As the holiday season is upon us, it becomes a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for, all we have accomplished, the areas we may have fallen short, and making the resolution to adjust/grow into the new year.
One of the things I’m most thankful for is all the leaders/pillars of this great industry for which I get the honor of standing and working on top of what they built. Great men and women who have worked tirelessly to create, struggle, fail, and succeed in building such an amazing marketplace for us to work in. These people have given so many years of their lives innovating, teaching, and building. This year we have lost and are about lose more of these pioneers with Pat Walker and now Miles Dees retirements. There are too many of these men and women to list and we will lose more in the coming years. I strongly encourage you to learn everything you can from ones around you. Let’s make sure we honor and thank them for all they have done.
As we slowly lose these pillars of our industry, we are also challenged to pick up their mantle and honor them with our actions by growing and continuing to build on what they have left us. Let us make them proud and work to become just a small portion of the Innovators, Guardians, and Leaders they have been. We are in a golden age for ready-mixed concrete with all the technological advancements, our amazing association, marketplace, and national backing. We’ve accomplished so much already and there is so much more we can achieve as I look forward. I challenge you to dream about what might be with just naming a few our programs: CRMCA’s Adherence Program, Build with Strength, and our commitment to industry Safety during this prosperous period.
Todd and the Board started with a message years ago of “Strength in Numbers” and we have built a vertically tall association with: 25 Producer members, 4 Cement Producers, 95 Associate Members, and 32 Government Agencies. What we need now to grow wide, is for our members to put new workers in the fertile fields we have in front of us. How far can we go if every company dedicated just one person for 2-3 hours a month to help advance our industry through one of the CRMCA programs?
As you go through this holiday season and reflect/plan for the future, thank someone who has worked to build what we have. Then let’s dig deep to find the new people who can paying it forward and become the next generation of Innovators, Guardians, and Leaders. Their time involved in CRMCA is something your company will endlessly reap the benefits of. May God bless you all and I’m excited to see what the coming year brings. Thank you for everything you do to make our association great!
CRMCA Board President
Sales Manager / Bestway Concrete & Aggregate