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2017SummerShotcreteEMag

| ASA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE ASA—THE Leading Resource for the Shotcrete Industry As I mentioned in my last Message, a select number of our Association participants, ranging from Executive Committee and Board members to Committee Chairs and Past Presidents, traveled to ACI headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI, on Friday, March 24, for our full-day 2017 Strategic Planning Update Session. By Scott Rand Heading into the meeting, we had completed over half of our original plan’s 40 objectives, created 3 years earlier, and were well on our way to completing another 10. The timing was imperative to both maintain the success that we were experiencing as an Association since our pivotal Denver, CO, meeting (November 2015) and to provide new direction to those committees quickly exhausting their current objectives. We started our meeting by reviewing all accomplishments to date. This included our critical statements, such as our Vision and our Mission. While our Vision remains valid, we agreed that part of our Mission has changed because we are now much more of a resource than a training association. It actually resulted in the removal of the word “training” from our Mission statement and replacing it with “resource.” Not long ago, it was common for some of our members to proclaim in committee meetings that we are not meant to be a “how-to” association. Although that was an expressed opinion, there have always been a variety of viewpoints. Considering our achievements as an Association over the past few years, you would have to agree that we have become not only a resource for our industry but also the leading resource for our industry. We must lead. To provide true value to specifying authorities, to have the shotcrete process seriously considered head-to-head against common options such as form and pump/pour, or ground support in mining and tunneling, we must offer credible resources from all perspectives. These resources—of value to our members, and indeed the entire shotcrete industry—include safety, inspection, certification, and qualification, as well as recognizing and promoting numerous examples of successful projects. We analyzed our accomplished objectives to date and reprioritized those not yet completed. We were conscious to stay true to our four key categories: professional development, credibility, outreach, and organizational strength. As the day played out, a few things became abundantly clear. Regardless of category or committee description, our focus needed to be placed on our four largest remaining Network Add value Be part of the process Be involved Contribute Grow professionally Collaborate Team up Join Connect Make a difference, join an ASA Committee, help grow the industry! Interested? Contact us at info@shotcrete.org for details. 4 Shotcrete | Summer 2017 www.shotcrete.org


2017SummerShotcreteEMag
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