By Bryan Nicholls
First, I would like to thank the ADCI membership and Board of Directors for having been re-elected as President for 2019. I am honored and excited to serve another term.
As most of you know, Underwater Intervention 2019 was held on Feb. 5th-7th in New Orleans. Each year, this conference brings industry stakeholders and leaders from around the world for a week of learning, networking, and relationship building. This year was no exception. Despite the dramatic changes in our industry over the past 3-4 years, the show was well attended, and much of the content was viewed as relevant and worthwhile for those that could be there.
As I have stated before, the amount of heavy lifting and the number of moving parts that go into making UI a success is actually quite surprising. It amazes me just how many people are involved, and the amount of effort that these people contribute to make the show a continuing success.
So, to give credit where it is due, I would like to thank the team at Naylor, Phil Newsum and his team at the ADCI, Chuck Richards and the MTS, and all of the track leaders, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, support personnel, industry professionals and attendees that made UI 2019 a success. I would also like to recognize and thank Gary Jones and Broco for their sponsorship of the Early Bird reception, as well as Bob Christ and Steve Struble; both of whom did an exceptional job in preparing for the show as UI’s Track Chairman and Commercial Diving Track Chair respectively.
I would also like to thank the GoM DSWG, IOGP/DIWG and IMCA for their contributions to the show, as many highly experienced industry professionals from all over the world came to UI to attend their respective meetings, show support and to share their knowledge and experience with other industry professionals.
There are also a number of people that should be recognized and/or congratulated for their achievements and contributions to the show. Congratulations are certainly in order for the ADCI’s recent scholarship winners, Celine Anna Maharaj and Abigail Hover. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Hover at the awards banquet, and she is certainly worthy of the honor. I am always impressed by the achievements and raw ambition of these young people, and I have no doubt that they will all go on to do great things with their futures.
Kudos to the ADCI Scholarship Committee, headed by Bo Ristic, for their continued hard work and dedication. Vetting the applications and gauging the accomplishments of so many highly qualified candidates is certainly no easy task, as they are all deserving of recognition.
I would also like to congratulate Gary Jones as the 2019 recipient of the ADCI President’s Award for Excellence, as well as the 2019 Commercial Diving Hall of Fame inductees; Dick Rutkowski and Jean-Claude Le Pechon. All of these gentlemen are outstanding in their respective arenas and certainly worthy of these honors. I would also like to thank the HoF Committee Chair, Mike Willis, for another year of service.
Last, I would like to congratulate the newest ADCI board and committee members, Pat Jeffries, Karl Miller, Robbie Mistretta, and Scott Coker.
Thanks to all of you for your commitment and contributions to our Association.
Speaking of committees, one of the questions that I am often asked is “How do I get more involved in the Association, and/or its committees”? I actually found this to be quite refreshing. From divers, to vendors, from technicians to product manufacturers, there is no shortage of intelligent and passionate people in our industry that have something unique to offer. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact one of your Committee Chairs. See the ADCI website and Blue Pages for details.
2018 was a busy year for our Association, and this year promises to be a busy one as well; as the Association already has quite a few irons in the fire. The release of Revision 6.3 of the Consensus Standards, further collaboration with IMCA regarding international recognition of the ADCI’s certifications, the Association’s continued involvement with several international diving committees, best practices for equipment testing and more are all in the works. I look forward to sharing updates with you as they develop.
To be sure, our Association and its membership is growing, our industry’s best practices are getting even better, and its stakeholders around the world are working very hard to lay the foundation for generations of commercial divers to come.
Until next time, dive safely!