As I write this column, both of my sons are still in bed at 11 a.m. and have officially started their summer holidays. Over the next two months I will take advantage of shortened work weeks with me wrapping up work on most Fridays by noon or even taking the day off.
With vacations, long weekends and nice weather I have found that most of the people I deal with in management or ownership seem to disappear from the office or take extra-long lunch breaks on Fridays, or they simply forget to return to the office. I will never complain about this as it gives me some free time to do projects around the house and spend additional time with my sons. However, on a rainy Friday I have sometimes done more work in a two hour span and generated more results than during an entire week.
Over the next two months I will take advantage of planning out the fall and winter months of the publications, and lining up industry events to attend, including trade shows, association BBQs and client visits.
Some new themes are in development for later this year, both regionally and on a national scale, that should be exciting. Even nine years into my career with the Construction News & Report Group I am amazed to discover new and specialized associations serving different aspects of the construction industry. What do you have planned for this summer between projects, industry events and vacations? Share your events and we can cover them in an upcoming issue with photos and an article in our community news sections.
Before I forget, stop by the New York Construction Report magazine site to see the new material being added ahead of the launch this August. I am very excited for this new publication and my venture into the U.S. market. www.newyorkconstructionreport.com
Chase is the director of marketing and client relations for the Construction News and Report Group as well as the associate publisher for the GTA Construction Report, Ontario Construction Report and the Canadian Design and Construction Report. He serves on the Niagara Construction Association’s board of directors and also volunteers in his community as the sponsorship director for the Niagara Spears Football Association. If you have any recommendations or suggestions on changes you would like to make for the publication, please contact him at (905) 228-1151, by email email@example.com or visit www.gtaconstructionreport.com.