Dan Hazelton, New England general manager for Anderson Equipment Company and former long-time president of R.C. Hazelton Co., has been named the recipient of the 18th annual New Hampshire Construction Industry Ethics Award.
The award honors the “individual, business or organization that, through its words and deeds, best demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in construction.” Hazelton accepted the award at the NH Good Roads Association Annual Meeting on April 3 at the Grappone Center in Concord.
A graduate of New Hampshire’s Pinkerton Academy and Northwood University in Midland, Mich., where he earned an associate’s degree in business administration, Hazelton began his career in 1981 when he joined R.C. Hazelton, an equipment dealership founded by his grandfather, Robert, in 1931.
He learned the business from the ground up, serving as a mechanic and working in the parts and sales departments, eventually replacing his father, Richard, as company president in 1988, a position he held until 2009 when the company was sold to Anderson Equipment. Anderson, established in 1935, is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and has 21 branch offices in six states.
“Dan always made straight-up, handshake deals,” says Ron Severino of Severino Trucking, a friend and customer, and also a past recipient of the ethics award. “And unlike others, Dan never knocked his competition.”
In addition to a plaque, the award carries with it a $1,000 donation to the recipient’s charity of choice. Hazelton has requested that the donation go to the Mark E. Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund at Plymouth State University, which provides significant tuition assistance for PSU students from New Hampshire who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in physical education or business.
The New Hampshire Construction Industry Ethics Award was established and is underwritten by David W. Wood, a nationally recognized writer, publisher and marketing consultant specializing in the construction industry.