2022 - 2024 BOARD NOMINATIONS
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.
Ballot for 2024-2026
NUCA Eastern WA & North ID
Board of Directors
Rick Oliver, NPL Construction (Incumbent)
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. Rick has served as President since 2002
Marshall Sampson, Inland Infrastructure
Marshall has been in the underground utility industry for roughly 20 years. After gaining valuable industry experience at Halme Construction, Marshall founded Inland Infrastructure in 2021 and has quickly become one of the premier contractors in the Inland Northwest. Marshall takes great pride in his work as a construction project manager of many complex infrastructure projects throughout the Inland Northwest. Specializing in water, storm water, and wastewater utility, along with structural concrete and street improvements, has allowed him the opportunity to develop a diverse reputation of delivering locally significant projects, on schedule, and under budget.
In striving to create an extensive history of safe, innovative, and profitable projects, Marshall has learned that planning, expertise, and hard work come second only to the relationships and teams that materialize from a successful project.
Marshall and the Inland Infrastructure team joined NUCA of Eastern WA & North ID in 2022 and have brought new ideas and energy to the association. Marshall feels the value NUCA brings to his business is extensive safety and leadership training, networking opportunities, and most importantly, workforce development.
Justin Hauge, Copenhaver Construction, Inc
Growing up in Odessa, Washington, Justin learned the value of hard work and community bonds in a tight-knit farm town. His biggest influence was his father Tim, whose kindness shaped his daily actions even after his passing during Justin's early 20's. Justin went to College at Eastern Washington University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in finance. Immediately upon graduation from EWU he went to work for Copenhaver Construction, Inc., where he's spent the past 7 years on the ground, operating heavy equipment, and creating lasting relationships alongside incredible people within the company and the industry. Today, Justin handles business operations, project management, estimating, and technology management. Through his involvement in NUCA, Justin is looking to elevate the excavation industry by working on workforce development issues.
Mary Lyons, Simco
Mary Lyons is a born and raised Montana girl. After starting a family of her own, her and her husband moved to Idaho where she began her career in sales and leadership development. Helping people find creative solutions through sales quickly became a passion. Stepping into her role with Simco as the office manager, she has found her previous career serving a new purpose and has been creatively utilizing her skills. From office management to coordinating the Complete Home Builders Expo to HR, Mary does a little bit of everything at Simco. Her favorite part is connecting businesses to support genuine relationships to cultivate growth and comradery in the industry.
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.
Todd Hickman, Peak Machinery
With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Todd brings extensive knowledge of infrastructure issues to the NUCA board. Todd has been a core member of the Dozer Day committee since it's inception in 2019 and leads the workforce development program "SIGNING DAY".
Mark Gunderson, Badger Infrastructure Solutions
Mark has been involved in Heavy Civil construction since he could walk. His family owned a small construction company when he was younger and he was running equipment and installing water lines for pivots and irrigation systems at 8-9 years old and never looked back.
After serving in the US NAVY, Mark worked in the gravel pits with United Materials crushing and making gravel, installing utilities and building roads. Next, Mark helped start and develop a utility infrastructure company PEC Inc, where he installed new infrastructure and did sewer and water line rehab as well.
For the next many years, Mark was involved in estimating and bidding projects, was the first licensed contractor CCTV operator in the state of Montana, managed concrete, Asphalt plant and gravel Pit operations and ran several crews including utilities, concrete, asphalt paving, gravel operations, estimating and bidding projects.
Since 2014 Mark has been Branch Manager at Badger Daylighting where he isin charge of operations for the PNW area of Washington, northern Idaho and eastern Montana providing Hydro-Excavation and infrastructure services to contractors and municipalities.
Through Badger Infrastructure Solutions, Mark has been an active member of NUCA since 2021 and has served on the Safety Committee, Associates Committee and volunteered as a sponsor at Dozer Day.
NUCA Chapter President Richard Oliver
Rick Oliver currently serves as board president for the NUCA Chapter of Eastern WA & North ID. He has been involved with the chapter since NPL joined NUCA in 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. Rick has served as President since 2002 and 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.