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Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) President, Shepard T. Poole, president, The Hallen Construction Company, Island Park, NY, recently announced the appointment of Robert G. Darden as executive vice president, effective August 1, 2009. Darden is assuming the position currently held by Dennis J. Kennedy who will enter into retirement on December 31, 2009.
  Kennedy has held the position as DCA executive vice president and COO since 1989. He will remain with the DCA as a consultant.
  Darden has over 25 years of international meeting management and association experience, most recently with Plano based QuEST Forum, as executive director.
  The DCA was founded in 1961 to represent contractors in their relationships with organized labor. Members of the national association work in  construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of gas distribution pipeline systems, and installation of cable and telecommunication systems.
  The Association is also a primary advocate and organization for contractors that are involved in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) throughout the United States.

The Tennessee Gas Association (TGA) has announced its new officers and Board of Directors for 2009/10 and the recipient of the 2009 Silver Flame award. The new officers are: Patricia Morgan, general manager of Lewisburg Gas Department, president; Larry Buie, region manager of Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas, first vice president; Randy Nipp, senior vice president of the Gas Division for Jackson Energy Authority, second vice president; and Dan Hicks, director of administration for Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District, secretary and treasurer.
  This year’s Silver Flame award recipient is Tommy Bible, general manager of Jefferson-Cocke County Utility District in Newport, TN. The Silver Flame Award is the Association’s most prestigious award and is presented to recognize outstanding service by Association members to the state gas industry.  Bible was the 2003-2004 TGA president and has served on the TGA Board of Directors for over 15 years while also serving in numerous other TGA leadership roles. 
  TGA member organizations represent approximately 10,000 employees serving the natural gas industry in the state of Tennessee with over 1,200,000 customers and 31,000 miles of distribution line. 

The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)
awarded Noble Energy a 2008 Outstanding Oil and Gas Operations Award for environmental protection and safe operation in the Project Rulison area of the Piceance Basin. The award was presented by Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and David Neslin, director of the COGCC, at the Colorado Oil & Gas Association Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Strategy Conference and Investment Forum on July 8, 2009.

Welded Construction LP
has announced internal promotions with the naming of David Bell as manager of Estimating and appointment of James Ellis as manager of Construction.  “Welded continues to review its management structure and align ourselves to continue to provide the level of service our clients expect moving into the future,” stated Welded’s President Don W. Thorn.  Ellis and Bell have previously served as project managers with Welded and have multiple years of experience within the pipeline industry.  Both are based at Welded’s Perrysburg, OH headquarters and will report to Executive Vice President, Jeff Mogg.

Don Mohler has accepted the position of senior principal engineer/project manager at Applied Consultants Inc.  He will lead the design, engineering and project management for clients’ pipeline projects.

Millennium Pipeline Company L.L.C. has added to two senior executives to its organization; Stan Brownell as the vice president, Marketing and Business Development and John V. Keith as vice president, Finance and Controller.

Patrick Shannon, vice president, Construction Equipment Finance, Volvo Financial Services North America, has been appointed vice president, Finance, and CFO for Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Asheville, NC.  Shannon’s appointment became effective on Sept. 1, 2009.

Pipeline Documentation Services is offering a way to document the complete process carried out on pipeline construction projects. The company says its photographic methods of documentation results in hundreds of photos being taken that show all aspects of the construction process. Company officials say the benefits are in areas such as preliminary land issues, clearing, construction, restoration, environmental and much more. For information, visit stoddlutz@yahoo.com.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) completed their annual compliance audit of ROSEN USA’s Houston facility, and found their quality management system continued to be in compliance with API Specification Q1.  ROSEN USA is the first and only ILI vendor to earn and maintain an API Q1 Certification. The scope of this certification includes API 1163, the recognized in-line inspection services standard for the oil and gas pipeline industry.
  The API Q1 Standard is an umbrella document that, by reference, incorporates two additional standards: NACE RP 0102 and ASNT ILI-PQ.  By complying with these standards, ROSEN’s clients are ensured they are using an ILI vendor that employs qualified personnel and operates qualified in-line inspection technologies.  Today, ROSEN continues to be the only ILI vendor to be API Q1 Certified, reinforcing ROSEN’s commitment to leading the quality standards within in the ILI industry.
  ROSEN USA, Houston, provides cleaning, inspection and integrity management services to the U.S. oil and gas pipeline industry.

Raymond Cuevas is the new human resources director of Inland Pipe Rehabilitation. He will direct and oversee all human resources for the company and its 400 employees nationwide.

Flotek Industries, Inc.  announced that Jerry Dumas, chairman, president and CEO,  plans to retire from Flotek in 2010.  John Chisholm, currently a director of Flotek, has been appointed to serve as interim president while the company conducts the search for a new CEO.

Obituary
Lisa J. Sanders, Fond du Lac, WI, died unexpectedly on July 22, 2009, at her home. Lisa was born on July 14, 1960, in Oak Park, IL, the daughter of Rolla and Sharon (Van Meter) Sanders.
  Lisa was employed with the Michels Corporation, Brownsville. WI.
  She is survived by her parents, Rolla and Sharon Sanders; two brothers, Wayde and wife Wendy and Rodney and wife Karen; and sister Stacy and husband Brad Schmidt.
  Lisa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rolla and Ruth Sanders and Stephen and Cedell Van Meter.
     
Frankie Bill “Bubba” Mueck Jr. of Livingston, TX passed away April 25, 2009. Funeral services were held April 28, 2009. 
  Bubba was born July 20, 1946 in Livingston to parents Frankie Bill Mueck Sr. and Verda Mae Jacobs Mueck. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Bruce Sanders, and brother-in-law Gene Dueboay.
  Prior to his death, Mueck was a welder and worked on pipeline projects throughout his life. He is survived by his wife Linda Mueck; sons Curtis Mueck and wife Diana and Mark Mueck and wife Kimberlee; Bruce Mueck and wife Jan; and sister Ann Dueboay. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jonathon Bell, Krislynn Mueck and Kaden Mueck.