Happy New Year! It is hard to believe the Christmas break has passed and a new year has started. Based on how well 2013 went for the construction industry I am hopeful that 2014 will see continued growth and new opportunities for all.
With a new year comes a chance to reflect on your life and ways to make it better. I am taking this time to reflect on the efforts of my sons and how they look to make a positive impact in their community with the www.KidzCanHelp.ca program the two of them have been running for more than four years. The idea was simple and very effective: Collect used hockey equipment for kids who could not afford the items and get a chance to play a great game. The initial support saw over a cube van of material shipped to Bosnia and Serbia and continues to grow with strong regional focus across the Niagara region.
Someone in our community took note and nominated Ethan for the Post Shreddies Search for Goodness campaign, www.searchforgoodness.ca. The nomination itself was great but in mid December he was selected as one of five finalists from across Canada. So far the community support has been great and I am hopeful he is selected to appear in a national commercial.
With the success my sons have achieved at such an early age, I am reminded myself to push beyond my comfort zone not only in personal goal but goals related to my job with the Construction News and Report Group. I look forward to several new initiatives I will be testing early in the year by expanding our coverage into secondary markets that are very focused to specific industries. I like the challenge that developing these these fields have presented with new revenue, new readers but most of all new relationships.
What are some goals or challenges you have set for yourself or your business for 2014? I am interested in hearing what you have planned and how you will roll out these new ideas. I would like to report on the success of each or work with you to find new ways to make others that did not work succeed.
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 also serves on the Niagara Construction Association’s board of directors and is chair of the NCA’s Young Leaders Committee.