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Tom’s Farewell Editorial, John Njord’s Intro

Editors Note – A few months ago I shared with all of you that my wife, Renae, and I have been called on an LDS mission to serve in Rancagua Chile for three years and supervise the missionary work of about 300 young Mormon missionaries there. Subsequently I also announced that John Njord had come on board at Tom Warne and Associates to take over our ongoing client work and to continue the business I started 12 years ago. The transition has been smooth given John’s amazing national reputation and many years of credible service in our industry. Our clients have confidence in him, as he brings great value to our continuing engagements. John will be a great asset to our future clients and I urge you to call him with your needs, or email jnjord@tomwarne.com.

We are excited to head off to Rancagua in a couple of weeks and so this is the last issue of The Tom Warne Report that I will offer edits on for a few years. John will take over starting this week. I know you will benefit from his insights as he shares his thoughts http://findviagra.com/product/buy-viagra/ with you as I have. Jeanette Christiansen will continue doing the research and writing as she has so proficiently done for many years.

For those that want to stay in touch while we are in Chile, this can be done in one of several ways. My current email address (twarne@tomwarne.com) will still work and I will check it periodically. The email address that will go directly to me and which I will use every day for church business as well as for my personal email is tomwarne@ldschurch.org. That will be the best one to use while we are gone. Feel free to email me there. In addition, many of our friends have expressed an interest in a blog that we will be doing. It can be found at warnesinchile.blogspot.com. It will be up and running by July 1st.

We wish all of you the very best in our absence. Thank you all for your expressions of support for our service in Chile. It means a lot. The projects we do are great and exciting but it’s our friends in the industry that make this a great profession.

Warmest Regards,
Tom

Tom’s Announcement – Part 2

Two weeks ago we announced that Renae and I would be leaving on July 1, 2013 to serve a voluntary three-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rancagua, Chile. At that time, I was unable to announce who would be taking over Tom Warne and Associates and The Tom Warne Report during our absence.

Today, I am pleased to announce that John Njord, former Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation will lead the combined companies and meet all of our client and project commitments going forward. John has served as the Executive Director of UDOT for almost 12 years and has been the longest serving CEO in the country. He has led UDOT through a period of intense and amazing innovation and project delivery. During his tenure, the department successfully delivered over 70 Design-build and CMGC projects including the most recently completed: the I-15 CORE and Mountain View Corridor freeway projects. These two projects, with a combined budget of $2.5 billion, were delivered ahead of schedule and $260 million under budget while minimally affecting travelers for less than three years.

Under John’s direction, the time needed to replace bridges has been reduced from months to hours. Since the first bridge replacement in 2006, UDOT has installed over 40 bridges, using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques. Under John’s leadership, Utahans have come to expect bridges to be literally replaced overnight. During his years as director, he championed innovative transportation solutions, building 25 single point interchanges, 4 diverging diamond interchanges, 10 continuous flow intersections, a peak hour reversible lane facility, and 124 miles of HOT lanes.

At the occasion of his retirement, the Utah State Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives signed a joint commendation for John and members of each house gave him a standing ovation.

John’s leadership style is a model for others to follow. He rightfully gives credit to the many men and women at UDOT who helped all this to happen—not the least of whom is Carlos Braceras, Deputy Director. Together, John and Carlos have made a great team.

In addition to John’s outstanding contributions in Utah, you know him well from his years of service across the country. He is a former president of AASHTO and chair of the Executive Committee at the Transportation Research Board. He has represented the transportation industry internationally as well as testified at Congress on our behalf.

In a few days we will post more information on John on our website at tomwarne.com. For now, you can reach him directly at jnjord@tomwarne.com or at 801-580-5695. I am very pleased to have John step in and take on our many exciting and important engagements. Our motto is “Solving problems. Hard problems.” John is here to help solve problems as well so give him a call.

Please join me in welcoming John aboard.

Best regards,
Tom

Tom’s Special Announcement

Editor’s Note: Almost twelve years ago we started Tom Warne and Associates as a management consulting firm, providing services to a wide variety of public and private clients. We have been blessed to work with many wonderful people and on many great projects throughout the industry.

In 2004 we started publishing The Tom Warne Report on a weekly basis and now have nearly a 1000 subscribers. Based on your feedback, The Tom Warne Report has provided valuable insights and information for busy transportation professionals throughout the country.

I wanted to let all of you know that starting June 14, 2013, I will be taking a leave of absence from both Tom Warne and Associates and The Tom Warne Report. My wife, Renae, and I have been called by the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) to serve a three-year voluntary mission in Rancagua Chile. We will live there and supervise the missionary work of about 200 young Mormon missionaries in white shirts and ties that you may have seen around your community. We are honored and pleased to serve others in this manner. During the three years I will be focusing 100 percent on this assignment.

However, Tom Warne and Associates and The Tom Warne Report will continue operations as usual. I am currently working with an individual who will assume all current and new clients and continue to provide the valuable services we have offered during the last 12 years. The announcement of who that is should occur in the next 30 days. I know you will have the same confidence in him that you have in me. I look forward to working with all of you again in three years when we return.

We will miss our family, friends and colleagues but look forward to this opportunity to serve the Lord, our church and the wonderful people of Chile. TW

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