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Message From the President
Rick V. Baldocchi, PE
2018 ACEC-FL President
There have been several athletes over the years that would habitually make bold predictions about their performance prior to major sporting events. Muhammed Ali was probably the most famous at doing this by predicting which round he would knock out his opponent. A lesser known athlete was Lester Hayes, a cornerback for the Oakland Raiders, who overcame a stuttering problem and started making bold predictions about his performance. When asked why he made these predictions that didn’t always come true, Mr. Hayes said that saying it out loud made him play harder to make it come true.
I have thought of this philosophy often over the years and found the concept to be somewhat valid. If I verbally commit to doing something, with others present, I am much more likely to follow through than if I don’t verbally commit. For instance, if I tell a friend I will meet them at the gym for a work-out, there is a much higher chance I will actually show up. So, I started using this technique to assist myself in accomplishing tasks that may not be my most favorite thing to do.
I thought of this recently regarding the name change from “FICE” to “ACEC-FL”. One of the things those of us that supported the change said at the time was that the change would strengthen our relationship with the National ACEC Organization. I believe, I made that statement at the Board Meeting before the vote. So now, given some great opportunities, I am working on your behalf to try and make that statement come true.
One of those opportunities presented itself at the FES/ACEC Annual Conference in Marco Island in August. Two members of the ACEC National Executive Committee attended this conference, including the National Chair. During our informal discussions, we identified an opportunity for the National ACEC Minuteman Fund to assist with some important referendum campaigns in the State of Florida. Based on that conversation, ACEC- Florida has received $21,000 in National Minuteman Funds to support increased sale tax referendums dedicated to increased infrastructure spending. These funds will be split up between Broward, Hillsborough and Okaloosa Counties, so there is a large geographic impact across the state.
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