The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has a 10-member, volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of contractors, manufacturer/supplier representatives, a local MCA affiliate representative, and a member to represent the university academic community. The Board's function is to oversee and conduct MCERF industry interactions and to ensure that it maintains and adheres to a well-defined industry mission. The Board also maintains financial oversight of the Foundation, ensuring that all contributions, investments, and earnings are handled in both an ethical and mission-effective manner.
Board of Trustees
- Mark A. RogersPresidentWest Chester Mechanical ContractorsAston, PA
"It is our job to find the next generation of leaders for our companies, our association and our industry. We need to find and train our own replacements. MCERF is playing a vital role in that process."
- Scott L. BergerVice PresidentArista Air Conditioning CorporationLong Island City, NY
"Having a young family, I am very careful about who I give my “free” time to…I have to believe in that organization’s mission and their commitment to it. MCERF’s commitment to industry education and research is beyond reproach and has earned my commitment."
- Timothy J. BrinkTreasurerMCA of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc.Plymouth Meeting, PA
"Wise stewardship of the funds people and organizations generously give to us is critical to the trust factor between MCERF and its donors. As both a donor and MCERF’s Treasurer, I live both sides of this relationship!"
- Troy AicheleBusiness Unit LeaderHermanson Company, LLPKent, WA
"From mechanical companies and their owners to new students learning about promising mechanical careers, to manufacturers and suppliers, MCERF’s financial support of research, education and talent development stands unmatched in the construction industry, and I’m proud to be an MCERF board member."
- Parthiv AminChief Sales & Marketing OfficerSloan Valve CompanyFranklin Park, IL
“Working for a private company, with owners committed to giving back in various ways, I am constantly encouraged and inspired to contribute and commit both to the community and our industry. Working with MCERF gives me an outlet to help young professionals in my field to grow both personally and professionally. “
- Robert G. BergmanExecutive Vice PresidentUtah MCASalt Lake City, UT
"As a local association executive, I witness the immeasurable benefits of MCERF. The Utah MCA has received a great return on our investment through the MCERF’s outstanding educational programs. They help our companies stay ahead of the curve before today’s trends become tomorrow’s reality. I am honored to serve as an MCERF Trustee."
- Christopher J. CataniaDirector of Business DevelopmentBradford White CorporationAmbler, PA
“Succession planning is critical to the success and longevity of all Manufacturers, Contractors and Industry Organizations. We need to do a better job of attracting and educating young pre-professionals in our country about the quality career opportunities our industry provides. I’m excited to serve on the MCERF Board of Trustees and to work alongside this diverse group of individuals committed to making our industry better.”
- Brian CaufieldVice President - Pipes, Valves, FittingsMueller Industries, Inc.Memphis, TN
"I am proud to be serving as a Trustee on the Foundation. I look forward to working with MCERF and its effort to provide education and research to members of our industry. It is our people, that at the end of the day, are our greatest asset."
- Kevin J. CondonPresidentGreat Lakes Plumbing & Heating CompanyChicago, IL
"I am honored to be an MCERF trustee. Excellence in education is key to attracting qualified professionals to our industry and improving their skills. Research is vital to the future of mechanical contracting in many areas such as in technology advancements and energy efficiencies."
- Stephen R. Dawson IIPresidentHarrell-Fish, Inc.Bloomington, IN
"I am honored to serve as a trustee alongside so many great people who donate their time and talent to MCERF. MCERF has been making a difference in our industry for many years and with the support of our donors, MCERF will continue to play a critical role in the future of our industry."
- Steve ShirleyPresident/CEOUniversity Mechanical & Engineering ContractorsEl Cajon, CA
"Great industry education doesn’t just happen, it’s created by those who see the need. The more educated and knowledgeable MCAA’s members are, the better it is for our industry…and, quite frankly, the better it is for my company!"
- Mostafa Khattab, PhDAcademic RepresentativeColorado State University Department of Construction ManagementFort Collins, CO
"MCERF plays a critical role in supporting the advancement of construction education by strengthening the relationship between our industry partners and educational institutions and programs. As an educator, I take great pride in preparing my students for an exciting career and in seeing them graduate and become productive members of our industry and our society."
- Blake E. Wentz, PhDAcademic RepresentativeMilwaukee School of EngineeringMilwaukee, WI
"I am deeply honored to serve as a trustee. MCERF is a primary reason the student chapter program at MCAA was created, and this has provided incredible opportunity for not only my students, but for students across the country. MCERF has given the students so much over the years, it is my privilege to help carry that tradition forward."
- Dennis LangleyExecutive DirectorMCERFRockville, MD
"Running the day-to-day operations of this foundation for this industry is the best job there is. I get to work every day with people who are 100% committed to excellence for this industry and who put their time and money where their hearts are. Keeping our volunteer leaders informed, motivated and invested in the effort is the key."