President’s Message

Joshua Lloyd, 2017 President

February 4, 2017

Georgia Chapter Members:

Josh LloydIt is with great admiration and pleasure that I accept this nomination to become the 2017 President of the Georgia Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute – an organization that planted roots in Georgia in 1991, and has continued to grow ever since.

My name is Joshua Lloyd and I am first and foremost a loving husband and father of two beautiful daughters, identical twins. Everything I have in life can be attributed to my hard work, determination, pushing beyond fear, but most of all my family, friends, and peers. Without these individuals to help me set goals for my life, working wouldn’t really mean a thing! I want to take this opportunity, and this platform, to thank all past presidents for paving this road of success for me; to thank my family for the love and support they have bestowed upon me; and to thank my peers for pushing me, for questioning me, and for all the knowledge they have passed down. It is my duty to ICRI National and to all the ICRI Georgia members to put my best foot forward and remain committed to the success of this chapter of ICRI. It will be my responsibility to continue to push the Georgia Chapter into the forefront of Concrete Restoration.

I would like to pay respect to all the past presidents, from our first President, Mr. Bill Manus, to our latest, Mr. Bryan Heery. I would also like to send a special thanks to our founding board members, and to the past presidents who took it upon themselves to remain president for two consecutive terms, Mr. Steve Osterman, Mr. Kurt Heinrichs, Mr. Paul Derby, and Mr. Keith Howard. Each of you may have had different reasons for serving twice, but you made it your mission to do what was in the best interest for the Georgia Chapter of ICRI. I know that I have big shoes to fill, but with the foundation that was laid before me, I know my path to success is clear. I believe that Georgia, as one of the original thirteen colonies, has an incredible past which lends itself well to the needs of those involved with the concrete restoration industry.

As mentioned above, I will replace Mr. Bryan Heery as president of this chapter. I have had the opportunity to work alongside him on several restoration projects, and the pleasure of serving on the board of directors with him since 2015. During my time with him, I learned that he is a very dedicated and poised individual. He made decisions that would not only increase his odds of success within his personal career, but also the success for the Georgia Chapter of ICRI and the concrete restoration market. During 2016, Mr. Heery remained vigilant to our evolving market and made his presence known as a member of the ICRI organization. His goals were simple: expand the membership of this chapter, create stability across the board, and put the Georgia Chapter on the national map with the addition of a Georgia Chapter Project Award program. It was his vision, along with the immediate Past President Mr. Keith Howard, to simplify the committee’s within this organization and to hold each committee chair accountable while provided as much assistance as required to get each task done. It was his vision as a VP-President Elect in 2015 to start the Georgia Chapter Project Awards program, and it will be this board’s pleasure to unveil all of this hard work to our members this year.

I must not forget, the collaborative efforts of all Past Presidents, Officers, and Board Members allows this chapter to function smoothly and seamlessly, which can only lead to great accomplishments for the Chapter! Also, I must say that without Ms. Susan Kline, no one would have badges during meetings, reminders would not be sent out for board meetings, coordination with our luncheon crews would be lagging, and we would all be left with way more responsibilities than we could reasonably handle. I thank you for your dedication to this organization, your incredible responsiveness, and your unwavering enthusiasm. As new board members come and go, you will not (at least I can only hope you stick around while I am president!). Thank you for all of your hard work!

I was born and raised in the great state of Georgia; went to college in the great state of Georgia (Georgia Southern, Hail Southern!); and have worked in Georgia since the day I graduated. I owe all my concrete restoration knowledge to the people who decided to build concrete structures on this soil; for without your design and someone else’s construction, I would have nothing to fix! I also owe some of that knowledge to my current and previous managers, but this is not about you so hold you horses! The state of Georgia offers many different types of concrete deterioration. From the coastal regions in Southeast Georgia, to the mountainous regions of North Georgia and everywhere in between. From freeze/thaw and concrete delamination and spalling, to chloride penetration and steel corrosion; this state see’s it all! However, I think we can all be thankful that we do not live in Tennessee (Tennessee’s freeze/thaw environment that is)!

It goes without saying that most of the time we encounter people and building owners in a time of need. Whether it be due to lack of maintenance to a facility, or a natural disaster. Our efforts are needed to restore balance, but also to help people. We must not forget, that at the end of the day we may just be performing a job, but the work we perform can be much bigger than just a job! We should all have pride in the work we perform, and make every effort to perform work that we can all be proud of. Whether it be structural design, construction, or product placement and distribution: we all serve a vital part within an organization dedicated to the success of the people we serve.

Concrete restoration is a challenging and rewarding market. The biggest challenges we face within this industry is a lack of knowledge for existing structures, and the fact that we hardly ever have the opportunity to work with a clean slate. This forces us to work within the parameters of each structure, and sometimes with very limited understanding of these facilities. It is within these challenges that we have defined this industry, and pushed the limits of concrete restoration. We have the incredible opportunity to take deteriorating concrete and make it new it again.

I meant to make this short and sweet, so hopefully a two and a half pages of a Word file is considered short and sweet. As the president of the Georgia Chapter of ICRI, it will be my goal to diversify this chapter. Atlanta is the primary focus of this chapter, but I would like to more involvement from others throughout this state. This will in turn lead to my second goal: to grow our membership! The increase in our membership not only helps this chapter financially, but it also means that more people are interested in concrete restoration. You can always build a new structure somewhere, but eventually, it too will someday require repair. Restoring the value and beauty of an existing structure cannot be equaled to anything else in the construction industry (don’t tell Arthur Blank that though!). My next goal will be to increase the level of our reserves. The more our organization has in reserve funding, the more we are able to add to this group in the future. Having the financial stability to give back to the community or to branch out within this state will be a tremendous help. My final goal for this year, other than not screwing it all up, will be to have fun and enjoy what 2017 has to offer. Thanks to everyone who voted for me and to everyone who thought about voting for me but got distracted by their paying job and forgot too! Let’s put Georgia on the National ICRI map.

Sincerely,

Joshua R. Lloyd, EIT, 2017 President
Georgia Chapter, ICRI
jlloyd@tecservices.com