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executive director’s message
Thank You to the ARBA Family
is a part of ARBA and so am I. While I
will be leaving a part of my professional
history here at ARBA, I will continue to
support all things ARBA and the promotion of the transportation construction
industry in my new role with the Alabama
AGC. That you can count on.
The board has been extremely generous
to my family and I can’t put into words
how much that has meant. Stephanie,
George, William, Walton, Butler (our
Labrador retriever who visited the ofﬁce
with me on many occasions) and I are
eternally thankful for the love and support
you have all shown. I appreciate more than
you know the friendships that have been
forged within the ARBA family – those
who were members of ARBA and even
those who weren’t. We are all family in
Having the privilege to work with
Shirley Banks, the wonderful lady who
actually put out my birth announcement
in 1968, was an honor. Shirley loves this
industry like I do, and her loyalty to ARBA
is unequaled. And the support from Terri
Mitchell (a 20-plus year ARBA employee),
and now Hayley Drumwright, has been
incredible. Terri is very special for ARBA.
She works for this industry and cares for
it on a daily basis. Hayley had some awful
big shoes to step into following Shirley,
but she has done so without missing a
step and we are indeed lucky to have her
in our family. I will miss their smiling
faces, great attitudes and desire to work
their hardest for our members.
I’ll miss my friends from AAPA down
the hallway, Mel and Sherri, but I know I’ll
By Billy Norrell
ARBA DURING BILLY’S TENURE…
can honestly say I never thought I’d be
writing this column. When I accepted
the position in 1998, I became a “real”
member of the ARBA family after hearing about it for most of my life. I grew up
attending ARBA conventions with my parents, stuck ARBA stickers on every bike,
skateboard and golf cart I ever had and
ﬁnally got big enough to ﬁt into the ofﬁcial board blazer that belonged to my dad.
My parents participated in ARBA
events and always talked about what the
association did for our business and industry. I was excited when my dad would
bring home a trophy from the ARBA golf
tournaments. I remember I used to brag
to my friends about his being President of
the Alabama Road Builders Association.
ARBA was (and is) very important to me.
Maybe that is why making this move was
such a difﬁcult decision.
Opportunities such as the one that
came to me at ARBA are special indeed.
And my personal involvement with the
industry made it even more so. My family
owner of G.
in almost 20
see them around. The same can be said for
all of our ARBA members. While I may not
be seeing or talking to you as frequently
as if I were still a part of ARBA, you can
be assured that I’ll be watching over the
activities of our association, and participating as often as I can.
Every president I have served with has
been extremely dedicated and worked tremendously hard for our industry. I cannot
say enough good things about them. Our
industry is truly blessed to have so many
strong leaders in its ranks, leaders who
are willing to give their time and step
into leadership roles within ARBA. The
search committee did a great job in identifying Tom Layﬁeld to serve as your next
Executive Director. He will do a wonderful
job at ARBA, and we are fortunate to have
him in the family. The future is bright
at ARBA, and I expect more leaders will
continue to emerge.
I have made some very close friends
during my time here. I don’t expect that
just because my email address is changing,
that means we can’t continue to stay in
touch. I promise I will do my part.
Stephanie was expecting with George
when I started this job – and we just took
him to get his learners permit last week.
William just got his boating permit after
turning 12 and Walton turned 9 years old
Aug. 12 (and is asking what kind of license
he can get for his birthday). Like I have
said before, time ﬂies when you are having
fun – and this truly was a fun job for me.
Thank you ARBA for all you have meant
to our family. We are truly blessed to have
been a small part of your rich history. ❏
of “Tax at
Aug. 31, 2013, Billy
Norrell leaves ARBA
to become CEO of
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