Message from the 2017-18 CIA President Erich Kolb

Spring is officially here, bringing with it rising temperatures, opportunities for major growth and a glimpse at the busy season ahead. Contractors will be in high gear anticipating and attending to the needs of clients. By all indications, 2018 will be a strong year with plenty of work to go around. Finding talent to staff your team and meet the customer demand will continue to be crucial to success.
  • Are you hoping to make 2018 a banner year?
  • What are your plans to advance the knowledge and professionalism of your organization this year?
  • Is this the year you will devote time and energy to "working on your business" and not just "working in the business?"
  • Or will this year resemble a hamster running on a wheel?
Reaching your goals for 2018 is impossible without putting in the work and time to invest in yourself, your organization and your industry. Everyone is busy and customers will always call with a last minute "emergency." Be prepared by taking steps to grow your business, enhance your professional development and expand your industry network.

The Carolinas Irrigation Association (CIA) is committed to you, the irrigation professional. Our education and training, outreach projects and networking events are here to help you in your professional development. Take advantage of these opportunities and schedule time to get involved with CIA and your industry. You and your business will reap the rewards.

Recently, CIA members participated as volunteers and judges for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Student Irrigation and Landscape Competitions. This national event brought students and industry professionals from across the US and Canada to Alamance Community College. CIA volunteers had the opportunity to network with industry peers and meet the irrigation professionals of the future. The energy and enthusiasm of the students was contagious! As a volunteer, I found this event a very rewarding experience.
 
Photos from the NALP Student Irrigation and Landscape Competitions
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2018 Alamance Competition Photo

2018 Alamance Competition Photo

2018 Alamance Competition Photo

2018 Alamance Competition Photo

2018 Alamance Competition Photo

2018 Alamance Competition Photo

 
The CIA Irrigation Technician Training Program began in February and will continue through July 2018. These trainings are geared toward increasing the knowledge of technicians in the field. Do you have someone on your team that could become an irrigation technician with some training? Could you brush up on some techniques and further your own knowledge? Check out our Irrigation Technician Training schedule on the website and sign up today.

Mark your calendars for our 2018 CIA Charlotte Golf Tournament & Continuing Education event on April 19th at Raintree Country Club. Join us for morning CEU education, afternoon golf or both! The Raintree event is always fun and the proceeds go to the Irrigation Foundation's E3 scholarship program. Have fun, network and support the future members of our industry all in one day! Sign up now!

Make 2018 a great season: schedule time to advance your place in your industry and include CIA events in your plans. We will help you get there!

On behalf of all the CIA I want to personally say "Thank you" to all our Associate Members who have joined us in 2018. Without your help and support, CIA could not offer all the valuable education, networking and outreach programs that we do. We truly appreciate your support.

Sincerely,
Kolb Signature
Erich Kolb
President, Carolinas Irrigation Association