DPC of Texas Annual Award Recipients

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Regional Champion Awards

The Damage Prevention Council of Texas announces its Annual Awards

Dallas, TX— February 10, 2021Yesterday, the Damage Prevention Council of Texas announced its annual award winners during the DPC of Texas Annual Meeting.

“Our award winners reflect the best in the Damage Prevention industry for the State of Texas,” said John Sparks, President, Damage Prevention Council of Texas.

Northeast Regional Champion
Cheryl Franklin, Atmos Energy

The Northeast Champion has a passion for making others’ lives better. Working for a large gas distribution company means Damage Prevention, Public Safety and Awareness are paramount. Over the years she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes setting up and volunteering for multiple events, keeping the North Texas members updated on previous meeting information and ensuring all North Texas Chapter members are current on any upcoming events. Her recent ‘from the heart’ interview during the DPC of Texas video was sincere and relatable to all stakeholders. This Champion has been in the industry over twenty years, working with the local chapters for nearly ten and has served as an officer for the last seven years.  She also serves as a valuable member of the DPC of Texas Homeowners Subcommittee where she has shared a ton of past experiences, contacts and resources gained over the last several years from her role as the HOA President; this has provided a unique opportunity for the DPC to get the 811 message out to homeowners.

Her love for family, friends and the community inspire others around her to step up and be better. In fact, one of her favorite inspiring quotes is: – “If serving others is beneath you, Leading is beyond you”

The DPC of Texas presents the NE Region Champion award to, Cheryl Franklin, thank you for being a true industry leader. Your actions have not gone unnoticed.

Southeast Regional Champion
Ande Bostain, City of Brenham

Ande Bostain has been in the Gas Industry for 28 plus years now serving in various roles from the shovel hand, customer service and now Superintendent for the last 15 years. To prevent damaged lines, Ande has come up with many ideas to help spread the “Call Before You Dig” message. His ideas include coloring contests at schools, a commercial at a local theater, fair booths, parade floats, and a fully wrapped customer service truck that is a rolling billboard for “Call Before You Dig”.

In addition, Ande has been integral in getting industry stakeholders to DPC meetings in the Southeast Texas area. Ande is also known to attend meetings for the entire area between Brenham to Houston. He is quick to volunteer to help with Safety Days and promoting 811 and the DPC to everyone in the underground utility industry. 

Ande is the type of safety guy needed across the state.  Ande knew his Call Before You Dig message was being received when a young child called him “Mr. Call Before You Dig”.

Ande takes his passion for safety on the road and shares it with with everyone through education on job sites and recognition of a job well done. Ande Bostain is the Regional Champion for the Southeast Texas region.

Northwest Regional Champion
John Wagner, Atmos Energy

The NW Region Champion is John Wagner. John Wagner has been with ATMOS Energy for 36 years.  His current role is Compliance Analyst. He oversees Regulatory Reporting, Operator Qualifications, Contractor Line Locating and System Compliance.  

He is currently serving his 3rd year term as Chairman for the South Plains DPC Chapter. 

John’s passionate knowledge of the industry, willingness to share with his industry peers, joined with his wonderful work ethic makes him a shining example of a Regional Champion.

Southwest Regional Champion
Steve Teran, D&H United

Steve Teran has been a damage prevention champion in the far West Texas borderlands for 20 years, beginning his relationship with the original West Texas DPC representing the City of El Paso. Steve had capitalized on his role as environmental compliance Inspector to approach damage prevention in the field with environmental protection in mind and continues in his role with D&H United, a service provide company that provides a variety of services involving hazardous liquids delivery and remediation. 

Serving in Paso del Norte Chapter officer roles over many years, Steve is a quiet, calculating Safety, Health, & Environmental professional who avoids the limelight and rather focuses on providing the lion’s share of the hard work behind the scenes in the planning & execution of chapter meetings and excavation safety days. In his ongoing role as liaison to the El Paso County LEPC, Steve is without peer in regards to conducting direct outreach to emergency management personnel and fully integrating that stakeholder group into Paso del Norte chapter activities. Steve’s direct outreach to excavators in the field and their management in business settings has proven to be invaluable in bringing excavators to meetings and events.  

In closing, Steve is one of the most caring and dedicated industry professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is my “Andy Hoel on the border”. 

Andy Hoel Excellence in Damage Prevention Award

Andy Hoel Excellence in Damage Prevention Award
Brandon Sternadel, Plains All American Pipeline

Brandon Sternadel has been with Plains All American for over 8 years. His current role is HSE Manager. As a member of the DPC of Texas, Brandon currently serves as President for DPC of Texas Red River Chapter and the Big Country Chapter. Brandon is also an active member of DPC Rural Outreach Committee.

Outside of the DPC Brandon is active in other industry groups. He currently serves as Vice President for Oklahoma Pipeline Awareness Liaison. He also acts as Treasurer for the Okie811 Board of Directors. In 2020, he presented at the Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit.

He has also coordinated 2nd and 3rd party training in 2018 and 2019.

In all his roles with the DPC of Texas, Brandon has demonstrated the ability to add value to any initiative the DPC Chapters’ are doing, with his dedication, creativity and resourcefulness. His contributions reflect his priorities as an individual and the importance that he places not only on doing a great job, but delivering the message of 811, the protection of underground infrastructure, lowering damages, but also keeping the worker safe. Thank you for all your hard work.

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