A New Day, a New Era
A new day for ASA. We are here to serve.
As I assemble a few words to introduce myself as your new chairman, my head is swimming in recent changes as well as the promise of new opportunities for our association. At our recent board meeting we took steps to change our leadership structure. The new board is a smaller group of great industry leaders who provide more member-driven perspectives. We intend to work closer and more cooperatively with our affiliates. Ron Pyle has stepped down, and Dan Risley is our new interim executive director. We’ve had some other staff changes. We have a new website coming. I believe you will see a new tone of humility, a new level of energy, and a desire to serve from our leadership.
These changes have been coming for a period of time. I must express my appreciation and respect for the work of our board in recent years and the leadership of Ron Nagy, AAM, as chairman. Ron is an incredible person who tells it like it is while immersing himself in initiatives to improve our association and trade show – while leading his company in incredible growth. Few people could match his energy, passion, vision and accomplishments.
In this issue we focus on “All Things Management.” I’ve been blessed to be in management roles for most of my 40 years in our industry. I continue to be fascinated and frustrated by its intricacies and complexities. I believe it is similar to trying to understand the opposite sex. You could devote your life to studying it, but will never completely understand it. However, those who study management do get better at it and the success of their businesses proves it.
It is up to each of us to continually increase and perfect our management and leadership skills.
We also have a preview of our upcoming CARS and NACE shows in this issue on page 26. This year we gather in Las Vegas Oct. 16-18. When I say “gather,” that is specifically what our show is about. The purpose of our show is for our industry to unite in one place for education and networking. Again, our education track will be second to none. The MSO Symposium and Mechanical Management Symposium continue to grow in attendance and prominence. There will be forums and round tables, and of course the trade exhibits. The show floor will be the center of many activities, including our welcome party. Please make your plans to attend.By Darrell Amberson, AAM, Chairman
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