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ASA President’s Message Moving Forward By Charles S. Hanskat As I pick up the reins in leading ASA, I • Evaluate methods to increase funding—We need to want to first give thanks to the previous consider ways to increase funding to allow us to support Presidents, who have worked long and hard industry-critical research, as well as development of new to bring ASA to where we are today. In programs of great value to our members and the shotcrete associations like ours with new leadership industry. There are a variety of avenues to investigate: transitioning in every year, we must pay increasing membership, increasing dues, graduated dues, or attention to continuity and monitoring our establishing specially targeted research or program “funds.” progress in achieving our goals. In effect, These methods and more will be considered by the we build on the foundations laid by those who came before Membership Committee this year. us. Fortunately for me and ASA, our Past Presidents have • Engage more members to become active in ASA—We’ve shared the vision, dedication, and commitment to advancing had many members give years of service to our committees, ASA and our shotcrete industry. I particularly want to thank programs, and seminars. However, to help assure we Michael Cotter, who provided strong leadership and direction represent a broad cross section of our members, we would as President last year. Under Michael’s watch, we set many benefit from getting more of our members actively involved of our new programs in motion. Also, thanks to Joe Hutter in our committees, programs, and seminars. I’d also like to and Ted Sofis, who are rolling off the Executive Committee, be sure we attract and involve younger members because but still remaining involved as Committee Chairs. ultimately, they will be running our industry. These are exciting times for ASA. In the last couple of years, • Continue to develop strong liaisons with specifiers, we’ve produced many new products that are of distinct benefit owners, and general contractors—These are our industry’s to our members and the shotcrete industry. We’ve added: clients. We must continue to enhance the image of shotcrete • “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” with these groups that in turn will increase opportunities • Enhanced 1-day Nozzleman Education Session for members. • Position papers • Develop a strategic plan for ASA—ASA was formed in o Pool and Spa 1998, and has substantial growth in members and activities.  Although we have clear Vision and Mission statements, weMinimum concrete strength of 4000 psi (27.6 MPa) for shotcrete don’t have a road map for how to implement them through o Qualifications of the Shotcrete Team strategies and goals. Thus, it is time for ASA to conduct a On the horizon, we have three major programs under strategic planning session. The outcome of the planning development, including: sessions should be a document that will help guide our • Shotcrete contractor certification; progress for the next 5 to 10 years. • Shotcrete inspector education/training; and I’m optimistic this will be another year with significant • Shotcrete crew safety educational session. progress in developing programs and services of distinct benefit We’ve experienced strong growth in ACI Nozzlemen to our members and the industry. We have a great leadership certification over the last 2 years. This is partially a rebound team with Michael Cotter, Marcus von der Hofen, Bill Drakeley, from the economic downturn, but also a result of more specifiers and Oscar Duckworth on the Executive Committee; all of our requiring ACI Certified Nozzlemen for their projects. In Board members; and the support of our ASA staff, Alice addition to the revised modules for our ASA examiners to use McComas and Mark Campo. in the 1-day education sessions, we continually seek to improve Finally, I want to thank all the ASA members who have the program to help ensure quality in the nozzlemen- expressed their confidence in me to lead ASA this year. I am certification process. This is exemplified by the great interaction honored to have the opportunity and truly excited that we can we’ve had at the annual workshop sessions that we’ve continue to enhance and improve the shotcrete industry through conducted with our ASA Examiners at World of Concrete. our work. Moving ahead, I’d like to share my goals for this year with you. • Enhance and increase membership—The strength of our group lies in fully engaging the entire breadth of the shotcrete industry. To focus our efforts on membership, the Board recently approved re-establishing a Member- ship Committee. 2 Shotcrete • Spring 2014


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