Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters Announces Leadership Changes

April 9, 2019

The Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters (KMLRCC) announced changes today in the leadership of the union's General Executive Officers that resulted from the retirement of General Vice President Douglas Banes and General Secretary-Treasurer Andris Silins from the General Executive Board of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC).

Following the retirement of Banes and Silins, current Second General Vice Frank Spencer has been appointed to fill the position of General Vice President; David Tharp, former Midwestern Vice-President, will become the Second General Vice President; Michael Capelli, former Eastern District Vice President, will become the General Secretary-Treasurer, and Mark McGriff, former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council, will become the Midwestern District Vice President.

As a result of the changes at the international level, effective April 1, 2019, current KMLRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer William R. Waterkotte has been appointed to serve as Eastern District Vice President, and current Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer William C. Sproule has been appointed to serve as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.

"Brothers Banes and Silins have dedicated their lives to our Brotherhood and are to be commended for their many years of leadership and vision in helping transform the UBC into the most proactive construction trades union in North America. We congratulate all the officers of the UBC on their new appointments and look forward to working with them as we continue building on the progress of the past," Waterkotte said.

Commenting on his appointment to Eastern District Vice President, Waterkotte said, "These are exciting times for the UBC as we confront and overcome threats to unionization and continue fostering and promoting our union's commitment to excellence in providing quality craftsmanship to our industry partners."

Executive Secretary-Treasurer William C. Sproule said, "While we will miss William Waterkotte's strong and visionary leadership at the council level, we wish him the best in his new role. We look forward to continuing to work as tirelessly as he has in the past, to expand our market share and generate more employment opportunities for our highly skilled workforce."

He continued, "Though I am honored by the trust and confidence placed in me by our leadership and my fellow brothers and sisters, I am but one part of a strong team of proud, skilled men and women committed to providing a path for hard-working people to a better way of life."

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