I would like to introduce myself to the many of you whom I haven’t met; I’m Steven Ledbetter and I’ll be your San Bernardino-Riverside Branch President for 2015-2016. I would like to first thank all the members for their continued support of the ASCE San Bernardino & Riverside Counties Branch. I am taking the reins from Brandon Reyes, now our past president, who did an outstanding job as president this last year. He and the other current board members have strived over the last few years to better interact with and engage the branch. Without the exemplary work provided by the volunteers on the Branch Board, Younger Member Forum (YMF) Board and the Committees, none of this would be possible. Our membership is as diverse as they come. Spread throughout two massive counties, we range in age, background, sector and discipline. The large infrastructure within the area brings both a breadth and depth of Civil Engineers to live and work in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. This diversity brings an interesting challenge for us, your board, in creating valuable and engaging events throughout the year that the membership will want to be a part of.
With the fast paced economy we live in and the constant demand for results, participation in ASCE events and other career development events has its challenges. At times, it can be difficult to find the time, but the advantages of being involved with ASCE far surpass the time requirements. ASCE develops attributes like leadership, team work, and delegation which, are required to succeed in the engineering field. In addition to strengthening personal skills, ASCE develops networking contacts and provides technical programs to draw upon during your career. ASCE has provided an invaluable experience throughout my early career and I would urge each of you to actively participate and consider volunteering for ASCE in the future. I would also encourage all the members to feel free to e-mail me with any suggestions, comments, ideas or even interests in participating or volunteering in any of the activities being planned for this year. The Branch is here to serve you and we really appreciate any feedback.
I hope to see each and every one of you at an ASCE sponsored event this year, and if you like it, help us spread the word.
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Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ASCE.
Steven Ledbetter, P.E.
ASCE San Bernardino and Riverside Counties