Good day my fellow Members!
I cannot express in words how proud I am of our Board for the annual convention held in Fort Wayne last month. Perhaps everyone was just playing nice shortly after the conclusion, but the feedback I received personally was overwhelmingly positive. Some had even stated “the best one ever”!
As shared earlier this month, the PAC Golf Scramble and reception, followed by the President’s Dinner and a full day of presentations and networking received very good reviews from those attending, and while there I shared some of my goals as your President, which are listed below.
Committees: As I write this, we are working to get our committees in place prior to our August 10th Board planning meeting, and we can use member help. If you would be interested in joining one of the following committees; Communication/Technology, Education, Membership, Internship, or PAC please go to our website page (https://indianamba.org/Volunteer-Committees) for more information and a form to fill out and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity: I would like to focus a little more attention on our charitable activities on the state level. I realize our chapters have done a very good job over the years in doing so, but feel we can and should lead by example on a larger scale with our State Board.
Diversity and Engagement: We should always be searching out individuals who bring new and fresh ideas, are passionate about who they are and what they bring to the table, regardless of skin color or gender. This includes our younger generation, which will be to ones seeing us into the future. In my view this is not necessarily all about the number, but rather the learning, sharing, listening, and growing as individuals guiding us to a stronger collective.
Shared Vision: The Board shares the same goals in providing value to our membership. How we provide that value and the path we take to get there however could be different for each leader, and a healthy discussion is encouraged among the Board and our members. Therefore, if there are ever any concerns about the direction we are taking, I encourage you to reach out to myself or anyone else on the Board.
Transition to New Management in 2023: As announced at the convention, our long-time Executive Director Al Thorup, is retiring from his position on March 31st, and on April 1st IMBA will be managed by personnel at the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA), led by their Director of Policy, Dax Denton. This is NOT a merger of our associations. Rather, it is a 3-year management agreement with IBA to assume the responsibilities that Al and his assistants have been taking care of. I am as confident as I can be that our Board has made a fantastic decision about the future of the IMBA in hiring IBA, and while I do not know exactly what IMBA looked like 14 years ago, prior to Al taking the helm, I have heard enough stories to know we are far better off now than we were before him.
The Board looks forward to supporting Dax and his team, and we owe it to Al, ourselves, and our entire membership to make sure our Association continues to thrive going into 2023 and beyond.
IMBA President 2022/2023