Letter From the President
GBA is a great organization, with great people, and a great legacy.
For the entirety of GBA’s almost 50-year history, it has thrived under the tenets of openness and sharing so that all may understand the risks that face our businesses and learn from others how to mitigate them. The founders of GBA worked to build a kind of “professional capital” that did not previously exist and has benefited the geoprofession greatly to this day. Those that followed have added a lot to this foundation.
And, GBA is an organization with a really bright future.
As we now turn to that future, the challenges that face our businesses are at least as great, if not greater, than those we have faced in the past. The need for an organization that helps member firms confront risk and optimize performance, especially in a world of accelerating and disruptive technology, is greater than ever. The foundation we have built is strong; and there is a lot more to do.
Looking into the coming year, we are committed to find ways to create new value through upgrading our conference “experience;” focusing on the production of highly relevant educational and reference materials; development of training modules and customized coursework; and, importantly, we will be full steam ahead on reaching out to current and prospective members to directly understand their needs and concerns. We will also be developing a new strategic plan that will underpin GBA’s growth and success through 2020.
Thank you to our current membership for your support and collegiality, and for the work that you do to help make GBA strong and vital. If you are a member and not yet immersed in the GBA experience, I encourage you to attend one of our conferences and consider active participation through one of our committees and councils; I believe you will find that you will get a lot more back in return. If you are not yet a member, I invite and encourage you to consider joining us on our road to a bright future.
Charles “Charlie” Head, P.E., P.G.