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I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the Section President this year.  The past several years have been challenging related to COVID that still influences the way we work in our industry.  The past presidents did a great job getting our section through the pandemic.  I look forward to continue in their footsteps.  I would also like to personally thank Ken Shimko (our immediate past president) and prior section presidents for their commitment to our section and ASHE overall. 


I look forward to serving as the president this year and to pass on the torch at the end of my tenure to continue the success of this great organization.


As our members know, ASHE is a great organization to belong to.  I have met so many people over the years.  We need to continue to improve and build membership which includes getting the next generation involved with our organization.  This is an important part of our industry to maintain and build relationships.  All members should continue to spread the word about ASHE and encourage people to join, especially the younger generations in our industry.  We have initiated a Young Member Social Group this year to foster young member interaction (stay tuned for future events).


For those of you that do not know, I am following in the footsteps of my father, Albert Kozel, who served as a section president as well as a national president many years ago.  I am very proud of his accomplishments with the ASHE organization and I hope I can continue our family’s role in ASHE.  He was always proud of being an ASHE member.


When writing the above paragraph, I thought of the importance of mentoring the next generation to continue the success of our industry.  My father was the most important mentor in my career and, as part of this message, I want to again thank him for what he taught me early in my career.  I think everyone needs a key mentor to help them develop, and, in turn, mentor the next generation behind them.  This is a very important cycle we need to maintain.  I encourage all members to help mentor others regardless of your position, experience level and expertise.  Everyone can be a mentor!!!


I want to again thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as our section president this year and to thank all of you making the ASHE Southwest Penn section a great organization that I am proud to belong to.


I can be reached at with any questions or suggestions about our section.




David Kozel, P.E.

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