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Many years ago, when I started to pursue New York City’s East Side Access, it was George who opened the doors for many of us to become involved. Patrick Bridger and I were fortunate enough to meet George for lunch late last year in Allentown, PA, and I was thrilled and inspired to see that his passion for shotcrete is still alive and well. I am genuinely excited about the year ahead. Thanks to Charles Hanskat, who was our ASA President at that time, we sat down 3 years ago and updated our Mission and our Vision to match the growth and challenges in our industry that have evolved since we started as an Association in 1998. Then we went forward and developed our first ASA Strategic Plan. With some modifications along the way, we started tackling approximately 40 objectives. We truly began to gain momentum at that pivotal Denver, CO, meeting (November 2015) and the growth since has been tremendous. As those of you involved know, and for others simply following our progress, our plan involves two goals that are nearing completion: the development of our Shotcrete Inspector Education and Contractor Qualification programs. Overall, we are well past the halfway mark in our pursuit and are now at the point where we need to sit down to develop the roadmap for our next 3 years. By the time this issue goes to print, we will have already met in Detroit, MI, to do just that. The scorecard approach that we are using to monitor our progress on the strategic planning items is direct and efficient. I met with one of Queen’s University’s Executive Professors who teaches Leadership, Strategy, and Execution last Fall and showed her what we were accomplishing. She loved it and agreed with the theory from the 4 Disciplines of Execution that we have modeled our approach after. We are on a positive track and you can see increased momentum within every single committee. We have very strong leaders and volunteers throughout our Association. I applaud their efforts and especially our committee chairs. If you haven’t been actively involved to date, but would like to be a part of our next 20 years, please approach one of our committee members or staff to start the process (shotcrete.org/ pages/membership/contact.htm and shotcrete.org/pages/membership/committees.htm). The acceptance and use of shotcrete is growing tremendously and our product is proving to be one of the most versatile, creative, and efficient concrete construction methods available in the market. Thank you for your support and allowing me the honor to serve as this year’s ASA President. I look forward to doing my part to drive our new Strategic Plan and grow ASA to be of more value to our members and the shotcrete industry. www.shotcrete.org Spring 2017 | Shotcrete 5


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