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Sam Fisher, CTB

ASBA Chairman

It is hard to believe that I am writing an article for the October Newsline already. The year has certainly flown by quickly. At the same time, so has my tenure as Chairman. As my predecessor, George Todd, so aptly stated,” You think you finally got the hang of it and you are done.” Most of us are busy completing projects and bringing our installation year to a close. I hope that this was a productive and successful year for each of you. We have certainly seen a year of unprecedented weather conditions that doesn’t bode well for our outdoor construction.

It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting down trying to put together my first Chairman’s Report. This will be my last Chairman’s Report and the American Sports Builders Association will introduce its

new Chairman at our Monday night dinner at this December Technical Meeting. Mark Brogan, as the new Chair, has served on the Board for many years and is currently the President of the Tennis Division. Mark has had an interest in becoming Chairman for several years and I know he is going to do a great job! We have a strong financial position, a very strong and active board, great working committees, and a growing pool of volunteers looking to become involved.

Like most of us, when I attended my first Association Technical Meeting, I did so almost begrudgingly as I felt I was too busy. I learned more in that first meeting and learned things that simplified my life and I have never missed a meeting since. As I attended more meetings, I became marginally involved in a few committees. I do mean just marginally involved. The longer I was active on committee work, the more I grew in knowledge. Later, I ran for an open position on the Board, and before I knew it, I was wrapping up my position as Chairman.

The advantages of being involved in a national association bring forth issues that are larger and more broadly based on the industry than just the local issues. My participation has been more challenging, interesting, and beneficial for me than I ever imagined. Being able to see beyond the walls of just your own company helps you become more profitable. Meeting with manufacturers and suppliers can put you in a position to be better prepared for such things as price fluctuations and therefore position yourself to be more profitable in difficult times. I have much more knowledge about the industry that has positively impacted my business. What impacts business comes back full circle to your personal life.

I don’t think you can market the real benefit of an association. You do have to be engaged. I am most surprised how uniquely similar we all are across the country. On a local level, you would not necessarily discuss operational issues with competitors, it is certainly much easier to do on a national level, especially when looking for solutions to problems. I think, in general, members support their trade association because it is a way of supporting the industry.

Our next Technical Meeting is December 2-6 in Palm Desert, California. According to the US Travel Association, for every dollar invested in business meetings, events, and incentive programs (ME&I) businesses benefit from an average of $12.50 in increased revenue and $3.80 in new profits. Involvement with ASBA has provided me with an environment to grow professionally and personally. I enjoy the camaraderie with others in our industry and the professional interactions that can be humbling in a good way.

I want to thank everyone for their help and support, their input and creative ideas that helped guide me through my Chairmanship. I want to welcome our new incoming Chairman, Mark Brogan, and hand over the gavel of a highly successful organization thanks to each of you.

I look forward to seeing you in December in Palm Desert! You do not want to miss our keynote speaker, “Odie.”  

© 2011 American Sports Builders Association 

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