Message from the President CEO ABC Keystone March 2021

By: G. David Sload, President-CEO, ABC Keystone

When we look at the achievements of the Keystone chapter, how do we know how good we are? One way is to compare ourselves with the other 67 chapters nationwide through a process called “Chapter Accreditation.”

All chapters are required to go through an intensive accreditation process with ABC National. At the conclusion, you earn a 1-year, 2-year, 3-year, or 4-year accreditation. Since the accreditation process began, Keystone has always received a 4-year accreditation, also known as a “High-Performing Chapter.” Due to Covid, the last time we were through the process was in 2017. So how does Keystone stack up in 2023?

This year’s process was more intense, with no bonus points as in the past. The staff began working on the process after the first of the year, knowing we would be sitting in person for our accreditation in July of this year. This year’s approach focused on the following five areas: Chapter & Financial Management, Leadership Development, Membership, Program & Services, and National Participation.

After sitting down with staff from National ABC, our Board of Directors was informed that we would receive a 4-year accreditation. We acquired a score of 1060 points out of a possible 1120 points. Our breakdown was as follows:

Chapter & Financial Management 300 out of 300
Leadership Development 135 out of 135
Membership 180 out of 195
Program & Services 270 out of 310
National Participation 175 out of 180

We can achieve this goal because of YOU, the members, a working board of directors, and a dedicated staff. Keystone has never been less than a “High-Performing Chapter,” and we need to continue to work to maintain this status. You, the members, are the drivers. The board is the strategic planner based on member input, and the staff is an operational tool to make it happen.

I thank each of you for what you do to advance the merit shop philosophy and your work, promote ABC and advance the entire construction industry. Together we will continue to be successful and maintain the Keystone “IT” factor.

G. David Sload
G. David Sload
ABC Keystone President-CEO

Posted May 9, 2023