DPC of Texas Elects Board Members for New Term

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DPC of Texas Announces New Board Members

Dallas, TX— February 10, 2021Yesterday, the Damage Prevention Council of Texas announced its newly elected Board of Directors during the DPC of Texas Annual Meeting.

“Our goal for 2021 is to create a more diverse member base and that starts with stakeholder diversity at the board level,” said John Sparks, President, Damage Prevention Council of Texas.

Contract Line Locator
Brandon Jennings, T&M Line Locators

Brandon Jennings currently lives in Midland Texas with his wife of 10 years and their soon to be 10 year old son. Brandon is currently employed with T&M Line Locators as the General Manager. He has been employed with T&M full time for 7.5 Years. Brandon grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi on a family farm until the age of 14 when he moved to Texas for school and sports. Brandon played baseball, football, and golf all throughout high school and continued baseball through college. 

He has worked through the Construction industry since 2016 in several different roles including: Pipe Fitter and Welder, Heavy Equipment Operator, Roustabout Supervisor, Line Locator and GIS Specialist. He has learned to use many aspects of the industry to grow and spread the knowledge of his experiences throughout my career.  Currently, he manages 25 Line Locators and 6-7 Roustabout crews daily in the Permian Basin. T&M provides services to many asset owners. Brandon strives to provide the best leadership and knowledge to all employees and colleges. 

Brandon’s accomplishments in life include his marriage and being a father. He has also completed training at the Fire Academy and at one time served in the fire service as a paid and volunteer firefighter. He and his son are both heavily involved in team roping where he has qualified for the World Series Finale of team roping multiple times. He worked his way up to General Manager of T&M Line Locators and continued to coach his son in many sports and being an active member of the community.

Contract Excavator
Misty Crim, Gardner Telecommunications, LLC

Misty Crim graduated from Mesquite High School in 1995 in Mesquite, TX.  She has always enjoyed learning and decided to continue her education.  She began an education in nursing but realized that she enjoyed working in the utility construction industry.  She soon realized damage prevention is her passion and her goal is communication.   

Misty was raised in utility construction as both of her parents began working in the cable field in the 1980’s.  Her father founded Gardner Telecommunications Inc in 1996.  She began her career with GTI in 2003.  As misty listened to the concerns of both the locators and the contractors, her interest in processing locates and improving the communication between both grew.  Misty felt with the proper reporting from both sides everyone could lessen the damages to others and property.  As the company grew so did the locate department.  Misty began adding others who showed the same concern she did and together they built up the locate department for Gardner Telecommunications.  Misty currently holds the position of manager for our locate department.  Someone told her once that she must eat, sleep and breathe locates. 

Misty has a true passion for preventing damage and has an interest in seeking additional knowledge.  She started with the Damage Prevention Council of Texas in 2016.  Since then, she has started sharing her knowledge even more with others in hopes that they too believe in safety as much as she does.  Safety is very important to her.  Not only for keeping the contractors safe but also keeping the public safe and making sure everyone goes home safely to their families at the end of the day.  Misty works hard and believes in keeping herself available for any emergency.  She has a deep commitment to damage prevention and job site safety.  Misty holds numerous certificates in Damage Prevention training and the Gold Shovel Standard test as well as OSHA 10. 

Misty believes in Quality, Reliability and Commitment to safety.

Gas/Liquids
James Steck, Centerpoint Energy

James Steck, Senior Damage Prevention Coordinator for CenterPoint Energy has been in the industry for just over 10 years and is involved with multiple chapters of the DPC of Texas within the South Texas footprint.  He is primarily active in the South Texas Chapter where he has served as President for the past couple years. Since joining the Damage Prevention industry, James has found that he has a great passion for sharing the message of 811, safe excavation, and public safety. His day-to-day work finds him in the field working with excavators, contract locators, and the general public. If there’s one lesson he’s learned, it’s that for damage prevention to work it takes a consistent line of communication, so he does his best to help keep those lines open and moving. James routinely partners with fellow operators and the local DPC of Texas to coordinate, sponsor, and even present at safety days. He’s always willing to provide both presentations and demonstrations for excavators or the general public no matter how small or large the crowd might be. James was recently recognized for his efforts within his company by receiving the first inaugural Damage Prevention Award, as well as being recognized by the DPC of Texas with the Andy Hoel Excellence in Damage Prevention Award. James currently resides in Seguin, Texas and loves spending time with his family and being active outdoors in his off time.

Municipality
Ande Bostain, City of Brenham

Ande Bostain is the Gas Superintendent for the city of Brenham. He has been employed there for 35 years. The last 28 have been in the Gas department in which he started as a maintenance worker and progressed to eventually be the Superintendent in 2006.  Damage Prevention has been a passion and finding unique ways to get the message out has fueled that desire. From assisting along with creating damage investigation and mock drills he has pushed to give excavators a more hands-on approach with damage prevention. This has been beneficial to operators also.

He along with Texas 811 and Energy Transfer came together to have a Damage Prevention and Gas Awareness booth that is set up each year at the Washington County Fair. This has taken place for the last 6 years except for this past year due to Covid-19. Ande also came up with the idea of a commercial for the local theatre to help spread the Call Before You Dig message. He even went to the extreme of dressing up as the Grinch on the City of Brenham’s Damage Prevention Float in the annual Parade of Lights at Christmas. Some people still say they cannot unsee the green tights.

Ande has served on the TGA’s board of directors and was the Co-Chair of the Employee Development Committee at one time. On a more personal side Ande has served as a School Board member for Burton ISD which was a great honor to have the community vote him in twice. He is the proud father of 7 children and currently has 6 grandchildren with 2 more on the way which takes up a lot of his spare time. Ande enjoys decorating his home and property for the holidays. Living right beside the Elementary school, he never holds back on Halloween and Christmas decorations.

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