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President's Message -- Goals for the Year

Monday, November 20, 2017

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It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as President of our Institute this year.  Having served on numerous committee positions over the years, I have developed a deep respect and admiration for the work and character of our members.  My intention is to improve communication both within our Institute and with our sister associations.  I want to focus our support to our local chapters and student chapters first and foremost.

To further these goals, I have established a monthly COPRI teleconference to gain and maintain momentum on any pertinent and outstanding issues.  I want the Governing Board to be as responsive as possible to the initiatives and needs of the members.  The teleconference is to be conducted on the third Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. (ET).  All Governing Board and Council of Committee Chair members are on a standing call-in list.  If any member of the Institute wants to participate, please let Nicole know and she can send you a calendar invite with call-in instructions.  My goal is to make COPRI as transparent as possible, thereby making it an example for ASCE to follow.

With respect to our sister associations, I want us to reach out to organizations across our spectrum of interests to see if we can mass our forces so to speak with what will appear to be a louder and more concentrated voice to decision-makers nationally.  I would like to see more joint efforts and sharing of the pie for national and regional conferences.  I believe working in concert with organizations like AAPA, ASBPA, PIANC, WEDA, TNC, and the EDF will give us more strength and credibility with elected and appointed government leadership.  I will be asking Tom and relevant Committee Chairs to seek out one-on-one meetings with the leadership from our sister organizations to determine joint targets of opportunity for our mutual benefit over the next 3-5-year period.  One early opportunity is this year's ICCE which will be held in Baltimore.  This is a great opportunity to showcase all our Institute's capabilities to an international audience as this conference only comes to the US once every 10 years.

I look forward to your consideration and support going forward.




Jim Marino, P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE