President's Message

By David DeJohn, NHCLP

January 2017

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good and successful season and were able to enjoy the Holidays as they should be enjoyed.

Well, the shoe finally dropped on December 5 when we got our first plowable snow from the Lakes on down, so the stress of trying to get jobs finished and deciding whether to start others before it snows is over. It’s kind of a relief, really, now that it has snowed and we’re not trying to beat it anymore. Tarps and frost mats were out in time, so each job I’m working on can now be finished at a slightly less hectic pace. There are a couple projects I could probably start if the weather remains mild, but for the first time in quite a few years I don’t have a stone wall to work on through the winter.

The coming season looks to be another busy one as far as work goes with carry over work from 2016 as well as contracts for new work. I think that’s a promising sign for the economy, and I hope you all are finding the same thing for your businesses. Regardless of that it will be an interesting year. I’m not a big fan of the direction I think the country is heading, but for now I’ve adopted a wait and see attitude and will withhold voicing an opinion for the time being.

2017 will be a year of changes for NHLA. As Guy Hodgdon steps away from 34 years as our Business Manager, Pam Moreau will be stepping in to take his place, and I look forward to working with her and the new ideas and changes she will bring to the position. We are also in the process of re-vamping our website to make it more streamlined and user friendly.

Our Joint Winter Meeting will be on January 18 at the Grappone Center. Once again the Education Committee has put together a great program, so I hope to see you all there. Our March meeting at NHTI is pretty well set, and keep an eye out as Twilight Meetings and other events are announced. Our Golf Tournament is again scheduled for August 8, I believe, so save that date. We’ve been talking about bringing back the business meetings we used to hold, which were always well attended.

We really want to hear from you as to what topics and or speakers you’d be interested in. Insurance, workman’s comp, DOT regulations, estimating, etc are all possible topics, but let us know what you might like. These meetings as well as all the other events the Education Committee comes up with are a great way for members to meet and get to know the Board and committee volunteers. We want to hear from you, your concerns and ideas, and what you would like for and from the Association.

I know I ask these questions a lot and I’m going to keep asking. We have roughly 200 members so there are at least 200 new ideas out there if not more. This is your organization and it can really only be as good as you make it.

Thank you to everyone on the Board and to the committee coordinators and committee volunteers for all your hard work and for making 2016 such a successful year. See you in 2017 and have a great new year!

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