As we look to create momentum in the new year it is important to reflect on the association’s successes of 2019. We took another step forward with the Build With Strength Campaign, casting the foundation for what promises to be a momentous year ahead. We advanced our Concrete Testing Adherence Collaboration (CTAC) with area laboratories, ensuring greater focus on proper testing procedures. And our technical committee succeeded in giving us a voice with specification writers to ensure a common sensed approach to concrete physical property testing.
January is always a busy month for the association as we kick of the legislative session, host networking events, and set committee goals for the year. The CRMCA/CSSGA Governmental Affairs Committee has been active since the current session started January 8. The team meets every Monday morning in the basement of the Capitol to review upcoming legislation. With 2020 being an election year, the committee will be actively pursuing fundraising for the CONCRETE and ROCK Political Action Committees and will hold the first Governmental Affairs Committee meeting of the year on February 17 – stay tuned for details.
In 2020 we will streamline the market committee efforts to better align with our Build With Strength strategy. Our immediate past president, Dana Rotkovich, is leading the joint effort. This new efficient structure was introduced during the joint market committee meeting on January 23 in conjunction with the second annual CRMCA/CSSGA ski retreat in Breckenridge. During the meeting participants reviewed committee and task force activities, updated the 2020 schedule and 3-year Build With Strength strategic plan. Look for big things from our market committees this year!
Speaking of the CRMCA/CSSGA ski retreat, we saw a 35% increase in registrants this year! Member company representatives came out in force, building on the success of last year’s event. The ski retreat has quickly become one of our premier networking opportunities. Strong support and participation is what drives the success of these events, and we look forward to numerous social gatherings throughout the year.
January also brought the world famous National Western Stock Show back to Denver. The annual show, which was established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. On January 16, the CRMCA held its annual Night at the Rodeo event, with dinner held at the exceptional Forney Museum of Transportation. It was a great time for all who participated!
2020 promises to be an exciting year. We will enhance our focus on Build With Strength. We will support transportation funding initiatives. We will strive to better communicate the benefits of ready-mixed concrete. We will promote our industry’s environmental stewardship. We will recognize and celebrate the teams and individuals who make the concrete industry so special.
Finally, thank you to everyone who volunteers and commits time to the association. We are stronger because of your engagement and passion for our industry.
Cole Jacobs, Martin Marietta
Board President, Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association