCA PAC contributes thousands of dollars in campaign funding to local candidates
and has input into funds from UUCF PAC in our area.
- SUCA holds many successful events and meetings including Spring and Fall Golf Tournaments
(which fund SUCA’s scholarship program), Barbecue, Bowling Tournament, Raffles,
Fish Fry, a Clay Shoot, monthly membership meetings, monthly board meetings and
committee meetings. SUCA’s monthly meetings are usually held on the first Thursday
of each month. If there is a holiday or a conflict with other major events, the
board may elect to change the meeting date. (Check out our Calendar of Events page
for more information on SUCA events.)
- SUCA distributes a newsletter to our membership with industry, association,
legislative and member news.