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Title: AR-2005 - CII 2005 Annual Report
Publication Date: 7/1/2006
Product Type: Annual Report
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 16
Summarizes CII's key activities for 2005.
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My year as CII Chairman reminds me of the famous line that President John F. Kennedy delivered in his inauguration in January 1961: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Of course, the world is radically different now. And at CII, the question that I’m often asked by members and prospects is, “What do you get out of CII?” But like the famous Kennedy quote, I turn the question around and ask, “What are you doing for CII?”

Our Institute is unique in the engineering and construction industry. The research being funded cannot be compared to anything else because no other organization is taking on the task of studying methods and techniques that are improving our businesses. Inflation, labor unrest, safety: these were the problems facing our industry that led to the creation of CII in 1983. Today, the problems are different, but they still must be solved. Since those formative years, we’ve taken giant strides in resolving the seminal issues. Now, we continue to look at how to improve. Technology brings us solutions to some problems, but are we really using technology effectively compared to other industries? Our employees are our most important asset, but will we be able to recruit and retain the leaders that we will need for the challenges that lie ahead?

Such fundamental questions cannot be answered in a year. The answers come over time. We can, however, work on the questions and help our industry by serving in CII. As I look back on more than 20 years of involvement in CII, I must emphasize that we need to commit our young leaders to this organization. We have much to learn from them. And I am proud to say that in 2005 we organized the CII Executive Leadership Course that recommits us to “growing” our young people into leadership roles. This was a major initiative and my hope is that the course, conducted in association with The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, becomes a legacy for us all, a contribution that we all made in 2005 as a commitment to doing something to improve our organizations, CII, and our industry.

It has been a great honor for me to serve as your Chairman. I particularly enjoyed working with the CII staff, the Executive Committee, and the countless participants in the various activities in this truly wonderful organization. Our annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, was an unforgettable gathering with Ross Perot, ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson, Steve Hanks of Washington Group, and U.S. Comptroller General David Walker hammering home the idea that, concerning the leadership of tomorrow, we can all work together and truly “bridge the gap.”

Thanks to each of you for your service to CII and for your contribution during the past year. I hope that this Annual Report reminds you of the challenges that we took on in 2005, and inspires you to commit to meeting the ones that lie ahead.