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By now you should have received your August issue of Metal Construction News. You may notice a common theme in Paul Deffenbaugh's Editor's Comments on pg 3, George Hedley's article on page 9 and my article on page 8 – sound business advice all! There are also a lot of great articles within our August newsletter! I know summer is a busy time – but I urge you to read it through. There is a lot going on and we want you to stay current. 


First, have you booked for Metalcon yet? There is a link on the right hand side for free passes, please use it. Click here for a link to stay connected.   Let Sasha know you are coming so she can put you to work for a few minutes manning the MBCEA booth. This is a great show!  


It is time to consider our Board leadership for the next two years. Just so everyone understands, our Board has three parts. The Executive team does the heavy lifting. For  2016, this includes President Mike Reynolds, Officers Andy Huber and Steve Olson and yours truly: (soon to be) Immediate Past President Gary T. Smith. Josh Quinter, Sasha Graver and Jackie Meiluta provide much needed support and advice. The other two legs are equally important. Each Chapter President is a member of the National Board. This gives a much needed voice to the local chapters in our overall strategic direction. Rounding out the Board are our At-Large Members. Current at-large Directors include Tim Seyler, Steve Webster, Tim Clark, Kelly Burk and Wes Young. To view this as an organizational chart, click here.


We have openings for 5 new Directors. Detailed in the Augus newsletter, in no particular order are brief overviews of 9 prospective candidates. Each of these fine gentleman has expressed an interest to serve. As you know we are a volunteer Board. We meet face-to-face twice/year and as needed via teleconference. Board membership is a big responsibility. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and for ensuring membership remains a valuable asset to our members. Each of these candidates has their own unique skills and attributes. Next month you will be asked to vote for only five. The 5 with the most votes will join our Board for a two year term beginning in January. Whomever we elect, I am sure Mike will have a strong team!


As we continue to roll-out AC478, we will continue to provide updates in our newsletter. As you read through the material and consider whether you are ready to apply, please know that we are here to support you. Let us know what you need and we will do our best to help.


I look forward to seeing many of you at Metalcon.




Gary T. Smith

President, MBCEA


PS California members – the San Joaquin Valley Chapter kick-off meeting is scheduled for September 22.


PPS It's not too late to throw your hat on the ring. Contact Sasha ASAP if you are interested in a seat on the Board. Also, nominees, I expect to see a campaign equally as interesting as the current GOP Presidential nominees.




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