Even though I have written a number of concrete-related feature stories for various trade publications in the past few years, I am adapting quickly to the position of editor in chief for CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION. Credit must certainly be given to a number of you that I have spoken with and e-mailed during the past few weeks, helping to make my formal initiation into the concrete industry rather smooth.

Thanks goes especially to those of you I recently met at the American Society of Concrete Contractors' CEO Forum in Asheville, N.C. Needless to say, I was offered countless recommendations and advice in regards to covering the concrete industry. Although technical topics, current projects, and industry news dominated conversations, one area—business management issues—also were discussed. Subject matters ranging from immigration reform, training programs, ownership succession strategies, as well as employee motivation and retention were examined in formal presentations and deconstructed in smaller roundtable discussions held amongst contractors. Not surprisingly, the roundtable discussions revealed an overall sense of empathy as contractors both large and small face many of the business management issues mentioned above.

For a concrete contractor, managing the day-to-day business operations is just as critical as winning a new project in terms of the success of a contracting business. Both are closely related and without successful business management, a contractor might as well close up shop and look for another job.

Here at CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, managing the day-to-day editorial operations is just as daunting. In pursuit of countless editorial features that are written to help make your job easier, we must remain true to our editorial integrity and standards. Whether it is content generated in-house by our expert editorial staff or submitted from an outside author, each feature faces the same amount of scrutiny and criticism. If even one feature story is printed that does not exceed our editorial standards, it is a disservice to our readers.

After all, you have helped make CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION the leading publication in the concrete industry and you deserve nothing less than the highest-quality editorial content.

In an effort to provide pertinent information, the CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION editorial staff is continually researching new features and columnists to address not only current trends and technology in the concrete industry but also the business management-related topics relevant to your operation. Of course, there is no better way to gauge the pulse of the industry than to communicate directly with our readers.

I look forward to meeting many more of you at upcoming industry events such as World of Concrete, which is January 22–25, 2008 in Las Vegas.

Please feel free to contact me anytime with your questions or comments. You can reach me at 773-824-2512 or by e-mail at tgregorski@hanleywood.com.

Tim Gregorski
Editor in Chief