ASA logo ASA President’s Letter-July 2014 Dear ASA Member: It is my honor and privilege to serve as your ASA president for 2014-15. Thank you for your trust and confidence! My company, Soil Consultants, Inc., was founded by my father, Ken Johnson Sr., in Charleston, S.C., in 1951 and since then we have been performing geotechnical engineering and testing throughout the southeast. I currently serve as the president have been a member of ASA for more than 30 years, and I, myself, have worked for the company in a variety of positions for more than 30 years. For more than a decade, I have served in a number of positions with my local chapter ASA Charleston Chapter, our state chapter, ASA of the Carolinas, including president in 2007-08. Nationally, I have served on the ASA Board of Directors since 2008 and have been actively involved in the ASA Executive Committee, Finance Committee, the ASA Task Force on Meetings, and more. On a personal note, it is important to me that you know that I have been married for 25 years to my beautiful wife, Alison, and we have two amazing sons, Casey and Taylor. I am active in my community and church, and I am a past president of the Rotary Club of Charleston, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a board member for the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Coastal Boys Council, Inc. My family, of course, is everything to me. And, as I have been so involved over the years in ASA, I consider the association part of my family, too. The work that we do as an association on behalf of subcontractors is very important to me. I’d like to share some examples: Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund Perhaps one reason ASA is so successful is because of its Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund initiatives. Every year, courts across the country hand down hundreds of decisions on federal and state laws, as well as court-made law that apply to subcontractors’ businesses. Many of the decisions impacting subcontractors interpret the contract provisions of subcontract agreements, and some of these decisions are precedent-setting and carry significance for subcontractors across state lines. ASA’s Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund supports ASA’s critical legal activities to protect and preserve the interests of all subcontractors. Through generous donations from ASA members and others, ASA’s Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund allows ASA to submit amicus curiae, or “friend-of-the-court” briefs, in appellate-level cases that would have a significant impact on subcontractor rights. You can read a summary of recent SLDF activity by visiting the Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund on the ASA Web site. ASAdvantage Program ASA members receive special discounts and exclusive offers on products and services provided by companies participating in the ASAdvantage affinity program. Subcontractors, specialty trade contractors, and suppliers, of course, join ASA for many reasons, but merely taking advantage of some of these benefits can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars, and can easily cover the cost of membership in ASA. For example, ASA Platinum Sponsor Textura offers significant pricing discounts on its collaborative solutions, including Textura—PQM, Textura—GradeBeam, Textura—PlanSwift, and Textura—BigOrganizer. Project DocControl, which has been an ASA Gold Sponsor for more than a decade, offers discounts on its software solutions, as well, and through National Purchasing Partners, ASA members can save up to 22 percent on Verizon Wireless service. ASA currently has 14 sponsors plus 10 other participants in the ASAdvantage program. Log in to the ASAdvantage section of the ASA Web site with your email address and password and find your savings today! ASA Chapter Toolbox ASA is committed to the continued growth and success of its chapters, and the ASA Chapter Toolbox is a perfect example of this commitment. The Chapter Toolbox is loaded with resources to help chapter officers and staff run their associations most efficiently and effectively. While this toolbox is designed mostly for chapter leaders and staff, ASA members can benefit from many of these same resources, too, resources like how to improve your business communications and newsletters, model social media and terms of use policies, how to plan an event, how to contact your legislators, how to testify with impact, and what you need to know about government. Log in to the ASA Chapter Toolbox using your email address and password. Throughout my term as ASA president, I will be committed to improving the communication between the ASA Board of Directors and ASA chapters, starting with enhanced and more frequent interaction between Board liaisons and chapter officers and executive directors. In recent years, ASA has made difficult decisions and faced challenges head on. Thanks to the work of recent ASA presidents, including Jack Austhof, Walter Bazan Jr., and Kerrick Whisenant, the national association is headed in a new direction. I feel fortunate to follow in these leaders’ footsteps and am truly blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of ASA and the chapters and to serve my fellow colleagues and friends. I welcome your thoughts and feedback in the coming months as we continue to strengthen and grow our association. Sincerely, Brian Johnson 2014-15 ASA President

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