Letter from President Mike Anazlone
I would like to introduce myself to those of you I have not yet met. My name is Mike Anzalone and I am a third generation well driller. My grandfather, Tom Anzalone, started drilling when licenses first started being issued and received a Utah License Driller’s number of 27. My father, Steven Anzalone, followed in his footsteps with his own successful drilling company in Southern Utah. He worked in the drilling business until his death in 1998. My two brothers, two uncles, a cousin and I have followed in the family footsteps in the drilling and well business our entire lives. I have five children, three girls and two boys. We have always been proud to call Southern Utah our home.
We spend our time between Beryl, Cedar, and St. George. I enjoy camping, hunting, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
I would like to thank the past President, Kyle Widdison. He did an excellent job and his shoes will be big ones to fill. Thank you as well to his many predecessors who have also served us and the association well. These gentleman were great leaders and role models.
I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who came to Mesquite, Nevada this past January to the UGWA Winter Convention.
I especially want to thank the hardworking people who helped organize and schedule the fun events and activities. We had an excellent turnout and raised over $16,000 from the auction for the Member’s Educational Scholarship Fund.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Mountain States Groundwater Convention in Laughlin, Nevada. It was excellent show and I would encourage you all to attend next year. Over $30,000 was raised for Educational Scholarships between the five states.
I am thankful to work in a profession and state where the majority of our profession get along and help each other. We never know when we’re going to need help. I have found the people in Utah to be exceptional examples of leadership, professionalism, and hard work. I feel fortunate to be surrounded in my professional and personal life with these people.
As the incoming president, I feel compelled to remind us all that we need to get along and set good examples. We all represent the entire well drilling and pump industry in Utah and the surrounding areas. Remember, there is plenty of work to go around. Our costs are going up
with all the red tape. Keep your prices fair, charge what you are worth, and avoid underbidding your fellow water industry competitors. In my opinion, lowering our prices and underbidding each other just to get a job will result in less quality work, fewer satisfied customers, and way less income in the long run. Remember we are a very specialized and vital industry.
I look forward to serving as your UGWA president the next two years. I believe this will be a challenging and rewarding position. As I begin this new journey, please know that my door is always open to you for questions, comments, and suggestions.