Blog updates from 2017 ACC Board of Directors Chair Roddy Boggus. Follow Roddy on Twitter at @rboggus.


January 12, 2017

In November, Roddy Boggus, Executive Vice President, Aviation with Suffolk was installed as the 2017 Chair of the ACC Board of Directors. During the ACC Membership Meeting at the 38th ACC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Boggus provided the following remarks on the state of the organization and opportunities in the future. We hope you enjoy his remarks.

A lot of folks, myself included, might say, “Hey, Roddy! What are you going to do for ACC?”  Just stating that I want to “Make ACC Great Again” wouldn’t get it done. Because, you see, ACC is already great.

This greatness has been shouldered in the modern past by ACC Board of Directors Chairs, and inspired in the early times by a number of industry stalwarts. Even more important than that, is what ACC has become and will be.  This will be defined by you, the members of ACC.

So, when someone asks what ACC should be when it grows up, perhaps our answer should be like one response provided to me:

“We are grown up and we’ve matured very nicely – not long changing with the times, but being in front of much change.  ACC has become well-known and recognized for increasing the influence of our members and the value of membership.”

We have celebrated this, and continue to celebrate the successes of ACC.  More importantly, we celebrate our membership.

We cannot rest on our laurels because we all know that if you wait around for something to happen, it will, but it may not be what you had in mind.  We must be out in front affecting change to have first mover advantage, to have brand recognition, and to provide value to our membership.

This coming year will be no different.  Some items never change.  Once again, we will be talking about funding our nation’s aviation infrastructure, and to the best of my knowledge, this is something we all ought to be very involved with.  There are also some other things I would like to look at with your approval this year, including:

  • How is alternative delivery affecting our industry?  We are seeing delivery methods like Design/Build, CMAR, IPD, P3, etc. as more and more builders become involved in ACC.  Builders like Skanska, Tuner, Hensel Phelps, Q&D, and my own employer, Suffolk, in addition to A/E firms that also have building components.  Does this, will this, change the landscape and how A/E firms do their business?  How well can ACC represent, in what some may say, is a changing landscape of how projects are done?
  • We are hearing that the new U.S. administration may be friendlier to the privatization of our nation’s airports.  How plugged into airport development/privatizations firms are we?  Are we where we need to be with this group so that they will allow us to help our industry determine where tomorrow is?
  • How do we maintain the knowledge base and involvement of long-term members as they become leaders in their firms, so that we have the balance and wisdom of where they have been with that of our young professionals?  After all, one of our vision statements speaks to networking and information exchange, as well as “connections.”
  • How do we continue to grow our industry-leading young professionals group and maximize their energy, input, and out-of-the-box thinking to propel this organization and our industry forward through continued mentoring and generational gap closure?
  • How do we build consistent involvement in our committees?
  • Internally, how can we and how should we look to expand non-dues revenue sources like webinars, on-demand training, on-demand CPE courses, conferences, seminars, and other, to expand our palette of services?
  • And finally, how do we recognize those of us who have made a difference and who have laid the groundwork for our successes today?

At the end of the day, I would like to focus on:

  1. Continuing to build up our education and training components to include on-demand and CPE credit courses.
  2. Growing our membership to include financial professionals, developers, construction/build companies, safety professionals, LEAN champions, management, and legal firms in addition to our membership of A/E and vendor firms.
  3. Add more airports and airlines to our Associate Membership Category.
  4. Involve our young professionals more intimately in everything we do.
  5. Create a standing award that is dedicated to honor those in the aviation consultancy (excluding airports and airlines), that have had meaningful and significant impact to our industry through their time, service, and products.

So, I will close this in saying that ACC is a membership organization.  As such, we rely on our membership to make us strong.  We are a sum of our parts.  If you are a member and are just waiting for ACC to reach out and make something good happen to you, it can be a long wait.  Not because we are not trying, but because we may not know what you are waiting for.

I encourage you to be an active part of this organization. This is the ONLY organization where you can have an immediate and direct impact.  This is your organization.  You want value?  Then get out and give value.

I represent you.  I want to hear what you think.  I want to push what you want pushed.  I want you to have all the tools you need to succeed, but to do this, my “I” has to become a “We.”

Don Bergin has been and continues to be the leader that ACC needed this past year, and there is no way I can measure up to who he is and what he has accomplished.  Don is in many ways someone that I aspire to be.

We are the sum of our parts.  I look forward to seeing you playing your part, and “WE”, as ACC, will be more wildly successful than you can imagine.