The UA Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program equips separating military service members with valuable technical skills in the pipe trade, an increasingly sought after skill-set. Through an 18-week accelerated courses – provided free of cost on military bases across the country – VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and a direct entry into solid private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits. The UA VIP Program was created to jointly address veteran unemployment and a growing shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry, creating a valuable pipeline for veterans seeking meaningful careers. With praise from Congress, the U.S. Department of Labor, the military, and media, the UA VIP Program is recognized as one of the best active-duty military transition programs in the country.
The United Association’s chief officer is General President Mark McManus. In August 2016, Mark McManus was unanimously elected as General President at the UA’s 39th General Convention and on November 10, 2016, he assumed his new position leading the nation’s most progressive and influential trade union.
Travis Dalton is currently President and General Manager of Cerner Government Services (CGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cerner Corporation. As President, Travis focuses on bringing the best of Cerner to deliver greater value, innovation and outcomes for Cerner’s federal clients. He leads all aspects of CGS, including strategy, operations, delivery and growth. Under Travis’ leadership, CGS has experienced significant year-over-year growth and is transforming healthcare delivery through its integral role on two of the government’s largest, most complex modernization programs to date – Department of Defense’s Defense (DoD) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) program and Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program. Through these efforts, Cerner is improving care quality for military Service members and creating a single electronic health record that will make seamless care possible for the nation’s 20 million Service members, Veterans and their beneficiaries.
In addition to his relentless mission focus, Travis is strongly committed to developing next-generation IT leaders and building environments where they can thrive. He invests significant personal time in continuous coaching and mentoring individuals at all levels to achieve their full potential; and has created an entrepreneurial culture at CGS to spur creativity across the team. Travis is currently a member of the Military Committee of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Host Committee for the Elizabeth Dole Hidden Heroes Foundation.