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 Gerhardt is currently serving in the capacity of Assistant Executive Director at the DCA. Michael is responsible for member relations and communications, digital strategy, financial management, budget development, statistical evaluation of the market, tracking regulatory and legislative changes in the fields of occupational safety and small business, jumpstarting special projects, and acting as spokesman for the industry at regional and national meetings. He serves as the lead and treasurer for the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (www.cdmcs.org), the national voice for safety in the dredging and marine construction industry, and represents the interests of the dredging and maritime industry as a cleared advisor on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries (ITAC 10).
Additionally, Michael is currently serving his third term on the Board of Directors of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and serving as both Chairman of the Latin America Committee and President of the WEDA Eastern Chapter. He was recognized with 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 Dean’s Citation for outstanding contributions to the welfare of the school and the prestigious William J. Usery Award for academic excellence in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution. A native Floridian, Michael currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Simona and daughter Sofia.