News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2015

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Heading in the Right Direction for 2015

Dan Wright, CFB

ASBA Chairman

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some time at home over the holidays with friends and families after what was a very busy 2014 for many of us in the sports design and construction industry. Here’s hoping for an equally strong and improving year ahead for all of us.


In my January, 2014 Chairman’s message, I summarized my goals for ASBA as being to continue building ASBA and increasing membership across all divisions; and to strengthen our certified builders programs (both in numbers and industry-wide recognition). I’m pleased to report things are moving in the right direction on both fronts.

ASBA currently has 415 member companies, up nearly 6% from this time last year. We have 146 Certified builders, up 3% from last year; and we had over 500 attendees at last month’s Technical Meeting in Ponte Vedra, Florida – up nearly 10% from last year and an all-time record for an ASBA meeting.

Beyond the increased numbers, we made strides this past year toward evaluating our certified builder programs and making them even more worthwhile for our members and the consumers who have come to rely on them. We developed a “Standard of Conduct” for our certified builders and are making efforts to make members more aware of how this certification should be used in the industry. Certification is an important benefit of ASBA membership and an important service the Association provides to the general public. Any members who are not already certified, who are considering it, should make 2015 “the year.” The exam is offered at ASBA events and other industry meetings throughout the year, and all members are welcome to make arrangements to take the exam at any time at ASBA headquarters near Baltimore.

I mentioned in the fall issue of Newsline that ASBA is working with an industry consultant to develop guidelines for asphalt mix for athletic surfaces, to address some of the challenges we’re experiencing with asphalt in the field. We are moving forward with those guidelines and hope to have them available for all members in early spring. ASBA will also have a presence at the upcoming World of Asphalt event being held March 17-19 in Baltimore. Stop by booth #3332 to see us.

The ASBA Board of Directors will be conducting a strategic planning retreat in July, to evaluate the Association’s programs and services; determine what our members’ needs will be in the coming years; and to ensure we are moving in the right direction as an organization. Several focus groups were held at last month’s Technical Meeting with the consultant whom we have hired to facilitate planning. We will be sending out a member survey in the spring to all members. Your feedback is critical in this process. When you receive the survey via email please take the time to complete it and send it back. We truly value your input.

As one of the first blasts of winter is hitting many of you around the country as this is being written, I hope you are making plans to attend the ASBA Winter Meeting in Grand Bahama, February 20-22. See you there!

Dan Wright, CFB

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