Brothers and Sisters,
The time has come to say goodbye to my working career and move on to the next chapter of my life. Good health and plenty of great memories from my years of working as an Operating Engineer accompany me as I transition into my retirement years.
Late last year, I made the announcement that I would be retiring soon. The catalyst was some personal events in my life as well as the realization that we are only passing through and time is becoming more precious every passing day. This was a choice that did not come easy, but now that I have made the decision, I am eager and excited to move into the next chapter of my life.
I started my career with the Operating Engineers in the late seventies and on March 1st, 1996, I was hired as a dispatcher for Local 612, became the Vice-President in 1997, the president in 1999, and then the Business Manager/Financial Secretary in 2003.
The time flew by and I loved every minute of it, but now it is time to step down and let the next generation lead us into the future.
It gives me great comfort in knowing that Local 612 is blessed with great officers and staff that are dedicated to the Operating Engineers and helping improve the lives of Local 612 members, so I know it will be a smooth transition.
Todd Mickelson will be stepping up to the role as Business Manager/Financial Secretary. Todd has been a member since 1984 and has worked in various roles as part of Local 612’s staff for more than thirteen years. He is well respected by the staff and membership and maintains a great relationship with our contractors.
I am confident that with the support of President Ed Taylor and the rest of our great staff, Todd will do a great job as your new Business Manager.
International Union of Operating Engineers is a first class organization and I have been proud to be a part of it for the last 40 years. I have enjoyed the camaraderie and I sincerely thank you for your support and friendship all of these years. My plan is to stay connected and help Local 612 in any way possible going forward.
Keep your head down, your powder dry, and I hope to see you around.