February 2018 Vol. 73 No. 2


NASSCO Announces Change in Leadership

The Board of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) announced in mid-January the acceptance of the resignation of Executive Director Ted DeBoda, P.E. He will continue his role as a Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) Master Trainer and will provide consulting services to ensure a smooth transition.

“At this juncture of my personal and professional life, I wish to pursue other opportunities within the underground infrastructure industry,” said DeBoda. “I am honored to have served NASSCO and believe that we have accomplished much in our quest to set standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. I especially appreciate the support and guidance I have received from NASSCO’s Board and members.”

DeBoda took the leadership role at NASSCO in 2010 and has served tirelessly since that time. He led NASSCO through a tremendous period of growth – both in rising membership numbers and in revenue.

“Ted has done a good job of building relationships with academia, other organizations aligned to NASSCO and the industry in general,” said Pete Kurz, current NASSCO president. “The Board understands and values the importance of succession planning and is prepared to make the transition as seamless as possible. We also realize that the typical time of service for an executive director is around five years, so we were not blindsided by Ted’s resignation request, and wish him well as he pursues the next chapter of his career.”

Nationwide search

Per NASSCO’s By-Laws, the Board will conduct a nationwide search for a new, full-time executive director. Effective immediately, Mark Metcalfe, former NASSCO president (2015-2016), will step in as interim executive director until a replacement is found.

“While change is never easy,” said Metcalfe, “we also know that change always takes things to a new level. We have been fortunate to have executive directors in place through the years who have used their talents to provide what NASSCO needed at the time. Mike Burkhard helped NASSCO gain solid financial footing. Irv Gemora then stepped in to ensure PACP and ITCP became national standards. During Ted’s tenure NASSCO’s reach and influence have grown significantly, and we are extremely grateful for his service.

“Our focus now,” Metcalfe continued, “will be to find an executive director who can benefit from those who came before him or her and build on earlier accomplishments. The ultimate goal, of course, is to ensure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies to help contractors succeed through quality standards.”

Established in 1976 to represent contractors, the NASSCO sets standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure through the development of specifications, information sharing through committee participation, and training programs such as PACP (Pipeline Assessment Certification Program) and ITCP (Inspector Training Certification Program). Focusing on trenchless, or “no-dig” technologies, NASSCO is also committed to ensuring the continued acceptance of growth of trenchless technologies through education, public relations, conference participation and member ambassador programs.

For more information visit nassco.org.

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