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ASA President’s Message A Great Year for ASA, and a Very Bright Future Ahead By Charles S. Hanskat Wow…just WOW. It’s hard to believe my and you’ll find the answer to what ASA intends to do for you, year serving as President is coming to a close. your company, and the shotcrete industry. It seems like just a few months ago I stood up Of course, any plan is only words on paper until there is at our Annual Outstanding Shotcrete Project buy-in from the members, which leads to their active efforts Awards Banquet and shared with you my to accomplish the tasks to reach the goals. The Board recognized vision for ASA in 2014. It’s been a year with that to fuel the intended growth in programs and services ASA a flurry of activity on multiple fronts with provides to the members and the industry, we needed to consider major accomplishments. providing more staff resources. In December, the Board voted Some of the highlights of this year: unanimously to fund in our budget an upgraded full-time • Strong growth in membership Executive Director position, and further to have an Executive • Increased demand for our ASA/ACI Nozzleman Certifica- Director who is experienced in shotcrete, can actively promote tion sessions shotcrete to outside groups, is a team builder, and has good • Rollout of an updated Nozzleman Education session connections within the concrete industry. • ASA published its new “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” With the increased support of a full-time Executive Director, • Significant increase in our financial stability and the direction of our Strategic Plan, we will see more rapid • Substantial funding for critical shotcrete research progress in many of the areas of growth and service I identified a • Continued development and publication of Board Position year ago at the annual Banquet and in my first President’s Message: Statements on Best Practices for Shotcrete Placement • Enhance and increase membership; • Reorganization of committee structure to maximize their • Evaluate methods to increase funding; effectiveness • Engage more members to become active in ASA; and • Continued strong growth in the Outstanding Shotcrete • Continue to develop strong liaisons with specifiers, owners, Project Awards Program and Banquet and general contractors. Perhaps the most important achievement in 2014 is the ASA So as the sun sets on my term, it in turn rises for our incoming Strategic Plan. The Plan gives us focus. It sets achievable President, Marcus von der Hofen. I’m confident Marcus will targets. But, most importantly, it allows our association, take the lead in moving ASA forward to achieve our strategic composed of members in a variety of different roles across the goals. I have enjoyed tremendous support from Marcus and shotcrete industry, to know where we’re headed. What is ASA indeed the entire Executive Committee (Michael Cotter, Bill going to do for you? What is ASA going to do for the craftsmen, Drakeley, and Oscar Duckworth) throughout my term. Our project managers, business owners, suppliers, educators, and Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have provided great engineers that are the heart of our industry? Look at the Plan support, and shown a high level of involvement in furthering ASA’s goals. Also, two of our Past Presidents, Joe Hutter and Patrick Bridger, have gone above and beyond, continuing to actively serve on our committees and graciously accepting assignments on task groups that benefited from their long experience with ASA. Without a doubt, Alice McComas and Did you know ASA Mark Campo deserve my thanks and admiration for routinely and expertly tackling all those day-to-day association operations is on facebook? available to help when needed.that we as volunteers could never fill, and always being Finally, I’d like to thank all the members of ASA. Without you there would be no ASA, and I would never have been able “like” us on facebook to experience the exhilaration of leading ASA forward, and www.facebook.com/ helping to establish a long-term vision of where we, ASA, will AmericanShotcreteAssociation be as future presidents, officers, Board members, and committee members take the reins, and move ASA onward and upward. 2 Shotcrete • Winter 2015


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