Who We Are
Organized in 1864, the OPCMIA has represented and trained plasterers and cement masons for the purpose of protecting and promoting the quality of our industry and the livelihood of our members. Plaster and concrete are ageless building materials that will not fall out of favor as long as there is a sufficient amount of workers who are skilled in the arts of installation and finishing. These materials are as unforgiving as they are durable and beautiful. Skilled hands and competent management must work together to achieve the desired result and to promote and protect this vital construction resource. We dedicate ourselves to the promotion of these materials, the recruitment and training of skilled craftsmen to meet the demand of our industry, and hold ourselves responsible to this commitment for the future of our industry and the welfare of all those who earn their living in it.
General Executive Board
DANIEL E. STEPANO, General President
ROGER BETTERMANN, General Secretary-Treasurer
TODD A. LAIR, Executive Vice-President
RICHARD BAILEY, Vice President
MICHAEL MOYLAN, Vice President
DOUG TAYLOR, Vice President
KEVIN SEXTON, Vice President
RICHARD WASSILL, Vice President, Canadian Consultant
Daniel E. Stepano
He was initiated into the OPCMIA on August 5, 1980, as a Plasterer in Local Union No. 31, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dan has worked in the plaster trade performing all trade processes of the craft and has served the Local Union in various positions including Recording Secretary, Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor, Executive Board Member, Business Agent, Trustee of the Health and Welfare, Apprenticeship, Pension and Annuity Funds, Business Manager and Financial Secretary.
On July 22, 2004, he was appointed to the position of International Vice President and General Executive Board Member. In August of 2004, at the 48th OPCMIA International Convention, Dan was elected International Vice President and to the General Executive Board of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association.
In June of 2007, Dan was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and then on January 1, 2007, he was appointed to serve as the Director of Organizing. Dan was elected as Executive Vice President and also to the General Executive Board of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association in August of 2009, at the 50th OPCMIA International Convention and again to both positions in August of 2014 at the 51st OPCMIA International Convention.
Dan comes from a family with a strong union background. His Father was a member of the OPCMIA Pittsburgh Local for over 46 years. Dan and his wife are the proud parents of two sons, Edward John and Ryan Jacob.
He began his journey with the OPCMIA on April 21, 1980, in Local 528, Seattle, Washington. On August 12, 1981, Brother Bettermann completed his apprenticeship and was appointed Apprenticeship Coordinator August of 1993. He was elected Vice President of Local 528, in June of 1994; the following March, was appointed Business Manager and shortly thereafter was elected to the position of Business Manager in the Local.
In 2004, he was appointed as a Deputy International Representative and two years later appointed as an International Representative. This position he held until his appointment as a Vice President and member of the General Executive Board on January 1, 2007. Roger was elected as Vice President and also to the General Executive Board of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association in August of 2009, at the 50th OPCMIA International Convention and again to both positions in August of 2014 at the 51st OPCMIA International Convention.
Roger is married to Tamara Bettermann and they have two children Jake age 23 and Carlee age 16.