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ASA President’s Message Google has Maps, Apple has Maps, and now ASA has a MAP! By Charles S. Hanskat These are exciting times for ASA. If you 1. Professional development look back at where we started in 1998, to 2. Outreach where we are today, you see we’ve grown 3. Credibility and developed into a credible, respected 4. Organization strength organization that is spreading the word about And for each of these strategic priorities, we developed goals shotcrete throughout the construction mar- and objectives to achieve each one. The plan was tweaked a ketplace. Our growth and direction over the bit by the group in the weeks after our weekend retreat in the last 16 years has been a result of the tireless suburbs of Detroit, and then presented to the ASA Board in a dedication of our past presidents, officers, committee chairs, web conference in September. The Board was very receptive members, and staff to fulfill the need for shotcrete education and, after much discussion, approved the strategic plan at the and acceptance. end of the meeting. However, looking forward to envision where we want ASA So now we have a Strategic Plan—a road map detailing to be in 3, 5, or 10 years, there hasn’t been a documented plan. where we want to be within 3 to 5 years. Each of the goals and We didn’t have a road map to help guide us from year to year. objectives will be reviewed with our committees at the Fall Thus, earlier this year we started the process for developing a 2014 ASA meetings in Washington, DC. Each committee will strategic plan. We formed a task group with experienced then decide what objectives fall under their scope, and start to members—Past Presidents, officers, younger members, Board put together a set of tasks to accomplish those objectives. A members, and staff who represented nearly all the “practice plan on the shelf does nothing—we have to be sure the gears areas” in ASA (contractors, material suppliers, equipment are set in motion, and keep moving. manufacturers, engineers, and staff). The approved Strategic Plan follows this column. Please To help us efficiently and effectively develop the plan, we review it, and if you have any questions, please feel free to brought in a recognized facilitator, Jon Hockman, from contact me or any of the task group members. The task group Washington, DC. The group met in our headquarters office in members were: Michael Cotter, Marcus von der Hofen, Bill Farmington Hills, MI, over a weekend in early August. We Drakeley, Oscar Duckworth, Patrick Bridger, Cathy Burkert, started Saturday afternoon, and wrapped up about 24 hours Ryan Poole, Dennis Bittner, Tom Norman, Alice McComas, later on Sunday afternoon. and Mark Campo. My sincere thanks to all the task group The process was eye-opening and frankly exciting. Everyone members for taking a beautiful summer weekend away from actively participated as we sat around a large conference table family to help ASA develop the Strategic Plan. the first day. During the initial brainstorming, we had ideas, The Strategic Plan must not be a static document. We will thoughts, programs, and concepts flying around the room. With certainly refer to it as we progress, but we must also consider Hockman’s help we focused the raw thoughts into manageable how changes in the marketplace, our membership, or our goals and objectives that support the mission and vision of activities may need to change the plan. It should be a living, ASA, which we also updated. As we wrapped up on Sunday evolving document—one that helps everyone associated with afternoon, everyone was enthusiastic and somewhat amazed ASA see what we want to accomplish, and how we will do it. by what we put together. I look forward to having your active support to raise ASA to We updated our vision statement—“Structures built or the next level and bring the acceptance of shotcrete to an equal repaired with the shotcrete process are accepted as equal or or superior footing with cast concrete. superior to cast concrete”—and then created a mission Here is the ASA Strategic Plan, and it can also be found on statement to support that vision: “ASA provides training, our website: www.shotcrete.org/media/pdf/ASA_Strategic_ qualification, certification, education, networks, and leadership Plan_2014.pdf. to increase the acceptance, quality, and safe practices of the shotcrete process.” Moving down through the plan, the mission is accomplished by four key strategic priorities: 2 Shotcrete • Fall 2014


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