Built By Members For Members

The mission of the Washtenaw Contractors Association is to improve the construction industry in Washtenaw County and increase the success of WCA members by providing leadership in the areas of business development, workforce development, labor relations, communications, safety, and education.

Learn about the people, members, and committees working to advance our mission.

A Non-Profit Governed By You



501(c)(6) Non-Profit Business League

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Foundation
Supporting Workforce Development

Industry Advancement Program

Board Members
Special Committees
The Washtenaw Contractors Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that is governed by the WCA Board of Directors. We have a related trust organization – the Washtenaw Industry Advancement Program – that is involved in providing Labor Relations services to those firms that have granted the WCA their Power of Attorney for this purpose. The trust is governed by the IAP Board of Trustees. The Washtenaw Contractors Association is dedicated to Workforce Development efforts and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2020.
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WCA Board of Directors

Oscar Notz
Turner Construction

Tom Kittel

Vice President
Huron Valley Electric

Mike Everett

Acoustic Ceiling & Partition

TC Baker

Board Member
Baker Construction

TED Barker

Board Member
Shaw Construction & Management

Jeremy Finn

Board Member
John Darr Mechanical

Kelli Jenness

Board Member
Spence Brothers

Foundation Board Members

Jerry Brand

Vice President
Granger Construction

Kelli Jenness

Spence Brothers

IAP Board of Trustees

Andrew Shmina

AZ Shmina

Dave Spence

Spence Brothers

WCA Staff

The Washtenaw Contractors Association is managed by a small, dedicated staff that implements the policy decisions of the WCA Board of Directors with the help of a whole host of volunteers. Together we ensure that members receive what they need from their WCA membership.


Executive Director

Rachel Newton

Administrative Coordinator

WCA Committees

All members of WCA have the opportunity to join the committees that help guide our initiatives in order to build better member experiences and opportunities.

Learn more about our five committees.

User Liaison Committee

This committee meets monthly to develop ways for our members to connect with building owners and build relationships with representatives of related organizations. Initiatives include:

  • Plan joint events with AIA, AACE, and other organizations
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with owners
  • Plan C-Suite Sessions
  • Members serve as WCA representatives to the Public Owners/Contractors Committee

Oscar Notz, Turner Construction


Social Events Committee

We are committed to bringing our members together in order to share knowledge, connections, and growth. The social events committee meets as needed to work on the following:

  • Plan the annual PYRAMID Awards program
  • Plan the WCA Golf Outing
  • Research new networking opportunities

Dennis Irish, Shamrock Floorcovering Services

See our upcoming events

Labor Relations Committee

Our Labor Relations Committee meets as needed to direct our labor relations services. Initiatives include:

  • Negotiate labor contracts
  • Serve on joint grievance committees
  • Some members serve on fringe benefit fund boards

Dave Spence, Spence Brothers

See Labor Relations info

Member Engagement Committee

Our members get the most benefit from their WCA membership when they actively engage in the association. The Member Engagement Committee meets monthly to make that happen! Initiatives include:

  • Identify ideas for new member services and programs
  • Develop programs and activities specifically focused on young professionals who work for WCA member firms
  • Serve as liaison to new WCA member firms and help their representatives get involved in WCA activities
  • Assist staff to improve website and use of social media

Open position

Workforce Development Committee

Our members benefit from building their teams with skilled and educated employees. This committee meets monthly to advance the WCA's workforce development efforts. Initiatives include:

  • Conduct “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo
  • Attend college and high school job fairs
  • Plan Emerging Professionals in Construction (EPIC) professional development program sessions
  • Determine topics for seminars, safety training classes, and other educational opportunities for employees of WCA member firms.


Chris Scharlach, Granger Construction

Get the most from your membership by joining a WCA committee!