DFI Educational Trust Appoints New Chair, Officers and Trustee to Board of Trustees 

December 12, 2017, Hawthorne N.J.:

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust, the charitable arm of DFI, recently appointed a new chair, officers and a new trustee. 

Dan Dragone, chief sales officer of BAUER-Pileco Inc., is the new chair of the Board of Trustees of the DFI Educational Trust, effective January 1. He succeeds M. Byrl Williams who will retire as chair and member of the board at the end of December 2017. Dragone joined the Trust board in 2012. Since that time, he has served as board secretary and, most recently, as vice chair. He joined BAUER-Pileco in 2009 after working in various positions with Kelly Tractor Co. for over 28 years. 

The other officers for 2018 elected at the recent board meeting are vice chair, Tracy Brettmann, P.E., D.GE, A.H Beck Foundation Co.; treasurer, Michael Wysockey, Ph.D., P.E., Thatcher Foundations; and secretary, Rudy Frizzi, P.E., G.E., D. GE, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services. 

Seth Pearlman, P.E., D. GE, North American director of Menard, responsible for the activities in the U.S. and Canada, has been elected to serve a five-year term on the DFI Educational Trust Board of Trustees. Pearlman is a former president of DFI.  For 10 years, he was the event chair of the DFI Educational Trust Pennsylvania Golf Outing, which has raised significant funding for Trust scholarships at Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. The Trust board is confident that Pearlman’s leadership, fundraising skills and his passion for the educational mission of the Trust will be a great help to the Trust in achieving its organizational goals. 

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, (973)423-4030,

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 4,000 members worldwide.

Dan Dragone, chair, DFI Educational Trust

Seth Pearlman, trustee, DFI Educational Trust