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for Fully Engaging the Next
Generation of Industry Leaders
ARTBA's Looking for a Few Good Men & Women
By David S. Zachry, ARTBA Chairman
are a leader,
success is all
you become a
is all about
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
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
REBRANDING THE YOUNG EXECUTIVE
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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Alabama Road Builder - Summer 2016
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’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
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