Staff

Daniel Hogan
Chief Executive Officer

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Daniel HoganDaniel Hogan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC).

Originally from Western New York, Hogan has been with TAUC and the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) since 2009 and most recently served as Senior Director of Industrial Relations. He assumed his current role as CEO of TAUC in March 2021.

Hogan has been actively involved as a spokesman and advocate for the construction and maintenance industry since 2005. Prior to joining TAUC and the NMAPC, Hogan held positions at the Construction Industry Employers Association (CIEA), a local employers association in Buffalo, New York representing management interests within collective bargaining agreements with multiple building trades crafts. Hogan also staffed the Plumbing Mechanical Contractors Association (PMCA), Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York, the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) of WNY, the National Certified Pipe Welders Bureau (NCPWB) of WNY, SMACNA Buffalo Chapter, New York State Roofers and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, the Niagara Frontier Subcontractors Association (NFSA) and the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA WNY Chapter).

As the CEO of TAUC, Hogan is dedicated to helping member union contractors increase their market share in the ultra-competitive construction and maintenance industry. He believes this can only be accomplished by building strong tripartite relationships between these contractors, the building trades crafts and our owner-clients. He is also focused on continually increasing the value of TAUC's portfolio of products and services for the benefit of our members and the industry as a whole, as well as educating the next generation of workers on the value of a career in the union building trades.

Hogan is a member of the Joint Administrative Committee to the Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes; member of the Board of Trustees for the Center For Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE); Secretary of the Executive Committee for the Helmets to Hardhats Program; sits on the Board of Directors of the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC); and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Pension Plans (NCCMP).

Hogan received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management from The Canisius College of Buffalo. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and lives in the greater Washington, D.C. area with his wife Laura, their son Daniel and daughter Isabel.

Todd Mustard
Vice President

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Todd Mustard Todd Mustard is vice president of The Association of Union Constructors. In this role he coordinates the government affairs activities of the association, serves as staff liaison to TAUC's Government Affairs Committee and works with various legislative coalitions including the Construction Employers of America, the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, the Carbon Capture Coalition, and the Energy4Us Coalition.

Mustard also leads the association's efforts as it relates to industry innovation and technology, serving as the staff liaison to TAUC's Innovation and Technology Committee.

He is also the point person for the annual TAUC Leadership Conference, Industrial Grade Innovation (IGI) Conference and Expo, and State of the Union Construction Industry Forum, creating the agendas and content for these events. He is the project lead on TAUC's Legacy Partner Program, as well as new and existing affinity programs, and other member products and services.

Prior to joining the association in 2003, he spent several years with AOL in their interactive marketing department and deal management team working on a variety of cross-platform online advertising campaigns, forecasting future revenue streams, and reviewing operational feasibility of said campaigns.

Mustard serves on the Board of the AGC of California's Construction Education Foundation (CEF), is a longstanding member of the American Society of Association Executives and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two sons.

Mike Dorsey
Vice President

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Mike DorseyMike Dorsey leads TAUC's industrial relations and development efforts.

A Washington, D.C. native, Dorsey joined the association in 2006 and was previously the union liaison for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and prior to that, a program manager with the Building Trade Department's safety and health arm, CPWR The Center for Construction Research and Training.

Dorsey maintains professional memberships with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Society of Association Executives and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Radford University in Virginia.

Gwen Jackson
Executive Assistant

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Gwen JacksonGwen Jackson is the executive assistant of The Association of Union Constructors. She is responsible for planning, managing and coordinating TAUC committee meetings, trainings and many special events. Jackson is intimately involved in contract negotiations, travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, and all online meeting registrations. Jackson works closely with her colleagues to plan and execute world–class meetings and events.

With her skills in office management she has led the way in managing critical internal office needs including technical support and troubleshooting of office equipment as well as purchases of office equipment and supplies to help maintain a functional and productive office.

Prior to joining the association in 1990, Jackson worked in the fields of customer relations, bookkeeping and retail sales.

Jackson maintains professional membership with Meeting Professionals International, Potomac Chapter and is an alumna of Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she earned an associate degree in applied science, as well as general clerical and bookkeeping certificates.

David Acord
Director of Communications/Executive Editor

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David AcordDavid Acord has more than twelve years of professional experience as a business writer, editor and conference organizer and moderator. Prior to joining TAUC, he served as editor in chief of a business publishing company in Arlington, Va. where he oversaw the publication of more than a half-dozen newsletters and was actively involved in creating new information products. Over the course of his journalism career, David has covered a variety of highly technical regulatory and legislative beats, including freight transportation, biotechnology, nanotechnology and food safety. He is also the author of What Would Lincoln Do? Lincoln's Most Inspiring Solutions to Challenging Problems and Difficult Situations. David received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from Penn State.

Ben Cahoon
Operations Manager, Database and IT

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Ben Cahoon Ben Cahoon is the Operations Manager, Database and IT for The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and has been with TAUC since 2006. He is responsible for all hardware and software technology and its maintenance.

Cahoon has been integral in updating the online signatory, site extension request and work hours reporting modules. On a daily basis he is responsible for assisting clients with the online signatory and site extension request process, as well as, the work hours reporting process. Cahoon is also part of the development and deployment team for the redesigned organization websites. He also handles the daily data integration between the database and websites.

Prior to joining TAUC, Cahoon worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce and on various campaigns of candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cahoon maintains professional membership with the American Society of Association Executives and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and History from the University of Connecticut.

Alex Kopp
Director of Environmental Health and Safety

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Daniel HoganAlex provides TAUC members with expert guidance and analysis on all health and safety-related issues and coordinates with industry partners, stakeholders and regulatory agencies on EHS-related matters. He serves as the official TAUC liaison to the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, working with the chairperson to deliver timely, cutting-edge information to all committee members. In addition, Alex coordinates one of the industry's most well-regarded safety recognition programs: TAUC's Thomas J. Reynolds Awards.

Prior to joining TAUC, Alex worked for Environmental Health & Safety Solutions Inc. as a safety professional supporting both owners and contractors on multiple projects throughout the United States. Residing in Pittsburgh, he has focused on providing safety excellence in the Utica and Marcellus Shale gas plays, particularly at the nation's largest gas processing facility in West Virginia.

Alex received his bachelor's in safety management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He retains professional memberships with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), National Safety Council (NSC) and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). He also retains his status as an instructor for the Petroleum Education Council (PEC).

Mike Marrone
Director of Administration

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Mike DorseyMike Marrone is the director of administration. Marrone oversees the financial needs of the association, including the management of accounts payable/receivable, payroll and budgets. He is also responsible for the administration of personnel records, relying on more than 25 years of Non-Profit experience to ensure the association remains in compliance with current federal and state regulations.

Marrone maintains professional membership with the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society of Association Executives, and has completed advanced training in financial management and human resource management.

Kirk Westwood
Director of Marketing

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Kirk WestwoodKirk Westwood is a storyteller, a best-selling author, and the co-founder of a media company named a Top 25 strategic communication agency by the Washington Business Journal.

Kirk has contributed to the communications strategies of government agencies, global non-profits, and Hollywood films. He has helped many organizations tell their stories as a photographer, blogger, web-streamer, and consultant. No matter what his professional title has been, Kirk's job description has always been a variation of the same thing: to help tell stories.