Greetings from AIC; I hope your summer has been productive and that each of you were able to get time away with family to relax.
Since April, when I was installed as AIC President, time has flown by. Our Executive Director Joe Sapp continues his stellar job of operating the daily business of AIC and the Commission while also keeping our volunteer leadership focused on meeting the goals we have set. I find these times in our industry to be dynamic. As the industry comes out of four years of economic downturn I continue to be optimistic and see signs of positive growth. With all of us facing increased workloads the management of the AIC over the past few years would not have been possible without Joe and his team.
Just in the last few weeks Joe has held meetings with several other organizations and is looking for teaming opportunities to help AIC expand our exposure into markets we have never been before. Joe has had great support for these meetings from other Board members and officers of AIC and has kept all of us spinning in multiple directions. It is great to see all the support from members and I challenge each of you reading this today to let Joe know you can help AIC in some small way, whether it is calling on a local school, arranging a meeting with a new construction program or association, or signing a colleague up for membership. We are working hard each and every day to make this a better place and I encourage each of you to step up and help us with the mission.
Some of the activities your AIC Board has been working on this summer include:
Several Directors have made visits to universities who give AC exams to their students each year. They are a mainstay of the AIC Certification program and making sure we are listening to the needs of the universities while we manage the testing of over 75 sites around the country takes a lot of planning coordination and effort. The opportunity to meet with educators at these universities has proved invaluable. These visits have also given us the opportunity to welcome the future of our industry by meeting with students who are preparing to take the Associate Constructor exam.
I personally made a visit to Colorado State University in Ft. Collins with AIC Board Member and Secretary Mike Golden in late May. We were well received and given a complete tour of their facilities and seen the progress Mostafa Khattab, Ph.D. Department Head for Construction has been able to make. We also met many of the staff and several professors. A tour of the facilities was very interesting and we can see great things are in store for Colorado State in the future. One item of note to pass on is their program of giving back, called CM Cares initiative. I hope you take a few minutes to visit the CM Cares website for more information.http://www.cm.chhs.colostate.edu/cm-cares/index.aspx
If you have visited a University program and discussed AIC or Certification let Joe Sapp know so we can get the word out. It is our plan to visit many Universities in the year ahead and get to know our university contacts better. I have plans to visit the University of Houston and Texas State near where I live in the coming months. I challenge each of the CPC’s to revisit the schools you associate with. If you would like to be connected with one of our university testing sites please contact Joe to help arrange that.
Long Range Planning for AIC:
Other news of the summer comes from our June Strategic and Long Range Planning Meeting in Chicago. We had 12 leaders of AIC and CCC come to Chicago and spend two days in deep discussions over how the future of AIC should be shaped and how we get our message out to our members, industry, and clients. I look forward to sharing some key points and deliverables from that meeting that will affect each and every member, AC, and CPC. We have some great new programs being developed that we are sure will take AIC to the next level.
Mid Year Meeting October 17-18, Washington D.C.
Our Mid-Year Meeting is scheduled for October in Washington D.C. is shaping up to be the best one yet. We have several Industry Associations who will join together at the First Annual Inter-Industry Roundtable for in depth discussions on key industry topics and how we as organizations can collaborate for the good of the industry. We also have added new education sessions and events to the schedule that make this a must attend event. For more information about the Mid-Year Meetingclick here.
In closing, GET INVOLVED! I truly believe we moving in the right direction as an organization. We have several big initiatives coming up and I hope you will come along for the ride. We are an organization driven by our volunteers. Your help will directly impact our organization and help us accomplish the things we are setting out to do. I have always been a believer that you get out of this organization what you put into it. That goes for everyone at any level. AC’s, let us know how your university program has impacted you; share your story with us! Members can join a Committee and help shape future programs or initiatives. Most importantly, if you have not done so, join as a member! If you have already earned your AC or CPC I hope you will take the next step and become a member of the AIC.
I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your AIC President this year and I look forward to see many of you in D.C. this October or at a future AIC event.
David Fleming, AIC-CPC, DBIA