Retirement (so I thought) forces you to look at things a little differently but I’ll always carry with me a profound sense of appreciation for the creative minds associated with efficient snow removal processes. Even though quality cannot be defined, you know what quality is. And from where I am sitting, there is also nothing more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm!
The true leaders in the snow removal business, and I do know a few of them, have proven to be globally successful in the airport industry. They view both their equipment and reputation as art. It never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.
It simply makes sense to me that the quality of these companies can never exceed the quality of the minds that make them up.
When reviewing an equipment replacement matrix, most larger airports are free to choose self-funding with the purchases of their equipment, hinting at an optimistic matching investment from the associated airlines at that airport. Optimism to a lesser degree are those airports that continue to hope for some highly competitive AIP funding or government assistance.You know, they are the ones that are lucky enough to fall under the NPIAS ledger. Yes. It is also true that most medium and small sized airports simply do not have a choice and are at the mercy of government “low bid award”. We have all have experienced that nightmare at some point in our career.
I guess it’s fair to say that you are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices. With the snow season in full swing and hopefully at this juncture, you’ve sided with the companies that realize it’s always easier to make quality equipment versus those that have to explain why their products are without quality.
When it’s all said and done and the 2019 post snow season conferences get into full swing, starting with the Buffalo Snow Symposium in April, I know you’ll be ready to shed what went wrong and start the process of being positive about what could go right, next year. Here is a few of those conferences that you can find people like me with experience representing just a few of those products:
Buffalo Snow Symposium-April 27th to May 1st, Buffalo NY
(EQUIPMENT DISPLAY YEAR )
Hub Winter Ops-July 15th to 18th, Memphis TN
Annual Conference-July 25th to 28th, Evansville IN
Annual Conference-September 23rd to 25th, Fairbanks AK
Devil Dog Consulting, LLC-Because all the talent in the world won’t take you anywhere without your teammates.
And here are mine:
WILLAMETTE VALLEY COMPANY