By Chase

Associate publisher, GTA Construction Report
It is hard to believe that the summer is almost half done and in another month kids will be preparing to go back to school. When the weather is beautiful like it has been the days seems to slip away so quickly. I can recall past summers where every day seemed to be rained out and there was no end in sight.

As a parent who works from home the majority of the year, with the exception of travel for trade shows, I get the best of both worlds of work and family life. The key is to find balance between the two. In the summer it is rather easy based on vacation time of clients, the early work days many customers take on Friday and hour-long lunches.

I look forward to the summer break and I work extra hours during the school year in setting up editorial and theme schedules well ahead of time so I can shift my focus during the summer months. In construction you may get a lot of prep work completed during the colder weather but the real work starts once the sun arrives.

Communication during the summer months is more difficult, but it takes being persistent and allowing more time for things to happen, key is not to be in a rush.  The one great benefit of this warm weather is more networking opportunities such as association BBQ’s, golf tournaments and charity events which allows a very relaxed opportunity to connect with clients and still get work done.

The biggest thing I am working on during the summer months is scheduling of fall and winter trade shows. My goal is to ensure we get enough industry exposure while being able to maintain a connection with my family. With two kids who both play travel hockey, the more I am away the more stress I place on my wife. The compromise I have made is late night traveling or even one day trips that start early and end very late. The sacrifice in loss of sleep only helps my family in the long run.

What have you been working on this summer? What planning for the fall do you have under way? What industry networking events are you attending? Send me your responses and I can provide coverage or articles in an upcoming issue.

Chase is the director of marketing and client relations for the Construction News and Report Group and is the associate publisher for the GTA Construction Report, Ontario Construction Report and the Canadian Design & Construction Report. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Niagara Construction Association and also serves as the Chair of their Young Leaders Committee. You can reach him at (905) 228-1151 by emailing visiting



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