Pictured: Tony Retaskie, Executive Director, Upper Peninsula Construction Council and Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year Kevin Pratt
Approximately 180 people met at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the sixth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year’s award was Kevin Pratt, an apprentice member of IBEW Local 906. The two finalists were Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906 and Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111. This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry. The selection panel was made up of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service; Mike Fornetti, Verso Corporation; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, NMU. Altogether there were 20 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.