Ronald T. Nunes, R.T. Nunes & Sons (www.rtnunes.com) has been named Chairman of the Board of NUCA, the National Utility Contractors Association. R.T. Nunes & Sons, based in West Warwick, is a construction company focusing on utilities, road and site construction. NUCA is celebrating 50 years.
NUCA Names Ron Nunes, President of R.T. Nunes & Sons, as 2014-2015 Chairman
May 30, 2014 — The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), the leading trade association working solely for the utility construction and excavation industry, has named Ron Nunes as its 2014-2015 Chairman of the Board. Nunes, a 30-plus-year industry veteran, is ready to serve NUCA and lead the association into its milestone 50th year.
“I take the position very serious and am determined to represent the industry and NUCA members in a progressive manner,” he said.
Nunes started his company R.T. Nunes & Sons (www.rtnunes.com) as an asphalt paving company in 1983. Today, the West Warwick, R.I.-based company is a multi-faceted construction company with a main focus on utilities and road and site construction. Lori, Nunes’ wife of 35 years, also works at the company, as well as their two sons, Joshua and Jared. The couple also has a daughter named Karen and three grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.
The new Chairman of the Board first became involved with NUCA through his state chapter, NUCA of Rhode Island. After realizing the value and benefits NUCA of Rhode Island had to offer, he decided to become more involved. Since then, Nunes has held positions on the chapter’s Board of Directors, as well as serving as its President for two terms from 2006 to 2010. His dedication to the chapter eventually led him to serve the association on the national level.
“[Through my work with the chapter] I began to see the extraordinary value of NUCA, so my involvement escalated from committee chairs, to expo chair, to Director and through the ranks of the Executive Committee to Chairman of the Board,” he said.
As NUCA’s Chairman, Nunes is prepared to help spread awareness about the nation’s aging infrastructure and continue to educate both lawmakers and the public about the need to address it.
“We [NUCA] are making great strides in chapter development, branding and team building, so my primary goal is to simply educate,” he said. “This great nation has a sleeping giant beneath the ground and it’s called our underground utility system. Much of it is old, outdated and undersized for the population growth that we have experienced over the past 100 years. Although NUCA has been in the forefront of Washington, D.C., lobbying our legislators for funding for clean water projects and the like, I feel it’s time to educate all Americans on the value of clean, sustainable drinking water and the necessity of the proper handling and treatment of wastewater.”
Nunes was recently featured in the April 2014 issue of Utility Contractor, NUCA’s official publication. A full story detailing his Chairman appointment, as well as involvement with NUCA can be found at www.utilitycontractoronline.com. For more information on NUCA, please visit www.NUCA.com.