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ASA Strategic Plan focus on more than two at the same time. These objectives should be placed on a scorecard, making the evolution of the plan visible, ultimately making committees accountable while recognizing at the same time that successes should be celebrated. Discussions were held with committee Chairs and the Denver meeting started by walking through every existing goal not only to achieve consensus on which committee would actually own each objective but also in what priority they should concentrate their efforts. The result was greater buy-in than had been experienced in the past year and a renewed dedication to completing the Strategic Plan. We understood that this exercise may challenge the focus of some existing committees and perhaps even result in the need to develop new ones. I share that both occurred. Following the decision earlier in the year by then-President von der Hofen to reestablish the Underground Committee, asking Axel Nitschke to chair, a Technical Committee was also formed to be chaired by Lihe (John) Zhang. Specific to our Committees, Education is working on updating our Continuing Education Programs; Marketing, while just having completed our rebranding initiative, will now concentrate on implementing our Inspector Training Program; Membership will focus not only on our growth but also on our retention; Pool & Recreation is adding to their relevant Position Statements as well as following up on their numerous leads developed through this year’s trade show circuit; Safety is developing a presentation to accompany their Guide; the newly revived Underground is concentrating on a presentation specific to the use of shotcrete below grade; Technical is not only wrapping up their latest research initiative but also defining future opportunities; and our Executive Director is concentrating on the heavily anticipated Contractor Qualification Program. The summary of both the 2015 Denver and 2016 Las Vegas (World of Concrete) meetings have led to some of the most exciting initiatives and progress since adopting the plan. This new approach, together with the Strategic Plan Scorecard, will provide greater visibility for our committee’s efforts for the next couple of years. As always, if one of these initiatives interests you, please contact us (info@shotcrete.org) about how you can become involved. 8 Shotcrete • Spring 2016


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