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| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE Moving Forward… Strategically By Charles Hanskat, PE, FACI, FASCE, ASA Executive Director First, I note with sadness that one of the leaders in our industry, Chris Zynda, passed away in early March. Though I only knew Chris personally through his activities with ASA and ACI, I knew much more of him by his reputation. His active and enthusiastic involvement in all things related to shotcrete was infectious. His commitment to improving the safety for our shotcrete crews while increasing the quality and durability of the structures we build was unmatched. It is obvious from the projects Chris was involved in that he envisioned shotcrete placement as an opportunity to be efficient; cost-effective; and above all, creative. In his various roles with ASA—serving and chairing committees, serving on the Board, and serving in vari ous officer positions culminating as President, he set the example for what meaningful and productive service to ASA entails. The shotcrete industry has made major gains in the two decades since ASA was formed, and his involvement with ASA has been a significant factor in our pushing the industry forward in both quality and recognition. He will be missed…by family, by friends, by co-workers, by ASA members past and present, and in truth the entire shotcrete industry. ASA SPRING MEETINGS We had great attendance at our Spring 2017 ASA meetings held here in our offices in Farmington Hills, MI, at the end of March. Our meetings included a special 1-day meeting to review and refresh our Strategic Plan. In the review, we confirmed the exceptional progress we’ve made from the original plan developed just 3 years ago. In revisiting our Vision and Mission statements, we found them to still be meaningful and provide a clear direction. ASA’s Vision “Structures built or repaired with the shotcrete process are accepted as equal or superior to cast concrete.” ASA’s Mission “ASA provides resources, qualification, certification, education, networks, and leadership to increase the acceptance, quality, and safe practices of the shotcrete process.” The refreshed Strategic Plan was shared with the Board and Committees during the meetings the following day. Through the active involvement of our committee chairs and members, made strides to move our programs and outreach ahead. This included: • The Underground Committee (Chair: Axel Nitschke) is nearing completion of the 1-hour Underground Shotcrete on-site seminar. This was balloted to the Board shortly after the Spring meetings. This program is based on the content in ACI 506.5R, “Guide for Specifying Underground Shotcrete,” and will be a valuable resource for engineers and specifiers to learn more about underground shotcreting. • The Pool and Recreational Shotcrete Committee (Chair: Bill Drakeley) confirmed their position paper on Forming for Pool Construction. This was balloted to the Board shortly after the Spring meetings. They are also working on other position papers and hope to have one or more finalized later this year. Chair Drakeley informed the group that a pool subcommittee was established under ACI 506. This new subcommittee met at the ACI meetings in downtown Detroit the day after our committee meetings. • The Marketing Committee (Chair: Joe Hutter) reviewed our tradeshow activity and recommended adding the Railway Interchange exhibition in September 2017 sponsored by AREMA/REMSA/RESI to the tradeshows we will exhibit at this year. Also, as 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of ASA, the group had much discussion and recommended holding an enhanced 20th Anniversary event in place of our traditional Awards Banquet held in conjunction with World of Concrete. You’ll hear more about this soon, as the 20th Anniversary event was approved by the Board. • The Membership Committee (Chair: Cathy Burkert) reviewed our membership statistics and made assignments for contacting recently dropped corporate members to remind them of the benefits of membership in ASA. The committee also discussed our membership dues that have not increased since our inception 20 years ago and established a task group to review our dues structure in comparison to other similar trade associations. • The Education Committee (Chair: Oscar Duckworth) reviewed statistics on our sharply increasing number of ASA/ACI Nozzleman Certification sessions. They also 8 Shotcrete | Spring 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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