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Staff Editorial The Next Season By Charles S. Hanskat, PE, ASA Executive Director As the seasons change from winter to spring from all the construction people around me. We build things this year, ASA is undergoing major changes, that make people’s lives better…for a long time. My 25 years too. To implement the Strategic Plan we with design-build specialty contractors gives me a valuable adopted late last year, the Board decided that perspective on how design, specifications, project management, a full-time Executive Director with experience and most importantly the field team have to work together to in shotcrete contracting and design, as well actually build the structures envisioned by the owners. as association involvement, was essential to I’m stepping into the Executive Director role with a well- move our association forward. It was a great established, smoothly operating association. My sincere thanks honor to be chosen by the Board to fill the new position of to Mark Campo, who has been the administrative Executive Executive Director. With my 37 years of experience in the shotcrete Director for the last 2 years. Also, thanks to Alice McComas, and concrete industry, I will also be able to provide our members our full-time Program Coordinator. Mark and Alice have with technical support for your questions about shotcrete. allowed our volunteer officers and committee chairs to focus I’ve always enjoyed working in the construction business. on their tasks to improve the organization while handling the From my early days as a tradesman in the field, through administrative and routine organizational duties that keep our becoming a professional engineer and running departments, group running. regional offices, and then my own firms, I have learned a lot As I step into the role of Executive Director, I want to get more of our members actively engaged in our activities. We’re pursuing new learning seminars; new certification opportuni- ties; and outreach to owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and others who need to understand the benefits of shotcrete in creatively building with concrete. As ASA mem- bers, your help with that will let us extend the reach of shotcrete. Recent actions by our Board and Committees include President Marcus von der Hofen re-establishing the Under- ground Committee with experienced engineers and contractors. RAM Construction Services is the oldest and most We are evaluating rebranding ASA in coordination with our experienced waterproofing and restoration contractor in the new Strategic Plan. Our Membership Committee is investi- United States. RAM Construction Services has built a solid gating ways to provide a higher level of service to our members. reputation based on knowledge, experience and reliability. The Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Committee continues to RAM has grown into the largest Midwestern contractor develop position papers to help quantify good practice in the specializing in restoration of aging structures, and skilled industry. The Education Committee is developing a Shotcrete waterproofing of new structures. Inspector training session and the Safety Committee continues RAM is looking for career-minded staff to be part work on our Safety Guidelines. We’re also developing a Con- of this growing company. tractor Qualification program to help specifiers who want to get verified experience on their shotcrete projects. • Regional Managers • Estimators • Laborers Our committees are the lifeblood of our activities and can • Superintendents • Foreman • Skilled Trades always use more active member participation. If you aren’t cur- RAM offers an exciting and challenging working environment with opportu- rently a committee member, please consider becoming one. We nities for career advancement and growth. We offer medical, dental, vision, have standing committees for Education, Safety, Pool & Recre- life insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holi- ational Shotcrete, Marketing, Membership, and Publications. days, paid vacation, and personal days. EOE/AA Employer M/F/D/V You can find the missions and current chairs of our committees at www.shotcrete.org/pages/membership/committees.htm. Corporate Headquarters These are exciting times for ASA, and I’m really excited to 13800 Eckles Road • Livonia, Michigan 48150 be a part of the leadership of our group. Feel free to contact Send Resume to: mkaspari@ramservices.com or fax 734-793-1934 me at any time. I’m also glad I can devote my full time and energy to advancing our strategic goals and fulfilling our MICHIGAN • LOUISIANA • MINNESOTA • GRAND RAPIDS • CLEVELAND • CINCINNATI Vision—“Structures built or repaired with the shotcrete process are accepted as equal or superior to cast concrete.” www.ramservices.com 6 Shotcrete • Spring 2015


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