I would like to start by sending a sincere thank you to all Board members in attendance at our annual planning meeting, held on 08/10/22. It is a full day, no doubt, but we successfully completed all items on the agenda, thus setting ourselves up for a fantastic year to come. Therefore, I am grateful for your participation and dedication in collectively achieving the goals we have set for our association in the coming 12 months. I would also like to thank the gentlemen in attendance from MBA, including William ‘“Koop” Kooper, Kobie Pruitt, and Anthony Stiller for their time and insight provided to the Board. It is encouraging to know that we have this type of partnership and support on a national level. A few new action items for this year include the creation of an Affordable Housing Committee and a state-wide charity initiative, both of which will allow us to come together in a more engaging and meaningful way. The introduction and implementation of our new Annual Partnership Program (APP) offered to our membership last year is off to a great start. There was great deal of preparation by the Board in rolling this out to be a value add to our members. Therefore, thank you to the companies that have embraced this to date in seeing the additional benefits it provides. Based upon the initial success of the APP, my hope is that it will continue to gain momentum in the coming months and years as the mutual benefits are realized. IMBA will continue to focus our efforts on our PAC, along with encouraging our local chapters to hold events in support of this. As is customary, and upon reasoned consideration, contributions are determined on a bipartisan basis and will be delivered to representatives. And last but certainly not least, we will continue our commitment to the Al Thorup Future Leaders Program, an initiative that has quickly become recognized (and copied, to one degree or another) by surrounding states due to the success achieved from it in here in Indiana.
IMBA President 2022/2023