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ASA President’s Letter—June 2018

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ASA President’s Letter—June 2018

Dear ASA Members,

As the end of my term quickly approaches, I wanted to share some thoughts and my sincere appreciation for the opportunity that I’ve been given to serve as President of this amazing association for the past year.

Intentionally being redundant, ASA continues to not only focus on the three pillars of our foundation—advocacy, education and networking—but also on creating opportunities for strength and growth.

ASA continues to advocate on behalf of trade contractors across the country at the federal level. ASA Chief Advocacy Officer E. Colette Nelson was deeply involved with the coalition fighting against implementation of OSHA’s silica rule. ASA has been a key developer and driver of ConsensusDocs. This past year Colette was also instrumental in helping many local chapters with their state advocacy needs.

Educationally, ASA continues to provide our members with learning opportunities through the much heralded webinar series. Based on feedback, we have modified some of the educational programs presented at SUBExcel. Again, the goal is to provide our members with much needed resources to help them compete.

On a national level, SUBExcel provides opportunity for non-competing trade contractors to network that they would not normally have. Don’t underestimate the value in having a sounding board for a particular issue that your company struggles with. I have participated in some of those discussions myself and can assure you, your issue has been dealt with before, by someone else. SUBExcel is a place where ideas can, and do, take shape. ASA has provided a vehicle for chapters and their leadership to share ideas with much success.

Most good business leaders know that complacency is the Achilles’ heel for businesses. The same can be said for associations. This past year ASA has taken steps to ensure that the association will not suffer from a “business as usual” attitude. The Board of Directors authorized, created and began implementation of a strategic plan that is a testament to their commitment in furthering the mission and value proposition of this association. In addition, ASA has taken steps to improve and secure its financial future in the form of an updated investment policy.

As a final thought, I can assure you that ASA is in good hands going forward. The common theme I have seen is passion. I have seen it in all aspects of the association, nationally and at the local levels. The Board of Directors is outstanding. They have selflessly donated their time and resources to bettering the ASA and it shows. Many have taken on special assignments for the betterment of the whole. They have done the heavy lifting and they deserve the accolades. I have witnessed the passion that executive directors, members, past leaders, committee chairs and the many volunteers have. They provide you with resources and tools that will help you make your business better. The amount of time, effort and resources that they give freely is staggering. They are what make ASA the standard bearer, by which all other trade contractor associations will be judged. It’s truly infectious and I’m humbled by it. Please continue to support them. My sincere gratitude for the Board of Directors, the executive directors, staff, volunteers, Richard Bright and his staff can’t be sufficiently expressed. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Jeff Banker
2017-18 ASA President

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