Who We Are

Our mission is to connect Texas Contractors, increase safety and advocate our common issues in Austin.

NUCA is the only trade association dedicated solely to the utility and excavation construction industry. NUCA Texas offers our members the opportunity to build relationships, create unique business opportunities, stay up-to-date on the latest industry news, and participate in shaping industry-related legislation.

We welcome prospective members at events throughout the year.


Our History

Dating back to the 1970s, NUCA's roots in Texas are strong. In 2016, Texas re-chartered at the NUCA National Convention to stand independent from "Heavy Highway." Previous at-large National members, as well as North Texas members, automatically became members of NUCA Texas when they re-invested in NUCA for 2016. Today the Texas Chapter represents the interests of over 100 member companies on a spectrum of issues which matter most to the underground utility and excavation industry.

NUCA National, founded in 1964, is the nationwide network of state/regional Chapters and member companies representing utility contractors, excavators, suppliers, manufacturers, and other providers in the water, sewer, gas, electric, telecommunications, treatment plant, and excavation industries. NUCA has been the driving force behind improving conditions in the utility construction and excavation industry for over 50 years. Supporting both open-cut and trenchless contractors, NUCA continues to be the only voice dedicated exclusively to welfare, profitability, and improvement of the Underground Contractor Industry.



Meet the Executive Board working to promote our members and our industry.

Zach Fusilier

Zach Fusilier

North Texas Contracting


Zach Fusilier is Co-Owner of North Texas Contracting, an underground utility and concrete contractor based out of Keller, Texas that performs around 175 million dollars of work annually, primarily in the North Texas area.  Zach was the first President of the NUCA North Texas chapter and helped gain the charter from NUCA National.  He has been involved with NUCA since the inception of the Texas Chapter and is currently the President of the NUCA Texas Chapter.  Zach believes in NUCA for many reasons and has been active in OSHA relationship development, trench training events, provided numerous sponsorships for events and has participated in testifying before the Texas Legislature on behalf of NUCA.


Vice President Contractor

Bree Wink

Fire Line Services

Bree joined the North Texas Chapter of NUCA in 2014. After serving on various committees and the organization’s Board, she started a two-year term as President in 2019 before joining NUCA Texas as VP Contractor. She says that serving as President of NUCA North Texas is a professional achievement that makes her proud. She says "I didn’t realize how much it helps me have a bigger voice. I wish I’d utilized an association like this years ago. By becoming more involved in a leadership role, I’m able to help my industry, my peers, and my business."


Vice President Associate

Fred Burlbaw is the District Manager of the Mid-South District for National Trench Safety. Fred has been in the underground construction industry since 1991. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and presently on their National Safety Committee and Trenchless Technology Committee.  He has also served on the Board of NUCA of North Texas, with the NUCA North Texas safety committee and currently serves on the board of NUCA of Texas.

Fred Burlbaw

National Trench Safety

Felix Navejar


Felix is going on his 2nd term as the Treasurer of NUCA Texas as well as NUCA North Texas.  He brings a background of public and private accounting to the board to assist in making decisions on budgeting and planning for the future.  His hobbies include collecting antiques, working on his new house, and going bowling.

Felix Navejar

PCL Contract Bonding

Don Callaham

Immediate Past President

Don Callaham

CalHar Construction


Regional Director NTX Contractor

Driskoll Tubbs

Joh Burns Construction

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Regional Director NTX Associate

Chris Paris

Ferguson Waterworks

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Jim Slack

Slack & Co. Contracting

Regional Dir. At-Large Contractor

Since 1992 Jim Slack, Jr. has been President and CEO of Slack & Co., a  Houston based civil contracting firm that  provides civil contracting services.  The company is licensed to provide earthwork, utilities, paving and excavation services in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Under Mr. Slack’s direction, Slack & Co. has been ranked on Engineering News-Record’s Top Specialty Contractors List since 2010. Mr. Slack is a new board  member of NUCA Texas. Previously, he served as President of the Houston Contractors Association as well as the American Subcontractors Association/Houston Chapter.  Additionally, he Chaired the Specialty Contractors Council of the Associated General Contractors-America. He has participated in several Engineering News-Record specialty contractor round table discussions, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and has been featured in Constructor magazine.

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Jim Cross

Core & Main

Regional Dir. At-Large Associate

Jim just completed his 35th year with Core and Main, LP.,  and is currently serving as District Manager of the South Central Region. He and his wife have lived in Whitehouse, Texas for the past 35 years, where they raised 2 children.  Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing and taking care of his ranch. 


Jim decided to join NUCA to be a part of something bigger, and to support the local underground community.  This opportunity will also give the ability to network with local contractors.  He says, "I believe that building strong work relationships is the foundation of a successful business."

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Eric Lesch

PCL Contract Bonding

Government Affairs Committee Chair

Eric is a second generation bond agent that started out as an Electrical Engineer working on missile systems at Lockheed Martin. After 9 years at Lockheed, he says, "My parents had been involved in the construction industry my whole life, it paid for me to grow up in the country and get a great education, so it made sense for me to become part of it.... I am now the sole owner of PCL Contract Bonding Agency."


Eric has been involved in NUCA since the formation of the Texas Chapter, when he served on the Steering Committee. He served on the board of directors for about five years and for several of those was the Treasurer.  His main focus, since NUCA's first Walk on the Capitol in 2017, has been legislation.