As I close the book on my term as President of this great organization, I think about what I have done during this time and what I need to do in the future….pay it forward!

“Pay It Forward” is the notion of taking a gift given to you freely and sharing the generosity with others in the future.

In my case, the “gift” has been the opportunity to serve in the Engineering Contractors’ Association (ECA) as a board member, officer and the for the last two years as President (yes, we have term limits). I want to start paying it forward by telling what I’ve learned.

The first lesson of the gift is that we are all better working together on our common goals. No single company can amass the strength to confront the issues facing our industry, be it overbearing government regulations or challenges in productivity, profitability, performance, labor, and sustainability without shared knowledge.

The second lesson is that to work together we have to be organized. ECA has a 45+ year history of putting great teams together and the new team of officers for 2019-2010 is going to be one of the all-star teams to help all of us. When we gather at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, January 26 for the Installation of Officers Banquet you will have an opportunity to meet and greet this team.

2019’s Lineup

But, since you can’t tell the players apart without a program, here’s the new line up for our Executive Committee: President – Brendan Slagle, J. F. Shea; Vice President – Garrett Francis, Fryman Management; Vice President Infrastructure – Dave Sorem, Mike Bubablo Construction; Treasurer – Alan Ludwig, Pascal Ludwig Constructors.

I’ll be trying to continue to pay it forward by serving as Immediate Past President, sharing what I have learned with the new team. Then, unlike General Douglas McArthur (“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away”), I’ll still be available to help all of the members of ECA and pay forward all I can through continued service and other support.

It’s very fulfilling, and I commend both serving ECA and paying forward to all.

By Brandon Pensick, ECA President Email: [email protected]