President Message October 2021

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

Over the past few months, I have asked the question “What’s Next,” when it comes to the storied history and forward thinking of the Keystone Chapter. The answers to that question are beginning to come into focus. On September 15 and 16, 48 people met here at the Chapter office to begin work on the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. I want to thank all these passionate members for helping formulate the future.

While the plan is not yet complete, a large amount of groundwork was accomplished. We will continue to update you as this plan develops, and when the final product is approved by the Board in December. However, I am excited to report the direction and focus has been set.

As with any plan, you need to start with the mission of the organization, the vision, and especially important for an association, the value proposition. Throughout the first morning, the focus was on the success of the past couple of years and failures or marks we didn’t hit. In addition, we determined our driving factors moving forward for the next three years.

I am pleased to share that the Board has approved our new Mission, Value Proposition and Vision Statements. They are as follows:

Mission Statement
ABC Keystone leads, champions, and serves the construction industry.

Value Proposition
ABC Keystone—Motivated by Our Members’ Success for Over 60 Years

We are passionate about free enterprise advocacy, workforce education and training, business-to-business connections, career pathway development, and instilling a safety culture—in all sectors of the construction industry.

Vision Statement
ABC Keystone advances opportunities in the construction industry by:

  • Championing free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy.
  • Leading the conversation in political advocacy.
  • Educating and developing the workforce.
  • Equipping our members to prioritize safety.
  • Providing an inclusive environment to cultivate innovation, sustainability, and prosperity.

With these statements completed, we then determined our areas of emphasis to carry out the statements we approved. As we continue to develop our strategies and tactics, our areas of emphasis will be Membership, Health and Safety, Political Advocacy, and Workforce Development. Your Board, staff and committees will help in completing these tasks. I believe we will have a robust plan that will continue to grow the Chapter and the services provided to its members.

I look forward to all of you joining in on this journey that will write the next chapter of ABC Keystone’s history.

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

Posted October 8, 2021