IMBA members, first and foremost, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of the Board of Directors for the next 12 months. I also want to thank my predecessor, Palmer Myers, for his leadership over the previous year and his continued dedication to the State Board and his ongoing leadership of the NWI Chapter. I look forward to helping navigate the association during this “Business Unusual” period.
When I was asked last year about what I might want to accomplish as President, I had a lot of goals related to in-person lobbying efforts, boosting event attendance, and getting more personal engagement from our members. Well, now that I’ve stepped into this role I know that the reality is that the world changes and we have to be adaptable, now more than ever. The pandemic that we continue to live through has changed everything, not just for the association, but truly EVERYTHING! There is no playbook for how to handle this as an association, so my promise to you is to assist the association to:
- Keep you informed of industry changes, being regulatory or economic climate.
- Lobby to our political leaders in any way we can for the betterment of our industry.
- Continue to show the value of membership with increased virtual learning and networking opportunities.
- Work with the Board of Directors to craft a long-term plan for what this association will look like in five years.
We are so fortunate to be in an industry that has not only been able to survive a pandemic, but to thrive in it. We have an opportunity as an industry to heal some old wounds and be a leader in pulling our economy, both local and national, out of this pandemic in the coming months and years.
We work in the best industry, with the best people. Thank you all for doing your part.
With much respect,