Dear IMBA Members,
What a year 2020 has been! Well, you’re almost to the end, so hang in there and we’ll get through this together! Do you know what was different this year?..... VIRTUALLY everything! Literally, meetings, school, concerts, board meetings, even doctor appointments, everything was virtual this year!
The IMBA was no exception, we hosted webinars, virtual chapter meetings, Future Leaders via Zoom, and even held our annual IMBA Convention virtually…… and you know what, we did pretty good! Is it the same? No. I sincerely miss meeting with my industry friends, peers, vendors, and even friendly rivals. You all are what makes this organization so great, it’s the collective value of the group, and I can’t wait to get back together in person in 2021! (Fingers Crossed)
Speaking of the Future Leaders, if you have an employee that went through the Future Leaders class this fall, make sure you congratulate them. They were awesome and handled the virtual format like champs. We should all be very proud of their efforts as well as those of the instructors. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this 2021 class of the Future Leaders.
In the coming months the IMBA will be working together with peer organizations and our representatives to repeal SB 340, that has caused much debate, confusion, and unnecessary complications to our closing process statewide. All of this from the change of the word “or” to “and” …. It’s never boring, is it?
At the Board level we are working through options to pave a path forward for the next five years. We’re reviewing our options, and are putting together plans that will continue the IMBA into the future once the inevitable happens………. Did you guys know that Al thinks we’ll let him retire one of these days?!
In 2021 we will begin the year much the way we have spent 2020, continuing to offer virtual education events, conferences, and networking. I think we’re all optimistic that by mid-to-late year of 2021 we will begin to have in person events once again, and in the words of my 1st grade son, “Once Covid is over there’s going to be a lot of people with broken arms from all the hugs!”
Be proud of yourself, your company, your industry, and this organization. Together we’ve made it through a completely unforgiving 2020 and we didn’t just survive, did it in record style!
Here’s to you 2021, we can’t wait to meet you. And to you 2020, in the words of Curly Bill Brocius in the 1993 movie, Tombstone. “Well…….bye”.
Happy Holidays to you all,
Bryan Traylor, CMB, AMP
2020/2021 IMBA President