On Wednesday May 22nd, the Santa Maria Valley Contractors Association is hosting an event at the Sierra Madre Vineyard to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

SMVCA Board President Kristine Mollenkopf has observed that, “given these challenging times in the construction industry, our Board is very proud of this accomplishment. To celebrate, we’re planning a fun party at a new local venue featuring excellent wines, and will especially honor those of our members who have been with the Association for at least 20 years.”

Several of the SMVCA Directors represent firms which have played a significant role in the organization’s history. Thirty-nine years is the length of tenure for Tolman and Wiker/TWIW Insurance, represented by Ron Cossa. CalPortland’s Bruce Mercier can claim 39 years of membership via Coast Rock and Union Asphalt. And 39 is also the magic membership number for R.W Scott Construction, with Jerry Meyer now serving as their representative to the Board.

Tunnell Roofing has been an SMVCA member for 57 years, and John Tunnell has served as a Director since 2001, following in the tradition of Curtis Tunnell, who was Board President in 1976.  Representing one of the oldest firms in California, Granite Construction with a 1929 license number of “89” (the current new Contractors State Licensing Board numbers are pushing one million), is Fleet Felchle.  The SMVCA Board also includes Linda Devey of Valley Fencing, Rocky Boydston of Sahara Construction, Cheryl Talbott of ProSource/Cinderella Carpet in SLO, and Jim Bentivegna of Westwind Painting.

The May 22 Anniversary event begins with Sierra Madre Vineyard Wine Tasting at 5:00, followed by dinner courtesy of The Hitching Post in Casmalia.  Generous sponsors include the Mollenkopf Law Group, the Towbes Group (35 years of membership), the Diani Companies (40 years and two past presidents), Lahr Industrial Welding (27 years) with Don Lahr serving on the current Board and as president in 1993, Berto Van Veen Construction (25 years), and Vernon Edwards Construction (28 years).

Executive Director Robin Hayhurst attributes the Association’s longevity to the fact that the SMVCA changes with the needs of the industry, such as offering a state of the art online plan room service and continuing education on items which benefit the trades.  Robin is an acknowledged advocate for the industry, serving on behalf of that community and actively taking on the increased regulatory climate which exacerbates the challenges faced by all businesses.

The Santa Maria Valley Contractors Association invites their past and current members plus friends and associates to join them on May 22 in celebrating 60 years of service.  At $60 per attendee, it promises to be a memorable occasion.  Reservations and sponsorships are available by calling 925-1191 or emailing robin@smvca.org.