fall 2010, my position as Vice President of Preconstruction was eliminated,
deemed an unnecessary luxury in these dark times. It had been my dream
job, the job I had worked my entire career for. Over the 12 years that I
held it, I had come to identify myself as my job, the company's
successes were my successes. When it ended I was hurt, no, I was
crushed. It felt to me like it was a personal failure. It was an
embarrassment. And I found that my primary support system had evolved
over the years to be my coworkers. Talking to them now only reinforced
my feelings that somehow I was no longer worthy.
just as sure as the sun returns following a storm, my telephone began to
ring. My friends from years of active involvement in ASPE and other
professional organizations called to see how I was, to offer
encouragement, to buy me a drink. For you see, they are the very
best kind of friends one can have because they have empathy. When we
signed on to be in this business, we all understood the cyclical nature
of it, and these friends could offer great comfort and support during my
darkest time because many of them had been there themselves at one time
Their calls and interest helped clear my mind of the disappointment
of the moment. They were able to share stories of how they had gotten
through their trials and travails. They stabilized me. They helped me
understand where my value is, and they helped me regain my sense of
worth. They were my lifeline.
As part of a professional association, we support and build networks
with each other in ways that none of our other relationships can. Our
involvement in associations like ASPE can give our career wings, and it
can provide the bridge to get over the most troubled career waters. If
you are not a member, join. If you are a member, get involved.
Because professional associations really matter.
Member of Denver Chapter 5
"As a Cost Consultant I prepare estimates on projects from Alaska to
the Virgin Islands and my ASPE Roster is a most important tool in my
business. No matter where the project is located, I know I can find a
fellow ASPE member in the membership directory who can give me
firsthand information on working conditions, material sources and much,
much more - just with a telephone call. My membership in ASPE pays for
it self many times each year"
Larry L. Cockrum, FCPE
Cockrum & Associates Consulting Services
"I joined ASPE to become a CPE (Certified Professional Estimator),
network with other estimators and keep up with current trends in
construction estimating. My membership has enabled me to gain valuable
leadership experience by serving as a chapter officer"
Chris Morton, CPE