Your Builders Exchange Board of Directors has been planning for the future. It is quite a challenge to look forward and plan the future for an organization that is clearly providing the best service at the best price of its peers and competitors in the construction reporting industry.
In addition to key staff personnel, the make-up of the Strategic Planning Committee was enhanced by the addition of consultants from outside the Builder’s organization to provide a new perspective and help meet this challenge. The committee looked at the history of the Builders Exchange services provided (“What makes us successful now?”) and what the needs of our contractors will be in three to five years (“What will make us successful in the future?”). A strategic plan was then created. The implementation of that plan will be guided by the following mission statements:
- Provide accurate and timely construction reports.
- Provide a user friendly plan room.
- Promote access to higher education through scholarship program
- Provide educational opportunities and training.
- Provide community outreach programs
The work to implement the Strategic Plan is well underway. With the addition of an outside marketing and sales director dedicated solely to intelligent growth of the Builders Exchange, we will be reaching out to organizations that were previously on the outside edge of our service area. At the same time we will be contacting contractors and design organizations within our traditional territory to make sure the Builders Exchange is providing the best possible coverage of the available projects for our members.
An examination of the online plan room as well as the Builders Exchange “home page” is underway. The goal is to provide enhanced sites which will be faster, more intuitive and easier to operate, with better access to a variety of construction industry information. Our technology personnel are working to bring meaningful upgrades and features to the online plan room that will keep up with the changes forecast in the way we design and deliver construction documents now and in the future.
Providing an improved, valuable and timely educational curriculum is in the works. We will be making every effort to determine what the educational needs are and deliver an annual program that is in tune with the changing requirements of our industry. Understanding that the environment has changed and tailoring education to adapt to those changes is the goal.
Accomplishment of these goals will be a grand challenge. The Planning Committee and your Board of Directors has made it clear that our goals will be accomplished with an eye on the quality and integrity that has been the foundation of your Builders Exchange.
We would like to conclude by sharing the values developed by the Planning Committee which will guide us throughout this process:
- Honesty and Integrity.
- Innovation and Creativity
- Sense of urgency