President Message

 

AZUCA’s Mission:   “To actively participate and serve our members, working together to support and improve the Arizona utility contracting community.”  My role, as President of AZUCA, is to not only meet that mission but do my best to exceed it.

Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” –even more insane when everything on our economic landscape has shifted.  Our industry is changing around us everywhere we look.  To thrive in these changing times and not just survive, our organization needs to adapt to be useful and relevant.  And though change can sometimes be uncomfortable, and even painful, it is necessary to maintain the industry’s overall health, which is good for all of us.

My focus, over the next two years as your President, is going to be education.  I’m a firm believer in stepping outside my comfort zone.  So far this year, I have extended my hand to the Arizona Corporation Commission to make them aware of the Gold Shovel Standard and how our members feel about the effects it could have on our industry in general, and more importantly, on Arizona taxpayers.  Taking the lead on controversial issues is always dangerous but needed in our time.

As guardians of our own destiny, we ALL must do what we can to make decision-makers aware of the pitfalls associated with this new standard.  I encourage all of you to talk to your clients and your colleagues about the “Standard” and its unnecessary place in Arizona.

My second objective is to work on gaining interest in the Public Improvement Project Guide, or the PIPG document that is circulating around to some of the cities.  This is an important document that we all need to embrace and encourage its universal use.  If you are not familiar with the document, download a copy from the AZUCA website and take a look.

AZUCA’s future place in the industry rests on our ability to adjust with the changes; educate members, clients, and colleagues on new technologies, new workforce needs, and new methods for contracting; and to do all that we can to maintain our mission while we prepare for the future.  I’m counting on each and every one of you to take the leap with me.  Get involved.  Join or attend committee meetings.  Attend the “Lunch & Learn” series.

What you get out of an organization is equal to what you put into it.  I’m looking forward to the next two years and to getting to know all of you.  Let’s all look forward and see what we can do together!

 

Jeanne Sapon

AZUCA President