ABC Keystone President Message

…but let’s get ready for 2023.

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

As we enter September, we usually think about finally reaching the home stretch for the year. However, here at ABC Keystone we start planning for the start of the new year ahead. Like most businesses, we have to think about the budget, but that is only one component. For our association, September becomes focused on strategic planning and making sure we elect our new Board members for 2023.

Let’s start with strategic planning. In September of 2021, we met to develop a new three-year plan along with new vision, mission, and value proposition statements. At the end of the strategic planning session, and with additional input from committees and staff, we landed on four focus areas:
• Increase Our Political Influence
• Continuously Grow & Deliver Value
• Safety & Health
• Be the Leading Force in Workforce Development & Training

Next, we set focus goals for committees and the Chapter. The Board reviews how we are doing on our goals each month.

Now it is time to update our course as we move into our second year of this three-year plan. Normally, we would spend a half day tweaking the plan. However, in 2022, ABC Keystone had a major change occur that we believe requires more than the typical plan adjustments. On June 14, we added 23 counties to our footprint with the consolidation of the previous ABC Central PA Chapter. This provides a great opportunity for ABC Keystone to grow and deliver our services to a broader audience. Therefore, we will expand the time allotted for strategic planning to make sure we are taking full advantage of the opportunities that are in our new, expanded service area. Strategic planning will take place on September 14 & 15, and we are looking forward to productive sessions facilitated by Monica Glowinski of ABC National and attended by several Keystone Chapter members.

The second focus in September is the election of our 2023 new Board members. The nominating committee has met and put forward a slate of candidates. This year, we have seven seats and will have eight people running for those positions. The slate includes the following members:
• Jeff Bright, Saxton & Stump Lawyers & Consultants (Current Board Member)
• Scott Duke, The Witmer Group
• Anthony Leer, Leer Electric, Inc.
• Michael Metz-Topodas, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
• Matt Shehan, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.
• Jan Wagner, Wagman Construction, Inc. (Current Board Member)
• Scott Wengrenovich, Murray
• Jeff Witmer, Pathway Business Advisors

Please keep an eye out for the ballot, which is mailed to each primary contact of all member firms. Review the ballot, make your selections, and mail it back to the Chapter in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope. If you have questions regarding the process, please feel free to reach out to me.

Remember, this is your association. Be part of the process in forging the future of ABC Keystone.

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

Posted September 14, 2022