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ASA President’s Message Looking Back…Looking Forward… 15 Years! By Joe Hutter As I sit down to draft my last President’s the direction of our association but also the direction of Message, I can’t help but think back to our industry. the inagural ASA meeting held 14 years A prototypical example of this influence is the task group ago at the ACI Fall 1998 Convention in that developed the Nozzleman Certification program. This Los Angeles and reflect on how much has program was first developed by ASA volunteers, handed off to changed in our organization since that initial the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and later tweaked and meeting. Our initial membership consisted modified to meet the changing needs of both our members and of 51 corporate members, all of whom the industry. Today, the end result represents the hard work of were anxious to get involved and influence the direction that so many ASA members who volunteer their time to improve our industry would go. Those members were served by an the quality of shotcrete placed throughout North America and Executive Committee, led by ASA President Lars Balck, that the world. The success of the Nozzleman Certification program consisted of George Yoggy, Vice President; Rusty Morgan, is evident by the high number of specifications seen today that Secretary; and Pete Tatnall, Treasurer. It was the hard work reference ACI Nozzleman Certification and by the fact that and persistence of that group that got ASA off the ground there are over 1300 ACI Certified Nozzlemen currently working and built the momentum required to make our association the on projects throughout North America. It is an accomplishment success that it is today. that our association can be proud of. This success can be measured in so many ways, but it is The next step in the journey to improve the quality of safe to say that the growth in corporate membership from 51 shotcrete placement is to address the topic of contractor in the fall of 1998 to 165 today indicates that more companies prequalification. A task group, led by incoming ASA President are involved in the placement of shotcrete—whether they are Michael Cotter, is working hard to develop an ASA contractors, equipment suppliers, material suppliers, or prequalification process that would identify ASA contractor consulting engineers—and recognize ASA’s influence within members who have demonstrated their capabilities through a the shotcrete industry. Many of the members who participate, history of successful, high-quality shotcrete projects. This especially those who attend ASA meetings and serve on program would serve as a tool for specifiers to ensure that the committees, task groups, the Board, or the Executive contractors who bid on their projects are qualified to do so. Committee, receive the added benefit of influencing not only There are many other task groups that are working behind the scenes on behalf of the association and the industry to improve quality; educate specifiers; grow our market share; and attract new, young talent to our industry. The success—or lack thereof—of these task groups will be determined by the ASA members who get involved. Finally, as our association heads into its 15th year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hardworking individuals who have supported ASA throughout my term as President and want to welcome Michael Cotter as he officially steps into the position in February 2013 at our ASA Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, NV. Many of us know Michael as a passionate, hardworking shotcrete contractor who has dedicated many hours to help better our association and our industry. If you are an ASA member, please step forward and offer Michael your support. There is no better way to influence the direction of our industry than to increase your involvement in our industry’s association. If you are not a member, consider joining now. It’s difficult to influence the outcome of a game when you’re watching from the sidelines! 2 Shotcrete • Winter 2013


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