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| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE Smile! It’s Awards Season 2017 By Charles Hanskat, PE, FACI, FASCE, ASA Executive Director Right up there with the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, and other prestigious awards ceremonies, ASA celebrated another successful year of our Outstanding Shotcrete Project awards. Though we never did find the red carpet, our 12th Annual Awards Presentations and Banquet was hosted at the first-class Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, on the evening of January 17, 2017. The gala was very well-attended with over 150 members and guests in attendance. Joe Hutter was our emcee again this year, and did a great job getting all the project awards (winners in each of our six categories and five honorable mentions) and individual honorees recognized in an organized and efficient manner. A big thank you to all the sponsors of this year’s banquet. The sponsors’ generous donations (we hit a record level this year) helped to offset the sharply increased banquet costs in Las Vegas, and thus keep our registration fees as low as possible. Look at our Association News section in this issue for photos and more details of the various awards at the event. Our Executive Committee and Board of Directors also met in Las Vegas on Monday, January 16. They confirmed our commitment to refreshing our Strategic Plan at a special meeting before the spring ASA committee day, reviewed the 2016 financial performance, approved our 2017 budget, reviewed the status of our education and nozzleman certification programs, and received updates on our development of a Contractor’s Qualification Program. At the Executive Committee, Board, and General Membership meetings we also announced the results of the ASA election of Officers and Board members. Member voting overwhelmingly approved our slate of officers for 1-year terms (January 2017–January 2018): • Scott Rand, President • John Zhang, Vice President • Ryan Poole, Secretary • Cathy Burkert, Treasurer • Bill Drakeley, Past President Voters also approved three members for 3-year terms on the Board of Directors (January 2017–January 2020): • Jonathan Dongell • Mason Guarino • Marcus H. von der Hofen At the General Membership meeting, Bill Drakeley reflected on his last year as President and welcomed Scott Rand to take the reins of leadership of our Association. Scott cheerfully accepted and presented his thoughts on what he wants to accomplish in his term as President. At World of Concrete (WOC) on Tuesday, we held a daylong nozzleman education session with excellent attendance. Then, later in the week, for the first time, we conducted both wet-mix and dry-mix nozzleman certification sessions to allow nozzlemen with the proper experience who had attended the education an opportunity to take the written and performance exams for nozzleman certification. Additionally, an ASA-sponsored 1.5-hour technical session, “Shotcrete Technology: Advances, Research & Challenges in Using Shotcrete,” produced by John Zhang and Chris Zynda, had over 70 attendees. As Chris Zynda had a last-minute conflict, I stepped in to help present Chris’ portion of the talk. Finally, we also had good traffic at our 20 x 30 ft (6 x 9 m) booth in the WOC South Hall. Thanks to all our members who volunteered their time to staff the booth throughout the exhibit hours Tuesday through Friday. As a reminder, our spring 2017 committee meetings will be held at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) office in Farmington Hills, MI. The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition will be held in downtown Detroit (Farmington Hills is a suburb of Detroit). We expect this new venue will help hold down costs for the meetings, and additionally let everyone see our Association headquarters. For security reasons, we do require RSVPs for our members attending the committee meetings, so if you haven’t done so, please contact us before showing up. Looking forward, 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year, bringing new programs on board and pushing our committee activities to an even higher level. All members are welcome, and encouraged, to participate in our committees. The work of our volunteer members is what helps move our Association forward, and ultimately improves the recognition and quality of shotcrete in all types of concrete construction. As always, if you have any questions about ASA or shotcrete, please feel free to contact me. 8 Shotcrete | Winter 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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