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| ASA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Advancing the Mission I am both honored and humbled to accept the challenge of being the 2017 ASA President. Spending two terms on the Board and evolving through the roles within the Executive Committee has furthered my education and appreciation of our industry with yet-to-be-defined future potential. Ironically, as we enter what is By Scott Rand now our 20th year as an association, I pass the threshold of my 20th year at King Packaged Materials Company in this construction segment where many of us share our passion. Echoing my January comments at our Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards Program in Las Vegas, NV, I would like to take the time to acknowledge some people who have influenced my path. While there have been numerous people industry-wide that have both helped and taught me along the way (easily enough to fill an entire page), some people within our association deserve special mention. My involvement in the Executive Committee has consistently increased the appreciation I have for the incredible effort and dedication that both Charles Hanskat and Alice McComas bring daily to our organization. I am very indebted to our evergrowing list of Past Presidents whose direction, leadership, and example I have had the benefit of witnessing firsthand. I have had the pleasure of serving on the Executive Committee with five of them (Totten, Cotter, Hanskat, von der Hofen, and Drakeley) and, added to that list, two colleagues who I work with whose constant counseling can’t be overstated (Hutter and Bridger). While I am extremely grateful for their collective participation and for sharing their wealth of experience, I would like to thank them again personally for not only giving back to our industry but also for their determined pursuit of raising the bar. Michael Cotter not only was the first to recommend my name for the Board back in New Orleans (2002) but also the one who picked up the phone a few years ago to ask if I would consider serving as an ASA officer. Over the past year, Bill Drakeley has provided a great example of steering the ship and I am grateful for both his guidance and friendship. It’s comforting to know that Bill retains a position as Past President on the Executive Committee for one more year. One other Past President who has influenced not just my career but many others’, as well, is George Yoggy. I was first introduced to George 20 years ago while attending the NORCAT Nozzleman Training Course in Sudbury, ON, Canada. If you have any involvement in our industry, you understand that George was and is such a passionate leader and mentor. 4 Shotcrete | Spring 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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