Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Executive Director Message - December 2017

A Quick Look Back on 2017 to Know What is to Come for 2018

I believe the association is not alone in saying that 2017 was a pretty busy and crazy year. The amount of work for almost everyone I know reached unprecedented levels in 2017, and, I’m afraid to say that 2018 looks to be just as full and amazing with all the work that is to come.
2017 for the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association (UAPA) brought about a heavy focus on seeing through to implementation a number of the specifications that were worked on 2016. In addition to record numbers at the Utah Asphalt Conference, the year saw UAPA reach out to all corners of the state through our partners and others in providing regional conferences, plant tours, lunch and learns, in-house briefings, site visits, and live demonstrations of the latest technology and trends that our industry has to offer.
Because of all these activities, active committees, and strategic goals not yet met, the fact of the matter is this: UAPA has matured to the point now that some changes are needed. That’s why I am excited to announce that in 2018 UAPA will be securing its own office space and looking to hire an office manager to help with all that we are doing and will yet do in the near future and beyond.
This, no doubt, is a very big step for the association that involves some risk, but I am glad to have the full support of UAPA’s Board of Directors as we move forward into this uncharted territory for the association.
There will certainly be bumps along the way, but there is so much more ahead of us that such steps must ultimately be taken. I’m so excited to see these changes and many more through in 2018, and am very grateful and honored to have worked with Association Solutions as a partner in helping to get UAPA where it is today.
We may change an address and have a different view from the new office window, but the goals and values of this association will remain the same through our committed, unified voice for industry. Here’s to 2018!

-Reed Ryan
Executive Director

The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association