Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…

Another year ends and another year begins; 2017 morphs into 2018 leaving behind unattained dreams, goals and hopes and the promise of fulfilling another menu in the coming year.

It is a time of dreaming, wishing, hoping, giving, getting, reflecting, sharing, celebrating, a special time of kaleidoscope-like activities and reflections when we try to blend work with family with friends and acquaintances.

For many, it is also the saddest time of the year when the pain of missing the people who were an integral part of or touched our lives becomes more acute, more poignant.

It’s a time to reflect and plan not only personally but also professionally. How did we do this year? Was it a good year? What wasn’t good about it or what was good about it? Do we need to make changes? What changes? What will we do to manage these changes to make certain that we implement them? It’s a time for questions and answers.

There is so much going on so much in suspension that it is probably more difficult than it usually is to plan for and change. When will Obamacare issues be resolved? What will tax reform look like and how will they impact us personally and on a business level?

Thinking back over 2017 we can conclude it has been a rough year – three hurricanes, fires, terrorist problems, the North Korean threats, the political unrest domestically and the litany of problems continues.

On a positive note, the economy has improved and all construction segments have grown. One of the biggest problems the industry faces is the shortage of skilled and unskilled workers. Our infrastructure is in really sad shape. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the country scored a D+ on its 2017 report card. That means that virtually every aspect of the infrastructure needs updating, which translates into more construction work – highways, bridges, water supply/delivery, power generation, airports, ports, terminals, etc. We need to address these deficiencies if we are going to grow economically.

I guess we could say that Christmas this years brings us the gift of opportunity, opportunity in virtually every aspect of our lives — personally, professionally, socially, economically, politically, internationally, commercially…

This much opportunity is a gift. Will we make the most of it taking advantage of it, growing with it, building a better tomorrow or will we continue to waste time? Opportunity is knocking, let’s open the door and see what kind of Christmas present we will give ourselves, our families and the future.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…