Greetings from snowy New England. For those of you who do not know me, I am Keith Wentworth of Dutton & Garfield, NH. I am absolutely thrilled to serve as President of the MBCEA. This honor is made more special because this year is the 50th Anniversary of our Association. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of past leaders like Mike Reynolds, Gary Smith, Tim Seyler and Steve Webster. I am also happy to call these men my friends and know that I can count on them for advice and guidance in the months to come.
I am pleased to present your leadership team for 2018-2019. Joining me are Vice President – Art Hance, Hance Construction, Inc.; Treasurer- Wade Hobbs, Universal Erectors, Inc.; Secretary – David Leinbach, The Kaiser-Martin Group. I know they join me in extending a special thank you to Past-President Mike Reynolds. Mike has done a tremendous job of ensuring membership and our conference continues to grow, and with securing close relationships with the MBMA and MCA. We look forward to building on this success.
With the change in leadership, we also have several openings on the National Board. If you are interested in serving, please nominate yourself or a colleague by reaching out to Sasha. Next month we will highlight the nominees and then have a vote. I urge you to consider joining the National Board. The Board sets the strategic direction for the Association. Let your voice be heard!
I had the pleasure of representing MBCEA at the December MBMA meeting. It is always nice to mix and mingle with the group. Unfortunately, it seems the MBCEA is still not well known outside our core group. If the manufacturers and suppliers don’t know of us, how are architects, engineers, contractors, etc. going to know us? We often say, the MBCEA is only as strong as our members but the reverse is true as well; our members are only as strong as our Association.
It is incumbent on all of us to promote the MBCEA. Our websites and letterhead should proudly proclaim that we are members of the MBCEA. When we meet a new vendor or colleague, we should suggest they check out the MBCEA, should consider joining.
The MBCEA has a proud, 50-year history promoting Training, Quality, and Education. Our members represent the best in class. We need to find a way to shout this from the rooftops. I have assembled a team to explore how we can better brand and promote the organization, but if you have any ideas, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.
2018 marks our 49th Annual Conference and more importantly, our 50th Anniversary as an Association. Please plan on joining us May 2-4, 2018, in San Antonio for what will surely be a fantastic conference. MBCEA members will receive a 50% discount on registration fees in honor of our Anniversary.
Lastly, as we head into the new year, please keep an eye out for your membership renewal. Payment is now due. If you are already a member – thank you. I hope you appreciate the MBCEA as much as I do. If you are not a member, I urge you to consider it now.
I am always happy to hear from members so if you have an idea for the good of the association, just drop me a line. Thanks and Stay Safe.
Vice-President, Dutton & Garfield