BARRY HOLLIDAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Barry Holliday is the Executive Director for the Dredging Contractors of America and currently serves as Chairman of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Fairness Coalition. Mr. Holliday retired from the Corps of Engineers in 2006 after a 33-year career. His most recent position with the Corps was Navigation Program Manager, headquartered in Washington, D.C.,and Chief of the Navigation and Operations Community of Practice in the Operations Division Headquarters. While serving in Corps Headquarters, Mr. Holliday served as the North American representative to the International Navigation Association Communications Commission. He was a member of the Committee on Tidal Hydraulics and participated in the development of the interagency National Dredging Team and served as Co-Chair. He also participated in the development of the Industry Corps Hopper Dredge Management Group and served as Co-Chair. In 1991, Mr. Holliday came to Corps headquarters from Wilmington, North Carolina, where he served as Chief of the Navigation Branch in the Construction-Operations Division of the Wilmington District from 1977 to March 1991. From 1973 to 1977, he worked in the Dredged Material Research Program at the Engineering Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Mr. Holliday has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles, papers, testimonies, and reports throughout his career. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his performance, including a Gold Medal Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army. Mr. Holliday currently serves on the Board of the American Maritime Partnership, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, and the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.
Mr. Holliday received his B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary in 1969, and obtained his M.S. in Oceanography from Old Dominion University in 1971. He attended Texas A&M University from 1971-1973 in advanced graduate studies in marine engineering and geological oceanography.
MICHAEL GERHARDT, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael M. Gerhardt II is currently the Assistant Executive Director for the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA). Mr. Gerhardt serves as an industry liaison to the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety and collaborates with the membership as point-of-contact for all issues concerning DCA’s Small Business and Safety and Regulatory Committees.
Mr. Gerhardt is responsible for the evaluation of industry statistics, member recruitment and communication, meetings and events planning oversight, budget development, and financial management, management of special projects, and acting as spokesman for the association at regional and national conferences. Additionally, Mr. Gerhardt currently serves on the Board of the Western Dredging Association as its Latin America Chairman and President of its East Coast Chapter and was awarded the Dredger of the Year Award in 2015.
Mr. Gerhardt received his B.S. in International Business (cum laude) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003 and was the recipient of the prestigious William J. Usery Award for Academic Excellence in Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. A native Floridian, Mr. Gerhardt currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Simona and daughter Sofia.