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ASA President’s Message The Plan By Marcus H. von der Hofen I hope everybody had a good previous year Professional Development and is looking forward to a successful new Our education program has been very successful in helping one. ASA has been very busy thanks to our nozzlemen achieve their goal of becoming ACI Certified Past President, new Executive Director Nozzlemen; however, we realize that nozzlemen are only one Charles Hanskat, and the rest of the committee component of the process. We cannot overlook the need for members, most of whom have contributed qualified inspectors and contractors and develop the resources for years. I hope members are aware that over they need to be credible and proficient to the industry’s the past year, ASA has developed a focused consumers. As important as these needs are, it is just as critical Strategic Plan. Some goals are things you have probably heard to fill the void in educational material for engineers/specifiers. but many of them are more ambitious and exciting than ever. We need more promotion of our AIA continuing education Our Mission to provide training, qualification, certification, courses to help more shotcrete projects become a reality from and education and to increase acceptance, quality, and safe the people who could and should be designing them. Many practices of the shotcrete process has really just begun. To with whom I have spoken clearly lack confidence in our achieve these goals, we have implemented a four-part strategic process because they haven’t been provided with viable and breakdown that focuses on Professional Development, Out- credible information. reach, Credibility, and Organizational Strength. Outreach Let’s get this information in the hands of those who need it. Our goal is to strengthen or create relationships with groups that also provide support to the concrete industry. By doing this we can tailor our educational programs to complement the existing programs. After a century of shotcrete, it is high time that we help higher education bring the process to students as part of their concrete curriculum. Credibility We need to have grass roots involvement with students and support their education with R&D. A strengthened role with the American Concrete Institute, AASHTO, ASTM International, and other standards publications will help put our process in the conversation it deserves. By enhancing our position with recognized contractor and craftsman credentials developed and implemented in the next 2 years, the choice of shotcrete or cast- in-place concrete could become the simple option it should be. Organization Strength These are the goals—without question, they will help our industry and they are achievable. I am asking you as members to step up to the plate and get involved. More than ever, we need you to join the committees and grow our membership. Without your involvement—both with time and money—the ASA volunteer organization cannot continue to meet these challenges. I think someone once said, “Ask not what shotcrete can do for you, but what you can do for shotcrete,” or something like that. I have only scratched the surface of what our Strategic Plan entails and look forward to seeing you—the membership—help make it a reality this coming year. 2 Shotcrete • Spring 2015


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