THIS ISSUE OF MATERIALS EVALUATION highlights our business partners and organizations that helpsupport ASNT. These organizations represent some of the finest in the NDT industry, and as youperuse through the listings, I would posit that it should engender a level of trust in both theirintegrity and competence as organizations that support our society. This really brings to light what welike to refer to as the ASNT Circle of Trust. Just as we trust these organizations to subscribe to thehighest standards, so do you, our members, expect the same of all of us at the International ServiceCenter (ISC). It does not, however, stop there. All of your customers and clients expect the same ofyou, and extending a bit further, the general public expects the same of them, as well. So, in effectthere are three circles of trust: the first surrounds the general public, the second, the clients andcustomers you serve, and the third, you, our members.
This is a very important dynamic that we should always hold close and never cease to remember.You have been reading in the President’s Letter of the import not just of doing your job well, but ofdoing it inculcating the very highest of standards and integrity. To say that people’s lives depend onthis is indeed an understatement. I have always ascribed to the notion that the true measure of anindividual is what they would do if no one were watching and no one would ever really know whatthey did. I feel extremely confident that you, our members, integrate this notion into everything youdo, for as I just articulated, lives depend on this. So in essence, this is the second circle of trust: yourclients and customers expecting you to deliver excellence. The proemial circle is of course the publictrusting the organizations you serve to protect their safety by ensuring that structural failures andaccidents never happen. An interesting component of this trust is that it is inherent by virtue of organizationalpublic opinion, or conversely absent in the same manner.
The third circle of trust is the trust that you, our members, place on our Society to maintain anddeliver both robust and appropriate certifications, ensuring that the integrity of these certifications isnever eroded; craft and publish excellence in our journals and handbooks; deliver conferences,workshops, and symposia with state of the art content; and represent you in a professional andappropriate manner. This most inner circle of trust is one that we hold with the greatest level ofreverence, for it is deeply embedded in why we exist as your staff, and of course the mission of ourSociety.
Trust, as we all know, is an interesting dynamic; it takes years to accomplish, but can erode in asecond. So as we at the ISC endeavor to ensure that the circle of trust we are charged with upholdingis constantly maintained, so should you ensure that the next level of trust resting on your shouldersis maintained, as well. It is what makes us who we are and we cannot afford to do less. All of us atthe ISC remain confident in your maintaining this circle, and we remain committed to you by doingthe same.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions and look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,Dr. Arnold “Arny” BeresonASNT Executive Directorabereson@asnt.org
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