Dear Fellow ABC Mississippi Members,
The Mississippi construction industry is fortunate to be represented by the Mississippi Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. ABC Mississippi has a dedicated, hardworking staff and a board comprised of voluntary directors and committee chairmen that provide outstanding leadership for the chapter. The staff and board are committed to continually improving and growing our Mississippi Chapter. ABC Mississippi remains one of the largest and respected Chapters in the country having close to 600 member companies. I am proud and honored to be a member of this Chapter and to serve as your 2020 Chairman.
2020 ushers in a new decade bringing change and new challenges to our members and to the construction industry as a whole. ABC Mississippi proposes to help members develop people, win and deliver work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. The ABC Mississippi 2020 Strategic Plan outlines our vision and goals for this year and I would like to take this opportunity to highlight three of our five strategic goals that I am passionate about for 2020.
First, Establish ABC members as the world-class standard for health, safety and environment in the construction industry. ABC Mississippi has a knowledgeable safety staff and safety committee to provide training and resources for our members. Our “Safety Shield” program provides member companies access to a safety professional to conduct a number of customized services. The STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) was founded in 1989 as a safety benchmarking and improvement tool. STEP has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Our 2020 goal is to have a minimum of 60 ABC Mississippi STEP participants so I encourage each member to participate in 2020.
Second, Increase the political influence of ABC to advance the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise. ABC Mississippi revised our Political Action Committee in 2018 and Platinum Level PAC contributors had the opportunity to interview and have a vote on which candidates ABC Mississippi endorsed in the 2019 Mississippi general election. The ABC PAC successfully endorsed and supported the state candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in 2019. In 2020, each of us individually has an opportunity to help influence the federal election. I want to encourage all of our members to participate in the National ABC PAC, one of the largest pro-business PACs in the nation.
And Third, Be the leading force in the construction industry for workforce development and training. ABC Mississippi is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF). The MCEF provides workforce training to many trades and is located adjacent to our ABC Mississippi office. Many of our members were instrumental in the establishment of the MCEF and remain actively involved. I believe that our industry will continue to face challenges to find a skilled and trained workforce, particularly finding front line field supervision. In 2020, ABC Mississippi’s Education Committee will be teaming with the MCEF staff to explore education classes for field supervisors and other educational opportunities. I encourage all of our members to take advantage of these opportunities.
Finally, ABC Mississippi recently lost two long standing members, Stan Black and Stanley Mangum. Stan and Stanley were loving husbands and fathers, dear friends and dedicated ABC members. I encourage all members to take the opportunity to contribute to their legacies by donating to their causes; the Mississippi State University Building Science scholarship fund in memory of Stan and the Magnolia Speech School in memory of Stanley.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your 2020 ABC Mississippi Chairman and look forward to another great year. I hope see you at the 2020 Convention at Henderson Beach Resort, Destin, FL!