First Word: Without training wheels

One of the most vivid memories we have of childhood is when we learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Not only do we remember the event, we remember that special person who was holding onto the seat of our bike ready and willing to let go.

About 40 years ago, that special person for me was my dad who encouraged me down our steep driveway, confident that I was ready. I’ve since had the pleasure of being the guiding hand behind the bikes of my three children as they’ve shed their training wheels … most recently with my youngest son, Grey.

I can easily relate this training wheel experience as I take over the handlebars of my new position as publisher of Equipment World. My predecessor, Dan Tidwell, who remains as vice president of our Construction Media Group, made sure I was ready.

About eight years ago, I joined the Equipment World sales staff as a regional sales manager working under Dan’s supervision. After making a couple of sales trips together, it was easy to observe Dan’s genuine talent and love for our business. The example of leadership he has shown me and everyone on our team has been nothing short of awesome.

I look forward to building on the foundation and success that Dan has laid for Equipment World and our industry. One of those accomplishments is Equipment World’s Contractor’s Dream Package, now in its sixth year.

For the past five years, one lucky contractor has walked away with as much as $100,000 in equipment, products and services donated by our generous sponsors. The 2007 Dream Package includes another stellar group of products, which we unveiled last month at the World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas. I would like to thank our generous sponsors who include Ditch Witch, Ingersoll Rand, Baldor, VMAC, Werk-Brau, Sage Oil Vac, Thompson Pump, Trimble and Conoco Phillips. Be sure to register for your chance to win by visiting our website, www.equipmentworld.com or by completing the form that will appear in Equipment World beginning next month.

Equipment World is proud to be a leading source of information for the construction industry and operates on a simple business principle: “If it’s good for our readers, we will be successful.”

All the best to all of you as we tackle 2007. Thanks for your continued support as we continue to work hard to serve you. And, thank you, Dan, for removing my training wheels and pointing me down a well constructed path.