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WUCA Names Wanta Interim Executive Director

WAUKESHA, WI — Richard W. Wanta has assumed the position of Interim Executive Director for the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, Inc. (WUCA) and the Public Works Industry Improvement Program, Inc. (IIP), effective immediately. He served in that position for 29 years prior to his retirement. He will serve on a month-to-month basis until a suitable replacement is found for the position.

His educational background includes a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a military veteran and received the Air Medal for 45 combat support missions to Vietnam while serving with the 57th Aero-Medical Evacuation Squadron.

During his past tenure as Executive Director, Wanta grew the membership to 190 firms, initiated a monthly safety profession committee, conducted 26 out-of-state Midwinter Conferences, produced newsletters, conducted numerous annual association golf outings, and promoted the underground contracting industry with consulting/municipal engineers and elected officials. He helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for area charities as part of WUCA annual fundraising. He also initiated a WUCA website and helped in labor negotiations.

While serving as WUCA/IIP Executive Director, Wanta received numerous awards and served on the following committees: Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce Legislative and Unemployment Advisory Committees; Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Association committees; Milwaukee Rotary Youth Exchange, Environmental, and Budget Committees; Milwaukee County Private Sector Employment Committee; Operating Engineers Local 139 Health Fund; Management Trustee, Operators Local 139 Apprenticeship & Skill Fund; Treasurer, Public Works Construction Industry Political Action Committee; Milwaukee County Hillside Housing Task Force Committee; Milwaukee County Greater Milwaukee Initiative Committee; and Milwaukee County Harbor Network Committee. He also served as National Utility Contractors Association Executive Directors Council Chairman; Milwaukee Area Society of Public Administrators President; Milwaukee Easterseals Board Member; City of Greenfield Planning Commission Member; and Wisconsin Laborers Health Fund Management Trustee.

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