Dear New Hampshire Highways Readers:
I’m grateful for this final opportunity to tell you what an honor it has been to serve as your president. Despite all the challenges facing our industry, I know our community is strong. The feeling of camaraderie was evident at our recent annual meeting (see page 20), where we enjoyed each other’s company and welcomed Jason Riley, from Maine Drilling & Blasting, as our new president.
We accomplished several significant projects last year, including a thoughtful review of our organizational goals and strategic purpose. This process enabled us to enthusiastically recommit to our essential role as a "convener" of the highway and bridge construction industry in New Hampshire. We bring our community together to address challenges and enhance opportunities, and we do it very well.
We rewrote our mission statement and conducted a membership survey. The survey results are being evaluated, and a report will be available on our website soon. Thanks to all who responded. From the initial review, it’s clear that our membership highly values New Hampshire Highways as our primary communication tool while also providing us with helpful feedback on the content that interests you the most.
I continue to be inspired by the work of our Workforce Development Committee and the interest our membership has shown in its activities. This initiative is important for everyone involved in New Hampshire's construction industry. I look forward to more great things from this group in the year ahead.
In 2022, our event calendar experienced one of the best years ever. The Equipment Showcase Open last July and the Fall Social in November set all time attendance records. Participation in Paintball Battle, our newest event, doubled in 2022, and we are hoping even more people will participate this year on May 13. Be sure to mark your calendars and get ready to battle!
I would also like to encourage each of you to help me get the word out about Good Roads. Reach out to businesses and individuals in your vendor networks who are not Good Roads members and ask them to join. There are benefits for both individual and corporate members. Joining is easy – new members can fill out a membership application online by visiting our website at nhgoodroads. org. We appreciate your assistance in helping us to grow this remarkable, one-of-a-kind organization. As I step down, I know that Good Roads is in a good place. I wish Jason all the best as he assumes the gavel.
Immediate Past President