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feature Strategic Game Plan for Fully Engaging the Next Generation of Industry Leaders ARTBA's Looking for a Few Good Men & Women By David S. Zachry, ARTBA Chairman Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." F ormer General Electric CEO Jack Welch's observation is one ARTBA embraces. The industry's ability to grow and protect the U.S. transportation construction market in the years ahead will be determined in good measure by the association's ability to develop the next generation of volunteer leaders. Industry firms are facing a similar situation with their business operations. In 2015, millennials became the nation's largest generational workforce, surpassing the 51- to 70-year-old baby boomers, and the 34- to 50-year-old Generation Xers. As baby boomers continue to retire, companies are being strategic in their development and implementation of succession plans to ensure they have the right people in place for the future. That's just smart. ARTBA TASK FORCE A little more than a year ago, ARTBA gathered in person at its headquarters and over the phone a group of 20 executives for a day-long meeting of the "Young Executive Leadership Task Force." Their stated mission: "To develop specific recommendations for the consideration of the ARTBA Board of Directors on how to expand the association's base of younger industry executives and better 16 engage them in its activities, leadership structure and advocacy core mission." The discussion was focused, lively and chock-full of good ideas. Subsequent conference calls by the Task Force helped put more "meat on the bones," and resulted in a final eight-page report that was endorsed by the ARTBA Board of Directors during its meeting last October in Philadelphia. I encourage you to read the full report in the "Foundation" section of www.artba.org. To highlight just a few of its findings, a consensus emerged that ARTBA should drop the adjective "young" from the names of some of its programs because it is not how rising executives wished to be identified or categorized in the business world. The group also agreed that ARTBA should focus its attention on creating more value and opportunities for industry executives between the age of 30 and 50 - the "target demographic." REBRANDING THE YOUNG EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM To that end, the Young Executive Development Program (YEDP), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 and now boasts of more than 600 graduates, has been renamed the "Industry Leader Development Program" (ILDP). It will continue to be held in Washington, D.C., each spring in conjunction with www.alrba.org http://www.artba.org http://www.alrba.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Alabama Road Builder - Summer 2016

INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
HOW BUSINESSES CAN PREPARE FOR THE NEW OVERTIME RULE
SPRING FLING 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
ENGAGING OUR NEXT GENERATION OF INDUSTRY LEADERS
4 STEPS TO CHANGING YOUR BUSINESS STRUCTURE
5 WAYS TO BUILD TRUST IN A BUSINESS
ARTBA
MEMBER PROFILE
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MARKETPLACE
HEARD ALONG THE HIGHWAY

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