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The governing body of the NUCA of Eastern WA & North ID Chapter is the Board of Directors, which has the responsibility for leading the direction of the Chapter’s activities and programs, including setting the Chapter’s policies, determining how the Chapter’s budget is developed and spent, and coordinating with the Association on Chapter partnership programs and administrative functions.


November, 2021

Ballot for 2022-2024

NUCA Eastern WA & North ID

Board of Directors

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Rick Oliver, NPL Construction


Rick Oliver started his career in the utility industry at Green Ferry Water and Sewer in Post Falls Idaho in 2001. He then hired on with JB Heating five years later as a residential gas pipe fitter and installer serving North Idaho and Eastern Washington.


In 2010, Rick moved into a natural gas contractor position with Avista Utilities and quickly advanced to foreman by 2011. In 2014 he signed on as a general foreman with NPL and in 2016 was awarded the position of Superintendent which is the role he currently holds.

As part of his ongoing interest in education and leadership, Rick participated in the Western Energy Institute’s Business Acumen Leadership program and co-authored an article entitled Energy Storage & Action: Exploring the operational benefits, which was published in Western Energy in the spring of 2017. Later that year he attended West Point Military Academy’s “Heartbeat Leadership Training “.

On a personal note, Rick and his wife Mindy have been blessed with three beautiful daughters that they have raised together while keeping up with their small farm in Rathdrum, Idaho.

NPL has been a local member of NUCA since 2018. Each year NUCA sponsor’s a charitable fundraising event for children and the community providing education about sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety. Rick and his team have been able to volunteer for this annual event in 2019 & 2021 and were instrumental in making Dozer Days a continued success. He is looking forward to the future opportunities and connections that are ahead for him and the amazing NUCA members in the future.  

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​Lance Pounder, Lance Pounder Excavation (Incumbent)


Lance has been doing excavation and site work since 1980 and founded Lance Pounder Excavation in 1986. . Lance has completed all kinds of jobs from large commercial to small residential jobs.  Lance was a founding member of the NUCA of Eastern WA & North ID chapter in 2017 and has advocated for contractors issues in the utility industry as an active member of the board since 2019.  Lance and his crew were integral to the success of the Dozer Day event as well as multiple other charitable efforts in our area including being a part of the KXLY Extreme Team group that hangs Chrsitmas lights every year for the children at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital to enjoy.

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Jim Majeskey, PayneWest (Incumbent)

Jim began his insurance and surety career in 1991 as a surety bond underwriter with USF&G.  He moved to the agency side of business in 1997 and has been providing surety bonds, risk management advice and insurance programs for construction clients in Spokane since then.  


Jim was one of the founding members and has been involved with NUCA of Eastern Washington and North Idaho since the inception of the chapter.  As a member of the NUCA board of directors he considers himself to have been lucky enough to have worked with other members to put together the monthly meetings as well as help support other events like crew leader training, dig safe classes and of course Dozer Day.


Aside from NUCA, Jim is also on the Board of Directors for the local CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association) and provides monthly meetings (pre Covid) that revolve around financial management and risks for construction companies.


Jim states his goal as a NUCA member is to lend his experience to help companies grow and excel in the construction industry.  He wants to help these companies reach their goals long term and help them achieve the maximum return on their efforts.  Jim has also been involved with helping several companies’ transition from one generation of ownership to the next which has been the most rewarding part of what he does.

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Kai Zimmerman, D.P. Nicoli


Kai recently came to the community from an Oregon NWUCA chapter.  There he has served on the Safety Committee, Scholarship committee, Auction and Events along with the Associates committee since 2018 with NWUCA.  He has been part of NUCA/NWUCA since 2009 and helped out in various ways throughout the years, however he and DP Nicoli were able.  Kai has been with D.P. Nicoli Trench Safety since 2009.  He has been part of the installation, design or both on some of the deepest and largest slide rail/trench box installs on the west coast. DP Nicoli and Kai are very excited to now be serving the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho market. Kai is looking to help bring more training and safety culture to the Inland NW via NUCA of Eastern WA & North ID.  This would be his first time on the board and he is excited for the opportunity in such a young chapter.

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Brett Wise, Owen Equipment


Brett Wise is the Washington Regional Manager for Owen Equipment Company and has been associated with the NUCA of WA chapter for 5 years.  Brett is looking to bring his energy and experience to the Eastern WA & North ID chapter by running for Associate Director.  Brett has been involved with Dozer Day in Puyallup, WA for 4 years and participated in the 2019 NUCA WA Golf Tournament as well as sitting on their Safety Committee. 


Brett started in the construction industry in 2006 with Modern Machinery and later ran the US office of a Canadian company that sold street sweeper brooms and bucket teeth throughout the Northwest.  Brett wanted to drive big trucks and thus came to Owen Equipment in 2015 and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the construction market better.  Brett has had great success in equipment sales and in March 2020, took over as Washington Regional Manager.


In his “free” time, Brett coaches his son in both Little League and the Showtime select baseball program as well as his daughter in softball during the summers.  He runs the Watch DOGS program at his kids’ schools which focuses on getting more dads involved in school volunteer opportunities.  Brett has also been involved in Board of Directors for Little League, PTA, his HOA board, and for ten years I helped run a program called MX for Children which raised money for Children’s Hospitals around North America by holding fundraising events at Supercross events in six different cities.


IF elected to the NUCA board, Brett looks forward to continued learning about the industry with a focus on vacuum excavation as a big part of the safety of our operators moving forward.  Brett is also anxious to highlight careers in our industry for the next generation to replenish our workforce.


NUCA Chapter President Mat Haneke
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Mat Haneke currently serves as board president for the NUCA Chapter of Eastern WA & North ID.  He has been involved with the chapter since the inception in 2017.


Mat currently serves on the committee for the annual Dozer Day event and the committee for the Regional Pavement Cut Policy where he represents our memberships interests.


Mat is currently the senior estimator for Wm. Winkler Company, which is a 102-year-old family-owned company that focuses on civil construction, structural and flatwork concrete, curb & sidewalk as well as trucking.  He has worked in the construction industry in the Pacific NW for 28 years for a few different companies with duties ranging from labor, operator, estimator, superintendent, and project manager.  Mat's experience ranges across many fields from; heavy civil, concrete, underground utilities, and telecommunications.


Mr. Haneke has worked hard to advance our chapter helping to develop the next generation of our work force as well as helping to educate/assist our current work force and membership.

Contractor Directors
Chase Abbot, M&L Construction - Treasurer
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Tim Benson,
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Lance Pounder, Lance Pounder Excavation
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Scot Hattenburg, M&L Construction -
Ex Oficio Officer
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Associate Directors
Todd Hickman, Peak Machinery-Bobcat
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Jim Majeskey - PayneWest
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Improving the operational proficiency and financial performance of our members

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